Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Sometimes you are in town and just need somewhere for refreshment with small child/children.  So here are a few choices in the middle of Lichfield.

Lichfield Methodist church

The Lichfield Methodist Church coffee shop (limited opening, access from Tamworth Street or Backcester Lane) is not fancy, but it is very relaxed and the volunteers who run it are all very friendly.  Most of the other customers will be retired people or other mums with small children who are using the playgroup upstairs.  It provides the cheapest coffee in the city (and a loyalty card!), together with a slice of toast for 20p.

Café Latte price:  £1
Favourite cake:  We like the teacakes for 80p but one is never quite enough.

Child friendly highlights:  High chairs, small plastic beakers of milk or juice, trainer seats in the toilets

Buggy friendly:  Ramps up to the front and back doors, lots of buggy parking space
Car parking:  Lichfield City pay and display parking

Spark Café Bar

This café is a relatively new addition to Lichfield’s thriving coffee scene.  It’s becoming a real community hub, with book groups, quiz nights, fundraising events and workshops all regular parts of their offering.  The grown up food is good, with soup, gourmet sandwiches (I love the sausage sandwiches) and main meals throughout the day and evening.  It has a young diners' menu, with smaller portions of the main menu for £3 to £6.  Drinks for toddlers run to a large glass of milk for £1 or grown up juice.  There are high chairs but no baby change. 

This is a locally run business, welcoming to all, and deserves lots of support.  In my opinion it does the best coffee in Lichfield, and is also the perfect place for a bit of time out without children.


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