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The Plough Bar & Restaurant

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 11/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 11/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Bar, European, British
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The service was bad, we didn’t get asked how our food was. The chips where cold, mac and cheese was hard and it was just pasta with no cheese sauce. worst mac and cheese I’ve ever tasted. Bad experience and the bill was over priced...for horrible food!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 7 September 2021 via mobile

The staff were so very nice. The Plough was spotlessly clean and we had a perfect table, right under the Air con which was very much needed on the Sunday we visited. There were eight adults and four children in our party. Apart from one...adult we all opted for the roast dinner. One had chicken roast, the rest had the roast with all the meats. We ordered 3 extra portions of roast potatoes, which had 4 in each, I might add this worked out £1 per potato! The actual meal was such a small portion we were all flabbergasted and, more so hungry. The potatoes were hard in the middle and the meats was literally a mouthful of each. We did have alcohol including two bottle of red. The kids had a scoop of ice cream which was £6 a serving. Our bill came to £407..00 plus my husband left a £20 tip for the staff who served us because we could not fault them. It was a special occasion and we did celebrate but unfortunately left feeling hungry!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 16 May 2021 via mobile

Visited last night with a special friend, had a sharing platter starter then both chose separate mains. My friend had the Risotto and I had the Fillet Steak, both meals were cooked and served to perfection and tasted really good, we both agreed that it...was one of the best meals for a long time. The outside eating area is comfortable and warm with a properly built canopy and perfect to keep you dry if the rain sets in as it did last night. Well done to everyone who works here to make it such an enjoyable evening. Have already re-booked for six of us in a couple of weeks time.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 12 May 2021 via mobile

This was my first visit to The Plough and I was impressed with the thought that had gone into making the experience Covid safe but also the very pleasant outside space. We had booked which I would recommend under current conditions since it was really...busy. We had a table on a patio area which was sheltered on 3 sides by walls and had a retractable roof. We were lucky to have beautiful weather so the roof was open. There were plenty of outside heaters so I guess it would be pleasant on a cooler evening with the roof closed. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. Drinks were delivered in good time. The menu had enough choice for most people to find something they would like. I opted for salmon and cod fishcakes which were delicious. I hope to visit again soon hopefully when the weather is as good as it was on this visit.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 30 April 2021 via mobile

Went with a few friends on a Thursday evening. Was hesitant about going abs eating outside as it’s been so cold! I need it if worries! It was outside dinning but like being inside! It was very well set out with heaters and we say...on a proper dinner table and chairs. It was all covid secure. The food was very fresh and tasty and our servers were wonderful In what was a full venue. The menu isn’t massive but a taste of every dish. I recommend the plough bacon burger and the caramel cheese cake. Was lovely! Throughly enjoyed it and we will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021

Had a fantastic evening. Although it was a cold night we felt lovely and cosy with all the heaters. Was very difficult to choose from the menu so many tempting offerings. The skate main course I had, which was a Specials option, deserves a special...mention. All of the staff were so friendly and efficient. Will definitely be returning.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 15 April 2021

We have just returned home from an evening at The Plough and we could not rate it highly enough, despite being outside we weren’t cold, the service was excellent and the food was as good as ever! Huge credit to the owners and staff for...adapting so well under such difficult circumstances and thank you for a lovely evening. We will certainly be back!More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

Had a lovely meal. Roast was delicious, kids fish and chips and pasta went down well. Salad was good but hubby regretted not getting a roast like me lol. Kids enjoyed their ice creams

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

Lovely afternoon, our food was delicious & the waiter was lovely. Really impressed how clean the facilities were too!

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 September 2020

Came here for lunch on Sunday the 30th August, first time out since lockdown and could not have had a better time. The food again was beautiful , service as mentioned in another review is by young people !!! but they all do a fantastic...job and nothing is too much for them, The restaurant has had a make over since we last visited ( inside and out ) and looks all the better for it.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Yes, The Plough Bar & Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Plough Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4