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Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes to leave Glenapp Castle to open solo venture in Birmingham

03 December 2012 by
Michelin-starred chef Adam Stokes to leave Glenapp Castle to open solo venture in Birmingham

Adam Stokes, head chef at the Michelin-starred Glenapp Castle in Scotland, is leaving the property to start his own restaurant in Birmingham.

Stokes, who was awarded a star in 2011 and also held four AA rosettes at Glenapp in Ayrshire, will open an 18-month pop-up restaurant called Adam's in Birmingham city centre next March.

The venue will be a 25-seat fine dining restaurant serving tasting menus of modern British food, which the chef will run together with his wife Natasha, who will manage the front of house.

"After five years spent developing my own niche, it was time to return to the Midlands and start my own restaurant," Stokes said. "I have a very loyal and enthusiastic team who will be relocating to Birmingham to continue with the culinary journey."

During the 18-month pop-up, the Stokes will plan a 60-seat permanent restaurant, also in Birmingham city centre, which will open in 2014.
Stokes added: "Once completed the larger restaurant will have an open-to-view kitchen and dining kitchen bar.

"There will be a casual transition from kitchen to restaurant: to sit alongside the open and honest style of the cuisine. Future plans include an extensive wine cellar and food development area."

Stokes spent five years working at Glenapp Castle, which is located on the South-west coast of Scotland near Ballantrae on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. It is owned by husband and wife team Graham and Fay Cowan.

Stokes previously spent seven years at Hambleton Hall in Rutland.

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