This converted railway station where the Perkins family have been keeping customers happy since 1982 with reliable cooking in a pleasant informal atmosphere. The single track railway remains in use for testing - so you might conceivably see a train. A recent revamp has seen a dining room re-vamp, the introduction of a 'Chefs Table' for groups of up to 8 people and a revitalised menu - and bargain priced early week set lunches.
Chef Sarah Newham continues her good work at the stoves, and has built on the excellent network of suppliers, so expect a seasonal menu offering many local items; plus items from their own smokehouse.
A snapshot summer menu brought 'Thai Beef Salad'; 'Ham Hock & Chicken Liver Terrine with Apple & Cider Chutney'; 'Leek & Potato Soup with Parmesan Sippets' and 'Seared Breast of Belvoir Pigeon with Pea & Mint Purée, Truffle Oil & Parmesan' listed among the starters.
To be followed by 'Fillet of Cod with a Pea, Bacon, Tomato & Tarragon Fricassée'; 'Whole boneless Sea Bass, stuffed with Basil, Roast Red Pepper & Pine Nuts with Sauté Potatoes & Tomato Coulis'; 'Marinated, Slow-Braised Blade of Beef, with Spring Onion Mash, Brandy & Green Peppercorn Sauce' and 'Roast Supreme of local Chicken stuffed with Chorizo & Tarragon Mousse, Fondant Potatoes & Beurre Blanc' among the main courses.
Perhaps finish with 'Crème Brulée'; 'Chocolate Tart' and 'Poached Pear stuffed with Vanilla Cream with Toffee Sauce'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00; mains £13.95 to £20.50, set L £14.50 (2 courses), £17.95 (3 courses); Sun 12.00-15.30, set L £15.50 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.45, mains £13.95 to £20.50; set D £16.50 (2 courses) to £18.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 76, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list kicks off at £16.50 for bottles, but also offers carafes of 500ml
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Nottingham Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Outside eating