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Restaurant  - Griffins Head, Nottingham, ENG

Griffins Head

3.7
3.7
206 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Welcome to the Griffins Head at Papplewick. The Griffin is believed to be over 300 years old and is a listed building in the conservation area of Papplewick, which in medieval times was the southern gateway to Sherwood Forest. Now this quintessential village pub has a good reputation for offering quality food and drink along with the many original features such as its wooden ceilings, exposed beams and three open fires, not to mention the well in the restaurant!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0115 874 5834

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Nottingham

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 206 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Nottingham/Nottinghamshire

    Most Booked

  • Nottingham

    Most Booked

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  1. AC

    AllisonC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Bit disappointed with the visit we had. Food was not bad but not worth the price. Supposed to be home cooked food, yet the roast potatoes were frozen. Cold pigs in blankets
  2. W

    Wilko

    Nottingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent service desserts were gorgeous, main meals small portions. Good selection of drinks on offer...Ales etc.
  3. F

    Family

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    We book a table in the restaurant area but had to leave as it is a dog friendly pub and even though there was a sign on the door to the restaurant area saying please don't bring your dogs through the restaurant people still did. I don't have a problem with dog friendly pubs but there should be a area to eat that is dog free as my wife is allergic to some dogs.
  4. D

    Darcy

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Hardly anything left on the standard menu, no specials available. 2 rib eye steaks of poor quality, burgers were dry and tasteless and the mushroom pie tasted of perfume. Expensive for what you are served. Very disappointed as it was a birthday meal. We would not recommend this eatery.
  5. HB

    HeatherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, best pub food I’ve had, good portion size and nice staff
  6. F

    Fran

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The girl that served us was lovely and went out her way to check questions asked with the chef. We felt very accommodated.
  7. L

    Loubob

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was good, but the hospitality was quite poor. It was Christmas week, & no cracker or Xmas serviette, even has it was booked like a Christmas Get together. Felt pushed away from the other Christmas Parties, all because we booked off the normal menu.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nottingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Owing to a communications error on their part, we were unable to have the Festive menu which we were hoping for. However, at least the table was booked and we all enjoyed our meals from the a la carte menu.
  9. DS

    DianeS

    Nottingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had dinner with my sister , both had steak and ale pie , was very good , we both enjoyed it . Staff were lovely , very attentive .
  10. LR

    LeahR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Was given two incorrect desserts but overall everything else was good.
  11. A

    Angie

    Nottingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Immediately disappointed as website led me to book online, where I chose the festive menu, but upon being seated I was told the online system that asked me which menu I wanted didn’t then inform them of my choice and so the two of us wouldn’t be having out festive meal as we’d planned. We were seated in a room with only three other people seated at another table, but unfortunately that small group found it entertaining to be extremely loud and keep telling each other they really needed to keep it down. This was silly noises and screams rather than a happy group simply enjoying their evening, the volume of which made it hard for us to hear each other speak. Unfortunately no request to respect other diners was made by any of the staff. I ordered half a lager, but was brought a pint. We both ordered fish and chips and were both disappointed. Most of the plate was taken up with two pots of peas and tartar sauce making for a very small portion of chips, and the fish batter was hard. Still hungry, I ordered apple and rhubarb crumble. The dish and fruit were so ridiculously hot the whole thing was sizzling, the ‘crumble’ was mostly oats (not mentioned on the menu) and with it came the tiniest jug of custard I have ever seen. We shook our heads, each paid £20 odd of our hard earned money and decided we would not be returning.
  12. PW

    PaulW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was lovely and the pub was very nicely decorated at christmas. Staff were friendly.
  13. AS

    AndyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    1st time at the Griffins Head and the staff were great, really attentive and the food was fab - managed to wrangle all 10 of us and the dog into a cozy nook (blue room) and it was brilliant. would definitely go again
  14. TC

    TraceyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere, staff friendly and very accommodating. Sticky toffee pudding yummy!!!
  15. S

    Shell

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely place, food and ambiance. Service and staff good too.
  16. JM

    JackieM

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The servers were lovely, but they had had an issue with supplier deliveries which meant almost half the menu was unavailable, so we had to change our orders from what we planned Quite loud too (for a Tuesday evening) and some choice language from other customers! The food we did get was good quality and very tasty and did not have to wait too long Hoping to go back when the full menu is back on
  17. AF

    AndF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal at the Griffin’s Head in Papplewick. Delicious food and great service. Lovely pub
  18. J

    Jeffo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The restaurant was clean and tidy. We were made welcome and the food was hot.
  19. CS

    ChrisS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunchtime meal, shame there were not a few more Gluten Free options available.
  20. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly service. Really nice pub and restaurant
  21. PK

    PeterK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always served with a smile. Food well presented and great value for money. See you soon.
  22. LS

    LouiseS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    Arrived early for our 1pm booking, table already taken and wasn't vacated, even by time of our booking. Had 4 people squashed in on a table for 2. Staff seemed more concerned about making sure regulars were happy
  23. JP

    JulieP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Visited on recommendation for sunday lunch however we won't be returning. We both ordered Beef which was chewy & grizzly and 2 very small pieces of meat. Yorkshire puddings were stone cold. Carrots were inedible so hard, you couldn't even cut them. Practically raw. No serving spoon with the vegetables. Very overpriced and not nice at all Had far better Sunday roasts and a lot cheaper. Ladies toilets were disgusting too. Sink blocked with toilet roll.
  24. T

    Tilly

    Nottingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very easy to book a table online. A busy place with very efficient friendly staff. Food piping hot, good wholesome food. Very pleasant experience overall, would highly recommend.
  25. j

    julier

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite food really friendly staff and a wonderful atmosphere thank you x
  26. CG

    CatherineG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was our first visit to The Griffin Head, booking on line was easy and no issues at all. We chose to sit in the Restaurant, and most tables were already occupied. Our drink order was taken promptly by friendly staff. The menu is varied and had tastes to suit all, however I would normally choose a salad or jacket potato with a meal, & all dishes only served with fries or creamy mash. My first choice of lamb wasn't available, so I opted for gammon, which was delicious. My husband had a full rack of ribs, which was equally nice. The mood was relaxed and comfortable. We each had a desert, which were hot and tasty. I think we would visit again, as the food was to a high standard
  27. AB

    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWX

    Nottingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    I ordered surf and turf, which should have been …. SURF & TURF, centre cut rump steak, Lobster mac & cheese, served with skin-on-chips, freshly beer-battered onion rings and garden peas. I actually had boot leather and stodge, aka cremated steak (instead if medium-well) and overlooked, tasteless Mac n cheese, no sauce left in it. No peas or onion rings at all, and the chips were frozen chips and definitely not home cooked in their skins. I left most of it, truly awful and will never go again.
  28. SH

    SharonH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service , well presented delicious food , would definitely recomend
  29. JB

    JayneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything at the Griffins head was lovely. However the occasion which was a special occasion was almost spoilt by OpenTable, because when we got there on Saturday night our reservation for a table for 8 was not on there system, it was Saturday night, halloween, had an act on and they were fully booked, they went out of there way to help us. But this could have easily ended in disaster because of opentable
  30. MS

    MacS

    Nottingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Second time I’ve been for food and the menu online did not reflect the website. I’m a vegan and could only order salt and pepper potatoes, as they had “nothing else vegan” on a Sunday. Really disappointing and won’t be going back.
  31. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service could not fault, food served very quick and very hot recommend always
  32. TT

    TraceyT

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very welcoming and the service was great. My mum had a really lovely birthday meal!
  33. MG

    McGfamily

    Nottingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Delicious Sunday lunch and fast service however staff seemed flustered & were slightly abrupt to diners but bar staff were more pleasant.
  34. JM

    JimM

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful family meal, the food was homemade and very delicious. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Great value for money given the quality of the food was exceptional. The menu was really well thought out and extensive. Thank you for a truly lovely experience.
  35. K

    Kath

    Nottingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food and fast service in a cosy and well-run local gem :)
  36. RM

    RiaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really good food and service. Only Downside was the limited menu due to it changing.
  37. JH

    JosieH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    10 of us had a meal at the griffin’s head on October 6th, all selecting different meals but all agreeing they were very good and definitely good value! Would recommend it
  38. LT

    LynseyT

    Nottingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Food was awful !! Fish and chips was dry Steak was like leather and for the price came with a few chips and 2 onion rings, Burger came with about 6 fries, Scampi with peas like bullets, Pizza base was burnt and dripping in grease, Even after telling the waitress how poor the meal was nothing was said not even an apology, So disappointing because this was a family member’s birthday and at those prices you would expect better. Definitely won’t be returning!!
  39. AH

    AndreaH

    Nottingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Whilst the food was amazing we did find the service very very slow I don’t like to be rushed between courses but we were sat for a long time with dirty plates in front of us. Also we found out much to our disappointment when we got home the bill was incorrect and we have been charged for a few things which we had not had or we were charged for more than 1 pudding when only one was ordered. Our error for not picking it up at the time of payment but it wasn’t just one thing but a couple items, but with systems now I would have thought this would have been more accurate. Lesson learned for if we visit again but at the minute the price paid and service given it isn’t worth it sorry !!!
  40. M

    Maxine69

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very busy but when our roast came out we had to wait for the vegetables to follow. It was only about 4 mins but it felt like forever. All we would of like is the vegetables to come out with the main dish. The gravy was amazing. Other that the wait for vegetables it was a lovely Sunday roast. The lady with the glasses ( sorry I wish I took her name ) was excellent,very assertive of everyone around her,credit to the restaurant.

    Griffins HeadResponded on September 26, 2022Hi Maxine69, Thank you so much for your kind words, we as a business aim to improve and grow. We take your feedback on board. Kind regards Sarah

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  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Griffins Head offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0115 874 5834.

Griffins Head is rated 3.7 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Griffins Head

Moor Road, Papplewick, Nottingham, ENG NG15 8EN

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Nottingham

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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