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When in...Edgbaston

Neptune Edgbaston is our 28th store to open, and also happens to be our first in the Midlands. You’ll find us just outside Birmingham’s centre, on the leafy but lively Harborne Road.

Here we’ve pulled together some of our favourite things to do and places to eat and drink in the Edgbaston area, as well as a few a short drive away. So, whether you’re visiting for the day, or you know Edgbaston like the back of your hand, we hope we’ll have included some ideas for turning your trip to us into a whole day out.

To do

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens

A short walk from Neptune Edgbaston will bring you to The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. With four glasshouses and a traditional bandstand, it feels distinctly like a Victorian park. It’s a charming place for a stroll in summer, or to warm up in its tropical and Mediterranean greenhouses in the cooler months.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham is home to many notable galleries, but The Barber Institute has perhaps the widest collection. Here you can see paintings from the likes of Turner, Rubens, Monet, Van Gogh and Botticelli, as well as a collection of over 16,000 coins. The Art Deco building itself also makes it well worth a visit, and as it sits alongside the University of Birmingham, you can take the opportunity to have a look around the campus too.

Winterbourne House and Garden

Also to be found on the University’s campus is this delightful example of an Edwardian suburban home. The Arts and Crafts style house is surrounded by gardens laid out by the first owners, Margaret and John Nettlefold, in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. There are woodland and rhododendron walks, and a walled garden which features a ‘crinkle-crankle’ wall (an unusual design that follows the line of a wave to give structure to the single brick depth). Winterbourne’s interior has been sympathetically restored to how it might have looked when it was first built, with William Morris wallpapers and Edwardian furnishings. There are even several printing presses, which are demonstrated by volunteers every Friday.

To shop

Honest Skincare & Apothecary

This skincare brand was founded on the belief that there’s no need for synthetic ingredients when natural ones can be equally as good, if not better. They still create all their balms, soaps and candles in Birmingham, and have two stores to visit – one in the centre’s Great Western Arcade, and the other in the nearby suburb of Kings Heath. It’s in the latter, their flagship store, that you can also indulge in one of their face or body treatments, and take part in a traditional candle-making workshop.

Ikon Shop

Ikon is another of the city’s galleries, this time with a focus on contemporary art. But it’s their bookshop that we’re especially fond of, with its extensive art-themed collection of coffee table tomes and exhibition catalogues to linger over. There’s also a whole section of ‘Made in the Midlands’ books, music and objects, as well as limited-edition art for sale.

Custard Factory

Birmingham is full of intriguing and individual areas in which to shop, from the Victorian, covered Great Western Arcade, to the equally historic Jewellery Quarter. The Custard Factory is one of our favourites; it’s set in the former home of Bird’s Custard, and is the place to browse Birmingham’s independents, from contemporary glass to craft beer. There’s even a virtual reality games arcade, and a quirky cinema that screens both the latest films and old favourites.

To eat

Turners at 69

Birmingham is home to six Michelin-star restaurants, so you’re more than a little spoiled for choice when it comes to fine dining. Turners at 69 is just down the road from Neptune Edgbaston. They wanted to serve exceptional food in a way that’s more relaxed, so out went the tasting menu. Instead there’s an à la carte menu that’s essentially British (and subtly French) in its influences, and perfectly simple Sunday lunches.

Simpsons

Another of Birmingham’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Simpsons, is also just around the corner. The food is as bright and as fresh as the interior (and includes both vegetarian and children’s menus every bit as delicious as their main offering). Outside, there’s even a small garden for pre-supper aperitifs.  

The Plough Harborne

The Plough is one of our favourite places nearby for a laidback meal – especially Sunday brunch. Their speciality is comfort food at its very best. The friendly atmosphere is like that of a village pub, but with an edge that’s lively, suitably urban, and quite fun.

Peel & Stone Harborne

Just as The Plough is our go-to spot for breakfast, we’ll often stop by Peel & Stone for lunch or a pastry come mid-afternoon. From their Jewellery Quarter bakery (where you’ll also find a café), they create slow-leavened batches of bread, as well as cakes and pastries each night, which are then delivered to their Harborne store the next morning.

Neptune Edgbaston

And while you’re in town, we’d love for you to stop by.

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