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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Witty creativity in a timbered Georgian inn

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At a glance

Open all year
All day dining
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Not far from Sherwood Forest and Byron's Newstead Abbey is this classic Georgian timbered inn. Sand-blasted beams, a brick fireplace and checkered carpeting make for a modernised but still homely atmosphere for showcasing some creatively witty cooking. First may be an updated lunchbox containing a Scotch egg, a truffled cream cheese triangle, a 'Wagon Wheel' made with artichoke marshmallow and gingery pear jam, and more besides. That might lead intrepidly to monkfish vindaloo served with diced potato, puffed rice and mango purée, as well as a fish bhaji and raita. The inventive pace is sustained to the end, when rhubarb and lime trifle comes with cardamom ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 5
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9
  • All day dining


  • Chef(s): Lewis Kuciers, Craig Hadden

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 38
  • Wines over £30: 5
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.50
  • Main course from15.50
  • Dessert from: £6.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £14.95
  • 3-course lunch from: £17.95
  • Tasting menu from: £50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 35
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

M1 junction 27, A608 east, left at Derby roundabout, right onto B6020. Into Blidworth, 1st right after St Marys Church.

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