I love a good lunch, and I’ll take any excuse to go for one. So when me and a friend decided to go for a good old catch up (I hadn’t seen her for almost 3 years!) and for some food I just couldn’t say no. First we decided we’d meet up for lunch, second, we decided that Harborne would be a good shout as there are an array of cute cafes and pubs to grab a bite to eat, next decision was where do we go? Now since I’m the “food blogger” it was up to me to choose where we went – a responsibility I don’t take lightly, I always want to pick places that do good food, have a quirky or unusual charm and that is independent – you won’t catch me in Nando’s!
I had already had a take-out sandwich at Peel & Stone before and thoroughly enjoyed it and since it has been voted as one of the best bakeries in the country I thought it would make a great spot for lunch, plus it would give me a chance to check out what is like downstairs.
As soon as you head into Peel & Stone, you’re eyes are first drawn to all the mouth-watering cakes, pastries and fresh breads, heaven for me. Even though I try and eat healthy most of the time, I can’t resist a good homemade cake, and after being distracted by the cakes I managed to draw my eyes to the menu. What I love about this place is that the menu is always changing, with dishes that include fresh ingredients and of course their homemade bread.
With a fair sized selection of toasties and sandwiches as well as a hot food option and salads, there is enough variety without their being too many choices – one thing that bugs me about some eateries is when there are too many choices on a menu ad you start to panic because you don’t know what to get and you end up changing your mind every 2 seconds (tbf I’d still do that if there was a menu of 3 things). Anyhow, I went for a mozzarella and pesto toastie on brown bread which was delicious while my friend went for the couscous which looked beautiful and a lot better than the one I’d bought from boots the day before.
The downstairs seating here is lovely, cosy yet spacious it is an underground haven and a perfect spot to grab some lunch in a cute setting. All the tables have a fresh jug of water on them and it is little touches like that that make Peel & Stone one of my favourite places for lunch in Harborne. With a menu that is always changing this place never gets boring and since there is one in the Jewellery Quarter I guess I’ll be heading straight back on one of my lunches, I mean it would be rude not to.