Peel and Stone Bakery 

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On Harborne highstreet, there is a delightful bakery called Peel and Stone. With a constantly changing menu of delightful treats on sale, as well as freshly baked bread varieties, it is the perfect place for a quick shop.

 Downstairs, there is a cosy, slightly urban restaurant, where the food is of the same high quality as the shop floor. The garlic bread resonates in my head as being  particularly soft textured; just remember to chew on parsley after, to rid that pungent garlic aroma, so as not to offend your fellow diners!

Below I have described some of my favourites products from there:

Firstly, their sourdough bread, (different varities shown in both photos) which have a unique hint of sourness. The quite dense, bouncy, crumpet like texture is particularly complementary with a warm, soothing soup. 

Their breads are also superbly frozen; some say they even taste better after defrosting!

My ultimate favourite, however, is their almond baklava croissant (in the forefront of the first picture) as its sweet, subtle, marzipan taste, and soft yet slightly chewy texture, is an unbeatable combination. Despite not being a huge fan of marzipan, this croissant somehow satisfies my taste buds.

Overall, I highly recommend this bakery if you are ever in the parameters of Harborne: go and try their savoury breads or sweet brownies, croissants and more, which are all produced to a very high standard.

-afoodexplorer x

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Butcher’s Social- before its new identity !

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Intriguing title, isn’t it? Well, I thought so…

Anyway…

In Harborne, Birmingham, there used to be a little urban eating place called Butcher’s Social. However, this past year it has been closed due to some decoration upgrades and a little menu change to form the new, Harborne Kitchen!  I still need to try the exquisite food of this new, classy restaurant, but I am reliably informed it presents michelin star  food! (A post for when i do manage a visit is a promise!)

However, I am not here to just discuss Harborne Kitchen, no, this is more of a commemoration post for my old favourite, Butcher’s Social. 

It was filled with crates and second hand chairs for seating and a raffle ticket system for customers ordering food. Food was even sold in takeaway packaging to complete the oddly appealing, quirky ambiance of the place!

The photo attatched only provides a glimpse  of the food sold there. With a new menu everyday, I loved the excitement of discovering which new foods were available to try! A favourite, which remained on the menu everyday due to its popularity, was the chicken wings! The photo does not give credit for the succulent, sweet honeycomb coated wings! My irrepressible sweet tooth could not resist! Whoops!

Another favourite dish, which is savoury this time (shocking!), was the mini macaroni cheese balls, which appealed to me as an avid pasta lover ! I will try and develop a recipe for this soon !! Although, with kitchen works currently at home, this may be a struggle.

Overall, with the friendly service and delectable food, I can’t emphasise how disappointed I was to see this place go and I know this may seem like a useless post about a closed down dining place, but if nothing else, it should advocate the need for everyone to try Harborne Kitchen! With the same chefs, the food should be as, if not more, delicious than Butcher’s Social.

So here is to hoping the Harborne Kitchen lives up to my (our?) high expectations. But until then!

-afoodexplorer x

P.s I have just been informed there is a Butcher’s Social in Birmingham city centre!