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user reviews of the Plough, Norwood Green

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A visit to the Plough feels like a visit to a country pub, despite it being in London. This was my second Fullers pub of the day and another surprise. It's a good 10-15 minute walk from the nearest bus route. But this is a very pleasant inn. Pride, Seafarers & Rosey Nosey were the 3 ales. But to my surprise there were 2 Cornish Orchards ciders - Farmhouse & Vintage. The pub seems to attract its fair share of characters though and some of the language was a bit choice. But I still quite liked this pub.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Jan 2016 22:45
getting even better, now got the kitchen re open with a very good chef, good array of beers, though mainly Fullers and now special events nights too.
hartleys - 17 Feb 2012 19:09
Smashing pub, great beers pretty much good food, great landlord. pity Murphy the pub dog has died.
tmitch - 25 Aug 2011 16:56
Each Tuesday, I travel around six miles from Hampton to Norwood Green specifically to visit this pub. It seems a bit of a trek, does it not? It is worth it.

First, the pub itself. This is a friendly locals pub. It caters to all the locals, and you'll find young people from Southall and Heston, older chaps with their ties and their dogs, and everything in between. The decor is traditional and clean - not earth shattering, but pleasant. In the winter, the Plough has a real fire (which I cannot resist poking and prodding). The bar itself can get cramped, and because it is small, there are rare occasions that you'll have to wait a few minutes for your beer, but this is not an issue. Service is friendly and generally competent.

Derek (the landlord) is a superb host, and has a good sense of humour. Unfortunately, there do appear to sometimes be supply problems. This is a Fullers house, occasionally serving guest ales (well, rarely actually guest ales, but rather HSB and other disguised Fullers offerings). When all is well, you'll have a choice of around four hand pumps; when all isn't well, you may have to resort to bottles. Having said that, that does seem to have improved lately. The beer is well kept, and reasonably priced (though hardly cheap) for the area (expect to pay around 3.50 a pint).

All this is well and good, but would not keep me travelling each week to visit on a Tuesday. You see, Tuesdays are acoustic night with Jeff and Bob (and often guests). I am a folk music fan (as my username may indicate to those of you of similar ilk). Da Boys play folk, rock, country and requests (though top tip - don't ask two blokes to perform Kate Bush - it's never going to work). There are a range of instruments on show to suit any hardcore folk fan (guitars, mandolins, 4 and 5 string guitars, pipes...and whatever people fancy bringing). It never fails to be an excellent evening. See you there tonight!
mattygroves - 5 Jul 2011 19:49
Brilliant! A totally unspoilt historic country pub in the heart of suburbia. Pride and a couple of other Fullers beers available, and reasonable food in a pleasant dining room. Sadly our Sunday afternoon visit was spoilt by unsupervised children running riot around the place.
rentaquote - 31 Mar 2011 04:47
sky tv = foul mouth yobs hollering at football
who on earth wants that??

anonymous - 7 Mar 2011 17:36
Yes, we were on the same team. Strong stuff that 1845!
therichieboy - 13 May 2010 10:59
I must have been at the same quiz night as richieboy - those 1845s are great till the morning after! Current management trying very hard to keep the place busy - Tuesday night Acoustic Jam Night is excellent and deserves more patronage. Food is good on several recent visits, both at lunchtime and evening sessions. Twice recently, I've had to drink bottled beer as a result of some ordering cock-up. Oh yes, and beware the neighbouring public car park. It's a dark as death out there at closing time and my car was broken into last week. With hindsight, it's better to use the pub's own few spaces, park around Norwood Green under a street light (or better still, walk!).
billynibbles - 13 Apr 2010 16:08
Brilliant pub. Unspoilt, beer in top nick, Sunday roast excellent. I was in for the quiz last night and although Fullers had messed up the delivery the staff were great about it and I ended up an 1845 hangover! Usually a very friendly diverse crowd.
therichieboy - 2 Apr 2010 11:38
Hail to the Ale!!!!! The Plough is a good little local, very friendly as in the staff and people who frequent it.

You have Derek, Sean and Rosie who have taken over from Zed and Dave. The beer is good and fresh, they have Staropramen and Honeydew on tap which i both love. The food is still quite good but it is not as excellent as when Dave used to work his magic in the kitchen.

Mad Harry is still about and wanders in 30 times a day, Gay Dave can be seen in there every Sunday for his Roasting!!!! The 2 punks who Zed let stay for free are still there sometimes along with Shish, Ninz and co pestering people as always and going on about the, sun, moon, artists and chelsea!

All in all a nice warm, friendly place. Wish they had Sky tv though!
WayneGrimshaw - 7 Feb 2010 16:17
Heard good things about this place so I visited on a Monday nightfor a few jars and a bite to eat. Apart from Fullers prices, which I always moan about, I thought the place was excellent.Friendly locals, good beer and excellent food. I'd like to say I'll be back, but I'd better start saving first.
weston - 15 Sep 2009 12:19
Further to my last review (2006 I think) it's pleasing to see The Plough keeping up the good work. Food, drink, ambience and staff are all great. Including Tansy.

Harry is charming, if a tad eccentric.
Bunting - 27 Oct 2008 09:58
This is a great little pub. My Dad used to drink here many years ago. I think it dates back to the 13th century.
It has a very local cosey feel to it with low beamed ceilings that the 6 foot landlord frequently bumps his head on! The food is as good as everyone says it is and everyone is nice and friendly. It's even nicer in the winter when they have the open fire going.
The football fans can get a little loud from time to time though, especially when they start singing! And there's the regular known as Harry who quite happily wanders around talking to himself, but it's all part of the place.
All in all a lovely place for a pint.
Sandra.B - 16 Sep 2008 19:24
I've lived around west London for most of my life now and sampled many a beer in my time. I used to frequent the Fox in Hanwell alot and was recommended this pub by a friend.

I have to say that the beer served at the Plough pub in Norwood Green is amongst the finest I have tasted in quite a while.

I also noticed that they have even received an award for their beer.
The food is of excellent standard too. I don't know if they have an italian chef, but I heard that he makes home made ravioli!

The garden is vast and the patio area is shaded by horse chestnut trees, although none of us got much of a chance to enjoy it this year it has great bar-b-que potential.

I've also been told that the infamous Dick Whittington used to tie up his horse near by!

The pub is not far from Osterly park and is a great place to settle down in after a leisurely stroll.

I found everyone their to be perfectly pleasant. It gives the impression off being a locals pub, but with a warm and open atmosphere.

I suppose the only down side is that they do not seem have a heated outdoor area for smokers, but seeing as I have given up this is not a problem for me.

I can highly recommend it!
Ian.stone - 13 Sep 2008 09:59
M.sanders sorry to dissappoint you but the new owners who are due to land are well known for ruining the food in pubs and viciousely harrass who ever disagrees with them so i suggest you look for a nother pub! These guys are from the cross lances in hounslow and generally backstab there customers and try to rip them off soo if you decide to keep this pub as your local you might want to be discreet with how much you let them know you.
beertraveller - 1 Jun 2008 18:16
Finally got to try the food this weekend and it lived up to it's reputation. Delicious. Rumour has it that the landlord is selling up now. What a shame. Lets hope that the food continues to be just as good under the new ownership, but it'll be a challenge.
M.Sanders - 22 Jan 2008 08:57
Went yesterday, and it was great. Cold, frosty November day, walked through Osterley Park to get here. Roaring log fire, superb London Pride and an absolutely first class cheeseburger. Very local but still very friendly, will be back.
Dave_ESB - 17 Nov 2007 12:23
Being new to the area I went to this pub last week and found the atmosphere very welcoming. The impression you get is that everyone knows each other. A proper local pub. The bitters were a bit limited, but the pint of pride that I had was supurb and served by a very lovelly and thoughtful bar maid called Tanzi who made me feel right at home. I didn"t get to try the food, but was told that it's all prepared and cooked on the premiesis. Apparently the burgers are very popular. Well worth a visit.
M.Sanders - 25 Oct 2007 09:20
A lovely pub to spend an afternoon in. Roaring fire, decent beer, nice music on in the background and I could even get free wi-fi access meaning I can use this place as an office away from the office. Superb.
stef_install - 1 Dec 2006 16:45
A joy to go to. Food, drink and staff all lovely.

I've never been disappointed with the food and have worked my way through the menu as it has changed. Everyone I've gone with has enjoyed themselves too.

The beer garden is pleasant in nice weather and the non-smoking dining room is great for those who enjoy eating in a smoke free environment. That said, it is still a proper pub - a compliment, not a detraction.

Popular with Chelsea supporters, but not in a way that ruins anyone else's evening.
Bunting - 7 Apr 2006 15:59
A very impressive first visit since re-opening from yours truly yesterday.

I told Fullers some time ago that this pub had potential and would do well with people running it who were prepared to make an effort - which has not been the case with previous landlords.

It's a bit difficult to get to from Richmond - 2 buses - but I hope to return some time, preferably sooner rather than later
JohnBonser - 19 Dec 2005 10:30
Yes, this is a great pub thanks to David and Zed but let us not forget Tansy
and her bits which go bing when she comes from the celler. This place is a must see and go. And the food is great.
stella65 - 19 Sep 2005 15:37
This establishment is back to old school style !! Thank god for Dave and Zed!! The food here is simple gastro recipes that make you want to eat here again and again...The staff are very hospitable and down to earth... its great for families , in fact the pub, Dave, Zed and co are like our family now!! and they do a blinding pint of Pimms!! ( care of Zed's secret recipe!!) -- CHEERS
Greesh - 16 Sep 2005 11:09
Great pub, great cuisine, and great hospitality since David & Zed took over, who could ask for more from your local. Rano Saib
Rano - 14 Sep 2005 15:17
This pub is definitely now worth a visit - The new landlords - David and Zed have turned the Plough back to an excellent establishment of what it was once renowned for! Great family friendly atmosphere, with fantastic food served at lunchtime and evenings - not to mention a most delicious Sunday roast.
I rate this pub a well deserved 11 out of 10!

nchander - 13 Sep 2005 10:01
For anyone that remembers the Plough and it's subsequent demis, please, please go back! David & Zed have refurbished and reinvigorated this pub, with excellent food served both at lunchtime and the evening. Having lived in the area for over 20 years, it's great to have this fine village pub back, and dare I say, better than ever before.
mchoda - 13 Jul 2005 11:38
This pub has now reopened - according to the Fullers website - but I haven't been there again yet
JohnBonser - 25 May 2005 15:29
Pub is currently closed for refurbishment - I know this because I went there yesterday - yet another wasted trip ( q v - The Viaduct in Hanwell )
There was a chap working round the back of the pub pushing a wheelbarrow who told me that the pub would reopen in approx 6 weeks.
I'll go back later and report when it's reopened
JohnBonser - 14 Mar 2005 13:19
I can't beleive what has happened to what was the friendliest pub I knew when I was younger. The old landlord (Dave?) was always friendly and over the years changed and expanded the pub to make it a first class establishment that I would have rated 10 out of 10. How the mighty are fallen. I must pop in for a pint before the current landlord leaves to see for myself.
simononeofthree - 1 Mar 2005 17:28
the current landlord is being removed on april husband and wife taking over,my spies tell me they will be restore the pub to a much friendlier family type place.
eileen harry - 27 Mar 2004 02:07
this is probably the worst pub I have been to, the manager is
SO RUDE...I could not beleive the way he spoke to me over
an enquiry, frankly PUBs like this should be closed down,
or infact taken over by someone who knows how to show some
respect to their customers.
Rating out of 10 - you must be joking - stay Away
Keith - 13 Oct 2003 15:45
The pub's attractive enough, but they only have London Pride - No ESB and no Chiswick. The Pride was OK, but health issues obviously not a high priority - I saw dogs wandering behind the bar, and the Govenor was smoking there too.
Graham - 1 Jul 2003 01:35
Very old pub (16th/17th c.?), good atmosphere, good Fullers beer.
David - 12 Jun 2003 10:11

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