Carl Finn, owner of Peel & Stone and The Church, said: “We had to close The Church recently for some major remedial work to our cellar and it gave us time to breath and think about what people really want. The good people of the JQ have been asking for Peel & Stone food since we shut our shop a few months ago, and our mobile pizza oven has been selling out at festivals across the UK, so we thought we’d start there.”
The Church Inn has been owned and managed by Carl’s Soul Food Project for five years selling a range of Creole cuisine and cocktails. Peel & Stone was a spin off business started by the Soul Food Project just four years ago. Since then it’s risen to become Birmingham’s busiest artisan bakery and is famous amongst Birmingham’s foodies for its fresh salads, sandwiches, pizzas and vegan options.
To cope with changing diets and demands The Soul Food Project will be closed down and The Church will become a Peel & Stone venue selling a wide range of cocktails, ales, fresh salads, sides and stone baked pizza. Every weekend there will be DJs as well as plenty of pop ups, take overs and foodie events.
Carl Finn owner of Peel and Stone said: “When we first opened Peel & Stone it was just a side project, we never thought it would take over the whole business! But demand from Brummies has been high. We sell our bread to over 50 restaurants, bars and delis, and Drago, our mobile pizza oven, is taking pride of place at festivals up and down the country. There’s huge demand for our brand of healthy, fresh food out there. It just makes sense to serve it at the pub.”
The first round of renovations will be complete by the end of this week. The Church will re-open on the 12th May with menus to celebrate the end of Soul Food at The Church comprised of many of the all-time favourite Church dishes and cocktails. The purpose-built pizza oven will be complete just in time for the next bank holiday with a big old launch party on the 25th May at The Church, 22 Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6AQ.
Carl Finn said: “We can’t wait for the summer to kick in so Brummies can enjoy our delicious pizzas with a cocktail or real ale on our beautiful roof terrace.”