I’ve no idea why I never knew about this gem before. I came across it purely by accident and what a glorious accident it was.
If you’re into vintage, collectables and retro, unusual trinkets and glorious quirky textiles, if you love rooting then this must be on your list of ‘Places I Must Visit’.
Red Brick Vintage is based in the courtyard of the old Cains Brewery Building in Stanhope Street just off Parliament Street. The courtyard has been compared to ‘Neal’s Yard’ in Covent Garden but I think this I so much better. Red Brick opened early in 2016.
We were warmly welcomed by a gentleman with a vintage moustache which fitted perfectly with the surroundings. The staff throughout the centre are friendly and happy to chat, they’re knowledgeable and if they don’t have what you’re looking for will happily take your details and keep an eye out for you.
As you wander through the centre more and more areas appear so its tricky to judge just how big the place is, it goes on and on and on! Its such an eclectic mix and the thrill when you come across an item that takes you straight back to your childhood. I’m not sure just how many times I said to No 1 Child, ‘My Nan had one of these’. Bless her she’s so patient.
The stall holders are friendly and there are bargains to be had, prices seem very reasonable. My visit cost me two lamps but a quick chat with the stall holder got us to a mutually agreeable price.
My top tip is ‘Bring Cash!’ you may find the item you never knew you were searching for but if you don’t have cash you’re going to have to wait a bit longer before it becomes yours. This business operates on a cash basis so bring some with you, I’m pretty sure you’re going to need it.
As you wander through you’ll come across ‘Johnnie Ice’ eatery, you can pick up a snack at a very cheap price, bacon baps, burgers, hot dogs etc. And if all the wandering round has left you feeling worn out pop upstairs to Ellie’s Place who offer a massage and wellbeing service.
Your visit is like a travel through time, furniture, clothes, household items both practical and luxury. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time when you visit as you will lose a good few hours exploring. This is somewhere to come for inspiration, somewhere to spend a rainy afternoon and certainly a place to visit regularly to keep up with the newly arrived stock.
The Courtyard Robert Cain Brewery
Call 07460 488343