After a three month break to refurbish the restaurant, Simpsons in Edgbaston has revealed a stylish new look.
Simpsons chef-patron Andreas Antona said: “The refurbishment was a couple of years in the planning and several months and plenty of sleepless nights in the making. We wanted something that captured the spirit of the time, something that was natural, simple yet elegant and I believe we’ve achieved this.
By knocking through the wall of the original restaurant to create a single dining space, diners are greeted with an elegant, light-filled space, with windows into the kitchen on one side and patio doors to a decked area for al fresco dining on the other.
Leisure Concepts (in Kenilworth where the original Simpsons restaurant was based) are responsible for the interior which takes inspiration from the simple styles of Bauhaus, Japan and Scandinavia – which Andreas has always admired. The effect is natural, with artwork that focuses on natural scenes and shapes and a palette of green, yellow and oak.
Last week I joined local businesses, chefs and journalists invited to experience the new look Simpsons during a rather gorgeous lunch.
Canapes of a deep fried mussel on a black seaweed crisp and a celeriac taco were served as guests admired the stylish new décor.
Our perfectly cooked salmon starter came with smoked eel, pickled cucumber, radish, yuzu mayonnaise and sea herbs.
The delicious grouse main course was served on a bed of toasted grains with cep puree, heritage carrots, grapes and verjus.
A pre- dessert of lemon jelly and lemon mousse, topped with gin and tonic granita in a shot glass was a palate cleanser before a beautiful dessert. Lightly toasted wafers of pineapple, smashed meringue raspberries and lemongrass ice cream.
Trio of new faces at Simpsons
Simpsons is also welcoming three new team members. Nathan Eades who joined as head chef, Matthew Hough who left London’s Hedone to become Simpson’s general manager and Maelys Jacquot who takes on the role of restaurant manager.
With new set lunch, five and eight course menus to enjoy Simpsons, who have retained their Michelin star for sixteen years, has re-affirmed their place as Birmingham’s finest place to dine.
*Image credit for two interior shots Birmingham Mail