Brunch @ Waylands Yard, Birmingham

DA552376-72A0-4DC5-8545-A69AB312B894Waylands Yard has only been open for a few weeks now and I’ve already been sharing the love for this place with friends and frankly, whoever will listen. It’s brunch and lunch personified and nothing quite compares to it in the city centre.

Starting out with a successful Worcester cafe, Waylands Yard is now based on Bull Street, tucked away off Colmore Row and opposite infamous Montys, if you know, you know.

The space

The cafe is a cool and minimal space with exposed white wash brickwork, cool lighting and splashes of orange and black which matches the branding and really pulls it together. It’s a big, bright space, with a mix of small and big tables and a comfy sofa to relax on with friends or alone quite happily.

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B80A98D2-047F-41CC-A492-302157D3580AThe food

The menu is simple. It focuses on proper coffee and proper food. Breakfast, brunch and lunch options dominate the concise menu from smashed avo to eggs florentine, which makes deciding what to have a joy for brunch lovers.

We order a generous portion of delicious Eggy Dipped Crumpets, piled high with grilled halloumi, spring onion, chilli, siracha and a sticky smoked chilli jam. I opt to add bacon for a couple of extra quid but equally, you can add chorizo if you prefer. The eggy dipped crumpets come out perfectly golden and are nothing short of genius. Why am I only aware of this possibility now? I’ll definitely be recreating this at home.

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80EFA12F-546D-4B98-B6F1-5834FE528BD2We also order Eggs Benedict– perfectly poached eggs with a soft centre, streaky, crispy bacon, with pink hollandaise sauce on top of sourdough toast which is delicious. The pink hollandaise sauce, coloured with beetroot is definitely an acquired taste aesthetically, which I did find a little too sweet. For me, this is food dickery at its finest, for the Insta obsessed, millennial generation of which I am part of, who will never buy a house because we spend all our money on smashed avo (apparently). This sauce is not for me I’m afraid but try it for yourself- it’s on all the egg dishes including Florentine, Aussie and Royale.

AEF3FC0B-555C-4D99-9B71-73859562709C.jpegIf you prefer something lighter, there are fresh sandwiches to go and a selection of cakes to treat yo’self. There’s also a good range of hot and cold drinks from extensive coffee concoctions to tea and hot chocolate- dark, milk or white. Lush.

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E766518B-F504-4D9B-A20C-91E92E8F7C8FThis is a cool little cafe to kickback with friends or easily spend time alone in. The food is big, tasty and unique with many classic brunch options arriving with a twist which is what food is all about and it’s all reasonably priced. The service was questionable at times, remembering to reimburse us for overcharging which was great but then leaving us with our finished plates until we left, with no goodbye.

Despite this, I’ll be heading back to try more of the menu soon because look at those crumpets.

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