Medicine, is a new style of artisan bakery, café and gallery.
Situated on Birmingham’s prestigious New Street, the venue is rooted firmly within its Midlands heritage, with its owners having previously owned the city’s famous Medicine Bar in Digbeth, before developing a successful artisan bakery and café in the suburbs of Wolverhampton.
Medicine offers a unique mix of hand crafted artisan breads, cakes and pastries, and complemented by a series of talks, events and exhibitions, Medicine creates a unique alchemy of food and art.
The evolution of Medicine can be traced back to its first incarnation on the nighttime scene of Digbeth. The Medicine Bar was pivotal in curating a diverse programme of artistic, guerilla and sonic events featuring a vibrant mix of musical genres. Along with hosting other successful music and artistic projects, events and venues in the West Midlands and around the UK during the 1980s and 90s, founder Simon Jones developed a progressive and passionate approach to creating new experiences and bringing communities together. It is this passion that will be at the heart of the new Medicine.
With the closure of the Medicine Bar in 2011, Simon and his wife Francesca discovered a new trade as bakers, turning to a more rural environment to open their first bakery, deli and café in the village of Codsall in Wolverhampton. It is here they have honed their skill in creating authentic and unusual artisan bread and cakes, sourcing local, ethical ingredients and drawing on a mix of influences from France and New York. The Codsall home of Medicine now features a core team of artisan bakers and thrives on a close-knit community spirit.
In 2017, the search to once again create unique and meaningful experiences for the region’s diverse communities was reignited with the discovery of a vacant 2,200 sq ft first floor Victorian space on Birmingham’s prominent New Street, previously home to the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. This space represented an opportunity to restore a beautiful building to its former glory, yet with a new purpose.