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“Psychedelic wallpaper” is part of the more flamboyant look, since a summer 2015 revamp of Glynn Purnell’s city-centre venture. Even those who say it’s “brilliant” can find it “expensive” (or gripe that it’s “recently been complacent”), but the overall picture is still of “tasting menus, with a succession of delicious and exciting dishes”, served “by a phalanx of polished and very friendly young Brummies”.
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”.
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?
“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.
Purnells Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Central location, great menu options that delivered on their promice and friendly but non obtrusive service. Lacked a bit of atmosphere in the restaurant itself."
"Had the tasting menu not our first visit but surprised to see so many of the same dishes on again. However some are favourites of ours so not all bad. Service was good but just not as engaging as previous times. Quite like the softening of the interior with some new dÃ©cor upgrades. Once our favourite and still good but has now been overshadowed."
"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."
"Nice tasting menu food generally very good. Service was OK restaurant itself lacked atmosphere on our evening."
55 Cornwall St, Birmingham, B3 2DH
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Last orders: 9.30 pm