Michelin Star Restaurants Birmingham

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Birmingham has a thriving food scene and there are hundreds of places to eat well. However, if you are looking for something really special, choosing a place that has been awarded a Michelin star might pay dividends. These are Michelin's top five restaurants in Birmingham:

Michelin star restaurants Birmingham
The Michelin Guide has been putting restaurants through their paces for over a century. Michelin's inspectors go to great lengths to remain anonymous, so they are treated as any diner would be and they have very exacting standards.

Winning a place in the Michelin Guide is the ultimate ambition for many chefs. Birmingham has the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants in the UK outside London and that's something that we are very proud of as a city.

So where can you eat that has the Michelin stamp of approval when you are staying with us at the Rotunda? As of September 2016, the following Birmingham restaurants can be found in the prestigious Michelin Red Guide for Great Britain and Ireland: Simpsons, Turners, Purnell's, Adam's and Carters of Moseley.

(bookings 0121 454 3434) 

Sample starter: Crab risotto with smoked haddock, apple and sprouting broccoli
Sample main course: Fillet of Aberdeen Angus, red wine onions, bone marrow and triple cooked chips
Sample dessert: Custard tart, gariguette strawberry sorbet, basil

Simpsons has held a Michelin star since 2004. It was created by Andreas Antona, Chef Owner and Luke Tipping, Chef Director. Simpsons' head chef, Matt Cheal, joined the kitchen out of college in 2000 and has spent 15 years honing his skills with Luke's guidance. Matt now runs a brigade of 14 and also teaches at the Simpsons cookery school once a week.

Simpsons offers an excellent value lunch menu and also taster menus. With its private dining room, it could be a great choice for an intimate wedding reception or family celebration.  Children have their own three-course menu too. 

Simpsons is a taxi ride away from Rotunda (you will find it in a Grade-II Edwardian villa in Edgbaston), but this renowned restaurant is well worth the trip. Please note that Simpsons is undergoing a refurbishment  until August 2015, but it will remain open during this time.

Read the Michelin inspector's view on Simpsons 



(bookings 0121 426 4440)

Sample starter: Scallop raw and cooked, new season garlic, mussels and smoked potato

Sample main course: Poussin three ways, white asparagus, gnocchi, morels and sauce Albufera
Sample dessert: Chocolate Moelleux, salted caramel and hazelnut

Turner's won its Michelin star in 2009 for creating delicious Modern British food with a French twist: chef Richard Turner makes regular trips to Michelin starred restaurants in France. Turner is largely self-taught and has a passion for developing wonderful flavours. His stellar career has humble origins as he started working in catering as a dishwasher, but he won a Michelin star only two years after opening Turners. Turner prides himself as an ungimmicky chef who prefers traditional methods of cooking and focuses on flavour.

Staying Cool's favourite fascinating fact about Richard Turner is that his grandfather worked as a chauffeur for the Bird family, who made a fortune from the invention of Bird's Custard. The Bird family owned a fleet of yellow Rolls Royces (how could they resist?), which must have been a wonderful sight.    

Turners is an intimate restaurant with only 24 tables, so make sure that you book well in advance if you want to guarantee getting a table. It is found in the affluent Birmingham suburb of Harbourne, a taxi ride away from Staying Cool, and offers a tasting menu.

Read the Michelin inspector's view on Turner's 


Purnell's-Birmingham restaurant

(bookings 0121 212 9799)

Sample starter: Provence green asparagus , poached organic egg yolk, pigs trotter nuggets, meat juices and watercress
Sample main course: Slow cooked ox cheek, horseradish  and pickled shimeji mushrooms
Dessert: Raspberry macaron , white chocolate and mint

Glyn Purnell's approach to cooking is bold and creative. His eponymous restaurant has held its Michelin star since 2009. The Yummy Brummie (Glyn's Twitter handle) started cooking professionally at the tender age of 14 when he started working after school.  

Glyn has a connection with the aforementioned Simpson's restaurant as he worked as Chef de Partie there and then went on to be Sous Chef.  Glynn went on to win awards such as the Academie de Culinaire Francaise Annual Award of Excellence in 1996 and the Rioja National Sous Chef of the Year 2000.  At Jessica's in Edgbaston, he won critical acclaim  and a Michelin star for his cooking.

Glyn Purnell's passion for cooking has led him to work on 'stages' or placements with chefs of the calibre of Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay and Alistair Little.  He has also travelled abroad, working for Michelin starred chefs in France and Spain.

Purnell's is found in a lovely Victorian building in one of Birmingham's historic conservation areas, close to St Phillip's Cathedral. It offers tasting menus and has a private dining room available. The restaurant is within walking distance of our Rotunda apartments (although, of course, we're very happy to organise a cab for you if you'd prefer).

Read the Michelin inspector's view on Purnell's restaurant


(bookings 0121 643 3745) 

Sample starter: Pheasant's egg, parmesan, Jersey royal new potatoes
Sample main course: Sea bream, tomato, octopus and wild garlic gnocchi
Sample dessert: Dark chocolate, coffee, orange and cinnamon

The restaurant is the brain child of Adam Stokes and his wife Natasha and it earned a Michelin star only six months after it opened in 2013. Head chef Adam brought a fine pedigree to Birmingham, which explains the speed at which the restaurant won recognition. Stokes held his first job as Head Chef at Glenapp Castle in aged only 27 and used locally sourced ingredients such as game, lobster and crab as his inspiration. His approach won Glenapp a Michelin Star. 

Adam's is found on New Street (very close to our serviced apartments at Rotunda). The restaurant is small - not a bad thing unless you can't get a table - but there are plans afoot to move to a larger space.

Read the Michelin inspector's view on Adam's restaurant

(bookings 0121 449 8885)

Sample starter: Wiltshire truffled gougeres
Sample main course: Poached cod, fermented garlic, runner beans
Sample dessert: Black fig tart with black fig ice cream

Carters is the new kid on the Michelin block in Birmingham and gained its Michelin Star in September 2015. Its strap line is 'Simple. Affordable. Fun.' and we can't think of a better way to sum the place up!

The chef/proprietor is Brad Carter. 

Read the Michelin inspector's view on Carters of Moseley

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