Bay Leaf at Home

When: Sunday 13th January, from 18:00
Where: Bay Leaf, Custard Factory, Digbeth
Free – Please RSVP (details below)

Unfortunately, the 12th January will see the Bay Leaf restaurant in the Custard Factory close its doors. Digbeth Residents Association would like to thank Bay Leaf for all their help and support.

However, if you’re anything like us and will seriously miss their delicious food, all is not lost… Owner of the Bay Leaf, Aftab Rehman, will be launching a new venture, Bay Leaf at Home, next weekend:

We are leaving the Custard Factory, but we are not leaving you.

As a valued customer we would like to invite you to exclusive and exciting launch of Bay Leaf at Home on the 13th January at 6pm. We will be closer to you by focussing on cooking classes, supper club, external catering and event management.

The evening will include live music, canapés and a buffet meal – you are welcome to make a donation towards the food – as well as an introduction to Bay Leaf at Home. We will also be auctioning some of the Bay Leaf’s artwork.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and custom over the last 18 months. We are more grateful for your continuous support for Bay Leaf at Home and further adventures in the future.

We do hope to see you at the launch.


If you would like to attend the launch of Bay Leaf at Home, please RSVP by email ( or phone (0121 224 7700) by the 11th January.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

You may also like...

1 Response

  1. Boogie Dave says:

    I do feel very sorry for the guys at Bay Leaf. However, I cannot say that I am surprised. Although the Custard Factory certainly has it’s beneficial aspects I can recall at least 3 other businesses that have closed from the very same location as Bay Leaf. There are countless other businesses that have failed to achieve what they anticipated when establishing at the Custard Factory. I have been involved with the Custard Factory in one way or another for roughly 18 years and I have seen this happen time and time again. From a creative, office/studio based, daytime business perspective the location is fine. But try something of an independent retail/leisure direction and, sorry to say, you are pretty much doomed. Obviously there are the occasional exception. Ideal Skates or Yumm, for instance. But these are few and far between.

    Why is there this apparent level of retail/leisure quicksand so prevalent at a location that should be the independent business heartland of Digbeth? It seems to me that no matter what inspirational businesses set themselves up here, with a view to reliance on a custom base anything other than traditional daytime office opening hours, there just is not the support from the local community. Is it the case that once residents are home they would prefer to close the front door, crash on the sofa and watch the television? Is there a sense of foreboding if and when residents consider venturing out at night?

    I am not saying these things to be critical of either the Custard Factory or local residents. I think that there is some fundamental issue that is not being addressed and I do not know what that is. There are enough Digbeth residents to make the area as vibrant as it has the potential to really be but perhaps what the residents actually want is not being delivered.

    I really do look forward to the replies of Digbeth residents and businesses alike. I hope that present and future businesses do not find themselves in a similar position as Bay Leaf and I wish the proprietors and staff of Bay Leaf the very best in their future endeavors