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The Plough, Earlswood - pub details

Address: 11, St. Johns, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6QE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 1999) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Earlswood - Surrey (0.3 miles), Redhill (1 mile), Reigate (1.6 miles)

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Still on recent form a worthy place for a filling lunch or dinner, from a menu that embraces both bar meals and more substantial fare, at relatively competitive prices. Cask-wise, The Plough has finally started to become something of a local contender, serving four offerings, two of them more adventurous guests (the Surrey Hills, Pilgrim and other loc-ale options remain very-well-kept on my visits), and as everywhere else around has caught-up with (and frequently exceeds) the £4 pint ceiling, this pub no longer looks like one of the most expensive in the area.

The interior matches expectations from without and still brings that 'country' feel, despite being in a suburb of a sizeable commuter dormitory town. The garden is a pleasure, with plenty of space and events do run in the warmer months which prove popular with punters. More 'pubby' than The Joshua Tree, more trad than The Old Chestnut, and serving a wider food and beer choice than The Pendleton, I would say this pub's future is assured.

The only qualm: the service is very efficient, but can be a little brusque, depending on whom one is received by. A bit more of a smile and customer engagement beyond the functional basics would be the icing on the cake!
Gamboozler - 10 Oct 2018 13:46
Having not happened to have ventured in here since David left almost a year ago, I popped in for the briefest of halves. I found a very voluble local chappie holding court at the bar with a local punter, and overhearing their conversation suggested that this man was firstly the new licensee, and secondly rather proud of his cask beer knowledge. Happily, this interest extedned to his cellarmanship, as the half of Surrey Hills 'Shere Drop' was authentically some of the finest I've sampled in a long while - crisp, tasty, aromatic, and a long finish. It wasn't the cheapest at £4 a pint, but then The Plough has never been nor will ever be the most value hostelry in this vicinity!

I can't really comment as yet on the food and other supporting aspects of the "new" regime, but I have a modest confidence that the new man has the correct ideas about what the community want from their pub, and the relevant determination to see through what it needs for the greater good. Apparently sales of many things increase when Shere Drop is on, and it's shifting by the barrel-load. I might've dismissed this as tall talk, but for the fact that the quality did speak for itself. I think he'd prefer to stock only more unusual or adventurous products cask-wise, but alas still tied to Punch there is only limited scope for that. But I have good vibes and as a beer drinker and traditional pub lover at least, I think this bloke might have the right approach.

I should say after a year he's altered nothing of the interior, which is a blessing. Okay it is a cliche with hundreds of horsebrasses on beams etc, but it suits the historical building well and there's no doubt the pub remains a cosy and welcoming local venue, be it in summer or winter.

Apparently there is a modest beer festival being held here on Sat 24 Sep if anyone is interested.
Gamboozler - 22 Sep 2016 18:03
Changed hands today - closed at lunchtime.
croydonpeer - 6 Oct 2015 16:16
Pleasant and agreeable though The plough continues to be, it remains one of the most over-priced watering-holes in this district: I sampled my first £4 pint of cask ale in here last month! And I wasn't surprised, as I believe it was here where I had my first £3 pint, £2 pint, and had I been legal at the time probably would've been the first to top the quid too!

Food is decent and good value; beer is well-kept but only outdone on puffing-up of price-tags locally by The Hatch!
Gamboozler - 9 May 2014 13:09
Gosh - what a find! Lovely garden. Interesting nook & crannies inside. Clientele that are relaxed and quietly self-contained. Will definitely be back!
TwoHappyDrinkers - 28 Aug 2013 19:14

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