But Purnell’s. We had the tasting menu, of course (here called “the Tour”) with the matching wine which pushed the price up into what I like to call “Eeep” territory. Which is ok for birthdays. And they do have a set 3 course lunch menu for £30 which looks very nice indeed. For I would heartily recommend that, should you ever find yourself in Birmingham, you pay Purnell’s a visit. The food was delicious, the wines thoughtfully chosen and interesting, the staff a delight, the atmosphere relaxed and unstilted.
Bread arrived at the table shortly after we did and throughout the course of the evening we demolished nearly an entire loaf of this pain de campagne, which came, as unprepossessing as you like, with whipped butter and a little pile of rock salt crystals. While appearing plain when compared to the elaborately flavoured bakes that some places send out, it was crisp and light and utterly delicious – perfect for plate mopping purposes. And, apparently, baked in house daily. We were off to a good start. A good start that continued when we were presented by an amuse of miniature baked potatoes and watercress mayonnaise. The chef advised that we use our fingers. We were more than happy to do so.
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