I wanted to write up a little review on a place I visited at the weekend, Bloom.

Bloom is in Kings Heath and was recommended to me by a friend. Please don’t do what we did, and type in the first line of the address, only to be taken to a a 32 poplar Road in spark brook/Hill (an area of birmingham not exactly known for kooky little cafes).

After our eventful journey, we were welcomed to a busy and vibrant cafe. It’s a small place and was packed on a Friday morning so consider this if you do intend to go, as they don’t take reservations. If you’ve got time, it’s worth a wonder onto the nearby high street where you’ll find more cute coffee stops and shops.

Although small, the cafe has a light and airy feel to it. We were particularly fond of the decor, including indoor plants in terracotta pots on skandi style shelves, as well as their minimalist lanterns.

After a short wait , we were seated on a small table for two next to another couple of customers. It was a bit close for comfort but given the size of the place it’s understandable they would need to squeeze people in.

The service was a bit slow, but good things come to those who wait and all.

We were nursing a hangover, so stuck to creamy lattes but they offer a range of booze too including bloody Mary’s.

The menu was small but I could have eaten most of the options on there. I don’t normally like getting the same but we both went for the ‘bubble and squeak, Boston baked beans, poached hens egg, pea shoots and grilled halloumi’ with extra streaky bacon. Although I’m unable to vouch for any other dishes, I must say this was DELICIOUS. For £8.50 it was a decent sized portion that left us both full up. The bubble and squeak part at the bottom was well seasoned, the beans were in a tasty tomatoey style sauce and the egg was cooked to perfection.

If I’d have had room, I would have definitely gone for one of the delicious homemade cakes they had in their little counter. I guess I’ll just have to come back again.

Overall, I really enjoyed the combination of my two fave things – interiors and food.

Price: £££

Ambience: 3/5

Value: 4/5

Taste: 5/5

Service: 3/5


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