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Plough Inn, Winchmore Hill

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First time back at this pub for some years, it is a great location and pleasant enough inside, but it is now more of a Pizza Italian restaurant than a pub. They still do real ales, 3 on tap when I was there, kept in decent condition, a good place to take the Mrs but not a boozer.
Randyray - 9 Apr 2014 18:33
I have witnessed all the versions of this pub (with is really more a restaurant with a beautiful garden and lovely seating area) and I have to say I think the new owners have done a great job.

The service is warm and friendly, the food is delicious (although it always has been with each owner) put most importantly the new owners have thrown off any pretentiousness. The meals and snacks are all reasonably priced and so a lunch or dinner isn't going to break the bank, the place seems to have finally reached the balance of nice village pub that you can pop up to for lunch or dinner and just enjoy the experience!!

I wish the new owners lots of luck and hope they can get past this pubs previous bad run, although from what I've seen they don't need it, a great visit!
Iwishitwaspimmsoclock - 25 May 2012 10:09
Visited a few weeks ago. The beer was OK but not really a pub more a restaurant. We tried the food as the menu looks very good. We had pizza as they have a wood burning oven but very disappointing with soggy bottoms. May try again when the chef has learnt how to heat the oven.
walking_thin - 12 Apr 2012 08:58
I noticed this morning that it has re-opened, and it's back to being The Plough!
pubsampler - 11 Mar 2012 11:28
Further to my note of last November, this pub is closed for the forseeable future. The Potters Arms across the green no longer does food, but is open in the evenings, and from midday at weekends.
pubsampler - 15 Mar 2010 12:58
I am reliably informed that it is closed- again. Converserly the Potter's Arms, which has re-opened, seems OK for now.
pubsampler - 17 Nov 2009 22:00
went to the yarrow the other week and the food was realy lovely, had crab cocktail to start, superb!, followed by the mint pea risotto also superb! no room for pud. My husband had the same starter, and then the pork belly which he realy enjoyed, but did say the sage got a bit overwhelming in the mashed spuds, mother inlaw had the soup (very nice) then the beer battered cod, loved it, big thick steak of cod and light airy batter..... yummy yarrow...
katiespub - 23 Sep 2009 10:39
Now renamed The Furrow. At least it remains open, if struggling. The Potter's Arms, the other pub in this village, closed about three months ago. Very sad.
pubsampler - 15 Feb 2009 20:58
Visited The Plough with friends recently, excellent atmosphere in the bar and really friendly staff, 3 real ales on all in good condition. We went into the restaurant for a meal and were pleased with the interesting menu, the food was good but rather pricey for the quality.
Randyray - 5 May 2008 18:49
I had Visited the Plough previously, and it has recently gone under a bit of a transformation.
It is under new ownership, They have stripped away all the stainless steel that had been clad around the bar and made the plough back into a cozy pub.

The food was fantastic, locally sourced, and fresh. For starters We tried the Carrot and orange soup, and the carpachio of vennison, which were both fantastic, great presnetaion, and the waiter told us where the main ingrediants had been sourced.

For mains, We had Featherblade of beef, which just melted in my mouth, and Seam bream with fennel, which again was perfectly cooked.

The desert menu was not as wintery as I would have liked, but did have a pear and apple crumble, with homemade honey and almond ice cream, which was devine.

At the end of the evening it turned out that our waiter was in fact one of the owners of the Plough "Kit" and "Sam"

Sam was delightful, he explained the orgins of all our food and wine, and the concept of the new buisness now called "the plough on the hill", he then convinced us into trying the british cheese plate, with an organic / bio dynamic port. (which means No hangovers adledgedly) This really did make our meal, and these items were not charged for. however we did have to promise to go back, Which is a promise i would be happy to keep.

heston - 25 Oct 2007 15:41
As it happens I also had dinner with my wife here on 14th February 2004. The restaurant was indeed busy - but what do you expect from a highly successful venue on that date? Service was slow at times but not unacceptably so and we were served everything we asked for in reasonable time. The staff were friendly, helpful and the wine waiter was as reliable as his cellar! We have had lunch and dinner at The Plough 7 or 8 times over the last year and will be returning for a wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks' time. The choice on the menu and the quality of the food has been consistently excellent on each visit - the menu serves a range of familiar and more imaginative dishes which share a common thread of superb attention to detail. The wines, even at the bottom of end of the list are surprisingly rewarding whilst inexpensive. The bill is never a bargain, but I have yet to find better value for money for a meal of equivalent quality in the Amersham area. Go there if you can - but book well in advance!
willnash - 17 Aug 2004 21:16
We visited the pub on Valentine's day 2004. The atmosphere was lovely, created with candles and subtle lighting. Catching the eye of a waitress was a challenge and after 10 minutes or so we received a menu and drinks list. A range of valentine champagne cocktails were on offer, pimms and kir royale amongst them which my partner and I enjoyed, eventually.
The menu boasted an impressive choice of modern european cuisine - young goats cheese and asparagus tart was my preferred starter, my wife's the line caught salmon terrine. A main course of halibut and crushed potatoes and sea bass with rocket salad. After a further 40 minutes our main courses arrived. A mistake had led to the bypassing of our starters we were so looking forward to. An apology was offered and accepted however the way the patrons had crammed as many tables in to seat the largest number of people made it rather an uncomfortable evening considering the chain-smoking couple on the next table who managed to upset all the surrounding guests by their insistence on lighting up before every dish. (They were lucky enough to receive all three courses.) Despite the obvious discomfort of other diners and using the butter dish and the floor as their ashtray. An ashtray was brought to their table, signalling an acceptance of smoking which, considering every other diner was enjoying their food and not smoking was disappointing. Having, by now, waited for over an hour with nothing but a bread roll to eat we consumed our main courses with considerable speed, enjoying them tremendously. Dessert and coffees arrived with the usual service one would be accustomed to. Although a complaint was due, I did not complain as the evening would have been somewhat soured and I thought the sign of a quality restaurant would be to offer compensation of sorts. Considering the meal for two with service? was 110+ for main course, dessert, coffee and drinks. Removing the service charge at least was expected but not offered. On our way out of the restuarant we joined a queue of two other couples having to help the staff find their coats. An episode of Fawlty Towers is what sprung to mind.
Matthew - 15 Feb 2004 17:48

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