Medicine, Birmingham

There’s a new king of baked goods in town. Hidden away at the top end of New Street is Medicine, a bakery, coffee shop and gallery space from the mind behind the famous Medicine Bar that was once part of The Custard Factory.

Medicine Bakery

We went in this weekend to check out the gorgeous looking cake that’s being gracing my Instagram timeline. The cafe itself is a gorgeous space, that sort of reminds me of a cafe in a museum. It’s popular too, so go early if you want the most choice. On our lunchtime visit there was a queue down the stairs and the supply of the already infamous cronuts and kruffins was dwindling.

Medicine Coffee

We ordered some lunch and settled into a table with a hot drink. The Hot Chocolate (£3) was rich and creamy, and disappeared quickly. My latte (£2.50) was excellent. The coffee is strong, and well balanced, and the latte was excellently made. Great value too!

Mushroom Grilled Cheese

For lunch, I chose the Mushroom and Comté Sourdough Grilled Cheese (£4). The sourdough is freshly baked, and it shows. It had a good strong sour flavour and was light and fluffy, with good crisp from toasting. It was oozy with cheese and tasty, garlicy mushrooms. Delicious, light lunch.

Rueben on Rye

Dave’s Rueben on Rye (£5) was almost appealing enough to tempt me, and I don’t like rye bread. The bread is filled with salt beef, pickles and american mustard. The mustard was strong, and a perfect partner to the soft, tender salt beef. Having eaten the real deal in the States, Dave was impressed this version.

Nutella Blondie

Onto the important part. The cake! Dave chose a Nutella Blondie (£3.50). It was firm and chewy, with plenty of chocolate running through.


My Cronut (£3.50) was incredible. The pastry is light and flaky, and was filled with a chocolate cream. The chocolate top is sprinkled with dried fruit, nuts, chocolate drops and marshmallows. The things are huge too, and I had to give up before the end. It was gorgeous, and I really want to go back and try the other flavours. The fruit topped ones look so pretty, and I bet they’re tasty.

I was really impressed with Medicine. Everything looked amazing, and our meal was decent value and delicious. We’ll be back.

We paid in full ourselves. All prices correct at the time of writing. I didn’t tell them I was a blogger. All words, images and opinions are my own, and my property.