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Summary

Glynn Purnell’s city-centre fixture remains many reporters’ top choice in Birmingham (although it has some stiff oppo from Adam’s nowadays); the setting can seem “slightly clinical”, but it delivers a “fabulous” culinary experience, with “well-balanced and striking cuisine”.

£102
Very Good
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Glynn Purnell’s cuisine at this “accomplished” city-centre restaurant is often simply “sublime”, and the service is “brilliant” too; the decor? – a fraction “cold” perhaps, but hardly ever mentioned… perhaps a statement in itself?

£77
Exceptional
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Amazing, the best food and service I have ever had!” – the “sharp” and “businesslike” ambience of Glynn P’s city-centre beacon may not be remarkable, but the “flawless” cuisine and the “superb” service certainly are.

£75
Exceptional
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Purnell's is a chic, contemporary fine-dining restaurant, awarded its Michelin star in January 2009, located in one of Birmingham city centre's finest conservation areas, close to Colmore Row and St Phillips Cathedral. Set up by Michelin starred Birmingham chef, Glynn Purnell in July 2007, the 45 cover restaurant occupies a Victorian redbrick and terracotta corner building, with large windows on both sides providing plenty of natural light during the day. The restaurant has its own bar and lounge area, for diners only, where a pre-dinner cocktail or after dinner coffee or digestif can be enjoyed on comfortable surroundings.

Glynn Purnell’s bold and innovative cooking that has brought him critical acclaim and numerous awards including a Michelin star provides the ultimate gourmet adventures.

The restaurant will accommodate a table of up to 6 diners. The private dining room is available for parties of 7 to 12 diners and should you require a greater number of guests then the restaurant will be available for complete hire.

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Purnells Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Purnells Restaurant in B3, Birmingham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Purnells restaurant.
Peter M
Nice restaurant with some interesting dishe...
Reviewed 4 months, 10 days ago

"Nice restaurant with some interesting dishes. Quite a lot of props supporting the food. Some courses rather simple. Menu doesn`t seem to change a lot. Good service."

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Graham J
Nice tasting menu food generally very good....
Reviewed 9 months, 22 days ago

"Nice tasting menu food generally very good. Service was OK restaurant itself lacked atmosphere on our evening."

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Uma G
Food has improved and there are some very g...
Reviewed 10 months, 12 days ago

"Food has improved and there are some very good dishes within the tasting menu. Service was good and we enjoyed the general vibe."

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T M
Some interesting dishes on the tasting menu...
Reviewed 10 months, 21 days ago

"Some interesting dishes on the tasting menu, some simple but tasty , some playful and the odd disappointment. Service was misfiring with wine flight arriving out of sync with the food. Staff didn`t really seem to have their heart in it that night. Thought the new look dining area was an improvement."

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55 Cornwall St, Birmingham, B3 2DH
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Last orders: 9.30 pm

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