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The Plough Inn at Ford
Certificate of Excellence
Wiltshire
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6 reviews
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“Walking the Donnington Way....”
Reviewed 10 April 2012

We stayed here for one night on Good Friday as part of a 65 mile walk through the Cotswolds taking in all 15 pubs in the Donnington Brewery chain. We arrived at The Plough after a 15 mile walk from The Fox at Great Barrington, via The Black Horse at Naunton (indifferent reception - seemed oblivious to the existence of their own brewery's long distance walk) The Farmers Arms at Guiting Power (inexplicably closed on a bank holiday), and The Halfway House at Kineton (just closing to prepare for a disco that night....disco?? This is 2012 isn't it??).
So The Plough was a welcome change, friendly welcome, cheerful staff, good beer and a jolly atmosphere. I would say the advertised "Luxury" accommodation was a little overstated - I am not sure a 14" tv and pine furniture really constitutes 'luxury' but the room was comfortable enough if a little cold despite turning the heating up.
The food was good (though a little pricey) and our waiter, who had only been there a couple of days, was very charming and friendly. In these days of indifferent, and sometimes sullen, service he was just great and I am sure he will prove to be a huge asset to The Plough and I hope the management recognise this.
The cooked breakfast was fine but there was a strange lack of options on the buffet table, only juice and mini box cereals... no fresh fruit, grapefruit segments, prunes, yoghurt etc I think at £80 a night this is a little mean and it was definitely the least well stocked breakfast display of our holiday.
Our dog was made very welcome too which was one of the reasons we stayed here and everyone was very tolerant of him sleeping soundly in inconvenient places i.e. doorways.
We would stay here again for the friendliness and general relaxed atmosphere.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your great feedback, and we will take on board your ideas for improvements we can make to the customer experience.
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Booked late in the afternoon for a meal in the evening on a busy Easter Saturday. The staff were very attentive, especially the guy from New Zealand who, without a doubt is a definite asset to the restaurant, even though he had only been there for five days .. He was enthusiastic and really lovely. The food was really good with very generous sized portions. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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LandlordPlough, Manager at The Plough Inn at Ford, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Thank you for your great feedback and it's good to know that our staff are looking after our customers in the way that we like
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Stayed here prior to the Cotswold Marathon. Found the service pretty decent - due to my marathon asked for a pasta dish the night before and this was no problem. Staff accomodating, and decent room. Bit out in the sticks which is a good attraction especially in the summer when the countryside can be appreciated. Problems with the wi-fi despite being told on booking I could log onto wifi in my room this wasn't the case. Apart from this no complaints.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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LandlordPlough, Manager at The Plough Inn at Ford, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Thank you for your comments, feedback is always welcome. We had a bit of an issue with our Wi fi connection earlier this year so switched suppliers and it is working as it should now
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This review is going to be difficult to write, as it is going to be rather difficult to be critical of an establishment that was always above reasonable criticism. We are long-time enthusiasts of this lovely Cotswold inn, and have had many an excellent stay. We particularly cherish our pre-Christmas Cotswold break. However, our last stay just before Christmas 2011 was a bit of a disappointment, especially on the culinary side, and more particularly as it was my wife's birthday. The Plough has always enjoyed a great reputation for food, but we were sorely disappointed with the apparent decline in both the quality and quantity of dishes on offer. Whatever has happened to the floor-to-ceiling Specials Board that was such a feature for years? This has shrunk to offer a fraction of dishes once proudly displayed. Also, the portions of what is available seem to be quite mean too in comparison to earlier days....is this a sign of the times, my bigger appetite, or just a decree from the accountants at Donnington brewery?? Whatever it is, it has rather taken the sparkle out of the diamond that was The Plough Inn. We actually ate elsewhere on several occasions during our stay, and that is a "first", as we were always eager to dine at the Plough in past times! The old candlelit ambience was not apparent either on this occasion (elf n' safety I wonder??) The rooms are excellent though, and there has been a definite improvement in this area over the years. However, when we arrived, on the coldest evening of December, we found to our disappointment that someone had forgotten to turn the heating on in the room prior to our arrival.....A cold cotswold night is COLD, but we soon got comfortable with a little help from the caretaker who found the heating switch before we froze.
Maybe nothing stays the same forever, but when a business has the right recipe for success, it seems madness to change it or let standards slip. The landlord (Craig) is still as friendly as ever, and no doubt is doing his best to maintain standards, but he may be struggling with "staff issues" and brewery directives.... Maybe they have lost a good and dedicated chef recently? A bit of investment in fixtures and fittings in the restaurant area wouldn't go amiss either....don't lose the "character", just get rid of the strip-lighting, and creeping shabbyness.
Sorry for the negative comments, but it is constructive criticism from long-term friends of The Plough. Good Luck & Best Wishes for 2012!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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LandlordPlough, Manager at The Plough Inn at Ford, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Constructive criticism is always welcome even if it is difficult to hear but we take on board your comments and will continue to work on long term improvments for our customers.
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

stayed here for 1 night had a brilliant stay,a warm friendly pub excellent food ,the rooms are proper 4 star ,the landlord is a great front of house type running a vibrant cotswold pub .try it out.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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LandlordPlough, Manager at The Plough Inn at Ford, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
Thank you. We look forward to your next visit
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Niskayuna, New York
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

This review is in response to the question posed in a recent Trip Advisor email: "what is the quirkiest place you've stayed?" There's a contradiction here between that question and the pull down menu of choices in "when did you travel?" which limits you to dates since 2009. The question posed in the email didn't say "what's the quirkiest place you've traveled since 2009?", so I had to mark the oldest date even though the stay I'll describe took place long ago.

About 20 years ago my girlfriend and I loaded our bicycles onto a plane and took off to explore Ireland, England, and Europe. We had tons of gear because we were camping every night, just about. One day in England we were really tired going up a long hill on the B4077 and I said "when we get to the top of this hill, I'm stopping for a drink in the first pub I see." As it happened, The Plough at Ford sits at the top of this hill! Our drink turned into dinner and we had a marvelous evening chatting with the gentleman who was the publican then, Les Carter, and some of the local folks who had come in for ale and conversation. During dinner Les came over and told us that while we were welcome to camp overnight in the field beyond the car park, he thought it would be a cold night. As an alternative he offered to let us sleep on the floor of his "second bar" (which he used for large private parties), which was on the second floor (first floor for non-Americans) of a large stone barn-like building across the car park. We took him up on this and not only got a good night's sleep but enjoyed a huge "trucker's breakfast" in the pub the next morning. So I guess "a spare bar room" is the quirkiest place I ever stayed.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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LandlordPlough, Manager at The Plough Inn at Ford, responded to this review, 7 November 2012
What a great story. It would have been interesting to see what the Plough and the area was like 20 years ago. Hope you join us again.
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Reviewed 5 November 2011

my family and I enjoyed a reunion dinner at the plough over the summer and had a very enjoyable evening. The food was delicious, with genorous servings and locally produced ingredients (A LOT of asparagus on the menu as it was asparagus season...luckily we all like it!).
The staff were attentive and friendly despite it being a busy saturday night.
The Plough is a traditional country pub restaurant with a friendly welcoming feel about it.

Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Thank you. Do join us again soon
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Property: The Plough Inn at Ford
Address: Ford, Temple Guiting GL54 5RU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Temple Guiting
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Temple Guiting
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Plough Inn at Ford 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are a countryside-lover, sports-fan or race-goer, The Plough Inn at Ford makes a perfect base for exploration of The Cotswold's.Bed & Breakfast facilities are resplendent in a fresh coat of paint and Craig and Becky are proud to announce the award of 4 Diamonds for guest accommodation from both the Heart of England Tourist Board and the AA since taking over the pub.B & B accommodation is provided in the Tallot. This quaint cobble-stoned building once used as a hayloft with stabling below for two- and four-legged visitors has now been converted to provide separate, comfortable accommodation for the modern visitor.Three comfortable en-suite (shower) rooms are available, beamed and differently shaped in true Cotswold fashion. Two family (double and a single bed) rooms and a double room arrangements are offered. We operate a non-smoking policy in our B&B accommodation. ... more   less 
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