"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different"
Coco Chanel

This unique business was literally started over twenty years ago from the kitchen table, where Gillian created one off corsets for individual clients. Working from home suited her while her children were small, but Gillian was determined to succeed beyond the unavoidable limitations of a home based business.

Gillian went on to win "The Business"... an innovative competition run by Coventry City Council, Mercia Radio and the Coventry Evening Telegraph. Her prize was a shop, rent free for twelve months. It was just the stepping stone she needed, giving her invaluable retail experience and the opportunity to grow the business.

"Winning "The business" competition changed my life! It allowed me to make that massive step to move my business out onto the high street. I'd love to see other councils following in Coventry's footsteps, in allowing other entrepreneurs the same opportunity to occupy otherwise empty units." Gillian

A move to Knowle, near Solihull enabled Gillian to fulfill her dream of creating a stylish fashion themed destination. The business expanded by the addition of a quirky fashion cafe, complete with sweeping red catwalk carpet. Customers can indulge in delicious coffees, home made snacks, daily specials and, of course, sensational afternoon teas! Waitresses dressed in traditional black and white uniforms serve from an old fashioned cake trolley packed with mouthwatering delights.

By night the cafe transforms into a stylish venue for evening events with everything from musical performances, fashion shows and fashion themed workshops. The venue is licensed and is available for private hire.

A retail area boasts an ever changing collection of off the peg corsets, quirky jewellery, gifts and handbags. A victorian style, indoor arcade boutique provides the backdrop for a vintage themed bridal shop. This really is a bridal boutique with a difference, and so unlike traditional wedding shops of our time.

Gillian works in her studio above the bridal boutique, producing truly original corset designs which emerge down the spiral staircase on a weekly basis. In contrast to this mad world of mass produced clothing made in far away lands, Gillian continues to take inspiration from her heroine, Coco Chanel, in offering all of her customers, both Catwalk Café guests or fashion clients, that one thing that is generally so hard to find today... "something different"

Covering Knowle, Solihull, Leamington Spa, Stratford upon Avon,East Midlands,West Midlands and Warwickshire


Our Vintage style fashion themed café never fails to astound our customers. The sweeping red catwalk runway against a backdrop of Victorian brick walls and tiles casts an elegant ambience for all of our guests.

Afternoon Tea Experience

We are renowned throughout Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Solihull for our Traditional Afternoon Teas served on vintage china with silver teapots by waiting staff dressed in black and white uniforms.

Afternoon tea is a set menu freshly prepared ready for your arrival. Download our afternoon tea menu here.

Book a table for afternoon tea here.

We also host frequent Themed Afternoon Tea Events. See our event schedule here.

The Catwalk Café is licensed to serve alcohol.

Opening Times

We are open 11.30am-5pm Thursday-Saturday with sittings at 11.30am, 1.15pm or 3pm.

The Catwalk Cafe is also available to hire for family gatherings, baby showers, hen parties and other special occasions. Email here for details.

Buy an Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher using the Paypal ‘Buy Now’ button below:
*This voucher will be posted out to you.

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Afternoon Tea for 2

Afternoon Tea

We are now able to supply afternoon tea gift vouchers for any requested number of guests, in addition to our printed afternoon tea for two vouchers.