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Purnell's

55 Cornwall Street, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2DH

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The redbrick and terracotta site of Glynn Purnell's pace-setting city restaurant had an extensive new design job in 2015. Statement colours and counterpointing textures are in, with shades of aubergine and leafy green in the dining room, reached via an oak-shelved wine store. Jam jar lights illuminate the scene, a pillar box slot window affords kitchen peeps, while a soundtrack of rural noises accompanies your trip to the bathroom. It all makes a soothing context for the imaginative multi-course menus and 'Brummie tapas' where thoughtful combinations rule the roost. St Austell mussels with pickled cucumber and kohlrabi in dashi, followed by tuna sashimi and samphire in sour soy, are on-trend east Asia, but the compass needle swings westwards for principal dishes such as roast stone bass and pistachios with leeks in beurre noisette, or the majestic Balmoral venison bordelaise with pommes dauphinoise, red cabbage and black truffle. Winter might bring on something positively comforting such as a reimagined beef daube in sauce albuféra with duxelles and crisps, ahead of lemon meringue pie garnished with almonds and ginger powder. The tempting lunch deal might take in beetroot mousse with horseradish crumble, glazed pig cheek with treacle carrots, and dark chocolate tart with caramelised banana.

Further information

Tel: 0121 212 9799
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 1 wk Etr, 2 wks late Jul-early Aug, Xmas, New Year
Days closed for lunch: Sat

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Glynn Purnell
Number of seats: 45
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children's portions.
No children under 10 yrs.

 
 
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Close to Birmingham Snow Hill railway station & junct of Church St
Nearest station: Snow Hill, New Street

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