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Plough & Sail

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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Alex and Oliver Burnside reopened the doors of The Plough and Sail in April 2012. The twin brothers aim to offer their customers delicious food and drink, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service. Chef Oliver has a passion for quality, seasonal food, using produce from his local suppliers wherever possible and front-of-house Alex enjoys serving customers a range of draught lagers and ales, soft drinks and a fantastic wine list. Whether you choose a light, casual meal or a formal dinner in our restaurant, the menus feature traditional favourites, the best of modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world. Every dish is cooked and presented with flair and
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

been visiting Snape Maltings for years and never once thought to eat at the Plough and Sail until now, it was my father in laws 86th birthday and booked a table for sunday lunch (ok, had planned the Wentworth but they were refurbishing and im...pleased they were!) Easy booking process with a call back and on arrival the welcome was warm and friendly menu provided a good selection of food and drinks were fast to arrive. Three of the four of us had starters and these were excellent and for main course there were sunday roast, Duck Confit and Fish and chips - again fast and polite service. Food tasted superb and overall were all enjoyed what we ate. Total bill excl service was £110 based on 3 starters, 4 mains, round of drinks and tea/coffee to end. Will be back very soon i think Thanks to all staff!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in at lunchtime on Sunday 9th January 2022. The man who served and dealt with us could not have been more helpful and pleasant despite being extremely busy. Truly a joy. Thought he may have been a manager but not sure but thanks to...him. The food excellent and very good value and we will return there when next in that area.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Menu doesn’t really have many vegan options and nothing tempting at all. Quinoa salad is the last thing anyone wants to eat vegan or otherwise! Needs to try harder and move with the times - especially as it is VEGANUARY!!

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 27 November 2021

Another regular place on our list. This restaurant is superbly well run with delicious food and great service. They are very consistent and as usual that did not change ok our most recent visit. It was also very covid aware with clear procedures in place...to keep us all safe. Everyone who I know rates this restaurant which highlights the appeal. We have our whole staff Christmas party here every year and I’m yet to hear any criticism. My only slight feedback would be an additional vege option or two on the main menu and an alternate vege roast on Sunday’s. The options currently are more than satisfactory but as we visit semi regularly it would be nice to have some variety. I would recommend here to anyone looking for a meal out in the snape area! Worth coming from further away for and checking out the maltingsMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

Catching up with family after many months, for lunch today. Fairy lights on. Varied menu of good food. My mother in law has a really small appetite but really enjoyed the small portion of fish and chips. Pie of the day was steak and ale...which my husband thoroughly enjoyed. Full of chunky pieces of steak. I had the herb crusted cod served with butter beans, chorizo and olives - if I’m honest it was a little salty but the ingredients were of a salty nature! We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Felt Covid secure, the staff wore masks snd plenty of distance between tables, signage requesting Covid care too. I would definitely return though sadly not very local to usMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 25 November 2021 via mobile

Thank you to the kitchen team. I have just finished the most delicious sea bass in a prawn and cucumber butter and my starter of pears with just the right amount of blue cheese, walnuts, figs and a dressing to die for was equally divine!...Roll on pudding! YUM YUM. This will be a go-to from now on during our holiday at Iken.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 12 November 2021 via mobile

I have always loved the Plough And Sail. The food is brilliant service lovely wines are good too. However I Had dinner there this week and was very disappointed. There was one waitress trying to serve every single table working very hard indeed, but clearly...could not do the job on her own. She was lovely but completely over worked and this made dinner uncomfortable and awkward. I could’ve let this go but the food was not good. It felt like the chef was in the same position food was tasteless and overcooked. I’ve never had this here before and I hope it was just a bad night. I understand what a struggle it is for restaurants to keep going and they are cutting back on that stuff but we the customer is still playing the same prices that we paid for good service and lovely food. Now we’re getting rubbish service, not great food and still paying the same prices.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 9 November 2021

Friday night, log fire and every table occupied. Tempora was not quite right heavy batter but edible. Main course for me was steak and ale pie with chips. Pie was lovely but the plateful was too much and only finished a third of it. Husbands...fish and chips were very poor with little flavour. This is not the Plough and Sail we love having eaten here at least twenty times. Oh dear Alex what has happened!!!!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 7 November 2021

I had dinner with a friend on Wednesday 3rd November - the table was booked for 6.30. Firstly there was no heating so we had to keep our coats on for most of the meal. The food order was correct and very good. However, when...we ordered liquor coffees we received black coffee with a short of brandy in one and Drambuie in the other served in a cup. This is not a liquor coffee! There was no cream and they should be served like an Irish coffee - you drink the coffee through the cream.. After about 9pm we were made to feel uncomfortable with staff cashing up and putting on their coats (I hasten to add this wasn’t because of the cold but because they wanted to go home). We had to wait for our husbands to pick us up and felt like a nuisance. The restaurant is supposed to be open until 11pm. Not a good experience and we will think twice about going again or recommending to others!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 7 November 2021 via mobile

This isn’t a pub. There are just two tables in the bar area. When we arrived they were occupied so we took our drinks through to the restaurant which was post lunch and had a couple of tables finishing their coffees. We were promptly asked...to move because the empty tables had been set up for the 6pm dinner service. It was 3:25 so plenty of time to us to have our drink before the evening diners would arrive. Staff were unwelcoming, turning away customers who weren’t prepared to go and sit outside (it was a cloudy breezy day) telling them the restaurant wasn’t for drinks. So the result is 20-30 empty tables for 2 1/2 hours and a really unwelcoming atmosphere. We had a swift half and left.More

Date of visit: November 2021
AlexBurnside, Owner at Plough & Sail, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2021

Thank you for your review. The day you visited there was a concert at Snape Maltings and our restaurant was fully booked for diners at 5pm. We reserve the older part of our pub (to your left if you walk through the front door) and...More

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28 August 2020|
Response from AlexBurnside | Property representative |
Hi, yes we did throughout August.
29 September 2017|
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Response from jackietizzard | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is very dog friendly! I would like to add that at no time were any dogs a nuisance. The area outside is very beautiful for walking - with or without dogs! X
11 August 2017|
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Response from Sigsworth | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely not !
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Yes, Plough & Sail is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Plough & Sail is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4