Medicine Bakery - Birmingham

4.4
431 reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
Medicine was born out of a discovery of abandoned space, of new possibilities and an inquisitive quality for creating something vital and diverse. An artisan bakery and kitchen, café and gallery, which is rooted in its heritage in both Birmingham and Wolverhampton, Medicine represents a new format of social space. It finds its niche through a carefully curated menu of ethical products, whilst offering a daily fix of cultural inspiration in an environment which promotes a debate about art and culture. Please note bookings are for diners only and there is unfortunately no wheelchair access

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 431 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Abby
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first visit but I’m already planning on coming back! I absolutely loved the food and the setting. The value is great and I think I would eat everything on the menu. The selection is great. Staff were great but it took a while to get our order in and get our bill.

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Poppy
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Absolutely loved my brunch it was lovely. Plenty of vegan options on the menu! Great service too.

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Nimbus
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and lovely ambience. Highly recommend.

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Chefboychris
London
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was excellent and very accommodating. Food was almost as good as it sounded on the menu. Wonderful sourdough and cakes on the bar - definitely worth a look.

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LorraineGA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting choice of breakfast and brunch dishes to cater for all tastes. Delicious pastries which we all bought to take home.

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LauraC
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I ordered a vegan Reuben with fries and was given a meat one. WhennI said something I said I'd get a fresh vegan Reuben and fries. Reuben arrived, fries didn't. Asked for my fries, told I'd get them. Never did. Complained when it came to pay and was told they would waive the price for the vegan Reuben and fries. However I still had to pay £14.50 (for a cappuccino and Mimosa) so reckon I was still charged extra. Overall really bad service

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KerryB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The lunch was nice, and the employee who seated us was very pleasant. However, after lunch we went to
choose some cakes, and we’re disappointed to find most of them had gone and that the selection was nothing like what I had seen online. Perhaps this was a matter of timing though, as it was around 2:30pm in a Saturday. Whilst we were trying to decide what cake to have, the lady working on the section started putting up Perspex screens in front of us like we were infectious, which was a bit awkward. I understand there’s a pandemic, but then why had the screens been taken down only to be shoved in our faces when we went to buy a cake? When I asked for the bill from one of the other employees, she looked at me like I’d asked her something really strange, but after a few seconds she recovered herself and arranged for the bill to be brought to our table.

Bit of a mixed bag really, don’t think I’ll bother with it again though. I may try the one in the Mailbox to see if that’s a better experience.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This was our first time to medicine cafe and we was highly dissapointed. We were waiting over 10minutes to be seated when we had booked a table. We had ordered 2 matcha lattes iced, one with dairy one without due to allergies and the waitress could not tell us which one was the dairy or not and was not given the option for our drinks to be remade.We had decided we wanted food and asked for a menu but we were then waiting over 25mins to order food, the waitress kept walking past us and by the time we were asked if we wanted food, we had to leave as our table was only reserved for an hour and a half.

I have heard amazing things about Medicine Cafe and this did not match up to the reviews I've received from a friend. The lobby became cluttered and we could not place our cake order for takeaway with the waitor bumping into is saying "sorry, it's a crap layout"

Disgusted.

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NickyM
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Disappointing experience. Service was slow, took 20 minutes for our drinks order to be taken. Egg and sourdough was cold and tasteless. Enjoyed the French toast though.

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KH90
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, and the portion size was huge! A first visit but would definitely be back again!

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CoffeeSengh
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely eatery in central Birmingham. I'm running out of characters.

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Alec
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Lovely venue, nice staff, but hard poached eggs were really disappointing.

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BEXJ
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service from all the staff.
Will be booking to go back again soon.

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KarinaH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good, service, drinks and food.
Most delicious pain au chocolat!

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Raya
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely hidden gem! We enjoyed admiring the art on the walls while waiting for the food to arrive. The food was delicious and beautiful to look at as well. Once we finished we picked up a few colourful treats from the bakery on the way out which were enjoyed later on that evening. A must visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a brilliant lunch here, the food was delicious, the staff were extremely friendly and the best thing was that our dog was made to feel welcome! Thank you very much guys :)

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Shan
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of food, cakes and drinks coupled with efficient and friendly service. A lovely experience.

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GeorgeL
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Amazing service (thank you!) in a lovely space but the food needs work! I've been here a couple of times and its consistently below standard, especially for the price being charged. Its just a bit greasy and flavourless - trying to be too fancy without any of the taste or finesse. The chef needs to go back to basics and stop trying to make it look fancy and focus on taste and flavour.

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emily2809
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

medicine is a lovely calm spot for some delicious food (breakfast and pastries in particular). the interior is lovely and the food was quick.

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CfoodieP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, caters brilliantly for vegetarians/vegans. Always great service and suitable with children.

Freshly baked foods are a wonderful treat and very generous in size!

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Nick
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food - the cakes are nothing short of incredible.

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ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely afternoon spent here brilliant service wonderful food

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StuartG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to go for coffee and cake, the cakes are out of this world. Did plan on having something a little more than a cake but so full from Maple and pecan had no room.
All the staff are wonderful and helpful.

Just watch out for the loo, steep steps.

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BeatrizS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So noise!
Still nice bit the noise a bit annoying

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Emily
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Went on a Wednesday Lunchtime. Waited 45 minutes for our food, we weren’t in a rush so this wasn’t so much of a problem for us. Had finished our drinks well before food arrived. Ordered a side of fries which didn’t arrive until after we had eaten our main meal. Staff weren’t as attentive as we would’ve liked but it seemed very busy for a Wednesday. Not sure if I would go on a Saturday or on peak days. Food was nice. Nice atmosphere.

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JodiB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! Great, welcoming staff. Smashing cakes as well!!

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vipJules
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan food choices. Always amazing choice of cakes .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The place is nice and the food is great. However service was hit and miss they left us for ages then came over to say they were checking on our food …

Food was worth it in the end, just a bit hectic.

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Rach
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good fab but restaurant & toilets shabby in places.

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ChandraA
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for brunch with delicious food and great service and a very nice vibe/ ambience. Second time back.

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AnnitaL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I went there with some of my friends to celebrate my birthday. I have ordered sourdough toast with poached eggs and smoked salmon. Bread was really good but very hard to cut as the knives were not very sharp. Also the water glasses stunk of something like meat and I couldn’t drink any water. Cutlery was exposed in a jar and overall the place was not very hygienic/ no antiseptic gels / no barcodes for menus etc. I had a few extra menus as I was waiting for my friends and I was asked by the waiter to give them back because they didn’t have enough menus. I like the interior and the fact that is a gallery but the furniture are not suitable for a cafe and not comfortable. they clearly had a low budget and just put some random furniture together that don’t work. Not good! The food was tasty but when I got to the end of it I’ve realised there was an eggshell in my plate. The waiter asked if everything was ok and I mentioned it to him. He said he was sorry and he would tell the chef. After a while we had to leave but we haven’t heard back from the chef or at least get a discount for the meal so ended up paying the full price. So very disappointed in general! I really hope they read the reviews and actually improve on these.

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AliceT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed medicine bakery, brilliant food and a brilliant atmosphere. Also met dietary requirements so easily!

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MarianR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good for lunch. Not particularly easy to find. If you didn't know about it you would walk right past, which is a shame

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CharlotteH
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely to go to an independent cafe in the middle of Birmingham! Food was some of the best breakfast food I have had before (We had the Harissa Benedict and the Sausage Brioche). Will definitely be returning again soon. Would recommend booking to avoid disappointment.

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Sarah
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food is great, but toilet/disabled access is not great. If this could be developed, it would be really helpful.

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AJNick
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - as always! Fantastic level of service. Unbeatable.

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Stuart
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and great service. Central location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor amazing service food unbelievably good. See you again soon

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KMta
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, very friendly and absolutely beautiful restaurant aesthetic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Unfortunately several things went wrong with our dining experience at Medicine Bakery and would not return.

FAQs

Medicine Bakery - Birmingham offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0121 643 1188.

Medicine Bakery - Birmingham is rated 4.4 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.