Archive for the ‘General’ Category
We’re proud to be hosting the third mini version of Stirchley Community Market at Loaf this Thursday, 15th May. We’ll be selling the usual range of great real bread in the shop as well as hot pasties from the bakery oven – traditional, veggie, and the classic ‘Pas-Thai’.
There’s a great range of stallholders coming down too who will be dispersed throughout the cookery school and dining room spaces. Come and check out:
Re-loved (handmade & upcycled bags and clothes)
Cuffufle (locally produced preserves, cordials, mustards & more)
Anawim (crafts from a women’s charity in Balsall Heath)
Pip’s Hot Sauce (‘devilishly spicy chilli sauces’)
Happy House (handmade keepsake boxes and crafts)
Vegetropolis (organic and unusual vegetables)
Stirchley Happenings (local arts group)
Kneals Chocolate (quality, locally produced handmade chocolates)
It’s on from 3-7 on Thursday 15th May.
We’ll be doing lunches in the shop from 12 too if you fancy coming down early. Pea, pesto and rocket soup or ham and cheese croissants.
Hope to see you there!
We’ll see you for lunch!
Tuesday: Tarka daal with sourdough (back by popular demand!) (vegan)
Wednesday: Chickpea, parsley, and feta salad with focaccia (vegan option)
Thursday: Sandwiches! Roast beef, rocket, and horseradish mayo, or brie, apple and walnut butter.
Friday: Pizza! Lamb ‘chorizo’, wild garlic and mozarella or roasted squash, red onion and Shropshire blue.
And of course we’ll have the popular ham and cheese croissants Tues-Thurs and Saturday morning too.
See you in the shop! Tom.
At Loaf this week there has been a hive of activity. We have done a complete refit of the shop and are introducing some new editions – including weekday takeaway lunches, and a small selection of cookery equipment, specialist cookery ingredients and local produce to buy. We’ll also be selling our usual selection of speciality bread and cakes . Thanks to a fantastic team of staff and volunteers the new & improved Loaf Bakery Shop re-opens tomorrow – Saturday 26th April 2014. Particular thanks goes to Tom, Sarah, Nancy, Andy, Jordan, Mike, Alasdair, Russ, Walter and Jane for all your hard work. You’re amazing!
Below you’ll find out what’s new, discover our new opening hours and salivate at this week’s takeaway lunch menu – changing every week. We hope you like the look of the new shop too, with much of our furniture made from reclaimed palettes and recycled materials….
New Loaf Bakery Shop Opens – Saturday 26 April 2014
So here’s what we’ve got on offer. Pop in to discover what’s new….
New Opening Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 6.30pm
Saturday: 8.15am – 1pm
Tuesdays – Fridays: Takeaway lunches, from 12noon
Weekday Takeaway Lunch Menu
Tuesday 29 April to Friday 2 May 2014, from 12 noon
Tuesday – Daal with sourdough; Baked ham & mature cheese croissant.
Wednesday – Herb & mushroom Frittata with green salad; Baked ham & mature cheese croissant.
Thursday – Rosso Pomodoro Soup with sourdough; Baked ham & mature cheese croissant.
Friday – Spinach, artichoke & chilli goats cheese pizza; Spicy ‘Nduja sausage, mozzarella & parmesan pizza.
We will also have brewed coffee and loose leaf teas to takeaway.
Pick up a Loyalty Card
We like to reward our regular customers with the Loaf Loyalty Card, to enable you to collect ‘Loaf’ stamps and redeem a free loaf of bread!
You’ll get your last loaf in a baker’s dozen on us
when you buy 12 loaves, you’ll get the 13th free!*
Ask at the till. Subject to terms and conditions – details on the card*.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Loaf Team
From Saturday 26th, Loaf isn’t just a bakery and a cookery school – it’s also a shop. As you’ve probably gathered, Stirchley Stores are leaving and Loaf is taking over the space.
This means you’ll see some changes. The shop will look different, thanks to some clever friends and a lot of planning. The bread will mostly look the same. It should all be on the shelf 1pm on week days. Depending on who’s baking, it will be more burned or less burned! The shop will stock equipment, ingredients and books that we love and use at Loaf. The hours will be slightly altered. The staff will rotate shifts, so you should get to know the bakers, as well as you know Tom and Nancy. We’ll have two new faces for you to meet – Jordan (some of you might know from her good work with Stirchley Stores) and Martha, who are both joining the Loaf family! But perhaps the biggest difference for you, will be LUNCH.
If you ever came to Brewhouse here at Loaf, you’ll be familiar with our ever-changing menus. No two weeks were the same. I think that’s the way we like it. You can depend on us to make a tasty lunch. But we plan on changing the menu daily to keep it as fresh and exciting for you, as it is for those preparing your food.
We’ll be keeping it simple, seasonal, affordable AND delicious.
So, think a couple of options every day. Think stuffed croissants or daal, soups or stews, sandwiches or salads or sourdough pizza slices (you can bet sourdough pizza becomes a regular occurrence!).
Along with this, we’ll be serving up our regular brewed teas and coffees every day.
We’re all really excited to welcome you!
Lunches available Tuesday-Friday only from 12 noon.
We don’t have much space, so your lunches will be to go.
As ever, first come, first served!
Dan and Johanna are the co-founders of The Handmade Bakery, the first Community Supported Bakery in the UK. Launched using a subscription bakery model that enabled it to start from virtually zero capital they built a sustainable bakery which engages and enlists the local community, giving them a say in where their bread comes from and a meaningful relationship with the bakers.
Started from Dan and Johanna’s home kitchen, the bakery now has its own canal-front bakery cafe space, employs 18 people cooperatively and turns over of more than £250,000 per year. And all without ever going to a bank for a loan! Many individuals and groups throughout the UK have a similar dream to Dan and Johanna; to start up a community bakery where they live, to start a business with ethics, principles and real bread at its heart.
This 1 day course will explore setting up and running a community supported bakery. It will look at the practical, technical and community aspects of community supported baking. Tom will also contribute a bit about Loaf’s story during the day.
You can find all the details of the course and book your place on the School of Slow website.