A POPULAR cafe has officially opened a new branch inside a National Trust site.

Little Al's Kitchen, based in Droitwich and Worcester, has opened its doors at The Firs which is Edward Elgar's birthplace.

Business owner Alex Daw was spotted marking the occasion with his very own Elgar-esque moustache which he will be greeting customers with at the cafe opening this Mothering Sunday (March 10).

Michelle Fullard, general manager for National Trust South Worcestershire, said: "Just like Sir Edward Elgar, Little Al's Kitchen is a firm fixture in Worcestershire, and we're thrilled they've opened their latest cafe here at The Firs.

"We look forward to welcoming visitors to Elgar's first home to see why he never forgot this quintessentially English country cottage and garden while they're enjoying excellent coffee and delicious food."

The cafe is designed to be contemporary and is located in the modern visitor centre within the grounds of the historic home. 

It aims to be a place for National Trust visitors to relax while tucking into a fair-trade coffee, refreshing teas, and a selection of brunch favourites.

There will also be a range of alternative goods, such as gluten-free options, milk alternatives, and vegan choices.

The cafe will serve up hearty soups, slow-cooked ham sandwiches, and a selection of cakes.

In spring and summer, the doors of the café will open onto a seating area overlooking the seasonal cottage garden. 

The Firs is the birthplace cottage of England's best-known classical music composer, Edward Elgar, and is cared for by The National Trust.

The National Trust property offers expert talks and music performances, so visitors can listen to some of Elgar's best-known works and learn more about the man behind the music.

From March until the end of October, Little Al's Café will be open at The Firs every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10am to 5 pm.

Little Al's Cafe is currently in The Lido Park in Droitwich, and the Cafe Viaduct is in the heart of Worcester.