Plant and Pulse in central Birmingham is gearing up to celebrate its first year of serving hungry locals by increasing their opening hours and doubling their menu.
Plant and Pulse, based in The Minories shopping centre off Bull Street, opened on October 28th 2019, unaware of the pandemic before them. And despite growing worries and restrictions for the hospitality industry as a whole, owner Bob has decided to increase the menu offering and ensure the workers of Birmingham remain fed.
As well as serving up lunchtime goodness 6 days a week, the vegan eatery is now offering takeaway, collection and delivery every Wednesday to Saturday, with the goal of keeping that part of the city (shared by the likes of Wayland’s Yard and Hookways) bustling.
Owner Bob Bull and his right hand man George run the cafe day-to-day, offering homemade wholesome food – whether you’re follow a plant-based diet or just like getting your 5 a day.
With a focus on sustainability and quality English ingredients, this independent has gained a reputation in its first year for hearty meals and friendly, relaxed service. Popular dishes include the falafel box (one of my favourite grab and go lunches in the city) and the burgers, all of which cost less than a tenner.
Owner Bob says: “We have almost been open a year – and what a weird year it’s been. The first 4 months were filled with excitement and growth, followed by 4 months of forced closure, and the rest just uncertain.
“We are proud to have made it this far and feel we have a legitimate business people enjoy. We’ve doubled our menu this month and we think we’ve got a truly unique offering in the city centre. The future is unpredictable but we’re proud to celebrate our first birthday in this vibrant city and we welcome those unfamiliar with our offering to come and try us out.“
New options on the menu include the hot boxes (the pakora and dhal box is a winner for me), katsu burgers and wraps. Sides have had a shake up too, with fries being replaced by herby roast potatoes for autumn/winter. For a real treat, make them cheesy – thank me later.
Plant & Pulse is open Mon-Sat. Follow them on Instagram for opening hours, deals and discounts. You can also find them on Deliveroo.