Brand new cafe-bar The Spark has opened in Lichfield.
The venue is at 19 Tamworth Street, in the premises formerly occupied by outdoor clothing chain Millets.
The owners, Della Shipton and Sejal Patel, have aimed to create something a bit different from the traditional-style cafe, and have created a smart, contemporary space with sofas and wooden chairs, and homely touches such as a sideboard stocked with games. There’s plenty of space with an additional lounge upstairs overlooking Tamworth Street.
The Spark operates as a cafe by day, with the emphasis on fresh, handmade food from local supplies (The Spark’s meat is from Peter and Antony Coates’ traditional butchers’ shop in Alrewas, while the fruit and veg come from Curborough Hall Farm Shop). The cafe is currently offering a range of hot and cold sandwiches (for example tuna and lime mayonnaise, £4.95; steak with sauteed mushroom and onion, £5.95) plus soups and sides like chips and onion rings. There’s also a Spark Afternoon Tea (£7.95) on offer comprising freshly-prepared sweet brioche sandwiches, a warm cheese scone, a savoury tart with feta cheese and either tea or coffee.
Once the kitchen closes at 9pm, though, The Spark transforms into a chilled bar selling a range of alcoholic beverages including a choice of nine wines, which can be bought either by the glass or bottle.
With plans to host clubs, workshops and events, Della and Sejal hope that it will become a relaxed place to meet fellow Lichfieldians, or simply a handy pit-stop for a coffee after a show at the Garrick.
This Sunday (August 21) The Spark hosts a dice and decks event (11pm), while the first of their open-mic events is due to launch on Sunday, August 28 (7pm, see the website for more details of upcoming events).
Monday night’s launch was a busy affair with guests enjoying Champagne and canapes created by The Spark’s chefs, Gavin and John.
Opening hours: Mon to Wed 10am to 10pm, Thu to Sat 10am to 11pm, Sun 11am to 10pm. Tel: 01543 898 252.