City restaurant showcases a new chef and a new menu

New head chef, John-Paul Glassford

The Rectory Bar & Restaurant in St Pauls Square is already a well-established venue in Birmingham city centre with a great reputation for food but its new chef is set to bring a new emphasis to dining at the Jewellery Quarter venue with the introduction of a new menu.

New head chef, John-Paul Glassford was born in Leicester but has spent time traveling the world, including a lengthy stint in Australia, learning other styles of cooking. He has an impeccable pedigree having worked at the Belmont House Hotel, before moving to the award-winning Horse and Trumpet restaurant in Medbourne. He then opted to work at Michelin-favourite The Joiners’ Arms in Bruntingthorpe, before being offered his maiden heads chef position at The Boot Room Leicester. It was here that John-Paul made his name and it soon became the only restaurant in the city to clinch a coveted recommendation in the 2011 Michelin Guide.

John-Paul is delighted to now lead the team at The Rectory, “I love taking traditional English dishes and giving them a new modern twist and that is exactly what The Rectory was looking for. I’d already heard of the things that The Rectory was creating so I jumped at the chance to come here and develop something new. To be able to introduce my own menu so soon has been amazing”

Since arriving John-Paul has already brought many specialist suppliers on board, favouring to get fresh produce from small, local businesses rather than the national suppliers. And this week The Rectory has launched its new season menu, filled with new creations. “Our customers will definitely recognise this as something different for The Rectory”, says the manager Mark Heath, “We’re delighted with the whole menu and really believe that we are now up there with the best restaurants in the city, – we’re looking forward to where John-Paul and the team can take us”.