Being strangers to the area, we chose The Plough at Effingham from TripAdvisor. We were greeted with a smile as we arrived and guided to a table in the dining area. Every member of staff we saw had a smile on their face and clearly enjoyed their work. The pub has old-fashioned beams, but they are painted in a silver grey colour which gives a light, airy feel to the place. We ordered a bacon and avocado salad with rocket, and haddock in beer batter. As we waited (a very short time) for the food, a young couple arrived with a child of around 2 or 3. I noticed that the young Antipodean waiter guided them to a table and immediately asked if they would like a high-chair. Later, another diner tried to order well-done calves liver and the waiter pointed out that - while they were happy to cook it in any way the customer ordered - the diner might find that well-done calves liver can be a bit leathery. The guest accepted his advice readily, and as we left I noticed her tucking into a meal that she was clearly enjoying - a lot ! These two incidents typified the care with which the waiters approach their work. Our food was of very good quality and cooked to perfection, and the portions were very generous. The chips were great and my guest sampled one, then helped herself to the majority. I didn't object because - even though I have a reputation as a bit of a trencherman - I struggled to finish the large haddock that sat on my plate. The staff were very attentive throughout (without going over the top) and engaged in conversation with those diners who wanted to, but left alone the ones who didn't - really great waiting. Even the napkins - of white paper - were of the best quality I've seen in ages ! All in all, a great lunch and we will be returning as soon as we can.
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