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The Plough Inn

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2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Pub with good food and atmosphere Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Plough Inn
3 The Square, Hillsborough Co Down , BT26 6AG
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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
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  • Dogs - good walking nearby (offlead)
  • Dogs permitted - all non-food areas
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - By a lake
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
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  • Open New Year
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
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  • Smoking Area
  • Smoking Area Covered
  • Smoking Area Heated
  • Smoking Area Seated
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  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • European Classic
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  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
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  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu
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The Plough Inn

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.


 


[The Plough Inn was our Pub of the Year in 2004]. *The Pheasant Inn at Annahilt is a sister establishment (see entry) as is The Tannery in Moira.

The Plough Inn: Mon to Wed 11.30am–11pm; Thu 11.30am–12am; Fri & Sat 11.30am–1am; Sun 12pm–11am Simply Seafood: Seats 40. Thur-Sat 6–9.30pm. Bar Retro Café: Seats 150. Mon-Thu 9am-4pm Fri-Sat 9am-8pm Sun 10am-5pm; Bar Retro (cocktails, music), Fri & Sat night. Toilets wheelchair accessible; children welcome (high chair, childrens menu, baby changing facilities). Sun terrace. Parking. Closed 25 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Switch. abbreviations
Last Updated: 02-11-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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The Plough Inn - Hillsborough County Down Northern Ireland
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Off the main Dublin-Belfast road, turn off at Hillsborough roundabout; in village square.

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