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A warm, welcoming country pub with an excellent array of real ales, craft beers and wines. We serve fresh homemade pub food that uses seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. We have real open fires, a large beer garden that includes a maintained children’s play area, plenty of parking and an onsite campsite. If you are planning a special occasion, family gathering, christening, birthday or wake we can accommodate all your needs. Come in and talk to us. We look forward to seeing you. Kirsty and Chris x
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Live Music, Waterfront, Playgrounds, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 14 April 2024

What a beautiful pub with lovely attention to detail. Clean, friendly & welcoming. Pies are exceptional. Would return & recommend. Wide selection of guest ales. Dog friendly. Owner is approachable & dedicated to ensuring everything is just perfect for your visit. Efforts to make this...a great pub hasn’t gone unnoticed . See you again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024 via mobile

Had Easter lunch here with the family today , the food was excellent ! They had asked us in the morning if we wanted to reserve anything from the menu , so we were able to get what we all wanted . It really was...one of the best Sunday lunches we have had . Service was efficient & friendly , well priced as well , good portions .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024

Mothers day. 9 of us and Storm the dog had a lovely meal and time here today celebrating mother's day. The staff could not have been more helpful , even making garlic bread for young Luke. And a takeaway meal for 1 mum was ill...at home. Just a shame there was no beef left fir me but the pork more than made up for it. Our dog Storm lived the cracking.Our 2nd visit and we will be back. Thanks 👍More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024

Had recommendations to try the pies. Was not disappointed. Food, staff & atmosphere was amazing, could not fault anything. Reasonably priced. Need to try the Sunday roast next. Five star ⭐️

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

We had Sunday dinner at The Plough to celebrate a family birthday and the ages of our party ranged from 3 to 84 years old. The atmosphere was lovely - a proper country pub feel. We had starters, mains, kids meals and sweets - all...of which were delicious. Everyone in the party enjoyed their food. I particularly liked that on a Sunday there was an option other than a roast. Portion size is extremely generous - the pies are huge! The staff were friendly and accommodating. We look forward to returningMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Immense roast dinner lovely Yorkshire pudding and lovely staff especially Sam behind the bar. I would highly recommend after a dog walk on a sunday thanks Kirsty!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024

Can honestly say we loved this place from the minute we walked in . Landlord and landlady were extremely pleasant and friendly and it will go down as being one of the best Sunday dinners we have had and plenty of it too. The apple...crumble was absolutely delicious 😋 and the service was excellent. Also enjoyed the 5 mile walk along the canal afterwards. A perfect SundayMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

Cracking lunch at the Plough Inn …. Great welcome , great food and great service especially given the “uniqueness” of one of our party (mash & chips !! ). Those pies ! My word , love my pies and that must be the best I’ve...ever had (there’s been a few) …. One of those days where you just wander into a place and have a great experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Great Pies! As were the chips gravy, and veg. Excellent beer and very friendly staff. Overall a very enjoyable evening.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Our first time here for food and it won’t be the last. I think Sunday lunch is a benchmark for food standards so given it was exceptional, we are keen to try the other ‘special’ evening menus. From arrival, service was prompt. My husband was...deliberating on beers and was given the option of beer samples before ordering. Our table was in the snug with a card game on the table which was a nice touch. Food order was taken promptly and my queries as a vegetarian were answered thoroughly with options. The food was excellent, freshly cooked with fresh ingredients. Proper portions too. My veggie meal (mushroom wellington) was fabulous with another great option (lentil cottage pie), which are great choices and different to the normal slice of uninspiring nut roast at other establishments. We had a side of cauliflower cheese and my husband scraped the dish clean it was so good. Puddings looked lovely but the main was so large we would have struggled, next time I’ll wear an elastic waistband and squeeze in a brownie. So glad to have found this, would happily recommend and look forward to visiting again soon.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Lovely Sunday lunch at this character pub by the river. Food was great, staff friendly and helpful. Only gripe - no cauliflower cheese 😆 Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023 via mobile

Fabulous pub! Came for lunch and a few drinks today. Food was great, the chicken burger is epic! Great portion sizes. Good selection of Belgian beers which made the husband happy. Staff are welcoming, friendly and super helpful. Play park for children and a nice...decked area outside too. Fabulous experience. We will be back and highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 25 May 2023 via mobile

Just a quick stop for dinner, but very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful little pub in gorgeous surroundings located alongside the Grantham canal. Polite staff, good mix of beers on tap and a little food menu. The fish and chips have got to be the best I...have had in a very long time. I cannot write the words to do it justice. The fish was in a light batter, flakey and delicious. The mushy peas were with a hint of mint and were beautiful. I think the chips are cooked in something illegal as they were amazing as well. Please come here and ask for the fish. You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 May 2023

I booked The Plough Inn for the hen do I was organising. We booked the table for 15 people. Kirsty and the team were amazing! The entire hen party had nothing but positive things to say about The Plough Inn. Kirsty listened to everything we...wanted, to make sure the party was personalised, wonderful, and fun. She put our party in our own room and decorated it beautifully with the decorations we provided. A very friendly service and we recieved our pre-ordered meals promptly. The staff were not phased by having a large party in the pub! The roast was delicious and the cauliflower cheese was the group's favourite- and it was agreed some of the best cauliflower cheese we had ever had! The Plough Inn is a lovely pub, with great staff and delicious food - I would recommend everyone to go!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 29 March 2023

My girlfriend's family have often visited this pub, and have always been generally satisfied. We were visiting from Lancashire, and her brother had booked a table for 8 people plus a two year and an infant. We ordered our drinks from the bar, so no...problem with having to wait. The meal orders were taken, of which 3 were the Roast Pork, Yorkshire etc, and one was a Chicken Baguette. 5 of the meals arrived, but the 3 roast pork meals and Chicken baguette failed to make an appearance, eventually after about an hour, the waitress arrived with 4 pork baguettes... whoops.. It took over half an hour to rectify this mistake, by which time the other diners had nearly finished their meals. The accompanying apple sauce had to be asked for. The two year old child was playing with one the toys provided by the pub, and yes it was a bit noisy and irritating but hey ho, a nearby table complained, and we were asked to stop the child playing with it. This is a child and dog friendly pub, and I would have thought the other patrons were aware of this. The food however was good and tasty, but based on the whole experience, I am hard pushed to give more than 2 stars.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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JenPen89
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Response from KinoulTom | Reviewed this property |
Good question! I think I recall them having allergy indicators on the menu, but I'm honestly not certain as to what that would limit. Give Kirsty or Chris (the landlords) a ring and I'm sure they'll help - they're really... More
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Response from ChrisDufferDyson | Property representative |
Hi, food is served 12-9 most days, 12-6 Sunday and we are closed on Tuesdays. Thanks for asking
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The Plough Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
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