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To coincide with the change of the season, our Now menu has a new format to showcase Autumnal ingredients.  Lots of interesting and challenging flavour combinations bursting with different textures and temperatures.

9 September 2014

Brummie Tapas “July 2014”

Brummie Tapas “July 2014” photo

We have successfully launched a casual dining experience at Purnells restaurant with the introduction of the Purnell’s “Living Room”.  We invite up to 6 guests to come and enjoy a relaxed dining experience in our lounge area, full of wit, excitement and substance.  The “Living room” brings you a selection of small tasting bites that are designed to be shared amongst friends, colleagues and even the “person next door”.

“Living room” diners will be served a selection of bite size plates that reflect Purnell’s vision of cooking; in Glynn’s words “Brummie tapas”.  Bespoke wine flights will be available to compliment the dishes, or recommendations can be offered by our sommelier.

The “Living room” is available Tuesday to Friday lunch at 12.00pm or 1.30pm and Tuesday to Saturday evening at 7pm or 9pm.  Please contact Angela on reception for more information. 

9 September 2014

Cracking Yolks and Pig tales

Cracking Yolks and Pig tales photo

The launch of Glynn Purnell’s first book has received lots of great responses.  The Book has gone into the second print and is available to purchase from the restaurant and on the high street.  In the coming months we will be posting some recipes that Glynn and the kitchen are working on alongside some recipes from the book.  

To place an order for a book with a personal dedication from Glynn please contact the restaurant on crackingyolks@purnellsrestaurant.com Books are priced at £19.99, or £24.99 including postage and packaging should you wish the book to be sent to you. (UK addresses only)

9 September 2014

Private Dining Business lunch packages

Private Dining Business lunch packages photo

Our private dining room can be reserved for corporate lunches, where guests are able to hold meetings and will include a menu specially designed to tailor your requirements.  The room will be available for up to 12 guests.  Please contact reception for more information.

9 September 2014


Krug photo

Our restaurant manager Sonal was sent to Paris as part of our continued relationship and affiliation with Krug.  As ambassador, he was able to try some very special Champagnes and able to further his knowledge of Krug.  It was a magical experience full of fun, sightseeing and bubbles!

Here were some of the Champagnes he was VERY fortunate to try. 

At Purnells restaurant we are proud to serve Krug Grande Cuvée by the glass and also include it in all of our wine degustations, giving our guest the chance to try this Champagne.  We also have a wide range of Krug to share with our guests.

9 September 2014

Purnell’s Restaurant Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for all occasions and can be purchased from reception on 0121 212 9799 option 1. The vouchers start at £50.00 and can be personalised with any message you require and posted to any UK address. Our vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue but if you want to purchase vouchers as Christmas gifts they will be valid until 25th December 2015.

9 September 2014

Glynn Purnell Partners with Leading College to Launch Search for Two Culinary Stars

Glynn Purnell Partners with Leading College to Launch Search for Two Culinary Stars photo

Glynn Purnell has teamed up with South and City College Birmingham and is searching for two young apprentices who will work with him at his fine dining restaurant Purnell’s and the newly opened Purnell’s Bistro on Newhall Street.

16-24 year olds are being invited to apply for an 11 week Introduction to Cookery course at South and City College Birmingham, where they will learn the basic principles of professional cookery. Glynn Purnell who was once an apprentice himself will mentor the students during the course, with each student having the opportunity to spend time at his Michelin starred restaurant Purnell’s in Birmingham.

On completion of the course, Glynn will then himself select two of the budding young cooks to become his apprentices. They will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the skills of fine dining whilst working alongside the Birmingham born chef.

The chef has big plans for the apprentices, who will work closely with him gaining hands on skills, whilst at the same time working towards a qualification at the college.

Glynn Purnell said: “We have incredible talent in the Midlands, but like with everything we need to dig deep to discover it. I was once an apprentice and I know how hard it is to get an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Working in partnership with South and City College Birmingham we aim to offer exceptional students an apprenticeship to work with me and the team at Purnell’s restaurant, Ginger’s Bar and Purnell’s Bistro.”

Mike Hopkins, Principal of the college said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring young chefs in Birmingham. Not only will the students gain a recognised qualification, but they will work with one of the top chefs in the country, learning all the skills they need to give them the best start in their careers.

“Glynn is a great role model as well as a top chef, and he believes in helping young people in Birmingham, as I do. I hope this will be the start of a long partnership between Glynn and South and City College.”

To apply for the 11 week introductory course, you will need to register with the National Apprentice Service. More information is available through www.southandcity.com

All applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews will be held on the 17 September which you must be available for. 15 people will be chosen and will start the course at the beginning of October. Purnell’s two apprentices will be announced in December.

All applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Initial interviews will be held on the 17 September which you must be available for. 15 people will be chosen and will start the course at the beginning of October. Purnell’s two apprentices will be announced in December.

6 September 2012

Glynn Purnell to re-launch The Asquith as eclectic bistro

Birmingham’s renowned Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell has made the decision to close his second fine dining restaurant in the city in favour of launching his own brand of bistro.

The Asquith, 11 Newhall Street will officially close after the last evening service on Saturday 1st September ready for the launch of Purnell’s Bistro, which opens on Wednesday 5th September.

Glynn Purnell said. “I promised myself that I would achieve certain ambitions in my career. Firstly, to gain a Michelin star at Purnell’s, the second to open Ginger’s Bar with The Asquith and the third being to launch Purnell’s Bistro.

Birmingham is fortunate to have a variety of cultures and flavours which is visible in its restaurant culture. Glynn believes that serving simplistic, classic dishes, with an outlandish twist will be a welcome addition to the thriving food scene.

He adds: “It is well-known that I am driven by my passion to excite people through food, especially the innovative dishes inspired by my childhood. The concept of Purnell’s Bistro will continue to entice people with honest portions of food, inspired by rustic home-cooking but with an eclectic twist.

“Running a Michelin starred restaurant allows you to be at the forefront the British food, there has been a massive movement in the bistro culture from Paris into London, with the likes of Bruno Loubet and Bistrotheque opening in the capital.

“The fine dining scene in Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and we have some top chefs already in the city, with more wanting a slice of the action. Well known chefs are choosing to open their brand of restaurants in the city centre but I want to go that step further.

“I want the new bistro to encompass much more than just my name. I am an extremely hands on chef and I will continue to support the new team at the bistro, whilst cooking my fine dining menu at Purnell’s Restaurant on a daily basis.

“I know questions will arise from the closure of The Asquith, especially since relocated from the original address in Edgbaston. The answer is simple, in this life we meet challenges and it is how we face them. I have met this challenge head on and want to aspire to greater things.

“I opened The Asquith to give a younger management team the opportunity to grow the business and make their mark. For a variety of reasons, people chose different paths in life and I wish the original duo only the best in what they do, one heading off to travel the world and the other to start a family.

“After such positive feedback on the food served at The Asquith, now is the time to embrace a new challenge under the Purnell’s brand and after identifying a gap in the market and from listening to my customers, Purnell’s Bistro is to open in Birmingham.”

3 August 2012


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