Coffees and Cakes and Collaborations, Oh My!
From the Bleedin' Nice to the Vegan Nice
A brace of (sort of) new cake-based ventures are live and lovely and looking for support. Shall we talk about them? Let's. Ticking the vegan ✓, no gluten ✓, no nuts ✓ and to-your-door ✓ boxes is Big Fat Slab a subsidiary of Amy Clarkson's Brutally Honest Bakery. Now, I'll be brutally honest, Brutally Honest Bakery isn't new, but since its wholesale business hit the mother of all virus-shaped hiccups they've launched Big Fat Slab, their home delivery option, and it's a gem. To get the full body experience I went for 'Something For All The Family' (£19.99) which includes a frankly offensive amount of treats. There's three sponges (Gingerbread Latte, Tangy Lemon, Carrot Cake) as well as Salted Caramel Crisp, Fruity Flapjack, Choco Orange Brownie, Choco Orange Rocky Road and the masterpiece that is the Dark Chocolate Tiffin. They also include ace coffee or tea. You can order here — the branding and boxing alone is almost worth the money so do consider it as a gift. However, if getting the hell out of your godforsaken home for just one bleeding minute is more your current MO, head for Verbena in Stirchley. Verbena was the planed launch of Caneat alum and food wizard, Chloe Qureshi, but it too has taken a Rona-shaped kick to the shins for the time being. While we await the modern British delights it promises, Chloe is doing take-out breakfasts and hot lunches alongside stupendous cakes from Glaze and coffee from delightful barista, Rory McGhie. Now, I think I've got this right, the team of Verbena, Glaze and Rory are known collectively as Pause and you can find them here. The baked goodies pleased a four-year-old and a forty-year-old in equal measure and I'll be back for that hot lunch next week. It's open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Wednesday at 1474 Pershore Road, B30 2NT.
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