I am a brunch obsessive, and a cafe that serves brunch all day is my idea of my bliss. Imagine my delight when I got an invite to eat brunch for dinner at the new Wayland’s Yard in Birmingham.
Wayland’s Yard has been delighting brunch fans in Worcester for some time now, and the new branch in Birmingham has the same hipster cool vibe. There’s exposed brick, a graffiti wall and a selection of cacti. There’s lots of tables, and plenty of plug sockets for working.
This handsome chap, Kobe, was also in residence. He usually hangs out in Worcester, with his human, who owns Wayland’s Yard. Both venues are dog friendly though. so you can take your furry friend with you even if Kobe isn’t visiting.
Currently, Birmingham has a more stripped back menu than Worcester, but expect brunch classics with a twist. We tried tree mini versions of some of the best dishes.
We started with Eggy Crumpets (£5.95. £2 to add bacon or chorizo). Two crumpets are dipped in egg, and served with homemade smoked chilli jam, halloumi, fresh chilli and ketchup. Eggy crumpets is a revelation, and I’ll definitely be trying this myself at home. It just…works. It’s so tasty, and a really nice alternative to the more usual eggy bread.
The Brunch Bap (£6.95) is a apparently inspired by a certain McDonalds favourite…I can safely say this is far better. A brioche bun is filled with sage and fennel sausage patty, avo hummus, bacon and halloumi. This is a really filling option, and tasty, with great quality sausage meat. Avo hummus is another genius twist, creating a gorgeous creamy spread, somehow better than plain hummus or avocado.
Eggs Aussie (£6.95) is a twist on Eggs Benedict, with Chorizo, Avo Hummus and pink Hollandaise. Perfectly oozy eggs, that amazing Avo Hummus and tasty sourdough toast make for a really delicious meal.
Finally, I devoured this Gluten Free Brownie which was perfection. Super gooey inside, rich and delicious. There was a huge range of cakes, which all looked gorgeous, and lots of GF options.
Obviously, the coffee is elegant and comes in just about any format you could want; espresso, latte, flat white…all made with a delicious roast, with beans freshly ground on site (which you can also buy to make your own tasty coffee at home).
A Turmeric Latte is creamy and gently spiced. To be honest, it tasted like liquid cake mix, which is absolutely a good thing, although I think I prefer more spice, less sweet.
There’s a wide choice of loose leaf teas, which come in clever teapots, that you click on top of your cup to release the liquid. We tried this Unicorn Tea which is a bright purple, until you add lemon, which turns it pink. It was fruity, and tasty, and I loved the gimmick of the colour change.
The brownie came with a bit of a platter of different options for us to try. Strawberry Iced Tea is made with apple juice and lemonade, as well as Strawberry, for a sweet, summery treat. I’m not generally a Cold Brew fan, but this had good flavour and no bitterness. What surprised me was the Coffee Tonic. Cold Brew is mixed with tonic water (and gin in the Worcester branch) for a refreshing, delicious drink.
Wayland’s Yard clearly love what they do. Since the blogger night, I’ve been back twice, solo and with my family, and the service is always fast, friendly and helpful.
Wayland’s Yard is a brilliant addition to Birmingham, serving up good coffee and good food with a smile. It’s well worth a visit, and I highly recommend it. I’ll probably see you there!
I was a guest of Wayland’s Yard and East Village PR. Food and drinks were complementary for the purposes of honest review. All words, images and opinions are my own.