The Plough Inn
Pilning Street
Nr Pilning
BS35 4JJ
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The Plough, Pilning
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4 stars

The Plough at Pilning featured heavily in me and my husband’s courting days (much too long ago to record in print) and I have to confess that perhaps at the time we must have been blinded by love or one too many gin and tonics, as when we went back recently we didn’t recognise anything except the sign outside! It’s a good old fashioned country pub inside, with exposed brickwork, a wood burning stove and plenty of pub games to indulge in, pool and darts to name but two, and of course that age old pub sport, gossiping at the bar. It was early and there were already quite a few people already indulging in the latter, so we found ourselves a table, ordered a pint of ale, and looked for something hearty to keep out the winter chills already upon us.

Our eyes were on the pies so to speak of which there is a mighty selection, cottage pie, steak and horseradish, steak and stilton and minted lamb, all served with chips and peas, which would tickle our fancy, if not all of them? To start we chose breaded brie wedges with bramley apple and cider chutney, and soup of the day (mushroom), accompanied by garlic bread, and then to follow I went for the steak and horseradish pie and my erstwhile courting companion with a nod to his waistline eschewed the pie option and ordered breaded whole tail scampi. The pub’s wine list is rather neat in that it is all the same price; £13.00 per bottle for anything you fancy and a bottle of rather nice South African sauvignon blanc made its way to our table.

The Plough has something of a musical connection to judge from the pictures of a variety of artistes lining the walls along with some rather interesting musical instruments, and they also have live music shows from time. Our starters came and despite the carb fest in the shape of both bread with the soup and the garlic bread we polished them off in record time with me gladly admitting that there was still room for the pie!

The main courses were good; especially the perky addition of the slightly hot horseradish flavour to the rich gravy with the steak pie which was very enjoyable and there was also plenty of juicy steak to be had in it. The food is reasonably priced at between £7.00 and £8.50, and they have a ’Pensioners Special’ lunch Monday to Friday at £4.99 with a free dessert and all children’s meals are £1.99, plus a free ice-cream. So, there you have it; the Plough can cater for all the family’s requirements from the eldest to the youngest!

Jacquie Vowles