10:00AM - Fazeley Studios
Across the road from the Custard Factory, a short stroll from Birmingham Moor Street station, sits Fazeley Studios – the sister project to the Custard Factory, housed in a magnificent old Unitarian school and chapel. The studios are home to the BBC’s new Guerrilla Unit for digital innovation, as well as many other thriving creative businesses, but it’s the café we’ve come for – one of the best spots for breakfast in the city. The free-range Full English is a top tip but we’ve got a lot of eating to get through so perfectly poached eggs on toast and a cup of English Breakfast feels more appropriate.
The main café is cosy and laid out in American-diner style with booths lining the walls. But, with the sun shining, we sit out in the big open atrium, part of the old chapel. It’s light, bright and decorated with plants and sculptures, opening out to a sun-lit courtyard. Easy to see why this is a popular wedding venue. The eggs arrive, and are, as promised, poached exactly right with the thinnest layer of white giving way to a generous bright yellow yolk.