New for 2018

We are trialling vegetarian sausage rolls all this week in the shop. The recipe is thanks to Loaf alumni Andy Butler. Andy left Loaf to set up his own business Bread and Butler in Limehouse, London. Go and check it out if you’re in London!

We also have daily fresh croissants.

Photo by Jack Spicer Adams.

See you next year!

We are now closed for Christmas – reopening on Saturday 6th January.

Thanks everyone for your support this year – Happy Christmas!

Great photo from yesterday morning’s 8.15am opening by one of our bakers, Sarah Frost. Patiently queueing people and pigeons.

 

Loaf merchandise

NEW in the shop!

We have totes (£5), linen teatowels/couches (£10), pins (£3) and beautiful maslin Saturday sourdoughs (£3.50)

Perfect stocking fillers! In case you missed it, we have slightly different Christmas hours:

Thursday 21st December – 12pm – 6.30pm

Friday 22nd December – 8.15am – 1pm (we’re pretending it’s a Saturday!)

Saturday 23rd December – 8.15am – 1pm

Sunday 24th December CLOSED

Monday 25th – 5th January CLOSED

Saturday 6th January OPEN! 8.15am – 1pm

Tuesday 9th January – 12pm – 6.30pm (as normal)

As of Tuesday 9th January we’ll be doing pastries EVERY DAY!!!!!

 

Screenprinted totes & teatowels by local screenprinter Do Make Say Ink, badges manufactured in Birmingham by BadgesPlus.

Christmas Opening Hours

 

Thursday 21st December – 12pm – 6.30pm

Friday 22nd December – 8.15am – 1pm

Saturday 23rd December – 8.15am – 1pm

Sunday 24th December CLOSED

Monday 25th – 5th January CLOSED

Saturday 6th January OPEN! 8.15am – 1pm

MINCE PIES & STOLLEN

ALL PRE-ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BEFORE 16TH DEC.

Mince pies: £1.50 / 6 for £8.

We’ll have mince pies in the shop every day from 1st Dec – if you don’t pre-order, you’re welcome to take your chances!

Stollen: £5.

Collect your pre-orders from the shop on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd December.

Last courses in 2017

Last courses in 2017

We have a couple of spaces available on the following courses – the last ones in 2017!

November:

  • Simply Sourdough –  This course is over two sessions, an evening and a morning, and the only place available in 2017 is Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th November (1 place)
  • Knife Skills 6.30-9.30pm on Weds 8th November  (3 places)
  • Ramen 6.30-9.30pm on Thurs 9th November (3 places)
  • Pork Butchery and Charcuterie 9.30am-4pm on Thursday 16th November (3 places)
  • Bread: Back to Basics 9.30am-4pm on on Saturday 18th November (3 places)
  • Thaali (NEW COURSE!) 6.30-9.30pm on Thursday 28th November (4 places)

December:

All other courses for 2017 are completely booked up – but do not despair! If you’d like to plan ahead to 2018, dates are available.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LOAF

We sell gift vouchers, redeemable against any course at Loaf, in multiples of £10. These can be purchased online via our cookery school page – see ‘Vouchers’ which is the first tile on the page. You are able to select your design (there are four available), you can add the name of the recipient, as well as a short message. You’ll receive a PDF of the voucher which you can print at home. Alternatively, physical gift vouchers are available to buy in the Loaf shop in the run up to Christmas – printed on coloured card.

HOW TO BOOK

Hopefully the booking process is relatively straight forward, but we can understand not everyone has done this before! If you would like to book on any course at Loaf, please click through to the relevant course on our cookery school page of the website or the calendar. You will then be able to select the date of the course you’d like to attend and make a payment from there. If you have any accessibility needs or dietary requirements you’ll have the opportunity to add this as a comment on your booking. Because the courses vary, please do read the descriptions for any allergens. You’ll receive an email confirmation of your place and a receipt. We’ll also send you a reminder nearer the time of your course. If you have any questions not covered by the course description please get in touch via the contact page. We look forward to welcoming you to Loaf!

Booking T&Cs

Course dates for 2018!

We’ve booked in our regular courses and there are new dates for them below. View all courses in calendar format or by each course on our cookery school page!

We sell gift vouchers in multiples of £10 – available to buy online here. Vouchers are valid for one year and are redeemable against any of our courses. 

Before you check out what we have in 2018 – we also also have some dates left on courses for the remainder of this year if you fancied a winter pick-me-up, courses including Ramen (Nov 9th), Pork Butchery and Charcuterie (Nov 16th) and Bread: Back to Basics (Nov 18th).

2018 dates
  • Bread: Back to Basics – 6th Jan / 13th Jan / 25th Jan / 3rd Feb / 10th Feb / 22nd Feb / 3rd March / 22nd March
  • Dosa – 9th Jan / 13th Feb / 13th March
  • Thai – 17th Jan 2018
  • Chinese Bao and Dumplings – 18th Jan
  • Bread: Simply Sourdough – 19th-20th Jan / 23rd-24th March
  • Handmade Pasta – 23rd Jan / 27th March
  • Seafood Masterclass (Fish & Shellfish) – 27th Jan
  • Thaali – 30th Jan / 27th Feb / 20th March
  • Knife Skills – 31st Jan
  • Pork Butchery and Charcuterie – 1st Feb
  • Japan (Sushi & more) – 7th Feb
  • Ramen – 8th Feb
  • Macarons – 14th Feb / 14th March
  • Viennoiserie & Sweet Breads – 24th Feb / 10th March
  • With more dates for Preserving on their way.

For info, some of the courses are around notable dates: Pancake Day Dosa – Tues 13th Feb. Valentines Day Macarons – Weds 14th Feb and Mothers’ Day (which is Sun 11th March) – we have Viennoiserie on Sat 10th March & Macarons Weds 14th March). 

NEW COURSE – THAALI

We’re delighted to announce a new course at Loaf – THAALI!

Join Loaf and Haseen from Kings Heath’s Pop Up Dosa for a fantastic Thaali making workshop

Haseen has been bringing fantastic street food from Kerala in the south west of India to the streets of Birmingham for several years now. Starting from a home-cafe in Kings Heath, to guest appearances at markets and takeovers of cafes and pub restaurants, Pop Up Dosa is an integral part of the grassroots food landscape in Birmingham, and for good reason.

During this three hour workshop chef Haseen will teach you the secrets of another Indian speciality – Thaali – popular in India, Nepal, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Singapore.

Thaali is a meal made up of a selection of vegetarian dishes served on a platter. In Kerala it is known as Sadhya (banquet), traditionally served on a banana leaf, often in large quantities, for weddings and other special festivals and celebrations. During a traditional Sadhya food is eaten with the right hand, without cutlery, and people sit cross-legged on mats together.

The idea behind a Thaali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, spicy on one single plate. On this hands-on course at Loaf you will learn how to create them all so you can host your own Sadhya celebrations!

Typical dishes include rice, daal, saambar, vegetable stir fries, papad, curd (yoghurt), and chutney or pickle. Rice is conventionally the main dish of the Thaali, and in the authentic presentation-style you will normally find the side dishes and delicacies are placed around the central dish.

Six dishes sounds complex – and a lot to fit into an evening’s course – but with Haseen’s help you’ll be able to manage your time, learn how to multi-task with ease and have a stress-free and fun dinner experience! We can guarantee you won’t go home hungry.

About Loaf courses

This course usually takes place on a weekday evening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Loaf cookery school on Stirchley High Street in south Birmingham. You’ll feel right at home at Loaf, and everything you learn will set you up for bringing your own kitchen alive.

All refreshments, equipment, recipes and aprons are provided. Use the calendar below to find and book a suitable date and add to your basket, and pay via the checkout. This course is priced £70. We look forward to seeing you soon!

This course is suitable for Vegetarians/Vegans and the ingredients are gluten free. Please email us if you need to know more about the allergens in this course.

To book please visit the course page HERE

Protect Brum’s Cyclists

Last Monday a cyclist was killed by a lorry on the Pershore Road. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Suzanna Bull, a 32 year old doctor at the Children’s Hospital. 
 
Our shop is on the Pershore Road, several of us live on the Pershore Road and many of us cycle along the Pershore Road every day. This is very close to home.
We want to ensure action is taken to stop this ever happening again. 
 
Last night cyclists and others from Birmingham and surrounding areas met at the University of Birmingham Clock Tower, and proceeded a slow ride en masse, passing the location of the Suzanna’s death – Pershore Road/Edgbaston Road junction – where a candlelit vigil was held. The vigil was in remembrance of Suzanna, the cyclists killed on our roads in recent years and acted as a wake up call / protest to raise awareness of the poor conditions offered to people who want to cycle around Birmingham. 
“The junction where the incident took place has been highlighted on many occasions as potentially deadly for both cyclists and pedestrians yet nothing gets done to change it.”

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/woman-dies-after-pershore-road-13739891

A petition calling for the protection of Birmingham’s cyclists is gaining traction – addressed to Birmingham City Council and the recently formed Transport for West Midlands. The leaders of these organisations Cllr Ian Ward, the WM Mayor Andy Street need to be reminded of the lack of progress their organisations are making toward improving provision for the needs of the most simple and basic transport user groups and the need for positive action now.

A report from 2 years ago showed that 4 Cyclists are injured on Birmingham’s roads on average EVERY day. The Pershore Road was highlighted as having one of the top 3 most dangerous junctions.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/revealed-birminghams-most-dangerous-roads-9501314

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION it means a lot to us.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-killing-birmingham-cyclists

#ProtectBrumCyclists #CyclistsLivesMatter
Wording adapted from the vigil event on facebook.

 

Sourdough September round-up

We’ve just announced the winners of our Sourdough September competition – Gosia Trelka (1st place) and Jo Carr (2nd place).  First prize was a place on our Sourdough course – and second prize a baking book from our book shop! Congratulations!

During September:

  • We had daily tasters of our regular sourdough during the week, and on Saturdays, tasters of our Saturday special maslin loaf
  • We taught 30 people bread-making skills on our courses in our cookery school
  • We sold 1846 *sourdough* loaves (this includes our rye bread)
  • We sold 48 slices of sourdough pizza
  • We had 62 people sign up and enter our competition
  • We were featured on Delicious Magazine’s website in their Sourdough September highlights
  • We had Jack Spicer Adams come in and take new photos for us because we’re going to be updating our website – look at our gorgeous sourdoughs above!

We’re fully booked for Sourdough courses for 2017 but will be announcing the 2018 dates imminently. We have many other courses available – please see our courses calendar to see if anything takes your fancy.

You can find out more about the Real Bread campaign’s mission on their website.

Autumn Course Highlight

We’re getting ready for our Autumn season of courses!

Some of the courses we have during the upcoming months *only* run at this time of year. In particular: Pork Butchery and Charcuterie with our expert tutors Lap-fai Lee and Steve from Rossiter’s organic butchers in Bournville.

This day-long course will take you through options for creating amazing charcuterie, as well as fresh pork dishes, from almost every part of the pig. You’ll also be creating your own pork lunch for a feast in the middle of the day.

The next Pork Butchery and Charcuterie course is on Thursday 26th October in our dedicated cookery school on Stirchley High Street.

Take a look at our full courses calendar to discover what new skills you can learn in the upcoming cosy season:
https://loafonline.co.uk/cookery-school/

Photo by Lap!

 

Back to School with Loaf

If you’ve not been on a Loaf course but have always fancied it, why not use the changing seasons and new school term time as an excuse to learn a new skill.

We have spaces on several of our courses over the Autumn months including Seafood Masterclass, Handmade Pasta, Pork Butchery and Charcuterie, Sweet Breads and Vennoiserie and Flavour Geography: Thailand, and Chinese Bao and Dumplings (pictured above).

The courses are really enjoyable, informative and hands-on. You’ll be taught by our friendly and experienced in-house experts and passionate guest-tutors. On our courses we also share and enjoy the fruits of our labour and you will never go home hungry! 

We also sell vouchers for courses if you’d like to gift a visit to Loaf Cookery School to a loved one – is it too early to think about Christmas?!

To check the dates and courses available please visit the courses calendar here.

Spend July in the cookery school!

July and August usually equates to thoughts of HOLIDAY! While you’re taking a well earned break, why not get yourself booked in on a course with us and learn some new kitchen skills to impress your friends, family and yourself with!

Take advantage of our quieter time and nab yourself a place on our most popular courses like:

Even if you’re a super busy type, and don’t always have time to get in the kitchen, it’s a brilliant night/day out! Fun, and most importantly you get well fed! You’ll eat everything you make, and take home the left overs (if you leave any).

Check out what we’ve got available for you on our calendar here!

We can’t wait to see you 🙂

Easter opening times!

It’s almost Easter and we’re in the throes of Hot Cross bun season, it comes round quicker and quicker each year!

As you may already know, we’re offering our Earl Grey flavoured HCB’s right up until Easter, available everyday in our shop.

We’re ramping up the numbers as we get closer to the long weekend, so make sure to take advantage as there’re only 7 baking days til they’re gone! #RIPHCB

We will be taking pre-orders for Good Friday and Saturday (14th & 15th April), just pop into the shop and place and pre-pay for your order.

Please note that we will be closed after Easter for some general maintenance, dates and times are as follows:

Good Friday 14th April – 12-6.30pm (pre-order collection)

Saturday 15th April – 8.15am-1pm (last day for pre-order collection)

Easter Sunday 16th April – CLOSED

Easter Monday 17th April – CLOSED

Tuesday 18th – Friday 21st April – CLOSED

Saturday 22nd April – 8.15am-1pm – open as normal