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Birmingham-born Glyn Purnell’s mission was to make his home city a premier-league foodie destination – and from where we’re sitting, it looks like he’s succeeded. As a star of the Brummie scene, his 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 ‘now’ could include, say, Creeder Carver duck rolled in liquorice charcoal with tamarind and fennel, while the ‘reminisce’ option plays tricks with conceits such as ‘emotions of cheese and pineapple’ on sticks, a deconstructed breakfast kedgeree involving haddock and eggs with cornflakes and curry oil or slow-cooked neck of lamb with confit tomatoes and homemade cheese. Diners who fancy something a bit different can now book for ‘Brummie tapas’ in Purnell’s ‘living room’, where the line-up runs from beetroot mousse with vegetable escabèche and horseradish crumble to ‘burnt English custard egg surprise’ – a ‘perfect 10’ 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 are marshalled by unflappable maître d’ Jean-Benoit Burloux.

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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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