12 October, 2021


This is the weekly newsletter from Loaf in Stirchley, keeping you abreast of our bakery and cookery school.

This week we have two new local honey suppliers, for what is toast without honey?

Also, we’re hiring a new baker, and our friends at Artefact are back!

Pre-order your bread

We have plenty of bread and pastries on the shelves all day, with lunches served from noon on weekdays. Scroll down for this week’s lunch menu.

Our opening hours are:
Wednesday: 12-4
Thusday: 12-6
Friday: 12-6
Saturday: 8-1

The Breadlines

🥖 Pecan is back in the blondie again having been off with “supply chain issues” for a few weeks. Thanks to Peanut Butter for subbing in so effectively.

🥖 We’ve had a Quarter Horse Coffee delivery of beans roasted on Bristol Street: El Patio from Guatemala, José López Hoyos from Colombia and the Dark Horse Expresso blend are now in stock.

🥖 You raised £450 for ASIRT in the last quarter which will be matched by the Big Give bringing it to £900. They are incredibly grateful and asked to pass on their thanks.

🥖 Coinciding with the COP26 summit, the Global Day for Climate Justice is on 6th November. Meet at 12 noon at Millennium Point for the Birmingham march. More info here.

New honey!

We’ve been looking for more local honey suppliers for years and at the recent Birmingham Beekeepers show at Winterbourne we struck liquid gold with not one but two apiaries!

Arden Forest Honey is a family-run business in the ancient forest of Arden with 40 hives pollinating wild flowers and local farms. We’re starting with their standard Wildflower honey but hope to expand the range if there’s demand.

Rea Valley Apiary could not be more local. Started and based in a back garden on Cartland Road, the business manages small colonies across south Birmingham. The current batch we have on sale is from the Stirchley hives, so if you have a garden locally there’s probably pollen from your flowers in this honey.

Both of them should be able to supply us with decent quantities over the year so along with Gareth’s honey we should always have the sticky sweet stuff in stock. 🐝

Loaf is hiring!

As we come out of the pandemic and re-open our cookery school we’re looking for a full time baker to grow our co-operative.

The successful applicant will have experience baking real bread, sweets and patisserie to an advanced level, preferably with experience in a commercial environment, although we will offer lots of training. You’ll need bags of enthusiasm for real bread and producing real food for the local community, be a good team player and a great communicator. Bread speaks the loudest at Loaf’s bakery, so the successful applicant will show an ability to produce consistently high quality products, with a particular focus on long-fermentation and sourdough breads. Any additional catering experience beyond baking would be an advantage and a strong, proven interest and passion for great food is essential.

The deadline for applications is 29th October. More details here.

What’s on at Artefact

Along with the bike foundry, our other Stirchley worker co-op sibling is Artefact, the a community-focussed gallery and art space on the high street.

Rejuvenated with an injection of new members, they’ve been emerging from the pandemic shutdown with the return of the legendary quiz and an exhibition for Back To The Future, an illustrated journal "about past-futures, modernism, architecture, and town-planning in Birmingham”.

Coming up in the next few weeks:

  • A Field In Stirchley (22 Oct) — field recordings and found sound.
  • The Magic Cinema (29 Oct) — short films introduced by their makers.
  • Foreward Poetry Night (4 Nov) — open mic poetry
  • Paradise Lost screening (6 Nov) — Andy Howlett’s feature documentary about Birmingham’s doomed Central Library.
  • AMOK (12 Nov) — experimental music + performance

Great to have those crazy kids back!

Lunches this week

This week's sourdough pizza is roasted red pepper, sweetcorn, olive, spicy tomato and mozzarella (V) on sale Wed to Fri.

The soup pot will be serving the following with a slice of sourdough bread:
Wed: Tarka daal curry (Ve).
Fri: Sweet potato and roasted mushroom curry (Ve).

Thursday's focaccia sandwich is roasted Mediterranean vegetables, hummus and rocket (Ve) with optional goat’s cheese (V).

Savoury snacks include our famous sausage rolls and vegetable rolls, available all week, plus ham & cheese and walnut pesto & cheese croissants Wednesday through Friday.

Lunches are made fresh every day for 12 noon.

Our menu for the week – with ingredients and allergens – is on the website.

Thanks for all your continued support. See you next week!

Team Loaf: Dorit, Sarah, Neil, Molly, Martha, Rach, Nancy & Pete


Charity fundraising

From October through December we are collecting on behalf of Migrant Help. You can make a contribution with your online order or in the shop.

Find out about Migrant Help →

Cookery School reopening plans

Our cookery school is the heart of Loaf. Closed during the pandemic, it is scheduled to fully re-open in January 2022. All vouchers will be honoured. Thank you for your patience.

More information →

Fighting food poverty

Thanks to your support we are able to bake extra bread to give to the following organisations each week who are working across Birmingham to combat hunger. They can always use more help, from cash and food donations to volunteers.

If you know of other organisations fighting food poverty and hunger that can use up to 40 loaves a week, please let us know.
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