There are innovative and interesting coffee shops popping up everywhere it seems and this relatively new place in Midland is one of them. In Victoria Street it is part of the G Centre – I have to admit I thought that was a gym so I have avoided it like the plague, but now find it is a shared community centre of sorts of which the Crooked Spire is part – coffee shop, café and art gallery.
There are a few tables outside with umbrellas for shade and inside is a large warehouse-like space, with exposed metal beams, and benches, tables as well as a number of Chesterfields scattered about providing comfortable little nooks. Walls are decorated by murals and a couple of art installations attest to its art gallery claims.
A brick serving bar dominates one part of the area, with display cases exhibiting food on offer – wraps, bagels, cakes when I was there.
The coffee is served only in take-away containers, unfortunately – I much prefer if I am sitting in a café to have a proper cup – but it is very good coffee, nonetheless – Yahava I am told. The flat white I ordered had good crema, was the right temperature, smooth, mild and aromatic.
It is child friendly with a number of prams on show when I dropped by and is attracting good crowds – Midland is not overburdened with places serving good coffee (you have needed to go a little further to Guildford for that), so the Crooked Spire is a welcome addition. The art on display, friendly waiters, good ambience, and of course quality coffee, make for a great alternative to the chain coffee shops that are the main outlets in the Midland shopping centres nearby.