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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