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The Plough Inn

) #4 of 19 Restaurants in Hillsborough $$ - $$$ , British,
3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 2985
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
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11 - 20 of 556 reviews

Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

Since the Hillside was closed I thought I would give the Plough another chance however it was the usual awful service and then a precooked reheated burger arrives costing £13....I'm glad the Hillside has reopened superior in every way!

4  Thank Fred W
Reviewed May 19, 2017

I was attending the annual Pheonix gas installer awards at the plough inn and goodness no one was disappointed it was fantastic . Excellent food, service and atmosphere this is a definite from now on . A visit to the plough is a must if...More

1  Thank pa55word664
Reviewed May 15, 2017 via mobile

12 of family seated very snugly round a square table 4 on each side !! Very little room to be honest and was noisy when everyone tried to talk at once !! Meal was really fab !! Had the mackerel smoked salmon prawns starter followed...More

Thank Edithluc
Reviewed May 14, 2017 via mobile

Attended today for a family Sunday lunch. First of all I should say the food was excellent! I have marked down due to a number of reasons mainly service. When we were seated in the bistro some of the party had not brought a drink...More

2  Thank Mikeb666
Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

On our last day in "Norn Iron" we were treated to a fantastic meal by Father in law who is a loyal regular at this place. I can see why. They have one of those menus that have lots of temptations. We didn't feel rushed...More

Thank Aaron K
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

This has to be one of my favourite places to eat now. Fantastic cooked food and a great atmosphere. I had the homemade nachos to start, and wow I wanted another plate it was that good. We also had a bread selection. For my main...More

2  Thank davyu90
Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Dined here last night. Food very average. To start my wife had a mussel dish which was tough and she felt it was a frozen meal and not freshly prepared. In fairness her main was lovely. I had a trio of cold fish where no...More

1  Thank Terry I
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Called in for lunch absolutely lovely food and a beautiful outdoor area weather permitting. Friendly staff and great service.

Thank Andreanireland
Reviewed May 2, 2017

We called at lunchtime on 1 May. I think perhaps the combination of an outstandingly good day and a public holiday may have caught them on the hop, and serving food outside is always harder on staff. However, for us as customers it was a...More

Thank Drumcovitt
Reviewed May 1, 2017 via mobile

We booked for a family lunch, service wise this was ok the staff where very polite, and helpful, and food arrived quickly, Food wise my starter was completely different from the menu description which I found strange, and lacking 3 things listed on the menu,...More

3  Thank petet454
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Nearby Attractions
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.08 miles away
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2.39 miles away
The Hillside Hillsborough
49 reviews
.05 miles away
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3.81 miles away
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Ivan M
how many people can the restaurant cope with on a Friday or Saturday night? it's for a leaving party. What would be the menu options?
March 5, 2017|
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Response from jordanneboal | Reviewed this property |
You would be best to phone them, they could probably do a deal for you
Adrian C
Is there steak on the lunch menu?
August 24, 2016|
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Response from Denis M | Reviewed this property |
Yes but caveat emptor.....I would not speculate money on it.
Have you got a special menu for farthers day on Sunday and are you fully booked??
June 14, 2016|
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Response from Amac65 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I have no idea. Give them a phone call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Hillsborough
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9268 2985
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The Plough Inn is a famous family owned pub boasting an excellent reputation for hospitality, atmosphere & wonderful food. In business for over 20 years the Plough offers a contrasting dining experience with award winning pub grub lunches & fantastic gourmet dining in our highly acclaimed restaurant seven nights a week. Launched September 2012 our brand new Simply Seafood restaurant at the Plough Inn. Simple, affordable, fresh local seafood in the beautiful village of Hillsborough every Friday & Saturday night. Our public bar is the quintessential "local", a traditional pub with a fantastic selection of beers, wine & spirits. All major live sport shown daily, weekly pub quiz & live music every Friday & Saturday night!
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