In the year 2000 the original Restaurant Gilmore closed its doors in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to allow Paul and Dee Gilmore to pursue their dream of owning a farmhouse restaurant. Three years of planning, building and conversions finally resulted in a 24 cover Restaurant Gilmore opening in Beamhurst, near Uttoxeter at the end of November 2003.
At their Birmingham venue Paul and Dee had built a restaurant with an undisputed reputation for fine foods and friendly service, appearing in all the major food guides. Their last year in Birmingham saw the restaurant awarded the coveted ‘Bib Gourmand’ in the Michelin Guide to go with their 2 AA Rosettes and their Good Food Guide entry.
Both Paul and Dee have spent over 30 years each in the catering trade and have worked all over the country in high quality establishments. Paul has cooked in some of the best kitchens throughout Europe and the Far East. All of this experience has given him a wealth of fascinating styles of cookery. His main love however is British food and his collection of old cookery books have helped him to develop his new approach to old classics.
Paul’s food continues to impress as he is always sourcing local producers to supply him with the finest of Staffordshire’s provisions.
Fresh ingredients is in abundance as he uses some of their 5 acres of land to grow some of the restaurant’s fruit and vegetables.
Opening for lunch on Thursday and Friday (12.30-2.00) and then again on Sunday (1.00 for 1.30) , and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday (7.30 – 9.00), Paul repeats many of the dishes that made “Restaurant Gilmore” such a success the first time round with the addition of lots of new ideas.
With beautiful cottage gardens and acres of open land it is bound to become a firm favourite for weddings, christenings and other special occasions, including Sunday lunch.
The entrance to the restaurant is off the A522 just after the new JCB Worlds Parts & Heavy Goods premises. Local tradesmen have created a local stone to create the restaurant sign, and maintain the farmhouse appeal.
Booking is advisable, as the restaurant, which is housed in three separate rooms, will only seat approximately 24 people.