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. We have five Michelin Star Restaurants in Birmingham.
Being awarded a star in the Michelin Guide is the ultimate ambition for many chefs. Birmingham has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK outside of 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 autumn 2020, the following Birmingham restaurants can be found in the prestigious Michelin Red Guide for Great Britain and Ireland: Simpsons, Purnell’s, Adam’s, Carters of Moseley and Opheem.
Call 0121 201 3377
STARTER: Soft shell crab, caraway seed tempura, crab shaami
MAIN COURSE: Lamb pave, smoked shoulder, courgette, green herb & bone marrow sauce
DESSERT: Valrhona chocolate, raspberry
A new Michelin star for Opheem was announced by Michelin in October 2019. It is helmed by Saturday Kitchen star Aktar Islam who says that his mission is “to cook the food of Kings and Emperors.” We’re yet to eat at Opheem at the time of publishing, but we can’t wait.
Read the Michelin inspector’s view on Opheem restaurant
Call 0121 212 9799
Starter: Provence green asparagus, poached organic egg yolk, pigs trotter nuggets, meat juices and watercress
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 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. You may know his face from Saturday Kitchen and The Great British Menu.
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 serviced apartments.
Read the Michelin inspector’s view on Purnell’s restaurant
Call 0121 454 3434
Starter: Crab risotto with smoked haddock, apple and sprouting broccoli
Main course: Fillet of Aberdeen Angus, red wine onions, bone marrow and triple cooked chips
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 in Edgbaston, but it is well worth the trip.
Read the Michelin inspector’s view on Simpsons
Call 0121 643 3745
Starter: Pheasant’s egg, parmesan, Jersey royal new potatoes
Main course: Sea bream, tomato, octopus and wild garlic gnocchi
Dessert: Dark chocolate, coffee, orange and cinnamon
The restaurant is the brainchild 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. Adam earned his first job as Head Chef at Glenapp Castle in Scotland aged only 27 and used locally sourced ingredients such as game, lobster and crab as his inspiration. His approach also won Glenapp a Michelin Star.
Read the Michelin inspector’s view on Adam’s restaurant
CARTERS OF MOSELEY
Call 0121 449 8885
Starter: Wiltshire truffled gougeres
Main course: Poached cod, fermented garlic, runner beans
Dessert: Black fig tart with black fig ice cream
Carters gained its Michelin Star in September 2015. Its strapline is ‘Simple. Affordable. Fun.’ and we can’t think of a better way to sum the place up!
The chef/proprietor is Brad Carter, who has a magnificent beard.
Read the Michelin inspector’s view on Carters of Moseley
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