Nottingham is one of my favourite places in the UK. I am always excited to see its dining scene expand, which is why I am so very pleased to hear about Perkins.

One of Nottingham’s most established eating destinations has joined the Perkins Family’s other eateries in reflecting ‘a new, fresh outlook’ after Perkins Bar & Bistro opened its doors.

Perkins Restaurant, owned by The Perkins Family who also run Baresca and escabeche, has undergone an exciting transformation to emerge as Perkins Bar & Bistro.

Perkins Family co-owner Jon Perkins said: “As a family business we are always trying to keep one step ahead of the game and ensure our flagship restaurant remains fresh and inviting.

“The last few years have been incredibly exciting for The Perkins Family; we’ve learnt a lot from the opening of Baresca and escabeche, together with listening to friends and locals of Perkins. We’re taking that new, modern outlook and implementing it at the location where it all began for our family 35 years ago.”

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The new Perkins Bar & Bistro offers the dishes we have fallen in love with over the last three decades – all to be enjoyed in a relaxed and informal space. These are modern and classic seasonal dishes that use ingredients sourced from quality suppliers, local when possible. Team Perkins have an honest approach to cooking, letting great ingredients speak for themselves to produce freshly cooked dishes served without fuss.

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Amongst the brand new offering, there are sharer-board starters and ‘Bistro bites’ alongside main plates, daily specials with dishes from Perkins’ very own smokehouse. There’s an ever-changing daily Prix Fixe, quintessential afternoon teas and our well-renowned Sunday offering is extended until 5pm.

The drinks offering has also been simplified. There is a stripped back, accessible wine list of 60 bins and a focus on superb aperitifs including gin & tonics, spritz & cocktails, alongside new local draught beers onto the bar.

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The re-designed interior reflects Perkins Bar & Bistro’s new credentials – a more relaxed countryside bistro feel, somewhere you’d be equally happy to pop in for a pint and a snack or enjoy a beautiful lunch or dinner. Think rustic tables alongside bistro seating, brass light fittings and bar seats amid reclaimed textures and materials.

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Starters include Grilled asparagus with goat’s cheese, local honey, truffle & toasted almonds; Tian of fresh Cromer crab, heritage tomatoes and guacamole; Perkins smokehouse fritter with fried egg, leek & potato.

Bistro Bites include Plaice goujons with minted pea purée, French fries & tartare sauce; Croque-Monsieur/Madame; and De Luxe burger (chopped 30 day aged beef) with club sauce, dill pickle and truffle mayonnaise.

Main courses include Halibut & prawn Thermidor; Taste of pork (fillet, slow roast belly & black pudding fritter); and Crispy potato, onion and garlic rôsti with creamed spinach, mushroom and poached egg.

If all this delicious food wasn’t enough, Perkins have tried to augment your dining experience and diners can now enjoy live acoustic music every Friday evening.

For more information about Perkins, sell-out Perkins Gastronomic nights, wine tastings and foodie events, please go to website www.perkins-family.co.uk now.

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