Celebrity chef Glynn Purnell to open Warwickshire pub

By Joe Lutrario

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Top chef: Glynn Purnell is set to open a Midlands pub in March
Top chef: Glynn Purnell is set to open a Midlands pub in March

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Michelin-starred Birmingham chef Glynn Purnell will launch a pub in Henley-In-Arden late next month.

The Mount Pub by Glynn Purnell will have 60 covers inside plus a further 60 covers outside and will serve “informal modern British cuisine” with influences from around the world and from the chef’s classical training. 

The site is owned by local businessman Luke Fryer and his wife Tania but will be operated by Purnell and his team. 

Experienced staff on board

Pete Casson, the former general manager of Purnell’s Bistro and Ginger’s Bar – which closed last year due to the pandemic – will oversee the pub as general manager, and Phil Steggall, current sous chef at the chef’s Michelin-starred flagship Purnell’s, will lead the kitchen as head chef. 

“I am thrilled and proud to be part of what is unquestionably going to be an amazing venue. Bringing the Purnell’s brand to Henley-in-Arden, one of the prettiest towns in England, is very exciting,” Purnell said. 

“It is a massive opportunity to bring such a strong food brand into Warwickshire. My award-winning team and I will bring a stunning pub that will serve some amazing dishes. There will be some recognisable pub dishes on the menu – all with an added sprinkle of Purnell’s magic. The food will be tasty, hearty and will put a smile on people’s faces.”

Trained under experts

Often called the ‘Yummy Brummie’, Glynn Purnell started cooking professionally at the age of 14 and trained under a number of top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Claude Bosi. 

His Purnell’s restaurant on Birmingham’s Cornwall Street opened in July 2007 and was awarded a Michelin star in 2009. 

Solihull-born Purnell is a recognisable face having been a host and chef on BBC show Saturday Kitchen ​and other TV programmes such as Great British Menu​, Come Dine With Me – Champion of Champions, Secret Kitchen​ and My Kitchen Rules​.

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