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The Asquith Birmingham Restaurant by Michlein Chef Glynn Purnell to Close

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Glynn Purnell Outside his Michelin Restaurant

Birmingham’s renowned Michelin starred chef Glynn Purnell has made the decision to close his second fine dining restaurant in the city in favour of launching his own brand of bistro.

The Asquith, 11 Newhall Street will officially close after the last evening service on Saturday 1st September ready for the launch of Purnell’s Bistro, which opens on Wednesday 5th September.

Glynn Purnell said. “I promised myself that I would achieve certain ambitions in my career. Firstly, to gain a Michelin star at Purnell’s, the second to open Ginger’s Bar with The Asquith and the third being to launch Purnell’s Bistro.

Birmingham is fortunate to have a variety of cultures and flavours which is visible in its restaurant culture. Glynn believes that serving simplistic, classic dishes, with an outlandish twist will be a welcome addition to the thriving food scene. He adds: “It is well-known that I am driven by my passion to excite people through food, especially the innovative dishes inspired by my childhood. The concept of Purnell’s Bistro will continue to entice people with honest portions of food, inspired by rustic home-cooking but with an eclectic twist. “Running a Michelin starred restaurant allows you to be at the forefront the British food, there has been a massive movement in the bistro culture from Paris into London, with the likes of Bruno Loubet and Bistrotheque opening in the capital. “The fine dining scene in Birmingham has gone from strength to strength and we have some top chefs already in the city, with more wanting a slice of the action. Well known chefs are choosing to open their brand of restaurants in the city centre but I want to go that step further.

“I want the new bistro to encompass much more than just my name. I am an extremely hands on chef and I will continue to support the new team at the bistro, whilst cooking my fine dining menu at Purnell’s Restaurant on a daily basis.
“I know questions will arise from the closure of The Asquith, especially since relocated from the original address in Edgbaston. The answer is simple, in this life we meet challenges and it is how we face them. I have met this challenge head on and want to aspire to greater things. I want to also stress that Ginger’s Bar will remain at the same venue and will operate alongside the new bistro. “I opened The Asquith to give a younger management team the opportunity to grow the business and make their mark. For a variety of reasons, people chose different paths in life and I wish the original duo only the best in what they do, one heading off to travel the world and the other to start a family.

“After such positive feedback on the food served at The Asquith, now is the time to embrace a new challenge under the Purnell’s brand and after identifying a gap in the market and from listening to my customers, Purnell’s Bistro is to open in Birmingham.”

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