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Christmas Gift Vouchers

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Purnell’s gift vouchers are extremely popular over Christmas and we love welcoming all our voucher-receivers to the restaurant in the New Year! Why not buy your Purnell’s gift vouchers early this year and get a little extra in the process? Any voucher bought before Friday 1 December will include a complimentary glass of champagne for each diner using the voucher. To order your Purnell’s gift voucher please call 0121 212 9799.

(Christmas gift vouchers are valid for a full 12 months and can be redeemed until our Christmas closure 2018)

20 September 2017

Harden's Restaurant Guide Hosts Event at Purnell's Restaurant

Harden's Restaurant Guide Hosts Event at Purnell's Restaurant photo

On Wednesday 1 November, at 7pm, Glynn will welcome guests to a special sparkling canape reception, before a five-course tasting menu with carefully paired wines is served at 7.30pm. The Hardens team are helping us celebrate 10 years of brilliance at Purnell’s with a special menu dedicated to Glynn’s greatest hits, including his two winning dishes from the Great British Menu. Guests will be able to meet Glynn in person and discuss his award-winning cuisine.

Tickets for this one-off event are £135pp (including champagne and canape reception with Glynn Purnell and five-course dinner with wine flight). To book your place, please contact Tracy Hall on: th@hardens.com or 020 7839 4763

19 September 2017

New Autumn menu

New Autumn menu photo

With autumn officially starting on Friday 22 September we will be doing our usual seasonal menu change. There will also be a couple of additional changes to the menus this autumn, just to keep things fresh! 

We are changing the midweek menu concept, offering a more flexible a la carte menu from Tuesday to Thursday, with all the classic Purnell’s dishes featuring on it. On Fridays and Saturdays, we will continue with our regular 6 and 8 course tasting menus. 

We will also be launching a very special Christmas menu. Keep your eyes peeled for more details.

18 September 2017

Cracking Yolks and Pig Tails - Now Just £10

Cracking Yolks and Pig Tails - Now Just £10 photo

Glynn’s first book Cracking Yolks and Pigs Tales was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. The Guardian said “It's a playful and candid insight into the mind of one of the UK's most creative chefs. Purnell has a way with words - you can almost hear his sing song accent leaping off the pages. But, above all, it's packed full of new, uniquely British recipes you want to cook.”

In the beautifully photographed book, Glynn recreates his trademark witty, elegant dishes for the home cook, using affordable and accessible ingredients. He guides you through an array of dazzling but never daunting dishes, including mackerel and potato pakoras, pork chops with sauerkraut, and peanut butter lollipops, in between sharing mischievous anecdotes sharing his exploits with his fellow chefs once the kitchen doors are closed. There’s a wealth of practical recipes, from stocks, risottos and waffles to soups, sorbets and brownies, and there’s also plenty for the more adventurous cook. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes into a moelleux, or even what happens to a sous chef foolish enough to reveal that he’s afraid of lobsters, this is where you’ll find out. 

The hardback book retails at £19.99, but we have now got a limited number of copies which we are selling for just £10. To place an order for a book with a personal dedication from Glynn please contact us on crackingyolks@purnellsrestaurant.com 

Books are priced at £10, or £15 including postage and packaging should you wish the book to be posted to you (UK addresses only). Collection from the restaurant is free.

19 July 2017

Road Closures and Parking

Road Closures and Parking photo

Our neighbouring building on Cornwall Street, Herbert House (separated from the restaurant by New Market Street) is due to undergo a big redevelopment project from the end of July, to turn the derelict building into 76 luxury apartments and three ground floor retail units. The redevelopment will involve traffic management and the erection of hoarding to protect members of the public from the works as well as securing the site area. 

New Market Street (leading to Purnell’s from Great Charles Street Queensway) will be closed to vehicles from the end of July for approximately 60 weeks. There will still be pedestrian access along New Market Street. Cornwall Street, on which Purnell’s Restaurant sits, is due to remain open throughout the works but will become one-way only, in the direction of Newhall Street.

On-street parking outside of Purnell’s (on New Market Street and Cornwall Street) will be very restricted throughout the duration of these works. We strongly recommend you allow yourself plenty of time to make your journey to Purnell’s and carefully consider alternative parking locations for the period of the works, which are due to be completed in September 2018.

18 July 2017

Purnell's Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Purnell's Celebrates its 10th Anniversary photo

On Friday 7 July Purnell’s celebrated an historic milestone - its first momentous decade. Over the last ten years the restaurant has led the way in shaping Birmingham’s ever-growing culinary profile.

Celebrated in true Purnell’s style, Glynn gave just fifteen lucky winners and their guests the evening of a lifetime as they came to the restaurant for an exclusive Krug champagne reception and a 10-course menu, 10 years to the day since Purnell’s first opened its doors to the public. The menu showcased some of Glynn’s best loved, signature dishes such as “Haddock and Eggs”, Monkfish Masala with Red Lentils, Picked Carrots and Coconut Garnish (a Great British Menu winning dish and one of the courses cooked at a banquet at the RAF's historic Halton House to honour men and women returning from active service in Afghanistan in 2009), and his famous Burnt English Custard Egg Surprise which won the dessert course of The Great British Menu with a perfect score in 2008.

Speaking about the 10th anniversary, Glynn said: “Ten years ago my dream came true when I opened the doors of Purnell's Restaurant. Ten years on and I'm still living the dream. When I first opened Purnell’s back in 2007, I had no idea where we would be today thanks to our customers and suppliers who are all a fantastic support to us. The team I have built is amazing and we worked hard to plan a commemorative anniversary night and create a 10-course menu that celebrated some Purnell’s favourites and reworked some original dishes for our 30 lucky guests.”

The fifteen successful golden ticket winners included Paul Colin from Tamworth. Paul said, “I was absolutely over the moon to find out that I had won one of Glynn’s golden tickets. My wife and I had always wanted to eat at Purnell’s and the evening was just superb. It exceeded all our expectations. I have followed Glynn’s career for years and it was a joy to meet him and celebrate Purnell’s 10th anniversary with him and his team.” 

Alyson Jolly from Stockport brought her husband Tom as her chosen guest and said of the evening, “I was in disbelief when I came home and found the golden ticket on my doormat… I had goosebumps! I have been so excited for the last few weeks. My husband was on his best behaviour after I won the ticket, trying to win his place as my plus-one! It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we were spoilt rotten from start to finish. Getting to meet Glynn was the icing on the cake.”

Glynn concluded, “I am incredibly proud of the Restaurant’s 10th anniversary and the journey it has taken to get here. To be able to celebrate its first decade and mark this landmark is one of the greatest achievements of my career.”

17 July 2017

Glynn Purnell's Friday Night Kitchen

Glynn Purnell's Friday Night Kitchen photo

There are still some tickets available for this year’s Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen which takes place on Friday 6 October.

The celebrated event, now in its third year, is raising the bar for 2017 by making the move to The Vox at Resorts World Birmingham. This sees the Friday night fundraiser increase its capacity from 400 to 800, in an ambitious attempt to raise over £100,000 for Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Centre for Clinical Haematology Appeal.

Fronted by Glynn, the event features a four-course, five-star dinner created by the TV chef. Throughout the night, Glynn brings a host of his celebrity friends to the stage to help serve up a feast to remember.

Speaking about the event, Glynn, who is a Trustee of Cure Leukaemia, said: “Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen gets bigger and better each year, thanks to the calibre of our celebrity chefs and most of all, our fantastic guests! There is such a great buzz in the room, and everyone comes together to have fun whilst raising money for Cure Leukaemia, a Birmingham-based charity that I am immensely proud to support.”

Taking place on Friday 6 October 2017, Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen has become a flagship fundraiser for Cure Leukaemia; highlighting the work that the charity does and helping to raise vital funds.

Tickets for Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen are now on sale at £175. Tables of 10 are available to purchase and every ticket includes reception drinks, a four-course meal prepared by Glynn, and raffle tickets to win Sunday lunch for up to six people cooked in your home by Glynn and the team from Purnell’s… they even do the washing up!
To book your tickets, visit here.

16 July 2017

Purnell's Summer Break

Purnell's Summer Break photo

Purnell’s closes its doors for its annual summer break on the evening of Saturday 5 August and will reopen for lunch on Wednesday 23 August. Don’t forget to book for before or after these dates if you wish to come to the restaurant in August. 

Purnell’s Bistro and Gingers Bar is also having a summer refurbishment and will be closed while this takes place. The Bistro will close its doors after Sunday lunch service on Sunday 6 August and will reopen on Friday 18 August.

15 July 2017


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