Review on Perkins
There's something rather nostalgic about this casual restaurant in a converted Victorian railway station. Visitors can look out over the rusty rails from the windows of the conservatory dining room (trains do occasionally run when the track is being used as a test line); you can also eat al fresco on the 'platform patio'.
Tony and Wendy Perkins started rolling in 1982, but have recently passed the baton over to their sons David and Jonathan. The set up continues to improve, with a productive herb garden and a smokehouse as new additions to the 'Perkins landscape'. Pine furniture, warm lighting and a striking copper-topped bar help to give the restaurant its special appeal, and the food aims to please.
The monthly changing carte deals in eclectic, bistro-style dishes like deep-fried Brie spring rolls with mango and chilli purée, rosemary-scented fillet of cod with caper, tomato and pepper vinaigrette, and confit of duck with foie gras and pearl barley risotto. To conclude, the kitchen offers things like black cherry crème brûlée or poached pear filled with vanilla cream.
Weekly set menus and weekday lunches are exceptional value; likewise, prices on the modest, 50-bin wine list are very encouraging and there is plenty to tempt the palate across the range.
Perkins is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / French
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express