Review

Sunshine and salads @ Fazeley Social

Finally it looks like spring has finally arrived and the week started with a glorious sunny day. I don’t know about you but I find a dose of sunshine really takes the Monday blues away, especially when combined with some tasty bites. With my washing drying out on the line before 9am, and my Monday emails and admin all done and dusted, I decided to take myself off for something nice to eat at lunchtime as a reward. 

My list of places to try seems to be never ending, and I find myself adding new pop ups and restaurants to my “to-do list” all the time, but I also have some popular Brum dining spots that have actually been going for a while, despite not not yet visiting them. For this reason (and having been drooling over their lunch offers on Twitter for some time now) I decided to spend my lunch hour at Fazeley Social. 

Located about 5 minutes walk from the Custard Factory and 10 minutes from Moor St Station, Fazeley Social is part of the Fazeley Studios creative hub. The small Floodgate Street entrance could be easy to miss but once inside the food smells hit you and you realise you’ve definitely found it. 

I arrived at 12:45 to find the place quieter than I expected, although by 1:15 it had filled up. The space is deceptively large, and offers several areas to sit, including a courtyard, a light and airy conservatory style area and the main cafe. Booths and tables make it an ideal spot for meetings as well as lunches with friends. 

The staff were immediately welcoming and happy to talk me through the menu, and gave me the ever important WiFi password. 

The lunch menu at Fazeley Social is excellent value and the team tweet out the offerings every morning (clever) which always include a hot main, a salad, sandwiches, risotto, pasta and quiche of the day. There’s great options for vegetarians and the portions are also fairly generous. 

To be honest, even the regular menu is great value, with options like Fish & Chips for just £6.50, and healthy choices as well as lunchtime stodge. Winner!

Having checked out the lunch menu online before, I decided on the Goats cheese and roasted Mediterranean vegetable salad (£4.95) which seemed like the most sunny option to match the weather, and a cappuccino (£2.10). I was given the salad already boxed, assuming it’s more popular as a take away option, and told to grab a seat for my coffee to be delivered. 

Opening the salad box I was delighted to see a very healthy portion of goats cheese, nestled on top of a bed of crispy mixed lettuces. The Mediterranean roasted vegetables included aubergine and red peppers which were soft and well seasoned, and I dug out 6 delicious green queen olives. I liked the additional red onion which packed a punch alongside the creamy cheese.

A light balsamic dressing made the salad zing and I found the combination of flavours delicious. For under a fiver the salad box specials are well worth the money in my opinion, although it would be nice to have them in a real bowl maybe when eating in. I bet if I’d asked they would’ve given me one to do that myself if desired. 

The venue is absolutely delightful, as are the team behind the counter. The other food I saw being eaten (including the pasta of the day which looked gorgeous for £5.95) looked delicious and the prices are excellent. 

I’ll definitely be coming back here to work again from time to time, especially now the summer is almost here; it’s got a great sun trap in the courtyard out the back. 

Fazeley Social, 191 Fazeley St, Birmingham B5 5SE

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