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Michelin-starred Glyn Purnell has turned what was Asquith’s into this self-named bistro, just round the corner from his flagship restaurant Purnell’s. Set in the heart of Birmingham’s upwardly mobile financial district, it offers a taste of the chef’s idiosyncratic style with easier prices and some user-friendly tweaking here and there to suit the local populace. Shades of claret and brown provide a soothing designer backdrop to cleverly worked dishes such as confit duck leg with curried parsnip purée and Puy lentil salad or fillet of sea bream with butternut squash and potato terrine, roasted baby onions and leeks. You can also get steaks and no-nonsense plates of game pie or mushroom risotto, while dessert might yield blackberry parfait with mojito sorbet. The premises are also home to Ginger’s – a glamorous themed cocktail bar.

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Glynn Purnell

Clearly destined for the kitchen, Brummie chef Glynn Purnell was spiking his baked beans with curry powder long before he got his first paid restaurant job at the age of 14. The Birmingham City FC fan has come a long way since then, earning his stripes at Simpson’s in Edgbaston and as sous-chef to Claude Bosi before returning to win Birmingham its first Michelin star. He is now chef-proprietor of Purnell’s and Purnell’s Bistro.

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