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Purnell's top 50 in new Good Food Guide

Restaurateurs have scored a hat-trick of new entries for Birmingham in this year’s Good Food Guide.

The city has cemented its place as a home of good food after 11 eateries made the cut in the prestigious guide.


Moving up the ranks of top restaurants is Michelin-starred Purnell’s, which at number 47 is the only Birmingham restaurant to take a coveted top-50 spot.

Also gracing the pages of the guide for the first time are Edmunds in Brindleyplace, Jyoti’s vegetarian restaurant in Hall Green and Michelin-starred Turners in Harborne.

Edmunds and Turners impressed inspectors with their culinary skills, and were judged to have “exemplary cooking skills and impeccable ingredients”.

Edmunds chef patron Andy Waters, who is also executive chef at Cielo, said that he thought the city’s restaurant scene was “on the up”.

“It’s good for Birmingham that so many restaurants are doing well,” he said. “As far as Michelin goes we are the second biggest city outside London, so we are on the up. You’ve only got to walk around Birmingham and you can feel the excitement and see the quality coming out of Birmingham, and give it another five or ten years and we’ll be better than London. Birmingham is just oozing quality at the moment.”

Jyoti’s, which counts celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Antony Worrall Thompson and Brian Turner among its customers, was awarded a place on account of its “fresh, zingy treats and great value.”

Josh Joshi, who has run the restaurant with his brother Raj for 12 years, said their business had thrived as people’s attitude to food had changed.

He said: “We’ve always had a good reputation in Birmingham and being featured in the Good Food Guilde is a big compliment to us and our staff.

“We are different from others as we are completely vegetarian and people are more interested now in the quality of the food they have when they eat out, and they try to eat more healthily.”

The other Birmingham restaurants in the guide are: Bank, Cielo, Hotel du Vin, Metro Bar & Grill, Opus, Chez Jules and Michelin-starred Simpsons.

Dave Hodgson, marketing director at Marketing Birmingham, said Birmingham had cemented its place as an “international food city”.

He said: “It yet again proves that Birmingham is one of the nation’s great culinary centres, boasting a wealth of more than 200 restaurants providing dishes from over 20 different cultures.

“We started the year with three Michelin-starred restaurants, more than any other English regional city, saw the biggest Taste of Birmingham ever in July, and now have a record 11 restaurants selected by the prestigious Good Food Guide.”

Topping the list in the guide published by the consumer watchdog Which? was celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, which was awarded a perfect 10.

8 September 2009

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