Established in 1752, this former coaching inn is owned by the Patterson family, who have built up a national reputation for hospitality and good food, especially seafood. Somehow they manage to run several separate food operations successfully each day, including a family-friendly café, a dedicated seafood restaurant and a stylish bistro above the pub, so pleasing customers looking for a casual daytime meal and more serious evening diners.
Most of the pub is now stylishly contemporary, including the adjacent building, where you will find the family-friendly Barretro Café, which is open most of the day and for early evening meals at weekends. In the main building there’s a characterful old bar, where fairly traditional bar food is available, and a stylish bistro above the old bar that overlooks the square that offers an interesting menu in the evening as well as a good-value Sunday lunch.
The Plough is renowned for fine steaks and seafood – the latter to the extent that they launched a dedicated 40-seater Simply Seafood restaurant in 2012, with seafood sourced from Northern Ireland’s fishermen and a couple of ‘butcher’s block’ options to keep the carnivores happy or a surf ’n’ turf option for the best of both worlds.
While there is obvious youth appeal, people of all ages feel comfortable here and the staff, who are clearly proud of it, are friendly and very helpful. Children are well looked after too – the usual options like chicken goujons, burgers or fish fingers are homemade and tasty enough to have the adults eyeing up the kids’ plates greedily.
Craft beers and cider are available in the pub and bistro, even though they aren’t listed on the drinks menu, so be sure to ask what they have available in bottle or on draught.
The Plough Inn is extensive, so allow yourself time to have a good look around and get your bearings before settling down to eat.