It’s a few years since I’ve dined at the Plough at Brackenfield and that wasn’t a wonderful experience - largely because some felon decided to smash both locks on my new BMW to try to steal the CD player (?) while we having a late evening meal.
No such problems on our latest visit with friends - and what a wonderful experience it proved to be! The Plough has recently been taken over by Anthony Spencer and Laura Kay who arrive with very impressive pedigrees and a clear determination to provide what they describe as ‘good, honest hospitality’.
They’ve obviously been working hard because the three-course meal we chose this week simply could not be faulted and in at least thirty years of writing dining-out reviews, I cannot recall saying that on more than a handful of occasions.
The dishes for our four-strong party were, by unanimous agreement, superb ,well-presented and served by staff who clearly enjoy what they do. Take Amanda and Greg, for example. On a fairly busy Saturday night, they even found time to teach the ladies in our party how to fold linen napkins to a special format they had not previously encountered. And, believe me, they know a bit about folding napkins! Caring touches like that make an enormous difference to any establishment’s reputation. I should make mention, too, of the ambience at Plough which has all the conventional hallmarks of a delightful country inn but with added warmth and a touch more style. Oh . . . and I cannot ignore the Chilean merlot which was delightful.
In the harsh light of day, how would I grade the Plough? That’s easy. It’s probably the best meal I’ve enjoyed locally for many a long year (though if I were allowed just one small nit-pick, I would have preferred a touch more body to the custard). Having said that, I’m sure I shall be accused by the good wife and our friends that I’m being a trifle mean. So . . . I’ll say it’s definitely the best I’ve had in recent times. We shall be back there soon . . .
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