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The Plough Inn (Cheshire)

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Address: Beauty Bank / Whitegate / Cheshire / CW8 2BP

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      27.12.2012 23:10
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      A Nice local pub serving home cooked food

      The Plough Beauty Bank , Whitegate, Cheshire CW8 2BP This is a local village pub and restaurant that we go to regularly when visiting my sister and brother in law in Cheshire. It is a pub they use for drinking as well as eating but we have only even gone and had a sit down lunch meal there. The Plough is a Frederick Robinsons Brewery pub and it was first mentioned as an inn in 1869 and before that it was known as a beer house so it has a very long history. The first thing that always strikes me when we visit is the lovely hanging baskets and annual flowers which cover the place. It really is a beautiful looking pub from the outside and they do a great job with the plants and gardens. There is a small car park which we have never failed to get a parking place in but it is always busy so you have to park as opposed to just popping your car anywhere. OPENING TIMES The pub is open every day for meals and the bar is open Monday to Saturday 11.30 am to 11.00pm On Sunday from 12.00 noon till 10.30pm They prefer bookings but you can take your chance and call in. You may have to wait if you have not booked. You can book by phone 01606889455 or online through a link on their website http://www.ploughwhitegate.com/index.htm. ARE CHILDREN WELCOME? Children over 14 are welcome inside the pub and younger ones are allowed outside but the pub has no high chairs and no baby changing facilities as they are aiming for an adults only atmosphere. There is a children's menu which is all home cooked rather than pre bought frozen food. SMOKERS, DOGS AND MORE Smokers can smoke in a specially set aside smoking area by the main entrance. There is full disabled access to the bars and the restaurant as well as a disabled toilet. Dogs who are well behaved are allowed at the tables at the front of the pub but not inside . Guide dogs of course are welcome anywhere. OUR VISITS We enter through a door which I believe is the main door but it is the one from the car park and we go past a room which is the bar I believe but I have never been in there. We arrive at the main bar which has a lovely big fore and a couple of sofas where we sometimes sit pre meal to enjoy our drinks. My husband really enjoys the beer here and his favourite is one called Unicorn , a pale ale which he says is delicious. I usually opt for my white wine spritzer and they do a fine selection of wines and do not charge extra for the soda like some pubs do which I think is a rip off. The dining area covers a quite a large area and there are quite a few tables and it can get very cosy but it is not one big room but more like a number of smaller rooms that have been knocked together. This means that you are not sitting on top of each other or in rows. THE MENU The food is home cooked and uses local butchers and other produce where ever possible. We never tend to have more than just a main course as we are usually eating at lunch time and do not really want to eat huge meals. STARTERS The starters range in price from around £3.25 to around £6.00. The soup is the cheapest and the other starters are things like : Brie wedges lightly dusted in bread crumbs and served with a raspberry coulis (v) £5.95 Peach halves topped with stilton cheese (v) £5.25 King Prawns deep-fried in filo pastry served with salad and sweet chilli dip £5.75 Black pudding and apple fritter served on a bed of lettuce with a garlic and chive mayo £5.95 Fresh Moules Marinières served with freshly baked malted cob £6.95 Egg mayonnaise £4.95 Pâté served with toast £5.95 Camembert cheese, deep fried with port and cranberry £5.95 Prawn Cocktail £5.95 Fresh garlic Ciabatta bread £2.95 Fresh garlic Ciabatta bread and cheese £3.25 MAIN COURSE The main courses vary from nearer £18 to around £9. The steak is the most expensive and then the less expensive meals are often the roast of the day or the specials. The meal I usually go for is Grilled salmon fillet on a bed of creamy leek sauce £11.95 or Seabass served on a bed of cabbage, bacon and caraway seeds £12.95 .My husband varies between Pork sausages on a bed of smoked bacon and cheese mash with onion gravy £9.95 or battered cod or haddock with chips and peas at the same price or the old fashioned plate steak pie for £10.45. There are a number of vegetarian options on the menu at around £10 each. Examples of these are: Mushrooms and sweetcorn stroganoff Lasagne served with salad Broccoli and three cheese bake Cheese and onion pie with vegetables & potatoes Also on the menu are a variety of salads ( £10 ish) which are all served with your choice of potatoes. Baguettes ( £6 ish) and sandwiches (£5 ish) which I have not tried but they are served with salad and crisps or chips instead of a salad if you choose. Everything we have eaten here has been well cooked and nicely presented with lots of vegetables and we have never left hungry. DESERTS: I have often been tempted by the desserts but sadly as I am the only piggy in our group I do restrain myself and also pretend that I can't manage a pudding either. The local ice cream I do know, is excellent as I have been to the farm where they buy their supplies . Ice-cream varieties include Vanilla Pod, Strawberry, Chocolate, Rum and Raisin, White Chocolate Chunk, and Honey comb. Each serving is two scoops and you then get a choice of one of these, fresh raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, chocolate sauce - £3.75 You can also have English lakes Diabetic ice cream in a choice of Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry for the same price. Chocolate Sizzler -A chocolate fudge brownie on a sizzling skillet topped with vanilla ice cream, finished with a sizzling chocolate sauce A Banana Split , Brandy Snap Basket with fruit and cream, Eton Mess , Pavlova , Fresh Fruit Salad and the apple pie, Bakewell tart, Sticky toffee puddibg and sponge pudding all served with cream ice cream or custard all for £5.00 each A selection of three cheeses and biscuits is £6.25 SERVICE Service is good. The staff are always friendly and polite without being fussy and annoying. If we have asked for anything different with the meal they have always obliged which is really nice to know you could have other vegetables with the fish if you wanted to. They accept most credit cards and they are always happy to split our bill in two and let each of us pay for our own half of the bill separately on our cards which is very useful. TOILETS These are wheel chair accessible and every time I have been they have been clean and well maintained with paper and towels as needed. I have also mentioned that there are NO baby changing facilities. RECOMMENDED? Yes this is a nice local pub with good well cooked food. There is always a busy atmosphere but the staff are equal to the task and never seem hassled by the business. The food is good, not the best I have ever had and they give you really good servings rather than prettily arranged food on the plates. This is nice home cooking sort of food rather than posh 'Master chef ' style cuisine. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday

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