Birmingham is becoming a hotspot for a deliciously different hipster breakfast. I have reviewed several brunch experiences recently, but have to say that Wayland’s Yard (which opened this month) has flown to the top of my list for City Centre recommendations. Located on Bull Street (just over the way from the tram stop), this urban slice of paradise has a stripped back, welcoming and tranquil vibe. It’s already becoming a ‘must visit’ for freelancers and bloggers, due to its strong free WiFi and numerous powerpoints dotted around the venue.
In terms of the drinks, the venue offers three distinctly different blends of coffee (currently a house, a Peruvian and a ‘knock-your-sock-off’ Ethiopian), a large range of teas and a few non-caffeinated hot and cold options. I love my coffee strong, so have had the Ethiopian blend as an espresso and a V60 but the real showstopper of the menu is the ‘Blue Raspberry’ tea. This contains the only compound in nature to change colour when acid is added and is served with a lemon wedge to activate it. Nicknamed ‘Unicorn Tea’ by the staff, this is a real crowd pleaser for Instagrammers and tea fiends.
The food menu offers a range of options for big eaters and light brunchers alike. From the fabulous ‘Eggy Crumpets’ (crumpets coated in egg and fried, an even more comforting version of eggy bread) to the immensely satisfying ‘Brunch Bap’ (think McDonald’s, but y’know… Good) and the ‘Avo Smash’ (a hipster brunch must), you’re guaranteed to find something to tickle even the most picky of taste buds. The crumpets were my personal pick of the brunch menu, but having liked all the dishes they get a thumbs up from me! Prices on the individual options range from £5.50, so quite reasonable for the portions served.
If you’re looking for something more substantial, then give the ‘Wayland’s Big Brunch’ a go. This consists of two fried eggs (with runny yolks, of course), bacon, a large herby sausage, homemade beans (served in a pot – a thumbs up from the brekkie blog there), mushrooms, halloumi, sourdough toast, avocado hummus and sweet potato hash balls. Whilst I’m still not entirely convinced about ‘avocado hummus’ (I love guac and hummus, but wouldn’t opt to put them together), everything else tasted top quality and had been cooked with care. Whilst this definitely isn’t the cheapest breakfast in Birmingham (coming in at £11.95), this is something to enjoyed as a treat to set you up for a long day. I ate this at around 10:45am and wasn’t hungry again until dinner (around 6:30pm), so be prepared with a big appetite if you intend to finish it all.
It should be noted that the staff are super friendly, food is served all day and most of the dishes can be adapted to meet dietary requirements (although there are also vegan and vegetarian options listed). If you don’t fancy a hot breakfast, there’s a good selection of homemade cakes and pastries on offer to peruse. The best bit about Wayland’s? It’s completely dog friendly. Grab your pooch, your laptop and treat yourself to something trendy and delicious in the centre of Brum.
This blog was written by Vicky Osgood, who kindly visited the premises and tried most of the menu to ensure that she gave us a comprehensive review, which I am sure you will agree is superb! Thanks Vicky :0)