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Sonal Clare

Restaurant Manager

Sonal Clare was born in Ealing, London. His passion for food was developed throughout his childhood with food and cooking being a huge part of his upbringing. 

In 2002 he went to the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism & Creative Studies (BCFTCS), which is now known as the University College Birmingham (UCB). He studied Hospitality and Food management, with the opportunity to do a placement during the course.  He took advantage of this and went to Ireland to complete his placement at The Nuremore Hotel, Monaghan. Sonal had always wanted to be a chef but he was told that there were no placements available in the kitchen but was given the opportunity to work as a waiter. Although originally apprehensive, Sonal thoroughly enjoyed being a waiter and relished the chance to learn more about service and wine.

After graduating in 2006, he was offered employment at the hotel as a Restaurant Supervisor. In 2007 he was offered the Restaurant Manager role at Restaurant 23, Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland.  After two successful years, he decided he was ready for a new challenge and a move back home.

Sonal had been an admirer of Glynn Purnell’s food since he dined at his restaurant ‘Jessica’s’. He still regards that meal as one of his most memorable, full of fun and quirkiness and flavour. On his return to Birmingham Sonal was seeking a career in a Michelin starred restaurant and was very keen to work with Glynn Purnell. He was offered a job at Purnell’s Restaurant as a waiter and took every opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the role and developed a great interest in wine. In August 2013, after 5 years of being Glynn’s assistant manager, Sonal took over as restaurant manager of Purnell’s.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Friday lunch
12 noon - 4.30pm (Last orders 1.30pm)
Tuesday to Friday dinner
7pm - 1am (Last orders 9pm, licensed until midnight)
Saturday dinner
6.30pm – 1am (Last orders 9.30pm, licensed until midnight)
Sundays & Mondays

Purnell's Restaurant will be closed for annual holiday from 5th August - 21st August


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Reservations are taken up to 60 days in advance.

You can book online for Restaurant reservations of up to 6 people and Living Room reservations of up to 8 people. Please be aware that you will need to provide a card number for all bookings.

Reception is open for all bookings and enquiries on 0121 212 9799 option 1 from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday and from 4pm to 6.30pm on Saturdays. A voicemail facility is available if your call cannot be answered or you are calling out of hours. Please note, if you leave a message on a Sunday or Monday, your call will be returned on Tuesday.