We challenge anyone not be instantly charmed by The 8ft Grocer, perhaps the most aptly and literally named business in Birmingham. This “artisan food hangout” is something of a dream realised for owner Chris James, who followed his heart to open his own enterprise after spending 8 years in restaurant management in London.
Trading from a slender shop on Caroline Street in the Jewellery Quarter, The 8ft Grocer occupies a decidedly quirky space that was originally the loading bay for a biscuit factory. Open every day, the shop caters to local folk at every stage of their daily need for sustenance: from grabbing a coffee on the way to work, to sitting inside for a soup or salad for lunch, or simply a lazy pastry moment whenever hunger strikes, this modern rustic joint is a fine fit with the health-and-style-conscious crowd who constitute the neighbours in this part of Brum.
But The 8ft Grocer is more than a hip cafe. You can also stock up on high-quality household staples like olive oil, pasta and risotto rice, right through to a hefty selection of jams and preserves, a fair smattering of chocolates and treats and even fruit and veg. There’s an emphasis on locally sourced products, not least of which the bread which is about as native as you can get, baked fresh and delivered daily by the nearby Peel & Stone bakery.
The Eight Foot Grocer
15 Caroline Street B3 1TR
0121 448 2388