69 High Street,
Tel. 0121 426 4440
Food type: Modern British
Food rating: 5/10
Nearest tube: University Station
Last weekend, I was in Birmingham to watch the All England Badminton Championships and try out a few restaurants here. Outside London, I originally wanted to dine at Purnell’s (amazing the brain-washing effect of TV) but was unable to secure a booking with only 2 weeks notice. My alternative – Turners was another newly crowned, one star restaurant in the 2009 Michelin Guide.
Turners restaurant, owned by Birmingham’s own Richard Turner opened its door to Harbone in 2007, an area in Birmingham more famous for charity shops and Botanical Gardens than haute cuisine. When interviewed about receiving his first star, Turner said: “What this proves is that everyone has a misconception about Michelin, that it is poncey. This proves you can open a little restaurant and if you offer good food at a reasonable price and do the things a restaurant is meant to do, then Michelin will reward you.”
The restaurant is small and cosy with mirrors on both sides to create an illusion of space. The tables, draped in white cloth and fur-like chairs seem a bit out of place on the brick tiled floor. Wines are proudly displayed on the wall behind.