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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Superbly accomplished and inventive cooking in a conservation area

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The red-brick 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 Albufera 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.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week Easter, 2 weeks late July–early August, Christmas and New Year
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Glynn Purnell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 247
  • Wines by the glass: 24

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: 68
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street, Snow Hill car park nearby

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12

Getting here

Close to Birmingham Snow Hill railway station and junction of Church Street

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Snow Hill, New Street
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