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ONE of Birm­ing­ham’s award win­ning restau­rants has lost its Miche­lin star af­ter ditch­ing the “strait­jacket” of elab­o­rate tast­ing menus.

Turn­ers at 69, in Har­borne, which was first awarded a star in 2009, lost the cov­eted award in the lat­est Miche­lin Guide 2018, which was pub­lished this week.

The four other Miche­lin­starred restau­rants in the city – Adams in Water­loo Street, Pur­nell’s in Corn­wall Street, Simp­sons in Edg­bas­ton, and Carters of Mose­ley, in St Mary’s Row, Mose­ley – have all re­tained their stars.

Fur­ther afield Peel’s restaurant at Hamp­ton Manor, in Hamp­ton in Ar­den, near Soli­hull, has also kept the star it was awarded last year.

Richard Turner revamped his restaurant in Har­borne High Street in summer 2016 when he ditched fine din­ing, say­ing the city needed more de­cent mid­dle mar­ket food.

He added that he wanted to es­cape the “strait­jacket” of elab­o­rate £80-£90 tast­ing menus.

He told the Birm­ing­ham Post at the time: “Is it the end of the road for me as far as Miche­lin is con­cerned? I have no idea.

“I have hugely val­ued the guide’s sup­port over the years and will con­tinue to abide by my food phi­los­o­phy. It’s just that I will be de­liv­er­ing my food in a sim­pli­fied way.”

He added: “I will never sac­ri­fice my com­mit­ment to qual­ity but I be­lieve qual­ity can be de­liv­ered on a more ac­ces­si­ble ba­sis. Birm­ing­ham is very well served with top-end Miche­lin star restau­rants but there is a huge gap in the mid­dle mar­ket for great qual­ity food. The city has been a vic­tim of its own suc­cess in at­tract­ing chain restau­rants, many of them churn­ing out food of du­bi­ous qual­ity.

“I think my home city de­serves bet­ter than that.”

A three-course meal from the Turn­ers a la carte menu costs £65 per per­son.

Dishes in­clude starters of cured salmon, slow cooked belly, soy, wasabi and mooli or veal tartare, quail eggs, sour dough and wa­ter­cress and mains of rab­bit, lan­gous­tine, but­ter­nut squash, cab­bage, mus­tard and mar­jo­ram or new sea­son lamb, her­itage car­rots, cous cous, curds, cumin and apri­cots.

The restaurant does still fea­ture in the lat­est edi­tion of the Good Food Guide 2018.

Mr Turner, who is largely self-taught, said in 2016 that he was plan­ning to open more restau­rants in the near fu­ture.

I be­lieve qual­ity can be de­liv­ered on a more ac­ces­si­ble ba­sis Richard Turner

CELEBRITY chef Marco Pierre White has closed one of his Birm­ing­ham restau­rants.

Mr White’s English Chop­house at Ho­tel La Tour, has shut af­ter less than two years in the city.

The four-star ho­tel in Park Street, near Moor Street Sta­tion, has been sold to the Dublin-based Dalata Ho­tel Group, which will re­name it as a Clay­ton ho­tel.

The new own­ers will in­tro­duce its own restaurant brand Grill in­stead of the Chop­house.

It was the chef ’s sec­ond restaurant in Birm­ing­ham when he opened it in Novem­ber 2015 af­ter his Marco Pierre White Steak­house, Bar and Grill launched on the 25th floor of The Cube in 2011.

He has since ex­panded with Bar­dolino at The Cube, plus New York Ital­ians at Birm­ing­ham Air­port, Ke­nil­worth and Strat­ford-upon- Avon, and a steak­house in Meri­den.

At the Chop­house, the em­pha­sis was on “high qual­ity meat cuts” with four cuts of steak plus English classics like lamb chops and chicken and leek pie.

It was decked out in a black and white theme, with pic­tures of Pierre White on dis­play through­out.

Pierre White re­cently vis­ited Birm­ing­ham to launch his new wine col­lec­tion.

He said: “There’s more ta­lent in Birm­ing­ham than al­most any other city in Bri­tain.”

Nick Taplin, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Black and White Hos­pi­tal­ity, said: “We would like to thank all our Chop­house cus­tomers in Birm­ing­ham for din­ing with us, and look for­ward to wel­com­ing them at our other venues soon.”

> Richard Turner has fol­lowed other top chefs in aban­don­ing the quest for Miche­lin stars

> Ho­tel La Tour ho­tel in Birm­ing­ham

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