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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have eaten at this restaurant many times over the last few years. And always say is should write a review. Liz and Chris are simply a great team, Chris is a phenomenal chef and the food he produces is just simply first class. It...Never disappoints, whether that is myself and my wife or when we invite the wider family, the kids love it too, the teenage boy loves the steak. we love it that much that we have just decided to book there this coming Saturday!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Attended a fantastic family birthday celebration at the Plough recently. Liz, the manager, spoke with my wife on the telephone and met with her in advance to discuss her complex dietary needs. She confirmed a suitable meal with the chef and hand delivered it to...the table to ensure no cross contamination. Superb service! All the food was delicious. During the course of the meal we noticed Liz put out a ramp out to enable a wheelchair user access via the back door. Highly recommend this venue, for the warmth of the welcome and the delicious food, we will be returning again soon!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 December 2023

What a gem of a village pub. Went for Sunday lunch. Absolutely superb. Food excellent. Desserts all homemade. Lovely atmosphere. Can't wait to go again.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

Back again, thankfully without potholes spoiling the fun! What can I say that I didn't say last time? The food was fabulous, we like the staff, the beer was good. The prawns were as good as they were before - great big succulent prawns in...the crispiest of batter - and the smoked beef rib melted off the bone. Just wish I lived closer as 100+ miles is a bit far to make it a regular haunt!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023

It might not look that great inside but the food is to die for! I went back twice in a week it was that good! I had a Sunday roast that I could not have cooked better myself ( I am a Chef) Then i...went back for a Meatpie with mushrooms that was just incredible!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 February 2023 via mobile

A friendly and warming welcome and attentive staff were only outdone by super food - seafood linguine, spiced hake and sea bass were all received main courses. Great flavours, well cooked and presented. Pudding of sticky toffee were great size and commended for light and...fluffy. The staff made this a lovely place for a family dinner, great food, thank you to all at The Plough.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 29 January 2023

Our visit got off to a very bad start when we found one of the local potholes, had to change a wheel, and had to phone through that we'd be late. Thankfully a Formula-1-esque wheel change saw us not too late, and besides, potholes are...nowt to do with the pub! Two of us shared a starter, and one had their own. The baked camembert, with a couple of sprigs of rosemary, was piping hot and fabulous, and our only wish was that there was a bit more bread as there was cheese left when we finished. However we might not have had room for the main if we had! The other one of us had tempura prawns that were so crispy and light that they should probably have been tied down to stop them floating away. For mains we had the tandoori hake fillet, a "small" fish and chips (I've certainly been served smaller - I'd want to loosen my belt before facing the full-scale one!), and the seafood linguini. The hake-eater was a bit unsure about the flavour, but ate enough to satisfy, and I was happy enough to polish off most of what remained (do not read this as meaning the portions are small, I do a pretty good impression of a conveyor belt where food is concerned). The fish and chips was bang-on, crisp batter, moist fish, and chips just right, while the seafood linguini was just right, rich creamy and tasty. I was expecting something with a bit more smoked haddock but actually I think more would have masked the flavour of the rest, and the prawns were very definitely King prawns in size, while the mussels were veritable Schwarzeneggers (sorry, bad pun there, won't do it again). Dessert-wise, one of us was stuffed and said "no", but the other two had between us raspberry sorbet (fabulous) and treacle tart with ice cream and cream, which was equally good. The service was just right, attentive enough but not in your face, and the finishing touch was the charity fundraising table of knitted and embroidered goodies by the bar, which had one fewer when we left.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 January 2023

First class food, best in region, first class service a must visit for good quality food. Very small focused menu but great cooking and quality produce.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 10 April 2022

We asked the Plough to put on a buffet lunch for around 30 after laying our Mother's Ashes to rest on Saturday 9 April. They could not have been more helpful, accommodating and put on a superb spread. All remarked at how good lunch was...and we were so pleased. Liz looked after us wonderfully and judged things perfectly. It was the best way to celebrate a memory. We have eaten at the Plough before, so expected it to be excellent, and it was. Thank you.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 24 February 2022

Lovely food, wine list disappointing. Snooty barmaid rather rude and judgemental. Won’t be going back, sadly.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 12 December 2021 via mobile

We were taken to this pub by friends for dinner and wow! The food was amazing. I mean, the best food I have ever had in a pub. The scotch egg starter is a must as is the fish platter and Eton mess. And the...roasts they serve is the best roast I have ever had in a pub. The staff are really friendly and make you feel welcome. I highly recommend this pub.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Chris T, Owner at The Plough at Debden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2021

thankyou for your lovely comment from all of us at the plough

Reviewed 19 September 2021

Came across this place on-line. Very traditional looking. The service was great. Friendly and informative. Food was amazing. You can tell there is pride in what they do. A group of old patrons certainly kept the team on their toes, but they handled them with...efficiency and friendliness. We left there very happy and full. Definitely will be back. I have to have the chips again. Best ever. Oh and the muscles are huge... I loved it. Will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 August 2020

Great country pub in a pretty village in the Essex countryside. The two friendly ladies running the pub had sensible Covid-19 precautions: outside seating only, waitress service at the tables and a queuing system for the loos. Booking recommended to manage the social distancing but...we turned up on spec and got seated straight away. Much appreciated - shows we can have a good time at the pub without creating undue risk for anyone. Three local ales on draught - all in good condition - no Greene King! Good home cooked pub food in decent portions, a nice balance between quality and simplicity - nothing overly fancy and that suited us perfectly. Nice area for walking or cycle rides. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

We went to the Plough, 4 of us, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was piping hot and tasted delicious. The drink selection was great and the Ale was lovely. Great night and we all had a great time.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

I can’t rate their supposedly amazing food because I couldn’t get a reply when i tried calling and emailing them to try and book a table. The first time a called, the answer machine kicked in to say no one is available to speak to...me but if I leave my details someone will contact me. After 24 hrs , I heard nothing so I called again but this time and subsequent times I wasn’t even able to leave a message! I sent an email and left all my contact numbers and details of when I would like the table, still no reply! I have now booked elsewhere. Very disappointed to say the least.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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christB8920CH, Owner at The Plough at Debden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2020

apologies but we close the pub at this time every year and so can't take any reservations throughout this period we re open on the 8th march. Please remove your tripadvisor as this is an unfair report ... we are open as of 14h of...More

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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5