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Hall of FameAs one of the original stars of Birmingham’s resurgent foodie scene, local boy Glyn Purnell’s flagship restaurant knows exactly how to satisfy its customers by offering a series of audacious tasting menus full of kooky but highly convincing ideas. The version entitled ‘Purnell’s journey’ might take you from ‘peach barley, whipped feta, red grape and rosemary’ to a tartlet of white chocolate, raspberry and mint, while ’10 years in the making’ features the likes of ‘1,2,3,4,5... once I caught a fish alive!’ (Orkney scallop, pickled mooli, smoked eel and lumpfish roe) or roast loin of veal with mousseron duxelle, Wye Valley asparagus, yeast extract and sauce albufera. Diners who fancy “a really fun evening” can also book for ‘Brummie tapas’ in Purnell’s ‘living room’, where the line-up runs from monkfish tikka with coriander sauce and dhal to the ‘10/10/10 custard egg surprise’ – so named because it scored perfect marks on the Great British Menu back in 2008. Well-spaced tables and smart, neutral decor suit the business crowd as well as courting couples, while polished staff never fluff their lines.  

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Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street ,Birmingham B3 2DH

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If you get the chance to eat here, don’t hesitate!

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Feb 2016

We had the Brummie tapas at Purnell’s on Saturday night, and had a really fun evening. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, the sommelier didn’t make his way to the Lounge where we were seated but the very able and sociable restaurant manager, Sonal recommended 3 wines to accompany and follow our meal that were fabulous (we started with champagne). The way that the tapas menu works is that people working in the kitchen get to come out and present each course, explain the dish and have a...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street ,Birmingham B3 2DH

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Sep 2011

Ate at Purnells for a friends 40th. We were a group of six. We were all thrilled with the service and the food. We had the 8 course tour with the degustation of wine and Krug supplement, and it was worth every penny. Even foods that I wouldn't normally eat, ie goats cheese was transformed into a melt in the mouth dish. The service was second to none and a signed menu had been left for the birthday girl as Glynn was at the Ludlow food festival. The waiters could not have been more charming. If there...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street ,Birmingham B3 2DH

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Nov 2009

My husband and I travelled 120 miles to visit this restaurant and it was worth every mile. The food was absolutely fantastic. we had the 8 course tour which I can strongly recommend. Every course was a delight and an adventure of flavour, textures and smells. The staff were absolutely brilliant and made it my best birthday ever. The front of house staff were amazing, professional, on the ball and very friendly. The chef is an absolute genius, we loved every course, he manages to combine ingredients...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street ,Birmingham B3 2DH

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Nov 2008

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This is my favourite restaurant ever. I love the layout, where you're intimate, but never too close to another table. We like to eat here on special occasions. The food is always well presented and it is unusual with its Brummie sense of humour and mix of ingredients, especially some of the amuse bouches. The homemade bread is delicious. The staff are excellent, knowlegeable and attentive. Decent wine list. I hope Glyn Purnell gets back his Michelin star. He thoroughly deserves it. Highly recommended.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Gingey Bites :: Gingey Bites: Purnell's Restaurant, Birmingham

    What lucky people we are - for our wedding present from my mum and step dad, we went to Purnell's for dinner - that is - Glynn Purnell's Michelin Starred restaurant in Birmingham.
    Here's my review of that fantastic, memorable night;
    Given that we went for a special occasion, it was only right that we went all out and had the '8 Course Purnell's Tour'. We arrived to a contemporary, minimal looking lounge area and were greeted by the Maitre D' who was friendly and welcoming. Shortly after we were sipping ice cold Bollinger and enjoying some parmesan bread puff balls and olives.
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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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  • Address: 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DH
  • Telephone: 0121 212 9799
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  • Opening Times: Tues-Fri 12N-1.30pm Tues-Sat 7-9.30pm

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