The winding streets of Barcelona are a joy for food lovers, with rustic cafes and bars offering Spanish snacks nestled in every nook and cranny. I truly love that city, having been many times both as a solo traveller and with friends. Most recently I shared a new Barca adventure with my wonderful mum, Deborah, having arranged the girly weekend for her as a Christmas present.
We made some lovely memories exploring the city in March, in particular falling in love with the marina and the parks. But the one thing we still chat animatedly about is the food we tried, in particular the small plates we (endlessly) ordered. If my mum and I share one thing in common it’s enjoying delicious food and wine in the sunshine, so when I heard of a new Tapas-style cafe opening in Birmingham I knew I had to add it to my list.
Pinchos opened earlier this year and can be found on Edmund Street in the Colmore Business District. It’s tiny, seating just 28 guests, and you could be forgiven for walking straight past it. Serving up Spanish wines, beers, cocktails and pinchos (Tapas-style snacks), the kitchen area is situated at the far end of the bar allowing diners to watch their dishes being created.
The rustic interior replicates the Spanish vibe we loved so much on our visit to Barcelona and, in case you needed further indication of the cafe’s influence, an insanely large canvas of Spainish artist Salvador Dali hangs proudly to give the game away.
The cafe offers an ever-changing selection of cheeses, breads and charcuterie all priced at £4 each. The selection available on the day of our visit all sounded mouthwatering, and we greedily opted to grab two of the sharers created for us by the team – and I’m so glad we did.
The food takes less than ten minutes from ordering to arrival – perfect for an express lunch – and is a visual feast. Rather than multiple plates cluttering the table, our meal arrived arranged decoratively on a wooden chopping board. A rustic-looking selection of tasty treats, it took us right back to our weekend in Barcelona.
The Cheese Sharing Board (£10) includes three types of cheese, thin slices of toasted bread and a sweet onion chutney. The chunks of silky goats cheese, creamy Brie and sharp Manchego slices are all delicious, with the final sheep’s milk offering being our favourite for its nutty flavour. The olive oil drizzled toast is an ideal vessel for the various cheese and meats we use it for, and the additional marinaded olives are pleasant, although very small.
The Meat Sharing Board (£12) brings a selection of wafer thin and delicate slices of cured meats including Iberico ham, Serrano ham and pastrami. The salty hams and the almost paper thin peppered beef were a delight, and the additional cream cheese stuffed mini peppers a mouth tingly pleasant bonus.
It wouldn’t be a Spanish lunch without wine (shut up, it’s a fact) so mum and I both opted for a large glass of the Borsao Garnacha (£5.80); a deep smooth red, it’s an easy drinking wine and very pleasant. My mum especially was rather enamoured with this smooth number, which you can also buy by the bottle for just £17. The wine list is concise but has some nice options that compliment the food, and our server was more than happy to recommend a wine based on the tapas chosen.
Booking is advised due to the size and popularity of the cafe, but you’ll be sure to find a relaxed lunch spot, rustic tapas and excellent service. The staff are all absolutely lovely and the cafe has a really nice friendly vibe. This is a gem.
Pinchos, 121 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HJ
*Disclosure: I paid in full and didn’t tell staff I was a blogger. All opinions, photos and Barcelona reminiscing are obviously my own*