Birmingham’s independent spots need our help now more than ever

Here at Style Birmingham, we’ve always focused on sharing everything that we love about our city. We love shining the spotlight and sharing stories about the incredible business and venues that make Birmingham what it is. But right now, our city and its independents are suffering.

The global effect that COVID-19 has had on the city – and the rest of the world for that matter – in just under 24-hours is quite frankly terrifying, and after the Government introduced social distancing and encouraged people to work from home where possible, our much-loved independent hospitality businesses have been left in the most terrifying position.

Yorks on Stephenson Street

Right now, we’re living in a very dark time. Scrolling through social media today my heart has been breaking seeing what COVID-19 is doing to small businesses in the city. I spend a lot of my time in cafes, bars and restaurants in Birmingham; I’ve come to know the staff, owners and managers to the point where they know my morning coffee order like the back of their hand. These people live and breathe hospitality, they make these places what they are, and it’s being taken away from them.

Some of us may be left with no choice but to stay in our homes and self-isolate, but now is also the time where these incredible places need our support more than ever before. If leaving the house isn’t an option for you, there are still ways you can help save spots that you love probably just as much as me: Yorks, The Wilderness, Waylands Yard – all of these places are at serious risk of being wiped out as a result of the necessary Government decisions.

The Wilderness, Jewellery Quarter

So if you’re left wondering what you can do to help, here’s a list of all the things you can do to support our beloved independents to make sure they make it through this incredibly rough patch and keep being the beating heart of Birmingham. Take this story and spread it as far as you can. Together, we can tackle this.

The Wilderness – As well as launching a petition urging for better support for hospitality businesses, The Wilderness also offers gift vouchers which can be purchased online to enjoy at a later date if you fancy some rock and roll fine dining.

Yorks – Having already been hit by multiple break-ins and the tram extension, Yorks really needs your help. They’ve set up a Go Fund Me page to help keep them afloat when all of this is over. They serve some of the best brunches in the city. So please donate whatever you can by clicking here.

Wayland’s Yard – Wayland’s has launched a Boris Survival Kit. You can buy a gift card to use whenever you want by clicking here, shop their retail products (coffee, keep cups and brewing gear) by clicking here, and even order amazing food and drink via Deliveroo and by clicking here.

Baked In Brick – This lovely pizza place is staying open for as long as it can. Food is also available for collection and delivery on Deliveroo.

Gaijin SushiGaijin is on Deliveroo and is also offering delivery further than normal. They’re also matching lunch orders by sending the same to the NHS. They also have gift cards too.

The Indian Streatery – Fancy some Indian food? The Indian Streatery is available on Uber Eats. From Wednesday (March 18) they’ll also be offering 30% off for NHS staff, gift cards and merch. Check out their website for full details.

Caneat – Caneat is offering food to take away from the front door.  They’re open from 10am – 2pm. Visit their site here.

Ju Ju’s Cafe – Some good stuff here. 50% off food for frontline NHS staff on evenings from Wednesday – Saturday. Free deliveries to neighbours over 65, plus loads of great offers on the site here.

Arch 13 – Fancy meat, wine and cheese delivered to your door? Arch 13 has some great packages available. Click here to find out more.

Cherry Reds – All food at Cherry Reds is available to take away, plus they offer 20% a takeaway beer discount and gift vouchers which they will take payment for over the phone and post out to you. Give them a call on 0121 643 5716.

Grace + James – This lovely little spot has gift cards which can be used at a later date, and their sister site Poli offers a pizza and bottle of wine for collection. Find out more here.

The Wildcat Tap – These guys have a fridge full of amazing beer that’s available to take away.

Low ‘N’ Slow – Andy, the owner of this iconic Digbeth Dining Club great is selling vac-packed meats with cooking instructions including brisket, pork belly, chickens and more. All of which will be delivered to your door if you live in Birmingham. Find out more here.

Sushido – Japanese spot, Sushido, offers delivery from their spot in Sutton Coldfield up to four miles away. They’re also open as usual, have contactless payment, their own app to order food and 10% off on delivery or takeaway by using the code Mar10% when you check out. Click here to find out more about them.

Umami Indian Kitchen – Also offering orders and delivery from their own app, Umami Indian Kitchen is offering 25% off and free delivery within a two-mile radius, and also provide a no-contact drop-off. Find out more here.

Quarter Horse Coffee – These guys are still open and roasting their lovely coffee in-house. You can order and pay online and pop in to collect. More details here.

Electric Cinema – While all other cinemas have closed, the mighty Electric remains open if you want to catch a movie. Get full details from their statement by clicking here.

The Vanguard – These guys have created a PreBottle cocktail menu where are drinks are £5. You can just turn up and get them or pre-order by messaging The Vanguard in advance. Find out more here.

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