One of Birmingham’s top restaurants has moved further up the list of the UK’s 50 best places to eat.
The Good Food Guide 2011 has placed Purnells, in Cornwall street, 42nd on the roll call – a rise of five places since last year.
The fine-dining venue was the only Birmingham restaurant to make the Which? guide’s top 50 which was extended to include 60 restaurants this year to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
The rise is a boost for chef Glynn Purnell who has just announced plans for a second restaurant – The Asquith, to be located in Edgbaston.
The Chelmsley Wood cook, aged 35, set up Purnells three years ago and was awarded its first Michelin star in January 2009.
He said: “It’s brilliant. To be regarded in the top 50 in the country by such a prestigious guide is brilliant for Purnells, brilliant for me and brilliant for Birmingham.
“My dream was always to open a restaurant in Birmingham and put the city on the culinary map. I love cooking and I love cooking in this city.”
Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of The Good Food Guide, said: “We love Purnell’s. His menu is such fun. He’s got an amazing sense of humour which he brings to his food.”