Nourish body and soul at Stafford’s revamped oasis Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar
Who doesn’t love a zhuzh? A new haircut or a fresh fit can do wonders for our confidence, but there’s nothing quite like the dramatic reveal of a head-to-toe makeover. Stafford botanical and homewares space Soul Pantry has long been a go-to spot to nab a piece or two to spruce up your home space, but now the venue’s on-site cafe as received a colourful revamp of its own, reopening recently as Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar. This cafe, bar and event space is dishing up the goods for breakfast, lunch and evening snacks – here’s an up-close look.
Wolverhampton Street in Stafford has long been an innocuous, oft-overlooked industrial thoroughfare, but recent years has seen it evolve into a popular pocket of shopping, dining and drinking. Happy Valley Brewing Company is often pumping with craft-beer lovers on the weekend, while The Soul Pantry across the street hums with excited shoppers intently perusing its retail wares. A crew of hospitality veterans recently came onboard to give The Soul Pantry’s on-site eatery a new lease on life, overhauling the space with the goal of luring in those keen to enjoy some killer hospitality without trekking into the inner city. Tapping into the tranquility of the building’s leafy surrounds, Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar’s cosmetic overhaul (complete with an orange sherbet and aqua palette) has resulted in a fetching oasis that overlooks Kedron Brook Bikeway and Grange Forest Park, with a gut renovation creating a breezy layout perfect for scenery surveying. The Soul Pantry’s botanical vibe as also been translated across the 70-seater dining space, with plenty of greenery adding to the fresh vibes.
Freshness is also key to the Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar menu, with seasonal ingredients utilised to create a menu of wholesome, hearty and eye-catching fare. The all-day menu kicks off with a string of brunch bites infused with colour – think avocado smash with beetroot hummus, buttermilk pancake stacks topped with fresh berries and fairy floss, Benny croissants with sriracha hollandaise and sumac, and the sizeable Big Soul Breaky Board piled high with bacon, tomato, haloumi, fetta, ham off the bone, garlic mushrooms, poached eggs and more. Lunch eats keeps the delicious feeds coming, with the likes of veggie-loaded buddha bowls, beefy burgers and Soul Pantry’s own lobster rolls making our souls sing. Fonzie Abbott coffee, HRVST ST. juices and super shakes will keep thirsts quenched and energy levels topped up during the day, while a host of cocktails (think multiple kinds of margarita, spritzes and tropical punch), beers and wines will undoubtedly be a hit for sundowner sessions. High tea services and boozy brunches will be introduced soon, with packages including two hours of bottomless drinks that are sure to make your weekend catch-ups a hoot.
Soul Pantry Kitchen & Bar is now open to the public. Operating hours and contact details can be found over in the Stumble Guide.
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