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The Plough, Simpson - pub details

Previously called: Trekkers Tavern

Address: Simpson Road, Simpson, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK6 3AH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7135) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Fenny Stratford (1.2 miles), Bow Brickhill (1.4 miles), Bletchley (1.8 miles)

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A traditional pub that was in the village of Simpson before it was swallowed up by Milton Keynes, this has a beer garden adjacent to the canal and is thus a popular spot for walkers in the warmer weather. It’s a good sized pub divided in to separate eating and drinking areas. Service at the bar was somewhat slow with just one barman serving who was friendly enough but seemed somewhat ineffectual at actually achieving anything.

The main bar area as an L-shape room at the front of the pub and this has a strip wood floor, a few insubstantial black beams on the ceiling and wood panelling on the lower part of the walls. The colour scheme was predominantly cream with some maroon detailing. A couple of fruit machines were opposite the bar, as well as a community notice and photo board and there was a small TV up in the corner although this was not in use. Many of the locals were sat up on high stools at the bar.

There is also a snug off of here which had a salmon and mustard colour scheme and a mixture of black and red leather armchairs along with a wood burning stove in the fire-place. This didn’t seem particular cosy though, perhaps just because it was reasonably big or the lack of carpet on the floor. At the back of the pub was a much more contemporary room used as a restaurant. I didn’t inspect this closely, but it looked to have vibrant lime green paintwork and some colourful murals of the countryside on the walls.

Menu wise, the theme seemed to have something of an Italian influence and there were several pasta and pizza dishes available as well as a few more regular pub dishes. The pizzas were mostly in the £8 - £10 price range, with the pasta dishes being a pound or two less and the other dishes a pound or two more. My Sundried Tomato and Haddock Fishcake was a decent enough dish and appeared to be homemade. Puddings offered a very temping selection and I would like to have tried nearly all of them. Fortunately you could opt for a trio of miniatures consisting of the Chocolate Nemesis, Limoncello Cheesecake and homemade Tiramisu and these were all very good.

According to a chalk board next to the bar, the beer choice consisted the regular Bombardier and Eagle IPA along with a couple of guests which were the seasonal Bateman’s Autumn Fall and Golden Cauldron. Unfortunately all but one of these had run out which doesn’t say much for their stock-keeping, unless they had a particular busy weekend perhaps. Ciders were a somewhat uninspiring Strongbow and Aspall’s Suffolk.
Blackthorn - 30 Oct 2013 08:21
This is a restaurant that server beer and not a pub that does food.
Food is quite nice, but real ale in undrinkable. Been in there several times as the wife likes the restaurant. Unfortunately the real ale is far too cold and lifeless and it's the standard Charlie Wells bilge.
Nice garden.

p.s. I think the beer used to be ok, but since the new management they have lost interest in it.
MK_Bee - 11 Jun 2013 16:54
A more than reasonable option on an urban stretch of the Grand Union canal in Milton Keynes, the building is old and was presumably part of a village. Food options looked decent and the garden rambles pleasingly down from the canal itself although the interior is perhaps a tad more modern that an old fogey like me would like. Ale options were fine, this being a Charles Wells concern.
BoehmBawerk - 28 Aug 2012 10:35
Reopened recently with Italians running the place (first time I''ve heard Italians running a pub).

Pub is a good mixture of locals pub and restaurant. The menu now has an Italian slant but too many pasta dishes. Traditional pub grub is still on the menu. I would say the place is a little expensive but that seems to be the going rate with a lack of good competition in MK.

Two or 3 ales usually on but nothing too exciting, just from the Wells and Youngs list. Pub has 3 rooms, bar, restaurant and pool room. Also a back garden (with car park) which backs on to the canal.

Number 18 bus stops outside
rwjc22 - 4 Jan 2012 04:10
Currently closed for refurbishment. A sign on the door stated that it would re-open on Friday, October 28th. I'll try it again in several years time.
blue_scrumpy - 24 Oct 2011 22:29

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