It is no secret that I’m a lover of everything related to cafés and café-culture, so I have picked a Cotswold, a Birmingham and a London café mini-review to feature each month on Forages & Finds. It was my main ‘resolution’ this year to get around to some creative projects that have been hidden in notebooks for a long time – an interactive café guide-map was one of them! I hope these inspire you to support your independents too! Bread and Milk, Bloxham (Cotswolds) Tripadvisor I drove past this many times thinking how cosy this deli looked before one day swerving into a parking space on impulse on the way home from the station with my brother. Since then I have taken my whole family for coffee there. Sitting in this tiny wonderous café is like squeezing into a box full of luxury biscuits and cheeses – from one of the three or so small tables you can reach shelf after shelf of tempting chocolates, biscuits and chutneys, and local beers. Home is Where…, Church Street (Birmingham) http://www.homecafedeli.com/ This is a brunch place to me. But it’s neither regrettable greasy fry-up nor super pricey poor excuses for breakfast; you can get a bacon buttie, scrambled eggs or a reasonably priced salad bowl or sandwich. Its style brightly coloured mismatched chairs & cushions with old wooden tables – done in a rustic & ready rather than pretentious way. I recommend the Chai tea… by far the most flavoursome I have ever tasted and it arrives in a little cafetiere, to which you add your own amount of sugar. Very important. Yumchaa, Berwick Street (London) http://www.yumchaa.com/ Around Berwick & Wardour Street you’re guaranteed to stumble across a decent café, but if it’s a special cup of tea you’re after be sure to stop at Yumchaa. I was impressed by the large selection of teas on offer & the best part of the experience is that you get to sniff from a myriad of jars of tea leaves to help identify the tea that you’re in the mood for. Then you take your little tea-for-one set, find a seat on one of the mismatched wooden seats & watch the busy world of Soho go by.