Thursday Night is Dosa Night (30th July 2015)

July 27, 2015 No comments »

For a couple of years we have run a fantastic Dosa-making masterclass with Haseen George of Pop Up Dosa, but unbelievably we have never yet run a dosa pop-up at Loaf. That all changes this Thursday. Check out the flyer below and please share widely! p.s. We have a couple of spaces left on the next Dosa masterclass on the 4th August – book online here:

30th July dosa flyer



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Hi guys, here are this weeks lunches for you:

Tuesday: Tarka Daal w/sourdough £4 // Prosciutto, brie, red grape and rocket baguette £4

Wednesday: BLTA ciabatta £4// Artichoke. mozzarella and spinach sourdough pizza £4

Thursday: Pear, prosciutto, stilton and rocket baguette £4 // Greek salad ciabatta £4

Friday: Salt beef on challah rolls £5// Cheddar and Broccoli frittata w/foccacia and salad  £4

Hope you enjoy!

Stirchley-on-Sea postponed until 20th August

July 21, 2015 No comments »

Unfortunately due to ill-health, this Thursday ‘s (23rd July) Stirchley-on-Sea is postponed until the 20th August.

We’ll have the same or a very simlar menu then!

Sorry for any inconvenience, T.

Loaf’s Menu this week

July 20, 2015 No comments »

Hey! Here’s our menu for the week!



Stirchley-on-Sea #6 – 23rd July 2015, 7-9pm

July 16, 2015 No comments »

***Postponed until 20th August due to ill health***


It’s time for Stirchley-on-Sea #6, and this time we’re heading to Thailand for some fishy treats. Hope to sea you there…

2015-07-13 Loaf Stirchley on Sea 6 THAILAND

The Lifford BID (Business Improvement District) Vote.

July 14, 2015 3 comments »

Businesses in the areas of Stirchley, Bournville, Cotteridge, and Kings Norton are currently being asked to vote for or against the formation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in the area. If the BID is approved by the vote then every business will have a percentage ‘levy’ added onto their business rates which will go into the creation of a new company that is managed by a board of directors elected by businesses to spend on improvements and/or changes to the high street and local environment.

As a value driven company we have thought long and hard about the pros and cons of a BID being formed in the area and have discussed as a cooperative how we will vote. We feel it is right to let our customers know that we will vote against the formation of a BID, and explain briefly why.

Firstly it is right to acknowledge that a BID can certainly bring some material benefits to an area, but it is our firm belief that these material benefits can be achieved in the absence of a BID as well. The development in Stirchley High Street and Stirchley’s cultural life over the last five years is proof of this. Companies and organisations like Birmingham Bike Foundry, South Birmingham Food Coop, Stirchley Stores, Stirchley Market, Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Stirchley Happenings, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, Stirchley United Club, the Stirchley Baths committee, Stirchley Park, Love Stirchley, Super Stirchley, Loaf, Birmingham City Council’s Town Centre Manager, Kings Norton Farmers Market and many others have contributed to a vibrant cultural life and community atmosphere in the area. This grassroots regeneration is not dependent on a BID. It is possible that a BID in the area will actually hamper these grassroots activities through a top down approach. Of course this is dependent on the attitude of the BID committee and there could be a positive effect too, but the history of relationships between the Lifford Business Association and some of the organisations listed above does not give us hope.

Secondly, our opposition to the BID is an idealogical one. We believe that our high streets are public spaces and should remain so, particularly when they are located in residential neighbourhoods. A BID is a step in the direction of privatisation of our high streets. A BID subtly suggests that the businesses in the area have ownership over it, and can decide what improvements and changes they would like to make and have the right to carry those out. In our opinion a BID puts too much power in the hands of the businesses (and the company formed by the BID to manage changes), and takes that power away from residents and other high street users.

For these reasons Loaf will be voting No in the Lifford BID vote, and I hope our customers will support us in this decision.

If you’d like to see further positive changes in your area please be encouraged by the fun we’ve had in Stirchley in the last five years. Come and talk to any of the organisations listed above if you want to find out how we can continue to improve our high street without a BID. Take risks, talk to people, organise, and be the change!

Lunch this week

July 13, 2015 No comments »

Hi everyone, here are this weeks lunches:

Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough // Prosciutto, red grape, rocket and brie baguette

Wednesday: Mozzarella, artichoke and spinach sourdough pizza // Pea mayo, ham and rocket baguette

Thursday: Bacon and cheese frittata // Greek salad ciabatta

Friday: Salt beef on challah rolls // Sweet potato and spinach frittata

Hope to see you down here!

Two Dosa events coming up…

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Making dosa!If you like Dosa (South Indian sourdough pancakes served with delicious sambar curry and chutneys) – then you’re gonna want to know about these two greatdosa events we have on the horizon:

First up we have a Dosa Pop-Up with Birmingham’s king of dosa Haseen George, on the 30th July 2015 from 7-9pm. Like Stirchley-on-Sea it’ll be a casual eat-in or takeaway in the bakery / cookery school, and you can bring your own alcoholic drinks or buy soft drinks here. Full details with menu and prices will be released nearer the time. No need to reserve though, just turn up.

Second up we have a dosa making masterclass with Haseen on the 4th August from 6.30-9.30pm. It’s a great interactive course where you’ll learn all the tips and tricks you need to make great dosa at home, along with all the essential side-orders – masala potatoes, sambar, mint and coriander chutney, and Haseen’s signature – gunpowder chutney (think delicious sand!). You can book online for the dosa course here:

Lunch menu

July 6, 2015 No comments »

This week, we’ll mostly be eating:






















Last time, the BLTA’s sold out super quick… so, be quick.




June 29, 2015 No comments »

Hi everyone, here are this weeks lunches:

Tuesday:  Tarka Daal w/Sourdough // Smoked lamb pitta with gem lettuce and minted yoghurt

Wednesday: Proscuitto, brie, red grape and rocket baguette // Roasted veg & couscous salad in a box

Thursday: Greek sourdough pizza // Pea mayo, ham and rocket baguette

Friday: Salt beef on challah rolls // Pear, Stilton & roasted walnut on ciabatta

Hope to see you down here!