There’s no denying I love food, and over the years I’ve eaten in many different types of restaurants, bars, gastro pubs, diners, coffee shops and cafés. I don’t believe in restricting oneself to just one type of cuisine or style of eatery. That said there are currently five Michelin restaurants where I want to eat, three of which have been on my ‘must visit’ list for a while now.

The Bluebell, Henley in Arden

For me going out to eat is a social occasion, something to take at a relaxed pace to enjoy the food, company and surroundings. I’m not into fast food or rushing the experience. Three of the Michelin restaurants, Purnells, Simpsons and The Wolseley, are where I have wanted to eat for a while, whilst Adams and Carters of Mosley are new additions in the last year. Here’s why all five are now on my ‘really must visit soon’ list.

Five Michelin Restaurants Where I Want to Eat

Purnells – A chic, contemporary fine-dining restaurant, awarded its Michelin star in January 2009, located in one of Birmingham city centre’s finest conservation areas, close to Colmore Row and St Phillips Cathedral. Set up by Michelin starred Birmingham chef, Glynn Purnell in July 2007. Glynn provides the ultimate gourmet adventure with bold and innovative cooking which has brought him critical acclaim and numerous awards. In 2014 he wrote his first book – Cracking Yolks and Pig Tails.

Simpsons – An informal, contemporary and elegant restaurant that reflects the spirit of fine dining today. Holding a Michelin star since 2000, plus many other awards, effort is put into the provenance and purchasing of their food. Situated just outside Birmingham, in leafy Edgbaston, they work with the best suppliers in the Midlands and beyond, to ensure diners enjoy a memorable gourmet experience.

The Wolseley – A cafe-restaurant in the grand European tradition located in St James’ in Piccadilly, London. Serving everything from breakfast to dinner, including afternoon tea, this is the go to place for sophisticated elegant dining surrounded by art deco glamour. Breakfast at the Wolseley by A.A.Gill brings to life the unique experience of breakfast.

Carters of Mosley – A  contemporary modern restaurant with an emphasis on clean flavours and seasonal ingredients. Menus are product-driven, serving innovative dishes based on a clear understanding of flavour. Gaining its Michelin star in 2016, they are aiming for a much lighter style of cooking to ensure diners can still enjoy fabulous food and eat more healthily.

Adams – A contemporary British fine dining restaurant serving modern dishes, located in the centre of Birmingham. Adam wants to excite and enthuse guests with accurate cooking of quality ingredients served in an approachable environment. With a Michelin star and numerous awards, the intimate stylish interiors, provide the glamorous back drop for a unique experience.


I’m going to plan to eat at two of these Michelin restaurants this year. I will of course keep you posted on which and what the experience was like.

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