Its history, teamed with independent retailers, makes Great Western Arcade one of the must-visit destinations on a shopping trip, but over the past year it has transformed into one of the city’s eating and drinking hotspots
Built over the Great Western Railway in 1874, Great Western Arcade is a Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade, situated between Colmore Row and Temple Row. With the likes of Liquor Store, Projekt21 and Handmade Boutique already well-established, Great Western Arcade has now seen an influx of food and drink brands that are making it a mouthwateringly good destination.
Yorks Espresso Bar
The perfect way to start the day, this is the baby sister to the Newhall Street café. Open from 6.30am (a little later at weekends) it features a La Marzocco espresso machine and the UK’s first cold coffee ‘kegerator’, serving highly-caffeinated cold brew coffee by a beer-style tap. This all comes in addition to the much-loved cakes, pastries, muffins and sandwiches.
Anderson & Hill
This traditional deli is a favourite with the Colmore Row workforce and shoppers alike, boasting some of the city’s best sandwiches. Anderson & Hill is the coolest pantry you’ll ever come across, with a daily selection of cheeses, cured meats, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, and anything else your tastebuds might desire.
Launched last year by Polish chef Adam Glamacinski, who has 15 years experience in the sushi trade, Sushi Passion serves just 30 covers at a time. There’s always a queue outside, with people fighting to sample everything from traditional miso soup and individual sushi dishes, through to extravagant platters that could serve a small country.
Bistro 1847 was established by super chef Damien Davenport and serves an eclectic vegetarian menu. The ‘Grazing, Sharing and Exploring’ menu, allows you to sample smaller, mezze-style plates and the ‘taste of 1847’ menu is a series of dishes designed by their team of chefs and showcases the best of 1847; using seasonal and foraged elements. Even if you’re a meat-eater, you’ll love this restaurant.
By far one of the arcade’s best-known brands, Loki Wine takes the meaning of ‘wine merchant’ to a new level. Its trophy cabinet continues to grow month by month, as does the stunning collection of Old and New World wine. Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, get your hands on a Tasting Card and you’ll have the chance of trying up to 40 wines by the glass at any one time.
And everything else…
If you’re not heading to Marbs this summer then you may as well embrace the carbs, and there’s no better place to do it than Great Western Arcade. Get your hands on artisan, freshly-baked goods at The Bread Collection; delicious cakes at Druckers; sandwiches, sausage rolls and everything in between at Greggs; more fillings than you can shake a stick at from Baguette.com, and traditional hot and cold food at The Victorian Restaurant. We also hear on the grapevine that a brand new Greek deli is soon to open in the arcade!