Griffins Head

3.4
50 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!

Experiences

  • Party Buffet - Jingle Bells

    £12.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Party Buffet - Winter Wonderland

    £14.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Party Buffet - A Jolly Good Time

    £16.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Festive Menu - Three Courses

    £20.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms. Reduced prices for children. Other menu options are available.
  • Christmas Day

    £69.99 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Secure your Christmas Day booking with a deposit of £10 per person. The pub will contact you to take deposit. The remaining balance will be due by the 1st December.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 50 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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3.4based on recent ratings
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3.6
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3.6
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3.4
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AlanR
Nottingham
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

King prawn starter .... 5 not king prawns for 6.75

Burger was very greasy

MM
MichaelM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

poor value I am sorry to say..will not be going again

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We attended like we have done for months and come every two weeks. The App was down and had to go in and order and seemed to wait ages for food.
The food was only warm and they changed menus and put a lump of tatty and suede stuff under beef and beef was spot on but had loads of fat on it.
Normally food is spot on , but this time was disappointment .
Not sure if change of chef.

EL
ElisiaL
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely vile. £6.79 for frozen ‘King Prawns’ which made me gag from the smell service absolutely shocking waiting over an hour for our food, baring in mind there was 6 people in the restaurant customer wise. Would not recommend to anyone, never before had anything like it. Gross!!

SA
SAS21
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was adequate but service so slow. Waited over an hour for food and I think we were the first and possibly only ordering that hour.

CW
ClareW
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food as always. Staff are super friendly and helpful. Always a big smile and nothing too much trouble.

Sometimes the wait for food is a little long but when it comes everyone's food is great. Fresh and home cooked :)

YD
YvonneD
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The first time ever I struggled to eat a meal. Had to ask for 2 x side order of onion rings again and they'd obviously been rushed as a bit raw. Batter on fish tasted funny and fish dry. Sorry haven't been for years and used to be excellent but won't be returning

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Poplar2
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Went here for Sunday lunch and will not be returning.
They only serve Sunday lunch on a Sunday which is fine but the dinner not nice at all.
Chicken was dry and was asked if I wanted a Yorkshire pudding it was a extra cost now when having chicken, which came very well cooked.Two roast potatoes served with what tastes like Aunt Bessie potatoe mixed with swead, which was hidden under the roast chicken. This was served with a very large bowl of carrots with a little broccoli.
Didn’t want a sweet but nobody came to ask anyway.
At 13.99 a dinner I expect a lot better than that and so I will not be returning.

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Robbie
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service finished off with drinks in the marquee

YG
YvonneG
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great food , but was a little disappointed, as it was my dads birthday and he is gluten free. And the food had been contaminated in the kitchen. But we will still go back

SY
SallieannY
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Lovely food, but very busy so service not as good has usual.

Tables were very sticky which lm sure is due to the Covid cleaning regime, but is a little off putting

MW
MartinW
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

So poor that after having received only a starter in 2 hours of waiting we cancelled the rest of our order.
Poor service may have been contributed to by circumstances out of your control but there is no excuse for the poor communication throughout the evening and how you handled the situation not just for us but your other customers too.

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joannac
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

A great pub in need of improved service and attention to detail. Very slow and disorganised. Starters were 45 minutes and mains 90! Please get it sorted guys as we would like to revisit!

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Disappointed
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The restaurant had problems with chef having to leave but did not inform us. We waited over an hour for our food. No apology and no offer of a reduction or anything to make up for this. Food was ok but nothing special.

AM
AdrianM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waitress that came to the table was lovely.
Staff inside were rude, ignoring me as I stood waiting to be served, when asked to be served told that they were not on duty.
Starters took at least 20 minutes to arrive but were ok.
Mains took about 30 minutes to arrive after the starters were cleared.
When they arrived, one was not the dish ordered so by the time this was replaced the rest of us had just about finished eating.
The mains were mediocre at best - very disappointing for an establishment that used to have very high standards.

CM
ColinM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the table service was very good. Highly recommended.

PR
PR912
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

-/ve: Limited menu, food was overly priced and part of the food came out cold.

+/ve: Nice selection of wine, staff were very friendly and helpful.

MM
McginnisMC
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally found a good Sunday lunch! I eat here regular but always to busy when it comes to Sunday lunch but I booked and I’m not disappointed!! Highly recommend and we’ve been all over for roasts.

ES
EmmaS
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Was crammed into a small corner of the dining room even though there was barely anyone there when we arrived. Roast was good! Puddings we’re terrible. I had Eaton mess and had to send it back as the strawberries tasted of onion as they’d obviously used the same chopping board. Also, fresh cream was actually just squirty cream.

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yramj
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Felt very safe from covid eating in marquee. Staff very helpful and service was very good. Staff helped us scan the QR code and then order and pay by card using our phones
Fish and chips was huge and very good. Scampi and chips tasty and very good. I enjoyed the lemon tart and my friend enjoyed the chocolate fudge cake.
The only problem was that we had to pay separately for each course using the QR code, we could not open a tab. We did not know we would be able to manage a dessert until we had eaten our main so did not want to order it all at the start of the meal Also there was no facility on the online menu to order decaf, we had to ask a waitress to take our order which she did very happily. All in all a very good experience

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SoniaP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to celebrate my birthday with family, we pre ordered our food as roasts can sell out quickly. As a regular dinner I would like to see a little more rotation on vegetable side dishes as they tend to be soggy.

MB
MarianneB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We had a very disappointing experience. The staff are very friendly and helpful but they are let down by appalling wait times and substandard food.
An hour after arriving we were told my Hubby’s pie wasn’t available they had only just corrected my main which had been put through incorrectly to be served half a frozen garlic bread chopped into quarters length ways. Two anaemic slivers of frozen bread is not worth nearly £5. After hearing complaints from neighbouring tables we decided we had to cut our losses sent the food back and left.
I hope it gets better I used to love this pub.

DM
DonnaM
Derbyshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food outstanding. Relaxing with family. Staff lovley. We were well pleased.

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Murgy
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I had been once before a few years ago to the Griffins Head for a meal with a friend and the food was good as well as the service.

Unfortunately our experience this time was not good. We waited over an hour for our food and had to chase it up. We got an apology but that was all. There was no real acceptance of their remorse by offering a free drink or something similar as other restaurants have done for us in past so it was if they didn't value us as customers. The food was good but too expensive compared to similar pubs we have been to recently.

Because of this experience i wouldn't recommend the Griffins Head as a good place to eat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well laid out, friendly welcoming staff with good food

GJ
GregJ
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and welcoming. Also the other customers seemed friendly too. We have just recently moved to the area and we were very impressed! I think we have found our new ‘local’.

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EllaT
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Was a little disappointed with our visit. I was unaware that they had changed the menu and didn’t offer gluten free Sunday lunch anymore.
Can’t knock the food it was 100%!

With the new guidance we were sat outside which was nice as it was a warm.
They are using an app to order drinks or food. We ordered drinks before food and the food came before the drinks! They said there was a technical issue.
Manager couldn’t have been more apologetic, we would have stayed for pudding but as their wasn’t a GF menu we decided not too.

HW
HWhits
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor tent was really pretty and was the perfect place to have a drink and a bite to eat.
Really friendly staff and quick service!
Can’t wait to go back

JB
JessicaB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food came out 2 hours after we ordered it.
2 of us didn’t receive our order which was a pizza and the other had their chicken sent back as it wasn’t edible. Everyone out of the 6 managed to finish their food and drinks before we even got our pizzas. We had to go and remind them twice we were waiting. At this point they admitted they didn’t put a pizza through. Eventually a pizza came out. It was a cooked pizza base with raw onion, mushroom and peppers scattered on top with NO chicken what so ever. It took a further complaint and another 30 minutes for the staff to finally bring the other pizza out in a BOX to take home and also a box of chicken ... they were reluctant to refund us the 3 meals . In the end they did. Absolute joke. They had 12 tables in the end to serve whilst we were waiting so we have no idea what the mix up was. Definitely won’t be returning and 100% wouldn’t recommend

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Lama
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! Love the marquee, it looks so pretty and the heaters are a bonus! Great to see lots of staff on too. Only gripe was the fact the service was a little slow when waiting for drinks, although the food came quick! One of the staff members seemed a little stressed and we overheard her snap at a customer who was asking where their drinks were. Shame you have to go around the front to smoke, I understand it’s not ideal in the marquee but we feel you should be able to whilst seated in the carpark / grass area. A little annoying the 2 hour timeframe seemed to be monitored closely, in-fact we were asked to move 30 mins before we were due to (staff member apologised when she realised we hadn’t had the full 2 hours). Overall, I think you’ve done an amazing job and the place is looking great! Just worry quality / service could be compromised due to amount of tables and bookings.

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Corners1971
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Disappointed in our visit.
The Set up is all wrong only one bar staff on a Friday afternoon despite having bookings on nearly every table. Not dog friendly anymore either which was a shame. Drinks took 40 minutes to come. Food was nice when it finally came but all in all the service was shocking. Wouldn’t go again as friends have said the same thing lately. Needs to be better and more customer friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated and ignored for 40 minutes. Not even offered a drink....
The staff didn’t even acknowledge our presence and so we left without a single drink or any food
Very poor

BP
BrianPaul
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When booking the Griffin for myself and my wife a few days before, I didn’t expect to get a table on the last evening before the lockdown. Our booking was successful and our table was perfectly located, we had our pet dog with us. The waitresses fussed over us truly professionally and our drinks and food soon arrived. The service and food were up to the usual very good standard and will be recommended by us. We hope to use the takeaway facility being undertaken during the second lockdown period, but in the meantime we wish you all good wishes and a great future.

CM
CarlM
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and drinks
Served by friendly staff
Overall absolutely excellent service in these difficult times
Well done all

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Dissatisfiedcustomer200
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

All food came out at different times so none of our party got to eat their meals at the same time.
The menu was limited and the food was nothing special.
We waited 45mins- hour before any food actually came out.

Iv ate here before , under previous management I’m assuming as I recognised none of the current staff and have to say it was much better previously.
Won’t be returning

CP
ChrisP
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely member of staff who seated us and served us until her shift ended.

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SallyW
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and atmosphere at the Griffin, the new owners and all the staff are really friendly and welcoming. Great choice or beer and wines, would highly recommend.

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michaele
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening at the Griffins Head. Great selection of drinks in the bar. The food, Steak Pie, and a good Lasagne. Good wine selection. Service was very good indeed.
A really nice ambience. Look forward to the new menu launching on the 18th march.

EC
ElaineC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had husbands 60th Birthday meal at Griffins Head, was a good night with family, booking was a doddle, arrived at pub, immediately shown our table, waitress attentive throughout the meal, food was really good, arrived quickly as did drinks throughout the meal itself. Overall a great night was had by all!

FAQs

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

Griffins Head is rated 3.4 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.