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Birmingham Michelin Star Chef Re-Opens the Asquith Restaurant & Gingers Bar

Glynn Purnell opens the New Asquith Restaurant and Gingers Bar

Glynn Purnell opens the New Asquith Restaurant and Gingers Bar


One of Birmingham’s finest Michelin star chefs, Glynn Purnell is about to fulfil one of his ambitions by opening an exclusive cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of the city centre.
After The Asquith closed its doors at the beginning of 2011, Glynn promised to re-open his second restaurant with the original team, whilst setting his sights on a project that would open as a joint venture.
The massive 6,500ft site on Newhall Street, formerly occupied by Must dim sum bar and restaurant has been given a £150,000 refurbishment. The theme adapted from the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire era, to inject a touch of elegance and flamboyance into Birmingham’s bar and restaurant scene.
Glynn Purnell: “The concept of Ginger’s Bar will compliment The Asquith restaurant perfectly. After identifying a gap in the marketplace, I explored opportunities within the Colmore Business District and stumbled across this site. It will be a momentous moment when both ventures are working alongside each other.”

Ginger’s Bar promises to shake up Birmingham’s business district and bar culture, with award winning bar manager and mixologist Chris Hoy at the helm. Chris, originally from Sutton Coldfield has travelled extensively to perfect his art and boasts an impressive portfolio of accolades, which includes Chase Vodka’s National Bartender of the Year 2011.
Chris Hoy, general manager: “Ginger’s Bar adopts the modern day “Design for Drinking” theory and is influenced by the golden age of the classic American cocktail bar.
“We want people to enjoy the experience, offering a taste of Manhattan in Birmingham’s Square Mile.  Customers will be able to relax in the heavily influenced 1930’s surroundings, while sipping on re-mastered timeless classic cocktails or more outlandish drinks, to include vodka based autumnal tipples or a lamb and mint flavoured Sunday roast in a glass.”

He adds: “As well as classic cocktails, we will be offering ‘forward thinking’ creations such as the ‘Smoked Bacon & Maple Old Fashioned’ pioneered by New York bartender Eben Freeman. We will also champion innovative techniques such as ‘grilling’ for the ‘Scorched Lemon & Vanilla Margarita’ which I highly recommend.”

Ginger’s Bar will offer an extensive spirits list, a variety of local ciders, bohemian lagers and award winning cask ales. A fine wine list has been meticulously selected by Julie Tonsgaard, restaurant manager at The Asquith and Jean-Benoit Burloux, maître de at Purnells.

The original team at The Asquith Restaurant will remain; with head chef Jason Eaves has working closely with Glynn Purnell to create a classically French inspired menu for the 35 to 40 – cover restaurant, using the very best ingredients and locally sourced produce. Julie Tonsgaard will also continue as restaurant manager at The Asquith Restaurant.
Glynn Purnell adds: “It is fantastic to have Chris involved to head up Ginger’s Bar, his experience and enthusiasm is mind blowing.  My faith in the original team at The Asquith has never been in doubt, so it is a pleasure to welcome them back to create such an explosive formula with Chris and his new bar team.”
Please telephone 0121 212 9799 for reservations for The Asquith Restaurant prior to the opening on Friday 7th October.

Ginger’s Bar and The Asquith Restaurant offer exclusive function packages and private hire options. For all enquiries please telephone Ginger’s Bar on 0121 236 2600.
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