As evidenced by cronuts, Brangelina (RIP) and labradoodles, portmanteaus can result in the creation of truly beautiful things. That delightful moment between breakfast and lunch is probably our favourite of them all. B’ham excels at brunchin, so we did the honourable thing and ate our way round town to bring this compilation of sorts. Bubbles are optional but highly recommended.
The Eight Foot Grocer, Jewellery Quarter
Woodfired flatbread is a heavenly foundation for a meal at any time of day. The Eight Foot Grocer can conveniently make use of the pizza oven next door in sister resto Otto to make bread-based happiness an all day thang. Introduce crispy aubergine, beetroot hummus and a perfectly poached egg to their special Sabich - and it's so delish we proffer to eat this for the rest of our days.
The new kid on the Harborne block is putting out the best darned cups of Joe outside the city centre right now, with carefully selected rotating guest beans and serious attention to detail. Their toast based menu is a dietary requirement's dream, giving you the ability to add what you like and pass on what you don't. It was all about the balsamic and thyme slow roasted tomatoes for us. Get stalkey.
Wayland's Yard, City Centre
Another relative newbie and already saving lunchtimes for the Snow Hill office crew, is Wayland's Yard on Bull Street. We may have been guilty of hyperbole in the past, but believe us when we say the eggy crumpets with homemade sweet chilli jam and halloumi will change your life. For next level happiness, the iced tea with lemonade and apple juice will ensure your thirst is legit quenched.
The Plough, Harborne
You already know the brunch is good at The Plough, because you've tried it, more than once. But how could we pen a piece on that in-betweener of meals, and not include it? Try the super creamy coconut porridge with pomegranates to start, and then get smiley over pancakes with smoked streaky, enough blueberries to satisfy your vit C and K intake for the week, and all the syrup. More.
Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, City Centre
If Purecraft took GCSEs, they'd get an A* in eveything, and you'd be happy for them. Adding brunch to their arsenal, the Full English (£9.50) comes with hand-carved, maple-cured pork rib-eye that's going to make you weepy. Chef Neil is also putting out the best eggs florentine (£6) we've tasted in B-Town. Book in for the team's first brunch service this Saturday.
Bloom, Kings Heath
Porridge isn't normally something to get too excited about. But we're 90% sure Bloom have performed some kind of sorcery to change all that. Their coconut variety sits happily beneath charred, sweet pineapple plus joyous additions of plantain, banana bread and mango curd for a seriously souped-up version of the classic. Added bonus = feeling healthy and smug AF.