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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

Glynn Purnell's eponymous restaurant occupies a corner site in the city's financial district not far from St Philip's Cathedral. Converted from a red-brick Victorian warehouse, with no expense spared, its stripy carpets, boldly patterned wallpapers and bare tables add up to a cool and classy look. It all makes a soothing setting for the imaginative multi-course menus (with optional wine flights), or should you eat in the Living Room, the deal is dinky plates made for sharing – what Glynn calls 'Brummie tapas'. Wherever you choose, expect adventurous dishes along the lines of poached duck egg yolk with cauliflower, black pudding, bacon and birch syrup, or beetroot mousse and salted beetroot with horseradish crumble. There’s a nod to Brum’s Balti belt culinary heritage in, say, monkfish masala served with Indian red lentils, carrots, coconut and coriander, but the compass needle swings back to classical western mode for dishes such as Balmoral venison served with bordelaise sauce, wild mushrooms and potato crisp. The tempting 3-course lunch deal might take in barbecued octopus with crispy dried noodles, dried enoki mushrooms, mango, mooli and miso, and sweet and sour bisque, then Peking duck breast with almond satay, ponzu and veg noodles, ending with rhubarb and apple tart with hazelnut crumble and apple sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week Easter, 2 weeks late July to 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(s): 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

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • 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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