Edgbaston Village: Luxury food, cocktails & beauty treatments
A luxury Birmingham leisure & lifestyle destination
Edgbaston Village is an emerging leisure & lifestyle destination located less than a mile away from Birmingham City Centre. The urban village provides a luxurious escape away from the hustle & bustle of the city centre. Within a short distance, you’ll find inspirational home and lifestyle stores, beauty clinics & hair salons, independent boutique hotels and an array of restaurants, gastropubs and cocktail lounges all located on the elegant 300 year old Calthorpe Estate.
Last Autumn/Winter I visited Edgbaston Village on multiple occasions to receive facials, LED and Laser treatments at EF Medispa. During my visits I’ve always been alone, makeup-free and rushing home out the cold, so I’ve never experienced what else Edgbaston Village has to offer. So, I was delighted when Edgbaston Village got in touch with me this summer to experience a luxurious day out in Edgbaston with a guest.
The Edgbaston Village experience began with a hot stone back massage at Edgbaston Holistic, a three-course meal at The High Field followed by a round of cocktails at The Edgbaston.
We arrived at Edgbaston Holistic at 11 pm and were booked in for a 45-minute hot stone back massage (£35.00). After weeks of being hunched over my desk day and night working on my master’s dissertation, this was the experience I was looking forward to the most because it meant I could just lay there still and do absolutely nothing!
Before the treatment, we filled in a mini health form and then we were whisked away upstairs to enter the treatment room which was spacious with soothing music playing. The massage table was heated so I felt relaxed and cosy in no time. At the start of the treatment I was asked what pressure I would like, as I do tend to have a lot of back pain with plenty of knots in my shoulders, I opted for a hard massage to really break down the knots and relieve some tension in my lower back which is usually where I ache the most.
I’ve had a few back massages in my time and they’ve all felt great but the hot stone back massage at Edgbaston Holistic certainly makes it to the number one spot, it's also the longest massage I’ve had so far. The hot stones running down my spine and across my shoulders felt lovely and the and massage itself felt amazing. I really did not want it to end, I could have happily stayed there all day.
Once I managed to drag myself off the warm massage table and get myself ready it was time to visit next door for food!
The High Field
The High Field in Edgbaston is a stylish restaurant and gastropub with plenty of outdoor space making it the perfect place to visit during the summer with family, friends and your furry companions. The High Field which is part of the Peach pubs family have a breakfast, lunch specials, a fixed price dinner menu and a three-course Sunday menu and an extensive drink menu. The venue is spacious with an array of seating arrangements and plenty of natural light coming in from the open plan decking area and large garden.
While checking out the food & drink menus we nibbled on a warm crusty mini bloomer with garlic bread (£3.25). For starters, my sister ordered the Bang Bang Chicken, Cucumber & Peanut Salad with Sesame Dressing (£7.75) while I went for the vegetarian option of Summer Vegetable Salad, Orange & Toasted Cashews with Oriental Dressing (£6.75). Both dishes were beautifully fresh and colourful. My sister enjoyed the crispy chicken pieces. Whereas I loved the toasted cashews drizzled in oriental dressing, I’ll be recreating the salad at home as it’s perfect for summer with it being a light dish full of flavour.
For mains, I ordered from the lunch specials menu as there was only one vegetarian option on the main menu. So, I ordered the Onion Bhaji Burger & Mint Yoghurt with Mango Chutney & Sweet Potato Fries (£10). While my sister went for a British classic, Beer-battered Fish & Chips, with Peas and Tartare Sauce (£13.50). We both thoroughly enjoyed these meals, as our starters were lovely & light we were able to finish these without a struggle. The onion bhaji was deliciously crisp and was very flavoursome when dipped into the refreshing mint dip and tangy chutney followed by a mouthful of crunchy carrot, beetroot slaw and a crispy mini-poppadum.
Desserts & Mocktails
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know I obviously couldn’t resist choosing a Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream (£6.25) for my dessert. While my sister went for Jude’s Free-range Ice Creams (£5.75) and chose Vanilla, Chocolate and Salted Caramel. The fudge cake was lovely and moist and had a hint of coffee to it which was a lovely surprise, I reluctantly shared some with my sister so that she could dip it into her selection of creamy ice creams.
To go with our meals, we chose some refreshing & fruity mocktails. Mine was the Country Rose (£4.00) consisting of Apple juice, cranberry juice & elderflower cordial. While my sister enjoyed the Strawberry Lemonade (£4.00) made with strawberry purée, lemon juice & lemonade.
The sun was shining, and it was such a lovely day so after our meals we decided to sit in The High Field’s beautiful Garden for an hour with an Apple and Cranberry Mojito made with apple/ cranberry juice, fresh lime, mint, sugar & soda before making our way across the road for cocktails!
The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge
The Edgbaston is a stunning boutique hotel and cocktail lounge oozing a glamorous art deco interior. The award-winning cocktail lounge serves up bar food, a decadent afternoon tea and a wide selection of outstanding cocktails with a superb friendly service to match. Not that you would want to leave the gorgeous & elegant surroundings inside but outside The Edgbaston offers a stylish and contemporary outside area with plenty of comfortable seating to enjoy the sunshine with a few cocktails in hand.
The extensive cocktail menu is made up of chapters to take you along a flavoursome journey from when you arrive straight through to home time. The cocktails are served up by award-winning nationally recognised mixologists, so they were more than happy to explain the menu to us.
‘Zombie Crew’ was my first cocktail of choice and consisted of Bacardi Grog, Capucana Cachaça, Grapefruit Gin, Piñassion, Guava and Mango Shrub (£12.50) it can be made alcohol free for £7.50. The fun cocktail arrived in a tall Tiki glass and was decorated with colourful mermaids, a cherry, pineapple leaves, a rustic umbrella and a gold paper straw. The presentation was fantastic, and the cocktail itself was rightly described as fruity & dangerous!
My sister went for the ‘Raspberry Tipple’ (£9.50 or £6.50 without alcohol) consisting of Chambord, Green Spot, White Chocolate, Almond Cream, Cherry and Raspberry. This was deliciously rich & creamy with a boozy kick to it!
After admiring the decadent surroundings inside, we decided to have our next round of cocktails outside on the cosy sun loungers. For this, I chose something fruity and refreshing: the ‘Hacienda Highball’ (£11.00) made with Patron Silver, Orange Vodka, Coconut Water, Elderflower and Almond Whey. While my sister went for something fun the ‘Lunchbox Delight’ (£10.00) consisting of Finlandia, Peach Wine, Green Apple, Coconut, Whites and Popping Candy. On Instagram Stories you’ll see that we found the popping candy rather amusing with it exploding all over the place.
Lounging in The Edgbaston garden with an exquisite cocktail was the perfect way to end such a wonderful day in Edgbaston Village. We both really enjoyed our luxurious Edgbaston experience from the relaxing hot stone back massage, the delicious three-course meal and the fabulous cocktails within a unique art deco lounge all within a few steps of each other. It was a fantastic experience and we loved how it’s just a stone’s throw away from the city centre yet it's just so much more laid back and less chaotic making it a perfect luxury lifestyle destination in Birmingham.
Disclaimer: My experience of Edgbaston Village was complimentary. All photos and words are my own.