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!  img_4407.jpg img_4409.jpg 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.  img_4838 img_4841 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.  img_5463 img_5465 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.

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