Harden's survey result
“Stunning flavours, contrasting combinations and presentation… by the time you reach the dry ice, dried mint leaves and theatre of the final course, you’re a convert!” – TV-chef Glynn Purnell creates an experience that’s “special but not stuffy” at his “understatedly luxurious” (and “romantic”) city-centre HQ, providing “great menu options that deliver on their promise and friendly but unobtrusive staff” who show “attention to detail at its best”. The competition in this “much under-rated culinary city” is fierce nowadays, but for its fan club it’s “the top choice in town”.
“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?
Purnells Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Thursday a la carte lunch. It was good, but below expectations. Everything lacked a bit of zip. Could do better."
"Fun tasting menu with on going influences of the 70s British food trends. Good ingredients. Service was very good overall. Interior is slightly industrial and seating a bit hard but good."
55 Cornwall St, Birmingham, B3 2DH
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Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 4.3pm; 7pm to 1am; Saturday 6.30pm to 1am
Last orders: 9.30 pm