A day in grand central | Caffe Concerto

On Wednesday, I was invited to have Afternoon Tea with the lovely team from Grand Central. Of course, being my over eager and anxious self I arrived a full hour early! Not that I minded though, It turned out in my favour as It gave me ample time to browse the shops… A lot of shops.

Grand Central is a shopping centre located in the hub of the train station ,but no, they’re not part of it! They hover above it and the two worlds could not be more separate. Instead of the rushing commuters below, the shopping centre offers a really relaxing atmosphere and with the 67 brands to choose from there’s I was definitely spoilt for choice! I spotted a few familiar names and a few unfamiliar, from luxury to high street brands and It’s not surprising how much variety the centre has… the space is used so well and you can easily find all you need for a full day of shopping. 


For me, Shopping has often been a necessity and not a pleasure as I’ve suffered with social anxiety (Agoraphobia) for most of my life. Which is why I rarely attend events and meet ups however, I have to say, it was one of the best shopping experience I have ever had. It wasn’t rushed or pushy or anything I’m used to. They honestly made me feel like they were talking to me and not as a customer, from the first shop, I felt at ease. There are so few times I can say that I have been shopping and walked away with stress-free! I’m sure you can all relate to that too,  after a long week at work you want to spend your free time unwinding and treating yourself to a bit of ‘me-time’. 

So of course when I had reached the pandora shop I couldn’t resist the temptation, it’s shop front to a two-way split which left me intrigued, what mysterious luxury items do they have in there? Why’re they hiding them from me?! So of course I came out with a smile and a new ring! Oh pandora, you are so sneaky!

 

It’s Tea’O Clock!

Now, for the actual meet up in Caffe Concerto we were seated at a table over looking the busy floor of the train station. It was so nice to sit in such a relaxed place, beautiful sky above you (everything is open plan) so it’s really bright and airy, and you can watch the hustle and bustle below. There’s something very satisfying about watching others rush about whilst you sip tea.

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The perfect way to start my day #caffeineismyfriend

P1020591From our seats we could see the glass display case that span the length of the caffe’ housing fresh pastries, cakes and savouries along with an ice cream booth with some incredible flavours and the classics, of course. For a typical Brummie-lass who hasn’t really been to a sit-down breakfast, unless you count a bacon sarnie in the charlie down the road, it was definitely a new experience for me.

The menu is so varied, from classic croissants and sandwiches to handcrafted macarons and tarts, I’m not sure if it was the amazing food or the atmosphere it’s self but it really felt like an occasion to be there. Everything felt so, luxurious, gold edged spoons and traditional tea sets and display cases. It was a proper ‘tea’ party, sandwiches, cakes and scones, mousses and tarts.P1020585

All in all, I had an amazing experience in Caffe Concerto which was all amplified by the amazing staff in the whole of grand central. Each one working to make you feel special which of course makes a huge difference to anything you might treat yourself to whilst on your next visit.Goodies

Be sure to pop into their beauty stores for expert advice, we were told about their experienced beauty teams in each hub who are, and I know from experience, well trained in health and skin care. Like I have said above, each one took the time to know me and my skin care routine and gave me advice on what suits my lifestyle. Needless to say, I came away with an arm full of goodies from several of the top brands and will definitely be going back to review their next events.

I really had an amazing day in Grand central. Being able to spend that time with two great bloggers; Plutoniumsox and Fashionmommy who if you don’t know, you really should. Please bare in mind, I was invited to Tea in Caffe Concerto by The Team in Grand Central. I love writing about my experiences so I can share them with you, hopefully you share some back with me. So, just to reiterate, they have not asked me to write anything on their behalf, I just really enjoyed my experience.

Have a brilliant weekend, what ever you decide to get up to!

Signaturelogosmllr Amy

23 Comments

  1. 16/08/2016 / 9:32 am

    I have never been to or had an afternoon tea and it looks incredibly relaxing.

  2. 15/08/2016 / 12:09 am

    Ooh that afternoon tea looks so yummy, they cakes are like works of art! xxx

  3. 14/08/2016 / 10:47 pm

    I love afternoon teas and this one looks delicious, you lucky thing šŸ˜‰

  4. 14/08/2016 / 9:02 pm

    Looks like a fab Afternoon Tea and awesome that it’s in the train station…very posh! šŸ™‚

  5. 14/08/2016 / 12:01 pm

    How nice even though you arrived early, you definitely made up for it with a shopping and then nice afternoon tea

  6. 14/08/2016 / 9:46 am

    Grand Central is the name of a pub in Manchester, so I got confused for a minute haha.
    That afternoon tea looks delicious!

  7. 14/08/2016 / 9:36 am

    Sounds like you had a fab day – I need to go for tea one day!!

  8. 13/08/2016 / 7:44 pm

    Oh it sounds and looks absolutely yummy, I do love a good afternoon tea x

    • 13/08/2016 / 8:40 pm

      It was brilliant, I’ll be taking my sister next time!! šŸ™‚

  9. 13/08/2016 / 11:27 am

    Aw glad you had a good time, I have always wanted to go for afternoon tea it looks lovely.

  10. 13/08/2016 / 7:30 am

    That afternoon tea looks fantastic! Sounds like a super venue. šŸ™‚

  11. 12/08/2016 / 11:23 pm

    Grand Central sounds like such a cool place. It’s awesome that you had such a nice afternoon tea experience at the cafe.

  12. 12/08/2016 / 7:47 pm

    Oh wow! I’m a sucker for afternoon tea and that just looks amazing! I love how pretty it all looks. Next time I’m in Birmingham I’ll be checking it out!

    • 12/08/2016 / 8:25 pm

      It’s a rare treat for me but it was beautiful, I hope you do it was lovely!

  13. 12/08/2016 / 4:01 pm

    I didn’t know this was in Birmingham train station, I’ll need to keep my eyes open next time I’m there. Looks like an amazing afternoon tea, the scones especially x

    • 12/08/2016 / 5:45 pm

      Yeah, right above it! It’s beautiful up there. I’m super local so I’m up there often but I’ve never really spent the time looking in it, they had everything!! The scones, omg the SCONES! They’re the best I’ve had!

  14. 12/08/2016 / 1:22 pm

    This sounds like most lovely afternoon tea out – I have to admit I’ve not really explored Grand Central since it reopened.

  15. 12/08/2016 / 11:06 am

    I’ve never been before. The afternoon tea looks delicous

  16. 12/08/2016 / 10:47 am

    I totally missed this place when I was in grand central! My hotel was opposite one of the entrances so was always in and out of there šŸ™‚ Looks so nice!

    Ashleigh x

    http://www.beingashleigh.com – UK fashion, lifestyle and travel blog

    • 12/08/2016 / 10:48 am

      It was lush! I’d defintely reccomend having a day there and trying out all of the things they have there x (maybe next time) x

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