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“Great setting, great local ales and ciders”
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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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.
Gilwern, Wales, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great setting, great local ales and ciders”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Spent an evening sampling their local ales and ciders, all of which were fantastic. Beautiful old inn with character still intact. Great beer garden. We didn't eat here but my friend is vegan and was very happy to see that they bother to list veggie and vegan meals - food looked really lovely. Landlady was very generous and helpful, she kindly sold us a bottle of schnapps at cost price for our camping party! Great campsite next door too. Will be returning.

  • Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food and and a lovely big beer garden”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

I have always had a soft spot for the Plough (for various reasons). It still remains a beautiful old pub, full of history and tales of smugglers.

It has a very large beer garden so is great for when it is sunny (assuming you get a table as it does fill up quickly). Fair warning: the bar area is pretty tiny and gets very clogged up when the pub is busy!

I visited on a lovely bank holiday weekend when the sun was shining (and as a consequence my slightly bald bonce got a little red). We got a seat relatively easily in the beer garden and ordered some food. I had F_aggots (spelt like this deliberately) and peas (with chips) and the food was delicious - good flavoured gravy and excellent chips. Service was pretty speedy and friendly too. The wife got the beers in (which is highly unusual) and sorted food, so I can't tell what the bar service was like.

Overall a delicious meal in a lovely environment.

The only downside to our experience were the other customers of the pub. Even in the outdoors I still consider it rude to smoke whilst others are eating (and there are lots of kids around). Also, if you have a dog, keep it on a lead and please stop it pooping in the actual beer garden.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Rhys C
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Cardiff
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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“Warm welcome, good ale, good chips!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great place for refreshments after trekking to the beach and back. Chris had Wye Valley ale, his latest fave pint, they have J2O for me. Generous basket full of very good chips. Real fire in the bar, lovely warm atmosphere. Full menu available. Live music some nights, check the website for details. Very friendly staff, too.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank SueChrisCardiff
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Cork, Cork, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Bank Holiday Fail!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Fantastic location, beautiful old pub with an ideal beer garden for families...a potential huge winner but we came away sorely disappointed!

Bank holiday Monday and bar queue was 7 or 8 deep - huge wait for a drink and the second bar in the restaurant wasn't even open.

Unfriendly staff and average food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Sara C
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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“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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