I’ve been gradually getting better at my Birmingham navigation through a series of adventures. One place I’ve enjoyed going to is Harborne, which is actually quite close to my work. A few weeks back I headed there for a lazy lunch at Scott’s of Harborne with my wonderful Brum Blogger pals.
My friend G arranged this visit to Scott’s of Harborne for us as she knows Scott who owns it. Now I didn’t know about Scott’s before my visit so I was quite excited. I found out Scott’s is a cafe-bar that serves light lunches and tapas. To start off I ordered a Strawberry Gin Mojito, served in a gin balloon glass, packed with strawberry and plenty of mint. It was sweet and fruity, and was a prefect refreshing treat for the warm weather we had that weekend.
Because we were there to try out the tapas we basically ordered a huge amount of food, and Scott was encouraging of this. Also sharing is caring right?! First up came the Marinated Olives, these were salty, juicy and paired with pickles. I didn’t realise this but after trying, was totally on board with. The Fried Squid came with Aioli, and was pretty much the one for me. I wish we’d ordered two of these. The squid was clearly very fresh as it was not rubbery. It was perfectly cooked and basically I need this again.
We decided to order a lot of veggie things because they all looked seriously tasty and we wanted to share food with Fay! The Courgette Fritters were recommended by Scott as they are his own personal favourite item on the menu. And I think we all agreed. Fresh slices of courgette, that are lightly fried and wonderfully moreish. We kinda went mad with the veggie options. I really enjoyed the Sundried Tomato and Goat’s Cheese Tart. The pastry was perfectly flaky, and the salty goats cheese went well with the sweet sundried tomatoes.
Now you cannot have tapas without Patatas Bravas so of course we ordered it. We all discussed how many times we have had a disappointing dish with bland tomatoes or undercooked potato. I can assure you that this was not the case at Scott’s! The potatoes were crispy, fluffy and smothered in a spicy tomato sauce and they were BANGING. To satisfy the meat eaters we also ordered the Cured Meats Board, which was fairly standard but tasty all the same. More of those olives with pickles – yum.
Another meaty dish, the Lamb Koftas which were made with pine nuts and full of flavour. The accompanying hummus was creamy and the warm flat breads were divine. The only bad order for us was the Chicken Wings (not pictured because all mine are blurry). They were marinaded in Honey & Ginger and Chilli, Mint & Lime. But after everything else they just didn’t work. We discussed with Scott in the end and he agreed. We were all expecting a sticky sauce, but this just didn’t happen. Scott says he’s going to work on changing them, which is great. Lastly tapas-wise the Gambas were king prawns, cooked in a mega garlicy and paprika sauce. There weren’t many prawns to share between four, but between two it would’ve been perfect. The best thing, the prawns weren’t over cooked and the bread that came with was perfect for mopping up the lovely sauce.
Did you know that Scott’s also bake all their cakes on site?! They boast a wide variety of baked goods and we couldn’t say no even though we were mega full up. We had two HUGE slices of Victoria Sponge and Carrot Cake to share. They were both incredible, but I seriously enjoyed the Vicky Sponge, an ultimate favourite of mine. I’ll definitely be back for cake. Overall Scott’s of Harborne was a great place to have a super chilled out lunch. I enjoyed the relaxing environment and sharing food with my friends. I’ve convinced some of my work mates that we should head back for a working lunch soon.
Are you a tapas fan? Would you head to Scott’s for a lazy lunch? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited to Scott’s of Harborne for the purpose of honest review. All words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Scott’s of Harborne is located at 41 High St, Birmingham B17 9NT.