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Pretty pub. Well healed clientèle. Ale was in good condition. Staff attentive and friendly. Fish and Chips sampled was expensive, very average quality and a very small portion. Cannot recommend for food and since the pub is pretty much devoted to food there is little point visiting.
odbod - 26 Feb 2018 15:43
Staying at Sparsholt on tree course - nipped down the road for a pint and a meal - food was excellent and the ales were good as well - just a bit pricey - bot otherwise good place.
kernott1 - 12 Nov 2011 08:39
Great spot in Sparsholt, this pub know this, whilst it is independent and strong on food (restaurant really), this country pub will require you to up the limit on your credit card. No fear for the landlord as its busy anyway because everyone is pretty well loaded round here going by the punters - win win for them, sad for anyone who just wants to eat well and a decent price and have a pint in the english country side - damn capitalism and the way it ruins normality
parmantom - 17 Oct 2011 12:51
We had heard good things about the Plough, especially the food. We were not disappointed, the food was very nice and came quickly, staff were very helpful and my beer was nice too. The only constructive comment i would like to make is that even though the food was very acceptable and presented beautifully we both felt it was a little overpriced which in turn sort of made it not value for money. Will return though as pie was excellent! Baddage
baddage - 9 Jan 2011 10:01
After hearing a lot of hype (locally) regarding the Plough, I decided to visit yesterday. The ale, I had a Waddy's 6X, was in very good condition. The staff, 3 older gentlemen and a mature female were, unfortunately very unfriendly (maybe they were not attuned to drinkers). The food looked fantastic, especially the fish and chips, with the chips being the chunky homemade variety. The only problem being, the menu is seriously overpriced!! But all in all this place is worth a visit. 5/10
wolvesfan - 1 Dec 2010 08:52
The beer used to be a lot better, still a good selection but those I tried were not kept well. And the barman not very friendly. I won't be going back.
JamieDrelps - 16 Aug 2010 14:36
My wife visited for lunch with colleaugues and said it was great. Food expensive but good quality, very good atmosphere (busy) and good staff. Cant comment on beer quality other than her chums all drinking the ale were happy! Told to rate it a 7!
odbod - 25 Jun 2010 11:59
I have always been wary of vast menus - better to do a few things really well I think. Having said that the food and beer is generally high quality and staff polite -although last couple of times quality had slipped
ILBuono - 24 Oct 2008 15:58
Have just spent a very enjoyable evening at the Plough. The food is excellent with a mouthwatering choice for every course and each one was cooked to perfection and admirably presented. The staff were very very attentive and made us feel extremely welcome. The range of real ales looks impressive, although on this occasion I chose a good bottle of Chilean merlot that hit the spot. This pub is a real find and I have already booked to return next week
s_lawrence_69 - 27 Mar 2008 20:53
I agree with the last 2 comments, and can utterly disagree with comments about freezer food - the Plough has never done this. The food is always fresh and locally produced (perhaps with the exception of the kids fish fingers!) and beer extremely well kept.
anonymous - 3 May 2007 14:25
The Plough is excellent. Sure the service can be slow when it's busy, but the staff are always sympathetic and the surroundings and beer make a wait a very enjoyable antidote to today's pace of life.

The menu is a little pricey, but the quality of food is excellent. The garden is a great place to end up after a walk in the locality. Younger children will enjoy the play area and most children will love the donkeys.

Best to book in advance, particularly at weekends.
WinchesterLocal - 23 Mar 2007 17:51
Really really surprised by the comments. The Plough has just won another accolade for their food, and they deserve it.

The food is simply fabulous, a tadge expensive and yes the service can be slow when busy but that's because it is all freshly cooked on the premises. So why not relax, and enjoy a hour or two here. Ignore the comments about freezer, simply not true . .I am a regular plus my daughter once worked in the kitchens so I know!

Locals will sit at the bar and in the summer you will see lots of people outside drinking, but if you are looking for a simply a drink then the only comment I do agree with is that most people do come here to eat rather than drink . .but it is a PUB, and I think a great one.
mrandmrs - 9 Oct 2006 13:39
I've been a couple of times and still fel it's worth the 5 minute drive out of Winchester to get to. Plenty of 'pub awards 200x' stickers to make the proprietors feel good about themselves but what's on the inside can only be described as reasonable and no more. If you want big portions with a pint/glass of wine avoiding Winchester town centre then here is your destination.

But do not go expecting particularly good cooking (the over-sized, straight-out-of-the-freezer-menu says it all) nor prompt service and you'll have a good time. As the Running Horse (Littleton) lacks in atmosphere this is a good place to go for a Saturday lunch with the family.

anonymous - 26 Jul 2006 15:04
Got to agree with "bornandbred" really. This is more a restaurant than a pub. The food's not bad though. Service is wildly variable from reasonable to appalling. There's a pleasant beergarden ovelooking a field and a timber playset for kids (which also means it can be a bit noisy outside). A couple of good walks in the area. A once very nice pub that's lost its sheen.
wilbur101 - 18 Apr 2006 16:27
I reserved a table for three people for 1.30pm for a Saturday lunchtie. When we arrived at 1.30 they had run out of all the fish main courses (a problem as I don't eat meat) and then warned that a lot of people had ordered at the same time so there may be a bit of a wait. Our food finally arrived over an hour later at 2.45pm with a mumbled apology. We enjoyed the food (perhaps because would have eaten anything at this point). The staff were not particularly apologetic and a discount was not offered.
Very disappointing.
anonymous - 27 Mar 2006 09:16
Don't understand why this is on here, this is a restaurant!!!!!!
bornandbred - 20 Feb 2006 15:25
Looks as if we were lucky (looking at the comments below) Had a very pleasant meal, grilled Goat's Cheese followed by the best/most succulant and largest plate of Mussels I have had for a long time. Staff were pretty helpful. Had a very enjoyable evening.
HampshireLass - 28 Aug 2005 17:24
Really sad to say this, but what was, until recently a fautless pub, has dramatically lost its way. Those behind the bar are somewhat odd and appearance can at times be appalling, the prices are now extortianate as the menu has barely changed in over a year. And it seems that they are living off a good reputation that is no longer justifiable. I'd start with change of bar staff.
marmite - 13 Apr 2005 15:07
Bad service.
Bad beer.
Not bad food but the above two cancel this out.
Hated it, not going back!
hugepubfan - 28 Jan 2005 09:48
This pub needs much better customer service.
Very average food, and not great beer.
One to avoid!
Ilovegoodpubs - 27 Jan 2005 17:48
Dreadful customer service and v average food.
Avoid this pub!
I reserved two tables at this pub for a company team lunch, about 25 people in total generating about �280 worth of business for them.
20 of us turned up at 13:50 on a Thursday and were served. Unfortunately 5 of us (myself included) got lost and turned up at 14:05 and were refused food as they said their kitchen shuts at 14:00 prompt, even though we could see hot dishses comming out for other customers. With that many of us giving that much money (I footed the bill) you would think they would have been a bit more customer service focused.
Those that got their food said that is was very average. These people need to invest in some people skills if they want customers to return.
Their Murpheys was bod too.
Avoid this place at all costs!

kobyrne - 27 Jan 2005 17:41
Excellent food, great pub ambiance. Lots of choices of draft beer, good wine list. Recommended, I try to get there on each trip to the UK.
Ken Burgett - 25 May 2004 14:48
My favourite pub of all time, because I like good food! It looks and feels like a real pub, but serves fantastic food. The staff are really friendly too

Julian McCarthy - 8 Mar 2004 14:50
More of a restaurant than a pub, but excellent good value quality food
Graham Dunhill - 30 Jan 2004 16:46
best pub in south real friendly village pub just outside winchester with great food
ged malloy - 21 Nov 2003 19:05

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