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“Not As Good As It Was !”
Review of Plough & Harrow

Plough & Harrow
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Monknash
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: One of the oldest buildings in (12-13 Century)the area was part of a Monks grange where the monks grew the food for the monasteries. The building was used by the monks to store the bodies of sailors before burial after they had drowned when their ships had wrecked on the nearby coast It has been nationally acclaimed by most broadsheet newspapers and others winning numerous awards for its beer and food and continues to go from strength to strength. A visiting point for tourists from all parts of the world and it is a figurehead for The Visit Wales campaign. If you would like to visit a proper pub with real food,real ale and real people that does things right The Plough is the place for you.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Not As Good As It Was !”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Really love this pub, which remains one of the best and atmospheric pubs in Wales if not UK.
It is one of the oldest and most traditional you will come across. The great range of real ales and ciders served direct from the casks are a joy for the serious and casual drinker alike. It remains a super pub, popular with the locals just in for a pint and the huge number of folk who make a special journey to see what a proper pub should be like.
We were there (Sunday 28th April) after a six mile walk around the wonderful coast line just south of the pub. Great at 4.00pm that pub was still serving food and quite busy without being “packed and manic” which it is often. Being hungry Sunday roasts being top of our list, we were delighted when asking, to be told that there was plenty or roast beef and lamb dinners still available. It was a joy to sit down the four of us tired but relaxing in front of an open fire with great pints of Hancock’s HB and half’s of Guinness for the ladies. When we did ask for our roasts it was very disappointing to then hear that all the beef had been suddenly sold next door in the lounge / rest. But lamb still remained so OK not total disaster. Our four lamb dinners dually arrived. First impression very good, certainly plenty of it and hot. But sadly a huge mountain of Swede and carrot via microwave made up the bulk. Disappointing and tasteless roast potatoes and small Yorkshire. However the lamb itself was again plentiful but good.
So to conclude we love the pub but judging by some poor recent reviews and our own disappointing Sunday roast, owners need to just sharpen up in the kitchen! We love the Plough and if the food can get back to previous standards it will again be the perfect pub. The only remaining fault then is its popularity, making it so hard to get a table, but isn’t that a great problem for owners to have!

  • Visited February 2013
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Agonda, India
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Make your own minds up”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

One of the best local country pubs you can imagine, as an outsider that has lived in the area for the past few years (with previous pub management experience in London amongst other places) I would now rate this as one of the top pubs in the country. Recently changed hands so it's worth popping down and making your own decisions on the place . . . I just don't get reviews that say never again!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Alexfromthepub
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Salalah, Oman
Level 6 Contributor
167 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“High expectations but very disappointed!”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We recently moved to the area and had heard lots of great things about this place. We decided to take time away from unpacking to treat ourselves to lunch. Was very much looking forward to their 'award winning food' - however was sorely disappointed. I had the salmon fishcakes with chips. The meal was incredibly dry and the 'homemade' chips were definitely frozen and out of a packet. My husband's lamb was better but still nothing special. Had we just stopped at any old pub we'd probably not have expected much more than this, but with the reputation the Plough & Harrow has this was totally unacceptable. The restaurant has a nice fire but it was nonetheless absolutely freezing inside - not helped by staff holding the door open whilst debating something with other staff behind the bar. I certainly wont be returning. There is really nothing to recommend about this place :-(

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Anokhi10
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Toronto
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great Pub”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Ate here in April 13 a group of 4 of us. We all had different food and we all felt the food was very nice. The atmosphere was really good and the huge fireplace really highlights the pub. Friendly bar staff all very good.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank bmkeswick
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A little known haven”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

From when you first arrive in it's tranquil surroundings, you know this is a special place, the friendly atmosphere coupled with the comforting smell of a real fire greats you inside, here you find not only an ample choice of Real ales but a wonderful selection of food, as a vegetarian it's always a joy to see something on the menu other than a lasagne so imagine my delight when I saw not only a different option but also a vegan option!!! This really is a lovely getaway for an hour or so and the buses even run from here untill late in the night!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank venusdiablo
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