This weekend I went up to Birmingham to visit some uni friends. I got the train up from Euston and arrived into Birmingham New Street VERY excited for our reunion. These guys are some of my best friends and we lived together for several years at uni. A few of them are still studying there, (respect to all those medics out there – 6 years of studying down!), so we took the opportunity to stay in their house for the weekend. 

We hadn’t all been together in the same place for over a year, so we obviously had a lot of catching up to do! But what better way to have a catch up than over brunch??

We headed to Arco Lounge in Harborne. I’m not sure how I managed to go my whole time at uni without visiting this place, because it was so good!


The Interior


Arco lounge interior


The interior alone is a reason to take a trip here. You walk into an open plan dining area full of antique, mismatched furniture and pictures hung up on the wall.

The wiring on the lights is all exposed, which you’d think would make the place look messy but instead totally works. 


pictures in arco lounge


There is a big skylight over the bar which floods the place with light and lots of mismatched lampshades hanging down over the top, all adding to the quirkiness of the place.


bar at arco lounge

The Food

Arco Lounge serves brunch all day, which was perfect for us as we were a bit late getting there.

I spent ages deciding what to have as there was so much choice, different types of eggs, pancakes, greek yoghurt, avocado. I eventually settled on the Lounge Eggs – two poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, chorizo, pepper, guacamole and rocket on a toasted sourdough muffin. Amazing!


poached eggs arco lounge


Three of us actually went for this and we all agreed it was delicious. All the flavours went together perfectly and the orange yoke just oozed out when you cut into the egg.


brunch at arco lounge


My other friend went for the Veggie breakfast which consisted of veggie sausages, beans, hash browns, tomato, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, roast peppers and a fried egg on toast. Such a feast!


veggie breakfast at arco lounge

The Drink

The drinks menu was pretty extensive. let’s just say we were feeling a little fragile that morning so we went for coffee, smoothies and freshly squeezed orange juice to wake us up!

I had a pineapple, banana and passion fruit smoothie and it was just what I needed!


smoothie at arco lounge


Maybe I have just got used to the crazy London prices but I thought everything was very reasonable. My meal was under £10 – I’m not sure it’ possible to get brunch for under a tenner in London!! I honestly would have paid more for it though, it was all delicious. 


arco lounge menus


So the rumour going around Harborne is that the business is owned by Banksy – who knows if it is true, but it’s just another reason why you need to check this place out!



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