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The Plough, Cock Marling - pub details

Address: Cock Marling, Udimore, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6AL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14899) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Winchelsea (1 mile), Rye (2.6 miles), Doleham (3.6 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.6/10 (rated by 24 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Queens Head, Icklesham (1.4 miles), New Inn, Winchelsea (1.5 miles), Bridge Inn, Winchelsea (1.6 miles), Robin Hood, Icklesham (1.7 miles)


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This could be a Great Pub. It has a great location, fantastic views a nice atmospheric interior, an accessible car park, young friendly staff and great local beers.
But the food, based upon our experience at lunch yesterday, sorely needs improvement.
The Sunday Roast at £12.95 (Beef or Lamb) came disconcertingly quickly each plate contained some slices of meat a couple of badly cooked vegetables ( carrots, parsnips, potatoes) and something resembling a sort of flat Yorkshire Pudding, a kind of outline or template for the 3d version that should have been in its place.
The contents of each plate had then been smothered with a black salty tar like substance - Gravy - that made rendered everything it touched inedible.
Should have sent it back and left there and then but as I was out with my elderly parents didnt want to stress them out.
Really unpleasant culinary experience and the final bill for 4 adults and a kid with ice cream for afters a whoppingly over the top £83.00 !

mhatter - 19 Dec 2011 12:57
Called in here recently, it was quiet but was impressed with the pub and the attractive wee garden outside, offering fine views across the Brede levels. Only tried one ber (Harveys Hadlow) but it was well-kept, actually I thougth in better condition than what i had in the two (good) pubs in Icklesham on the same day.
Beerwulf - 3 Oct 2011 13:55

Hello. My name's Richard and I am a part time barman at The Plough, and I thought I would quickly answer a couple of negative comments about the pub.

First and foremost, Dick the Landlord has been extremely ill on and off for the last few years, so you might have had to forgive him the occasional off-moment. Dick tends not to do so much front of house work these days as his health often won't allow it, but deep down he is rumoured to have a heart of gold...! Nice to hear that Robert The Rambler would go back in spite of his slightly unsavoury greeting from the “older chap with a beard, (I think Father of the landlady)” – that would be Dick!

I am surprised and disappointed by arrabellalupin's comments though. Yes, the tables are all in the bar, as this is a pub, not a restaurant. There is a quieter area to one end near one of the two woodburners, should you choose to be a bit further from the bar.

As for the menu, it is unfortunate that you visited the pub only days before a new website was launched, complete with an up-to-date menu. As such, I am sorry you were disappointed that the menu on the website did not match the actual menu on the night. I am afraid we don't have individual menus but instead the menu is written clearly on a blackboard for all to see. I've worked at The Plough for three years now and not once has anyone been unable to read what is "scrawled" on the board.

The food is ALL fresh, and cooked to order, as it always has been (there isn't even a microwave in the kitchen) so it is perhaps a bit more expensive than other pubs in the area. It is definitely not "drastically overpriced", and there are several items on the menu priced at well under £10.00. Similarly, none of the bottles of wine on offer are "inferior", indeed I think you would struggle to find any wine for under £12.00 in a pub or restaurant today so in reality £13.95 for a decent South African Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot or a good Rioja Crianza 2007 (the two house reds) is excessive.

I have not rated the pub because I work here, but I also drink and eat here regularly as a customer and have yet to be disappointed. My favourite – the 12oz ribeye steak washed down with a pint of Harveys Best. Try it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Bingers - 3 Mar 2011 17:37
Having looked at the web site, 4 of us decided to go to The Plough for supper. When we arrived, we were gestured quite rudely to a table, (all the tables appear to be in the bar) and then told "before you go over there, all the foods are on the board, go and see what you want." There was no menu as such, so we were forced to stand over the only other couple there, trying to read from a scrawled blackboard. The menu and especially the prices bore no resemblance to the web site at all, and many of the items on the board were unavailable anyway. The food, when it finally arrived was acceptable but drastically overpriced, as was the wine. There was no wine list, so we asked for the house red and were charged £13.95 for an inferior bottle.
We will certainly never go there again, and have only given the pub a rating as high as 3 because the young man who served us was obviously doing his best to salvage our evening. We left just after 9pm and the pub was quite empty - no surprise there.
arabellalupin - 27 Jan 2011 10:41
When I and a rambling friend arrived hot and sticky (but not in any way dishevelled or rough in appearance) after a good 5 mile walk in 28 degree heat to meet 3 others already there, there was no one behind the bar for 10 minutes or so and I was rather disconcerted when an older chap with a beard, (I think Father of the landlady) finally arrived to serve us.

Reason being was that he arrived at the same time as two locals appeared from the garden and proceeded to ignore me and serve them first without asking who WAS first, a small point but when you are rather needy of refreshment, one that is rather poingnant.

I was then asked "Yes? What do YOU want?"
This was NOT a very welcoming start!

I bit my tongue and ordered 2 pints of (Wadsworth) Henry's IPA at £2.70 a pint (not bad these days) Please!

Other beers on hand pump were Harvey's and Ringwood Brewery's 49'er ( I ssume after the alcohol content of 4.9%)
During our brief visit I sampled all and they seemed well kept.

The only reason I gave this pub 7 out of 10 was that the pub was clean and pleasant and the food although expensive was ample in quantity, restaurant quality and mostly excellent.

We WERE rather pushed to order by the chap with the beard, he told us that a party of 10 was due and that it would take a while to serve them (Goodness I thought, we had better order, if they are locals they will get served before US anyway if they get within a 100 yards of the place)

So to the food.............
Two of us had Wild Boar Sausages (3 off and lovely tasty spicy and a wonderful light texture they were too) mash, swede and lovey thick gravy for £10.50 a portion.

One of our company had Soft Cod's Roe's on toast (this was normally a starter but friend had a double portion for around £13.00)
he liked them well enough but they were not not MY cup of tea, I tried a piece, (they were small pieces in batter) and thought they were very soft and tender but also very rich and rather too much for me)

Another friend had Sea Bass Fillets for £13.95 with roast potatoes, and spinach which went down well enough and another had a Ham Ploughmans at £6.50, this was lovely home cooked Ham, Salad and Branston pickle but my friend said the bread was rather stale and thought that perhaps it had been reheated to try to disguise this.
Sevice was not snappy but then I think everything was cooked to order from fresh so fair enough.

All in all we were fairly satisfied, it is very difficult to earn a living from a small country pub in the middle of no-where without "going gastro"
The Plough is trying hard, I have had far worse fare (although not I would say at a HIGHER price)
I speak as I find, I hope fairly, warts and all.......

Would we go back?

Yes I think we would, next time we walk that way, maybe the chap who served us was having a bad day, we all have those, so 7 out of 10 from me.
Try it yourself it is worth seeking out!
Robert The Rambler

roberttherambler - 27 Jun 2009 17:09

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