Opening in 1982, Tony and Wendy Perkins converted Plumtree’s Station into the now Perkins Bar & Bistro. Keeping it within the Perkins family since the beginning, their sons Jon and David took over the bistro in 2002.

Since then they have been expanding to overnight stays, events and venue hire, making sure to always keep it close to the true Perkins family values.

Perkins Bar & Bistro is the most beautiful relaxed countryside bar and bistro located in Plumtree, Nottingham. Serving a mixture of classic bistro as well as modern British dishes, you are guaranteed a wonderful dining experience.

Their luxury Shepherd Huts won Best Boutique Accommodation with the Nottinghamshire Tourism Awards and that’s because they are incredible. Located within the grounds just down from Perkins Bar & Bistro, they have multiple huts available all year round.

Something else Perkins Bar & Bistro offer is their Taste the Season every first Wednesday of the month. Here three local suppliers come together to bring the best seasonal produce for a six-course Tasting menu. Why not incorporate this into an overnight stay within one of their luxury Shepherd huts mentions above?

If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday evening why not join Perkins Bar & Bistro for their Live Music night every Friday from 8pm?

Perkins Bar & Bistro have hosted many parties, weddings and anniversaries over the years. Their beautiful venue can be partially or fully hired out for private events and they pride themselves on delivering a fantastic personalised service.

The premise where Perkins Bar & Bistro are located is completely breathtaking. Surrounded by the countryside, it’s so peaceful and relaxing.

As soon as we walked in we were hit with this beautiful classic décor of vintage suitcases strapped to the walls, hand painted artwork and fresh flowers everywhere. They also have framed images dotted around showcasing the history of the venue and area – such a lovely touch.

After looking around at all of the different rooms, we were taken through their conservatory into their outside seating area to take advantage of the lovely warm weather. Outside you can still see the old railway line which brings another touch of history to your experience. So far, we were blown away with their décor, location and history.

Now it was time to sit down and look over the menu.

Whilst we were still deciding on what to order, we were brought some water and served some chilli and fennel seed focaccia.

The flavours were delicious which made us extremely hungry and excited for the rest of the meal.

We finally decided on their baresca favourites to start with, which is one of their sharing dishes. With garlic and chilli prawns, jamón Ibérico croquettes and aubergine tumbet, it was divine.

The chilli prawns were so fresh and the garlic and chilli flavouring were the perfect amount, not too strong. The jamón Ibérico croquettes had the most amazing flavours and texture being beautifully crisp on the outside. Finally, the aubergine tumbet which consisted of aubergine, tomato, potato and chees gratin was a lovely mixture and a great starter.

Next came our main dishes and we were certainly impressed!

Going for their Harker’s 30-day dry-aged 8oz Sirloin Steak from Hereford, it’s served with garlic mushrooms, roast cherry tomatoes and homemade chips with a peppercorn and brandy sauce. I’ve never tasted a steak so tender and juicy, it was amazing. Paired with their homemade chips which were beautifully crisp on the outside and light and fluffy in the centre it created the perfect dish. One I’d definitely recommend to all!

One thing Perkins Bar & Bistro are known for is their great local ingredients. Their pork for example is from Tollerton and a definite must try.

With this in mind we also ordered their taste of pork dish: Sliced pork fillet, slow roast belly and cheek fritter, creamed potato, koffman cabbage and calvados cream sauce. It was incredible! The pork melted in the month and was beautifully tender. The fritter was perfectly crunchy and so full of flavour. Finally, the creamy mash was unbelievably light and fluffy which paired with their koffman cabbage, it brought all the flavours together.

By this point we were certainly filling up but we decided to take a look at the dessert menu. It would’ve been rude not too!

We were amazed to see a smaller desert option for if you don’t have enough room. This is such a great idea! We went for their mini chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream. One word – delicious!

Whilst the weather was so warm we also decided to go for three scopes of their homemade sorbets: strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb. These were a lovely refreshing way to end our meal.

IN Magazine had the most amazing time at Perkins Bar & Bistro and we highly recommend you pay them a visit – We sure can’t wait to go back!