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Hmmm I liked this pub, for the odd gin or two, but it seems there is a Landlord problem here. No management skills, if you don't like what someone is doing, take them to one side quietly, don't have a huge row in the pub for all to see. It would also seem that this is not an isolated event (reading reviews on other sites)...... sad that this lovely little pub is being let down.
Bombay_and_tonic - 28 Aug 2014 13:57
Friendly pub, but expensive! Dissapointed with the ale range, 5 nationals and 2 independents, all well kept.
pwilkins - 18 Mar 2013 09:01
Time for a top-up review on the pub and beer: The beers regularly change, with around 6 handpumps on at any time. There is a wide selection, all well kept in my experience over the last 5+ years, ranging from golden ales through London Pride types, to the occasional milds and porters, and from many micro-brewers as well as the big companies. I recently had a lovely couple of pints of Fullers HSB. Always excellent beer here. Prices for the beers are very acceptable, given the excellent choice and location.
The fire is lit in the winter making it cozy in the main pub. It has old oak beams. There is a large extended seating area just off the main bar. The pub cat is lovely too.
There is a small car park and street parking nearby. It has a pleasant outside garden, with shrubs and overhanging trees, though this is not really suitable to kids to run around in. The landlord and landlady are good. It is not a place to plan on eating, as whether food is on or not is always a bit hit and miss. It is free of piped music and TV and so is a good pub for talking.
MxThomas - 29 Dec 2011 18:50
PS I agree about pub beer prices, which are getting out of hand, but this is mostly due to greedy pubco's and regional breweries using their monopoly or beer tie to force landlords to buy at exhorbitant prices, which they are forced to pass onto customers. Unfortunately only an independent company the size of Wetherspoons with huge bargaining power, large premises and high turnover can fight this. I fear many more pubs will continue to close, but I hope not this one.
spikefromsurrey - 14 Jun 2010 17:13
Popped in one evening with a few Camra buddies, and sampled some great ales e.g. Andwell Ruddy Darter, Green King Back of the Net (World Cup special) Hepworth Dark Horse (Mild) and Cottage King Arthur. All in excellent condition, and a friendly and knowledgeable landlady. However, not just a pub for male real ale nuts, as there was a party of ladies in the corner also having a good time by the look of it. Thoroughly recommend a visit.
spikefromsurrey - 14 Jun 2010 08:08
My visit was interesting. When I saw the outside and the area my heart dropped. But this pub has so many values. No music, no phones, but what matters is decent beer in a decent bar. It wasn't cheap for the area, but the ale was good.

I went at lunchtime. Slightly strange situation, not doing lunch but cheerfully rustled up something basic. Landlord was rather taciturn, but landlady was enthusiastic.

At lunchtime this was a male drinker's pub, but that is no bad thing. Give it a try if you are in the area.

Perhaps even the fire would be alight in teh vening.
BeerEnthusiast - 16 Jan 2010 18:56
The Plough is a really smashing pub. it serves a great range of guest cask ales and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Often they will offer you a small taster before buying. Also it is a mobile free zone and has no music or television. the only minor criticism is the hard wooden benches if you go to the left when entering the pub. The other seating is very comfortable. Strongly recommended.
MagicMoments - 1 Oct 2009 09:52
How can any body fault this establishment.A drinkers paradise,no phones no dogs no music just sample the array of real beer hic hic hic.sowhat its luverly.
retiree - 10 Jun 2009 01:35
Visited last weekend after a long absence. Thames Valley Morris Men were dancing in the car park. What a pity there weren't more spectators. Still a great pub bu still on the expensive side but a great range of real ales.
LuvPubs - 7 Jun 2009 14:15
Certainly a great pub for different ale range. The place itself was not that large inside, also no music or tv in the background.

Also the whole idea of not allowing mobile phones seems over strict. I guess people can take them outside, but i can't say i see this as a very exciting place.
aleman - 15 Nov 2007 16:30
Full of people doing the quiz. Can never quite understand the English quiz culture but I guess it gives people something to do round here. Probably a decent enough place if you get to know it
Will2 - 15 Feb 2007 22:00
From the outside it looks like a typical sticky carpet job but appearances can indeed be deceptive. Very friendly welcome then super range of beers in excellent nick, not cheap but then we are in one of the richest corners of Europe. Food prices, strangely, below what you'd expect round here. Well worth an expedition.
nickdavies - 30 Jul 2006 19:34
prices are too dear unfortunatly but beer is kept well very clikey if your a stranger
drunken1 - 21 Jun 2006 17:23
Great selection of ales, well kept too. Food is below par though.
NJJ - 1 Jan 2006 23:12
Relly nice place - cannot understand ban on mobiles though. They are are a part of modern life - surely they should have gaslights and only hand pumped beer otherwise?!
hotrods - 28 May 2005 10:06
A great local, particularly if you love real ale as there are usually 7 or 8 constantly changing ones on handpump. No annoying music, silly sounding machines or mobile phones ringing. Wonderful.
Rob - 8 Nov 2004 17:24
Great little friendly pub. Smoking and non smoking areas. Lots of choice of wine and bears. Definitely worth a visit.
Debbie - 17 Feb 2004 13:56
A great pub. This pub is a dying breed, ie a freehouse with a real landlord and landlady (very friendly and welcoming). Constantly changing real ale list from small breweries. Mobile phone ban in but (this keeps out the lager swilling Kevs). A winner!
Chris - 26 Dec 2003 06:01
Real ale pub with a good selection of beers. Cosy, does food lunchtimes. Smoking and non smoking areas
Yvonne - 3 Nov 2003 08:54

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