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Glynn Purnell opening new restaurant in Knowle

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 04/10/2020 Sanjeeta Bains

Birmingham's best-known chef is opening a new restaurant in Knowle.

Glynn Purnell is planning to open in the village next summer, a few months after the planned unveiling of another site in Coventry.

He already owns the Michelin-starred Purnell's on Cornwall Street and Newhall Street eatery Purnell's Bistro, both in Birmingham city centre.

Glynn told BirminghamLive it would be a laid-back tapas-style venue.

"I am opening a place in Knowle but Covid has meant its launch has been held up slightly because of the size of the site.  I'm hoping to open there in summer 2021.

"The Knowle restaurant is still very much in the pipeline and it's very exciting. It will be smaller than the other sites so due to the pandemic I need to wait a bit longer to open it.

"The eatery will have a cool, nice vibe - suited to a small plates menu -  a bit similar to the 'Brummie Tapas' I serve up at Purnell's.

"I see it being a mix of what we do at Purnell's and at Purnell's Bistro.

"We'll be using very modern cooking techniques but also classical techniques as well.

"It will be a very eclectic mix of how we present food -  in keeping with the Purnell ethos - having a creative edge but still very polished.

"It's not going to be a downgraded version of Purnell's.

"Of course, you expect a meal at the Bistro is never going to be the same as Purnell's but we use the same quality produce at both restaurants. We don't do chips at Purnell's but we do very, very good chips at the Bistro."

The chef's Coventry venture will be a fine dining restaurant at the Charterhouse, a Grade I-listed former monastery site just off London Road. It is due to open in April or May.

"I visited the site last week to see we're all on track," he said.

"The first phase of the Charterhouse opening is an outdoor cafe and pizzeria area. We have a lot of outdoor space and we're going to be very creative with it. I can maximise what I've got.

"The cafe will open the same time as the Charterhouse restaurant. By then hopefully there will be a coronavirus vaccine. If not, we will still be open and operate in those circumstances.

"I don't agree with the idea that all good chefs have to stand by a stove and keep cooking until they are in their 60s or otherwise they are 'selling out'.

"I love being in the kitchen but I'm not physically in the kitchen all the time like when I first opened because I'd be dead by now!

a man standing in front of a brick building: Glynn Purnell (left) with Ian Harrabin from the Historic Coventry Trust at the Charterhouse in Coventry © Coventry Telegraph Glynn Purnell (left) with Ian Harrabin from the Historic Coventry Trust at the Charterhouse in Coventry

"I'm using the skill of the people I employ who possibly want to move up the ladder so I want to create opportunities for them within the Purnell's brand."

The multi talented Brummie has recently published his third cookbook, A Purnell’s Journey: There and Back Again which he describes as the 'Greatest Hits' of his life and career.

The hefty tome features more than 30 recipes representing the best of the Chelmsley Wood born chef - and costs £85.

He admitted: "It is expensive but it's six-and-a-half kilos in weight. It's really impressive. I love the food shots. 

"There have only been 1,500 copies printed and it was never the intention this book had to fly off the shelves overnight. "

Glynn's Knowle restaurant will join other new food and drink businesses in the area such as Loki Wine, which opens on Station Road.  

He is back on Saturday Kitchen as a guest chef on November 21.

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