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Plough Inn, Upper Boddington

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user reviews of the Plough Inn, Upper Boddington

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The rear car park has been astroturfed and furnished with pallet seating and gazebos (presumably temporarily) and this is where everyone was being directed to sit yesterday afternoon once they had ordered drinks at the perspex-protected bar. Premium lagers and gins seem to be order of the day here so I ignored the Doom Bar and Church End Goat's Milk handpulls in favour of the keg Redchurch Paradise IPA which was good enough (and cool) but wouldn't have won any prizes.
paul_d102 - 14 Sep 2020 10:47
Nice village pub that is seemingly unchanged for years.

All stone floors and little nooks and crannies inside.

Three real ales on - including a never seen before effort from the Great Oakley Brewery.

Food and service were both excellent and good value.

A nice country Inn.

Photos at my blog -
Mappiman - 11 Sep 2016 16:07
I have been going in here every few weeks for 20 years, and as others comment it has changed hands twice since it was rebuilt after burning down about 4 years ago, wasn't friendly to non-regulars then. However current proprietors are efficient , early evening it is good. The move of the bar into the front of the pub has been positive . The locals do like to sit in front of the bar ( dressed as farmers whether they are or not) , which is irritating , as it is in the nearby Carpenter's Arms. However the bar staff serve over their heads so be patient ! The draft beers are varied, has the usual bitters ( Bombardier, Spitfire etc) but lagers excellent such as San Miguel, Tuborg and similar that you don't always see. Prices ok too . Can't comment on the food but seems popular. Hope these proprietors stay there, as a pub to pop into for an hour it is very pleasant.
Earlyeveningquietpint - 19 Aug 2013 15:10
My daughter Sophie and I stayed at the Plough for 2 nights on the 30/31st July. We were recommended by Washbrook Farm Equestrian at Aston Le Walls. We did not know what to expect, but it was absolutely fantastic! The staff are all amazing! Full of enthusiasm and nothing is too much trouble. The room was spotlessly clean and we had a double plus a single bed! There was a ceiling fan which was much needed after a hot day with horseys!! The beds were very very comfy too. Breakfast on the first day was cooked by Jen. She was so nervous that her breakfast would not be up to the standard of Chef! She should not have worried it was fantastic and just what we needed to keep us going through the day! We were invited out on the first evening but did book a table for the second. It was fish night as are most Wednesdays. I thought it would be fish and chips but I was so wrong! You could have fish and chips but you could also order Lobster in advance for a very reasonable price. There was a fantastic paella but I opted for the lemon sole with asparagus sauce new potatoes and salad. It was absolutely fantastic. I had cheeseboard for dessert which was a wonderful feast of delicious cheeses and chutney. I just wish I had a bigger appetite! Breakfast was cooked by chef the next day and was fantastic too but Jen is not far behind!!!! We absolutely loved our stay and we will definitely be back. We cannot recommend the Plough enough for its cleanliness, warm and welcoming atmosphere and fantastic food and wine. Well done guys and keep up the good work. xxxxx
susanhall - 13 Aug 2013 13:26
We have been to the Plough a number of times for both a drink & for something to eat since the new owners took over back in February. Every visit has been most enjoyable. The pub has been fully refurbished & looks wonderful without losing any of its character. There is a good selection of real ales, lagers & ciders to choose from & we always get a warm welcome from the Landlords/Landladies who are a very friendly bunch. The food is good honest pub grub, every meal we've had has been delicious & the menu is very reasonably priced. The service is always quick even when the kitchen is busy. Some friends of ours stayed at the B&B & said the rooms had been refurbished to a high standard & the bed was the most comfortable they had ever slept in! It was also most reasonably priced & the full English breakfast kept them going all day!!
Loulouboo - 22 Jul 2013 13:46
Called in to The Plough with young my family for dinner. They obviously don't want children in the place as the reception from the barmaid was very frosty. We ordered our meals, after waiting for nearly an hour and half for simple burgers and chips we got up and left and went to The Carpenters Arms just down the road where things were totally different. We were welcomed and served meals in no time at all.
red_northants - 26 Jun 2013 14:07
Called in to the Plough again & what a difference would hardly have known that NOT so long ago it was a right s--- hole. The place was clean & smelt clean (apart from what some of the clientel had on there wellingtons) They have moved the bar from in it's little elcove to the larger room where once stood the skittle table & darts board.
The former bar area been refloored and turned into sitting space but in doing so makes the hight of the celling rather dangerous for anybody taller than 6ft & I wittnessed quite a few people hit their heads.
I heard say there was a different/new cook/chef and people did appear to be awaiting meals but I can not comment on the food or service.

Alas the positioning of the bar encourages people to sit right in front of it making getting to the bar to be served very difficult & the odour of most of those seemed to be horse. I know the Plough is in a village & villages have fields and the likes surrounding them but why anyone would want to go out on a Saturday night wearing wellington boots is beyhond me
Twelveman - 13 Jun 2013 08:18
Drove to the Plough just after xmas it appears the friends that took it over a year or so ago have ''handed back the keys'' and returned to their previous lives.
Twelveman - 7 Jan 2013 20:10
Found this place by complete accident over the weekend, after searching in vain for a pub that served a decent pint. (see other recent reviews) What a refreshing change to be met with a warm welcoming smile by the girl behind the bar, (several) excellent Timmy Taylors served on Gravity, and a great overall experience. Southam to Boddington is quite a hike, but I shall go again based upon this experience.
bitterboy1970 - 2 Aug 2012 08:10
The Plough is under new captaincy and they have cleaned the place up and made it warm again. They have several new ales & lagers to choose from & they do food again.
They appear to be quite busy with people eating but the numbers of people doing so appears to be dropping off from its opening first few weeks. There are several people stood behind the bar looking able to serve but in reality only one appears to be doing so

There are still several little rooms & the bar area is still to small to swing a cat because the locals still like to stand in bar making getting served a bit of a srum at times. But its always been that small around the bar & making more space would need knocking walls down.

The New landlords have kicked the skittle team out of the pub because they could not see it paying for them to make a few sandwich's & chips every over week. The table was still there we we last visited but I guess its only a matter of time until it ends up in the back garden

So summing up it appears to have improved and the beers are all drinkable now. Its warm & clean again & the food although rather dear is edible but not always the best
Twelveman - 23 Mar 2011 20:21
You'll all be pleased to know that finally the pub is under new management. Thankfully it's remained as an independant and not taken over by a big chain! The interior has been given a much needed face lift and gone is all the bric a brac. The heating has been switched on & the place is now warm, inviting and friendly. There are four real ales to choose from I had a pint of Deuchars which was excellent. An excellent wine list too. They are again serving food from 7am in the morning.
Lets hope this pub is on the up again.
martincentral - 10 Dec 2010 15:46
Looks like I am the only person using this pub ?? And I only pop in every few months or less.
If this place was an animal it would have been put down long ago to stop it from a painful death.
Again 8.00pm on a Saturday night and we were the only customers in the place. In an attempt to make up for lost earnings the landlord short changed one of us which when picked up was returned without any trouble. Which tells anyone who knows him that he knew what he had done
Lager tasted off & 1.50 for a can of multi-pack coke & I was wondering why no one uses the Plough ???
Twelveman - 18 Jul 2010 20:30
The Plough what a same it used to be such a nice place to visit.
Some may think it still is IF they like to be the only people in a pub. It was Saturday evening / Night & there was Nobody else in their except the Landlord & his wife who were both sat this side of the bar looking out the window.
Still atleast this time they had Lager which they did Not the previous time I popped in some months ago I guess they do not sell enough to stop it turning in the barrel.
I can Not see this pub continuing to stay open for much longer unless someone else takes it over.
Twelveman - 24 Aug 2009 19:31
My previous review is Now out of date !!! The Plough Inn NO Longer does food on Any day of the week they knocked it on the head around christmas time when it was due to change hands which unfortunately feel thru
Twelveman - 24 Feb 2009 18:53
The Plough appears to past its best at the Moment. Terry & Maggie the Landlord & his wife (even though I think it's her name above the door ?)are well past the standard retirement age & the day to day running of this village Inn seems to be taking its toll.There are still the small quaint rooms & bar area along with the restaurant which is manned by several of the local teenagers most evenings. Where large portions for not a lot of money is still the order of the day ( Rather evening )The Plough only opens during the day on Sunday Lunchtimes when it does not do food.The Plough is up for sale at the moment & new ownership & insperation is much needed.
Rebuilt 3-4 years ago after a fire that gutted the old place. Was rebuilt without the love or care the Plough deserved by the builder brought in to carry out the work.
In its present form I would have to rate this pub below that of not to distant years
Twelveman - 15 Sep 2008 14:44
Whilst a little shabby this is a gem of a pub. It has rooms to left and right and a tiny bar area at the back selling Pedigree, sadly(!), but on gravity. There is much character (it has, eg, hood skittles). It reminds me of the Case is Altered at Five Ways but clearly needs - as the Case has had - rather more investment.
tim - 6 Sep 2004 18:20

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