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9.2 based on 139 reviews
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    Four of us dined at Perkins last night off the Fabulous Friday menu. There was plenty of variety. Starters fish cakes, main Duck leg the biggest one we had ever seen with delicious veg. Desserts rhubarb Panama cotta type lovely and coffee a little cake included. Added to which on Friday it's live music, guitar, and a vocalist, they were really good and not too loud or intrusive! Staff very good. Wonderful evening!

    Absolutely lovely dining experience, staff only too happy to do anything to help, food was amazing and lunchtime deal was good value, I shall be making another trip for sure in the near future.

    We are long-standing patrons of Perkins but we only had to book online when we found that their phone was out of order.
    We ordered from the prix fixe menu but found that there was a paucity of choices on offer. Anyway, we found something we liked and the starter and dessert were excellent albeit the main courses were slightly short measured for our liking. The service was excellent as always and the value for money was also excellent.
    The ambiance in the crowded (always a good sign) restaurant spoilt a bit by the acoustics.

    One of the nicest Sunday Lunches I've had in a long time!

    As per usual an amazing lunch, my personal opinion is that the starter - deep fried brie was a bit too much and needed some sort of chutney. I had the chicken for main with a honey and mustard sauce Koffman cabbage and mash, it was delicious. House wine is French and always a winner with me. Really really nice atmosphere, busy with a chilled vibe. Such a great value lunch menu.

    Enjoyable food served by very pleasant young waiting staff. Food good but marred by the table by a draught window in the conservatory. A nice place for a special birthday meal.

    Good menu. Nice house red wine and very good value.

    Excellent service. Very good vegetarian food.

    As usual, the service was impeccable.
    However, I was disappointed at the choice of the menu.
    On the sample menu, the quality and choice was far superior to what we had.

    Really lovely welcome when we arrived for a Sunday lunch for 6 of us.
    The food was all really good everyone loved it, perfectly cooked roast dinner amazing gravy, my only criticism is the starters are a little small, so we ordered extra bread.
    I’m looking forward to returning.

    We took friends who had travelled up from the south coast to stay with us. Perkins did not disappoint any of the four of us. A well rounded, tempting menu was offered which enabled us all to find something to suit each individual. The courses were well-timed and were presented faultlessly. Service was cheerful and efficient, the food excellent. No hesitation at all in recommending this establishment for both formal and/or informal occasions. One for a definite rematch!

    Perkins restaurant is very relaxing with good service and excellent food. The lunchtime menu was at a very reasonable price.

    All SUPERB. We enjoyed it so much that we've booked a large birthday meal celebration there in November.

    Always a great meal, at a reasonable price, with excellent service.

    Food is always good here in my experience. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere with excellent service. Decent portions too!

    Disappointing meal. Opted for a pricey fillet steak, which much to my surprise was largely chewy and also overcooked.

    The best food in the Nottingham area great service, we love Perkins.

    Love Perkins Bar & Bistro, the food and service is always great.

    Excellent food - couldn't fault it. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere in beautiful surroundings. Helpful and attentive staff. This was our first visit but we will definitely return.

    As always excellent food for Sunday lunch and friendly service.

    Our first visit to Perkins. Sunday lunch for my Wife’s Birthday. Good food & service in nice surroundings.

    It may be a bit pricey to some. We have been several times before, the food is always excellent. Everybody is so helpful and polite. A class restaurant.

    Excellent food and superb service. Will definitely return. Thank you!

    The staff were polite and efficient.
    The place had a lovely ambiance.
    Food was well presented and tasty.

    The meal was fine as usual apart from overdone side order of chips which was knocked off the bill. One other thing with live music on Fridays is that it could do with being less loud.

    Very nice and good service.

    Absolutely lovely meal, couldn't fault it. Excellent service and made very welcome.

    Wonderful place to meet friends.

    Lovely meal although disappointed that both this time and last time they had sold out of the fish dishes we wanted. Friendly and helpful staff.

    What a lovely place. Food was very nice, beautifully presented. However portion size was very small and rather expensive for what you got. Wine also expensive. However, having said that, everything we had was great, and lovely for a special treat!

    Enjoyable experience. Thank you

    Been many times to Perkins and not had a bad experience yet. I tried the sea bass this time and it was really good. Excellent value with lovely staff and service.

    I booked this afternoon as a girly afternoon for my mum & friends as we came to Perkins in October for mums birthday and loved it so much :-).
    Had the set meal lunch menu and it was as lovely as our last visit. We were the last to leave as having such a lovely time, thank you.

    Such a gorgeous place for lunch, thank you so much!

    We enjoyed the ambience, the servers were efficient in getting food out
    Great all round experience!

    Lovely food and ambience.

    Again service staff 1st class and meal was excellent. My wife said the lamb was a bit fattier than last time but still managed to eat every bit of it strangely. Will go back soon.

    Had a really lovely meal with fabulous service in a very relaxing setting.
    A great end to a busy week. Loved it so much we have booked a 60th Birthday Sunday lunch.

    Good food!

    Perkins keep up to the incredibly high standard of both food and service for which they have become famous. Their home-baked bread is the stuff of legend, the fish pie went down a storm and the crumble could have been made by angels. Pair all that with the fabulously friendly staff and you have a perfect evening - why would we go anywhere else?!

    Visited many times, always good value for money and excellent service.

    We were greeted very warmly however it took 20 minutes before being offered a drink. We also had to wait half an hour to be seated at our table. The starters were of average quality, nice but nothing special and were quite pricey. The main was fantastic, we both had fillet steak. The dessert again, similar to starter was nice but not worth the price. We were left sat with no drinks for an hour, no water. Finally someone asked if we would like drinks but this what is, we were not offered again for the rest of the meal. Overall a pleasant experience although for the prices I would expect the service to be a lot better.

    We had a wonderful meal, both ordering fish dishes which were cooked to perfection and very flavoursome .... would seriously recommend the sea bass fillets!
    Staff very accommodating and prompt with service
    All in all, a great experience to celebrate my better half’s birthday
    Thank you

    All round excellent. Will definitely be back again

    Beautiful food and a lovely atmosphere. Staff were attentive but not overly so. A really lovely evening spent at Perkins.

    Lovely service and always good and tasty food with portions not large or too small. We were not rushed and they even did a surprise happy birthday to my wife.

    Lovely surroundings and staff are friendly and courteous. A good selection of meals. Particularly liked the four-course option.
    Singing performance added to the evening.

    Our meal at Perfins was perfect. Lovely food. Good service, they even noticed we were celebrating our sons 21st and bought out some sorbet with a candle for him! A lovely touch, thanks for a great meal, Perkins!

    Fabulous meal as usual. Great service. Great overall experience.

    Lovely Atmosphere, food well presented and superbly cooked.

    Good service tasty food.

    Excellent booking system online.
    Meal was 1st class with excellent service.
    We haven’t been to Perkins for over a year but will be back very soon without doubt.

    Had a fantastic afternoon it was a surprise for my mums Birthday - service was great and the afternoon was amazing the best we have had definitely recommend.

    Lovely relaxed Sunday lunch. Lovely people and tasty food. We will be back !

    The reception on arrival was first class and my guests were made to feel at home immediately. Following this, the attention paid to my party was again first class even though one could see the restaurant was busy, The food was cooked to perfection and my party could not heap too much praise on the quality or the waitresses. Another excellent meal with my guests stating a return visit is a must. Well done Perkins.

    Fabulous Friday menu was an excellent value. Lovely atmosphere created by live blues group. The beef bourguignon was disappointing as it was very salty. The young staff were efficient and professional and a pleasure to deal with.

    Enjoyed our meal yesterday at Perkins very much. Excellent service and very pleasant staff.

    We all chose the fixed price menu and although there were only three choices for each course there was something to suit everyone. The food was well cooked and presented in a friendly atmosphere.

    Delicious, would definitely recommend!

    Excellent meal and friendly and helpful staff.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Petkins with our friends

    I was disappointed with the afternoon tea. The scones were almost like thick biscuits. On a positive note the sandwiches were nice and fresh. I have had better elsewhere

    Everything was lovely :) one tiny thing - Hot chocolate would have been nice with cream on top.

    Absolutely fabulous! Food delicious, good value for money, not too expensive, generous portions. Staff and service excellent. Highly recommended.

    Very good

    We have eaten a few times at Perkins and, as ever, everything was superb. The staff are always very friendly and efficient. The food is excellent. We would certainly recommend it to anyone and we will be returning soon. JAM

    Great birthday meal in every respect. Would definitely recommend to others.

    The food was just delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed trying some flavours I wouldn't normally and it was all cooked to perfection.

    A very enjoyable meal at a lovely location.

    Pre-dinner drinks served to us outside in the sunshine. Lovely meal and excellent service. No rush to leave the table.

    Excellent food and service would recommend!

    Lovely setting, nice atmosphere. Food was decent, service the same. Would go back.

    We had a fantastic evening lovely atmosphere. Great food superb wine!

    Meals are always well cooked . We suggest reducing music volume for even better experience

    Perkins is always value for money. The staff always helpful and pleasant.

    Unfortunately we were next to a table with 2 very noisy and exuberant children whose parents did nothing to keep them under control which spoiled our evening. The food was not up to the usual standard however the restaurant manager asked what was wrong and assured us that this would be passed on to the kitchen staff. Front of house staff were all very attentive and pleasant even though they were extremely busy.

    Good service and value for money.

    A wonderful evening.

    Superb food and service. Price very reasonable for what we had.
    We intended to eat from the cheaper ‘Monday menu’ but we’re lured by the choices (loads) on the a La carte and had no regrets.
    We will be visiting again soon!

    Fantastic meal, excellent value and great service. We had the 3 course lunch menu and the choice was brilliant. In fact it was so good we had difficulties choosing exactly what to have. Would definitely recommend.

    The afternoon tea was excellent and we will certainly go there

    Food very good as usual. Service excellent. Busy but relaxed.

    Very good evening.

    Just a lovely venue food and service as usual.

    Excellent food - high quality with adequate portion size appreciated. Delighted to find a member of staff chasing us afterwards to make sure left behind gloves were returned. A special birthday lunch for my wife. Thank you.

    Everything excellent as usual.

    We had lunch at Perkins for a special occasion, I cannot fault the food or the service we received.

    As always the service on arrival and during our stay for Sunday lunch was impeccable at Perkins. Always treated like royalty where nothing was too much bother. The food was cooked to perfection and extremely tasty. Will as always return in the near future.

    Overall a good experience, however we did feel a bit rushed. The chocolate tart was rather stale and a bit tasteless. Starters and mains were excellent. Thank you

    Fab food, great staff, very relaxed atmosphere!

    We really love Perkins. There's a special kind of ambience about this place. This is without question our favourite restaurant. Sunday lunch was really nice and tasty, the staff are very attentive and always make you feel welcome. We will be back again soon.

    Food was very good. Vegetarian main was disappointing, a pastry dish with some veg plonked on top. But all other courses were enjoyed. Excellent service as usual.

    Perfect Sunday lunch at Perkins... Will be back!

    The staff were amazing, very professional and warm; the food was great and the place is wonderfully set in the Nottinghamshire countryside. I highly recommend Perkins to anyone.

    Always great food and service at Perkins!

    Excellent lunch, a la carte for us at Perkins. All options for gluten and dairy free explained thoroughly & executed deliciously. Always excellent service & food. Quiet when we arrived but soon filled up with other happy lunchers. Lots of folk choosing the prix fixe menu. Even dairy free cheese board to offer!

    Perfect for a family Sunday dinner - and no washing up.

    Lovely meal at Perkins. Interesting flavours. Particularly recommend the rabbit terrine. Starters possibly better than our mains. Good value!

    The food we had was delicious but the portions were very small for the price of the item. We had the Hake and people on the table next to us had the same and their fish was nearly twice as big as ours. The service was excellent.

    Meal enjoyed by all in our party. Thank you

    The whole experience at Sunday Lunch was amazing. The food was cooked to the highest standard at Perkins, as was the service offered from arriving, to leaving at the end of lunch.

    Lovely meal and great service!

    Enjoyed very much. Had the set 2 course meal which was cooked to perfection and attractively displayed. Liked the ambience of the old railway station.

    We had a very rare Ladies that lunch. Everyone enjoyed the meal and we are all keen to go back.

    One of the mains at Perkins was not very nice however staff couldn't have done more to make up for it. Rushed out something different very quickly!

    Had a lovely 3 course meal at Perkins. Service was excellent, as it always is there. Food was very nice, a tasty vegetarian main not just boring old stuffed peppers!

    Dinner for three at Perkin's celebrating my husband's birthday. A great place for a special occasion!

    Great food, service and ambiance was second to none. Main course portions were a bit on the small side.

    Always a great welcome from the host who amazing remembers us even though we don't go to Perkins that often. Always great food too.

    Not the best meal. Two meals arrived and waited for the other 4.
    Needless to say the early ones were cold.

    We had a very pleasant meal at Perkin's restaurant, however it was a little on the pricey side.

    Good meal again at Perkins- all 5 diners enjoyed their meals. Lovely setting, good service.

    Food quality is high, however, it didn't feel 100% freshly prepared which was a little disappointing considering the price. Atmosphere is subdued and feels like it needs a bit of a freshen up in the dining room. Overall experience was enjoyed by those who it was arranged for (parent, 60+ old), however I don't feel the venue is a place I would revisit personally.

    Don't know if we just went on a bad day but we were attending a wedding nearby and decided to go here for lunch as I'd heard so many wonderful things about Perkin's restaurant and I love food. I was just so disappointed. The starters were okay but the main was not good. They forgot some of the sides for my husbands duck roast and the roast potatoes weren't good at all. My chicken was okay, but that's the thing, I didn't think I was going to such a fancy place for just ordinary food. My dessert I didn't finish. I'd ordered a chocolate tart. The filling was terrible, really hard, you needed to push the knife really hard and tasted like cheap chocolate rather than the soft rich chocolatey filling I was expecting. Funny thing is the wedding was catered by them, the dessert was chocolate tart and was just what I'd expected at lunch. Made me wonder if they'd just ignored the restaurant lunch service in favour for the wedding catering! Wouldn't go back though.

    Modern European cuisine cooked to perfection in old railway station.


    Had a pleasant evening at Perkins. The food was generally good, my guests wood pigeon was too salty for their taste and my cheese filo tart was rather rubbery, however all was forgiven when we had the orange bakewell which was superb.

    Went for Sunday lunch, very good value, exceptional food. Service was very good, however took a while for dessert plates to be cleared and to get the bill, but minor point. Would definetly return, setting is lovely and food amazing.

    Fantastic Sunday lunch, excellent food. The staff were lovely and very polite.

    Changed last minute to increase numbers and request a quick turnaround as this was a business lunch. A very good meal. Food and service were both excellent and our deadline was very much accommodated. Excellent lunch. Many thanks, Sam.

    Whilst the food served was excellent in every way the changes to Perkins decor-wise meant that I found it too modern and the old ambiance and upmarket feeling was gone. The service too left a little to be desired as we were not asked if our coats could be taken and no-one kept an eye on our wine, never mind came to top it up for us. For me it was, overall, a disappointing evening and I will not be tempted to return. A great shame as the food is let down by everything else.

    Food was lovely... Staff need more training had to ask for the wine list 3 times... Some staff too personal... The restaurant seemed to closed in with too many covers...

    Lovely meal, great service. All excellent.

    Great food, good service - recommended.

    Fantastic food, no complaints about this restaurant at all, very good, would go again.

    A pleasant first visit, the food was well presented and very tasty. Worth another visit to confirm the experience.

    Another enjoyable experience. One fault, the pidgeon breast and the duck were not left to rest after cooking, the blood weeped out onto the plate and spoilt the presentation of the meal.

    Lovely setting and blessed with beautful weather on the day. Great value for the midweek lunch. Food good, but have had better here before. Service, excellent, although we should have stated that were were on a working lunch to speed things up a bit. We didn't have time to have the three courses. Shame, but still great value, lovely setting and good service.

    We love a trip to Perkin's. The food and service are reliably good and it's worth the extra money for a special occasion.

    Very nice small restaurant, nice location food very good.

    Excellent meal and a good atmosphere

    Lovely Lunch, good surroundings, good service.

    Lovely restaurant - makes you feel you have been somewhere special. Delicious food, beautifully prepared and presented.

    Beautiful restaurant and amazing food. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and cant wait to try it out for dinner.

12pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 9:15pm
12pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 9:15pm
12pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 9:15pm
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12pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 9:30pm
12pm - 3:30pm and 6pm - 9:15pm
10am - 11:30am and 12pm - 4:30pm
  • Ranked #3 of 505
  • Avg. main course: £19
  • 0.38 miles from Plumtree
  • British

We say…

High quality produce steals the show at down to earth, Michelin-recommended bistro between Plumtree and Keyworth.

Situated just behind the urban sprawl of the inner city is the idyllic village of Plumtree. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, Perkins can be found down the little private road opposite to the Plumtree Garage on Station Road.

Housed within a beautifully converted village train station that dates back to the 1880s, Perkins combines contemporary décor with rustic character to create a truly unique and charming dining experience. The entire restaurant is bright, airy and in perfect harmony with the rolling countryside outside. Fern green paint is coupled with neutral tones in the fixtures and furnishings to create a contemporary dining space with a refreshing and relaxing ambience. With several private dining rooms that are available for hire, ranging from small to large and each differing slightly in décor, there is a room at Perkins suited for every occasion. They even have their own smokehouse on site which adds yet another dimension to dining there.

The menu focuses on using fine, seasonally available, local produce to create a unique blend of classic and modern European dishes. With food that has seen the restaurant win countless awards, including winning the ‘Midlands Restaurant of the Year’ twice, plus the Which? Good Food Guide and Nottingham Restaurant Awards' ‘Outstanding Service’ award in 2008, you know that dining at Perkins will be a delight no matter what the occasion. The seasonally-changing menu features delicious, well-executed dishes that exude style and finesse. For starters, go for the lightly curried rabbit terrine with piccalilli, thyme and sea salt croutons, or the inside out chicken wings with sweet chilli, sesame and coriander jam. Favourite mains include the taste of pork comprised of a fillet, slow roast belly and cheek fritter, served with creamed potatoes, parsnips, chips, fine beans and red jus. Leave room for dessert: the milk chocolate and amaretto tart is not to be missed!

Whether you require an intimate meal, celebration or business lunch, Perkins is well worth the short trip outside the city. With fantastic value set menus, beautiful views and a relaxing ambience, it's the perfect setting for an elegant but hearty dining experience, any day of the week. 

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Station Road, Plumtree, Nottingham, NG12 5NA
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