Saturday, 16 March 2013

Bloggers meet at Purnells Bistro, Birmingham

How lovely to have a Friday off work! Even more lovely was the reason for that day off! Lunch with the BBC Good Food Show bloggers. We met at Purnell's Bistro in Birmingham and were treated to a cocktail masterclass before sitting down for a long chat over a leisurely (and totally delicious) lunch.

The reason for our get together was to discuss the BBC Good Food Show Summer, edging ever closer (12-16 June). We heard about the exciting plans they have for this year and talked about our search for the Midlands best street food. If you have any suggestions, whether its a pop up, a van, a farmers market stall, we want to hear from you! You can send your nominations into me directly or put them on the BBC Good Food Show facebook or tweet them @BBCGoodFoodShow using #MidlandsStreetFood. Nominations will be closed 16 April and winners will be announced by 6 May.

Back to Purnells Bistro - after everyone had settled down, the head mixologist proceeded to wow us with a number of the signature cocktails from the Gingers Bar menu. Probably the highlight (but definitely not for the faint hearted) was the clever 'Lamb Provencal' made with lamb fat infused rum, cranberry and garnished with rosemary. It really does taste like a roast lamb dinner! Very Willy Wonka!  We also tried the Scorched Lemon Margharita, French Connection, and my favourite - Blackcurrant & Ginseng Rickey with gin infused with ginseng tea.
Purnells Bistro Gingers Bar Cocktails

Glynn and his team put together a special menu for us, showcasing some of the Bistro's finest dishes so after enjoying some cocktails, our gaggle of foodies headed over to the table with camera phones at the ready to eagerly await our first course.
Black pudding starter, Purnells Bistro
Black Pudding – Potato Rösti – Poached Hen’s Yolk – Bacon Dressing
Devonshire Cod, Purnells Bistro
Devonshire Cod – Chorizo – White Beans – Red Pepper – Goats Cheese
Dark Chocolate & Creme Fraiche Torte. Purnells Bistro
Dark Chocolate & Crème Fraîche Torte – Red Currant Sorbet Caramelised Hazelnuts
The food at the Bistro was fantastic - high quality ingredients cooked to perfection. The hubby and I ate at Glynns' main (Michelin starred) restaurant back in October and thoroughly enjoyed his 8 course Purnells Tour - you can read my review here. If you want to experience Purnells but can't quite afford to eat at that restaurant, the Bistro really is a great option. I will definitely be back with hubby in tow.

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