“Creative cooking from a local hero” - AA Inspector
BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS
Our Inspector's view
Glynn Purnell’s personality shines through on his menus and the old red-brick warehouse in the financial district has surely never looked so sleek and smart with its dark and moody palette and splashes of abstract artworks. Glynn’s menus include a keenly priced 3 or 5-course lunch and an 8-course tasting menu. Silky smooth and seriously punchy, chicken liver parfait, with red wine poached pear, toasted grains and sorrel gets things off the blocks. Main course unites superb cod with pickled kohlrabi, St Austell mussels, and a sublime parsley sauce, while dessert is a knockout combo of 35% milk chocolate and hazelnut delice, mango sorbet and jelly, coffee cream and candied pistachio. Go for broke with flights from the impressive wine list.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 45
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 1 week Easter, 25 December, 1 January
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30: 322
- Wines by the glass: 22
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Discover West Midlands
After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead.
Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins.
Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.
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