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***** Lauren Foster
Located in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district and having recently undergone a huge refurbishment and rebrand, The Loft (formerly The Loft Lounge) prides itself on bringing traditional British fare - accompanied with speciality spirits, cocktails and craft beers - to the bustling city centre.
On arrival at the venue, we were politely greeted and shown over to our table - a cosy little alcove in the dimly lit bar area. The venue’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere, allied to its impressively stylish look, made for a positive first impression. So far, so good!
Whilst perusing the menu, and upon recommendation from our friendly and attentive waiter, I enjoyed one of The Loft’s intriguing cocktails. I opted for a Molly Cavalli - a pornstar martini with a salted caramel twist. Served in a takeaway coffee cup with half a passion fruit, it was extremely tasty. The bartender clearly knows his stuff.
From the Nibbles section of the menu, we chose the satay-glazed chicken wings and the chipotle, garlic and honey-glazed beef ribs. The ribs were some of the nicest I’ve ever tasted. The meat was cooked to absolute perfection and fell off the bone. The sauce had a slight kick and boasted a sticky, strong and delicious flavour. The wings were also cooked really nicely, with a generous coating of satay sauce. Being greedy, we also ordered the smoked salmon served with oyster mayonnaise and pickled veg off the Valentine’s menu. It proved to be another tasty dish made with top-quality ingredients, with all the flavours working well together.
Next up, the mains. We were spoilt for choice! From land plates, sea plates and field plates to flat bread pizzas, the menu had it all. After much deliberation we opted for the grilled lamb fillets served with courgette, stuffed slow-roasted tomatoes and caper butter, and the braised pork served with celeriac, roasted apple sauce and crackling bites.
Both dishes were fantastic. The pork was cooked to perfection, providing a melt-in-the-mouth sensation, and was beautifully complemented by the dish’s other elements. We particularly welcomed the addition of the crackling bites. Every meat-eater loves crackling, right? Similarly, the lamb was cooked well and seasoned nicely. The caper butter was a really tasty addition to the dish, providing small, salty bursts of flavour.
Following a delicious and comically named Suck And Swallow cocktail (presented in a plastic bag with a chupa chups lolly), we managed to squeeze in dessert, despite being suitably full. From their Valentine’s menu, I opted for the dark chocolate and fig tart, served with ice cream. My partner chose the ever-so-naughty double chocolate brownie sundae with whipped cream, salted caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream and pecans. Both were very filling, very tasty and a great end to the evening.
In addition to its everyday menu, The Loft serves a wide range of Saturday and Sunday brunch options, including pastries, ciabattas and a full English, all of which are available till 5pm. Bottomless brunch is also available upon request. They also have beef, chicken, pork belly and vegetarian Sunday lunches available for £19.50 for two people - a reasonable price tag for the quality of the food.
The Loft is perfect for groups of friends and couples alike. With DJs and live music to enjoy, as well as a stunning outdoor space, it’s somewhere I’ll certainly be returning to in the future.
If you’re a lover of relaxed dining, reasonably priced dishes and high-quality ingredients, this place is for you. The service was fantastic, and that, alongside the tasty food, chilled-out atmosphere and stylish surroundings, certainly made for a very enjoyable evening.
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