Lunches this week

May 26, 2014 No comments »

Ham and cheese croissant served Tues-Thurs, plus:

Tuesday 27th May: Tarka daal with sourdough.

Wednesday: Roasted carrot and coriander soup served with real bread.

Thursday: Pitta! Slaw, humous, and chilli sauce with either lemon and mint chicken or falafel.

Friday: Stone-baked sourdough pizza: whaddayawant??


Pop Up Dosa lunch at Ort Cafe this Saturday, 12-3pm

May 22, 2014 No comments »

Dosa WorkshopWe’re loving doing lunches for you on weekdays here at the newly refurbished shop – it’s fun spreading our culinary wings a bit and the feedback has been great so far. However We also love promoting our friends and I want to make you aware of a great event happening this Saturday at the wonderful Ort Cafe in Balsall Heath. Pup-Up Dosa’s Haseen  (who teaches our How to Make: Dosa course), is doing a Dosa lunch at Ort on Saturday 24th May from 12-3pm. It’s sure to be a great way to start your bank holiday weekend and you’ll be full with wonderful food for only £7. Many more details on Ort’s website:


May 19, 2014 No comments »


Last week, late afternoon on Wednesday, I (Sarah) made soup for the first time.  I didn’t know making soup was so easy, otherwise I would have made some much sooner.  Anyway, for my first soup, I followed (sort of) a recipe for a Pea and Rocket soup.  When it was made, I tasted it, and thought it was pretty delicious.  I put it in the fridge ready for Thursday’s lunch.

At approximately 11.45am, I put the soup into the soup kettle after heating it up.  Put it on the table next to the till, ready for the day.  At 11.55am, I ran out to grab something from the back room, heard a noise, ran back into the shop to find the soup was now covering the floor as far as my eyes could see.  I didn’t know i’d made so much soup.

Standing in the soup, was a member off staff – who will remain unnamed – who tells me this was an accident.  They had knocked it over with the peel, while turning round after putting bread on the shelf.

They were very sorry.
Not as sorry as I was.

All this to say, I am going to make the soup again this week.  I will watch over it, and guard it with my life.

Please come and try it on Wednesday if you get a chance, and if you like pea soup.



P.s – We are still deciding on what pizza toppings for this week! We’ll update when we know!  And if you have any ideas, please leave us a comment and tell us.



Stirchley Market at Loaf on Thursday

May 14, 2014 No comments »

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!


May 12, 2014 No comments »

Week 3 – and we’re getting the hang of this lunch malarkey.  You want daal on Tuesday’s and you want pizza on Fridays.  You love a soup and you love a sandwich.  So everyday this week, is for you.  We’re open from 12noon-6.30pm Tuesday – Friday, and Saturdays 8.15am-1pm.  Tea and Coffee, cold drinks are served too!



We’ll see you for lunch!



Lunches this week

May 5, 2014 No comments »

Coming up this week we have…

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.

Lunch today!

May 1, 2014 No comments »

Today’s lunch, roast pork and apple sandwiches or papa pomodoro soup!


Lunches this week

April 28, 2014 No comments »

This is our first week of doing lunches every day. We’re keeping it fairly simple but we’ll be offering ham and cheese croissant too, and we might do the odd sausage roll too. Here’s this weeks board…


New Loaf Bakery Shop Opens – Sat 26 April

April 25, 2014 1 comment »

Stirchley Just Got Tastier!

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 Refit  New Loaf Bakery Refit

New Loaf Bakery Refit Tom Making Tea for the Workers


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 Loaf Bakery Shop. Designer: Kerry Leslie


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.

Brewed cofee and loose leaf tea 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*.

Loaf Loyalty Card

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Loaf Team

Who’s Hungry?

April 19, 2014 2 comments »

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!