The Oldswinford Coffee Lounge is an independent cafe in Stourbridge that first opened it's doors just before Christmas and wow, I love it in there. My best friend Chelsea and I first went there on Christmas Eve and, after having enjoyed it there so much that we stayed for three hours, I couldn't resist taking a trip down the road with my mom yesterday. Even from it's exterior, the cafe is so inviting. Everything from the cool typography of the signs to the wooden framings of the door and windows just gives it that fun and quirky sense of individuality that, in a world of commercialised shops and restaurants, is so refreshing.
With brick walls and black chalk boards, The Oldswinford Coffee Lounge has a chic and urban city vibe that is perfect for a girl like me, from a small town dreaming of one day being a writer in London or New York. Whilst the cafe's decor gives me the buzz of being in a city, it remains very tranquil and is an ideal place to sit down over a cup of coffee (or glass of Raspberry Lemonade in my case - yum!), have a chat and just unwind.
I love it when cafes put their own stamp on the ordinary and transform it into something original, and this could be seen in the cafe's Jelly Bean Cups that sat behind the counter, as well as candy cane inspired red and white straws and what I can only describe as a strange hot drinks spoon (see image). It can often take companies a while to distinguish their branding and the overall message they want to promote, but The Oldswinford Coffee Lounge has seemed to establish its brand effortlessley, everything both in and outside the cafe telling its story.
The cafe offers a range of both hot and cold drinks, so for people like me that are extremely fussy with their coffee, there are alternative options, so I opted for the Raspberry Lemonade whilst my mom had a Hot Chocolate. The food menu had slightly less choice than I was hoping for, but that didn't stop me and I had a delicious Cajun Chicken and Chilli Jam panini with salad, although it's safe to say that the salad was never going to be eaten (*shudders*). My mom had the most yummy slice of Lemon and Blueberry cake - how do I know it was yummy? The waitress kindly brought out two forks with the slightly larger than average sized piece of cake, so it only seemed necessary to have just a little bite.
If you're local like me to The Oldswinford Coffee Lounge or perhaps live not too far away in the West Midlands, it's definitely worth losing yourself (not literally, although I'm sure you'll be found pretty quickly) for an hour or two in this wonderful little cafe. With low lighting to give it a warm and relaxing atmosphere, combined with it's delicious food and distinctive personality, it's like having my own little Central Perk just down the road that I can escape to whenever I want- although I unfortunately I doubt I'll be served by the blonde bombshell that is Gunther anytime soon.