“ Plough Road / Smallfield / Surrey / RH6 9JN / Tel: 01342 842212 „
Decided to take the office staff to The Plough for Christmas lunch. We booked in advance and when we arrived our table was fully set with decorations, crackers etc and looked magnificent. Our food choice had also been chosen in advance by email, very convienient. As soon as we sat down, our drinks orders were taken and within minutes our starters were in front of us all. No waiting for the one choice that was a bit different. Our main meal followed in the same efficient manner, and the Christmas pudding was decorated with real Holly. Coffee and mints finished off a very very nice Christmas lunch. Everyone commented how nice the meal was and I might add very reasonably priced.
27th was my Birthday, 51 years young, I am taking off a year each birthday from now on. Into the Plough for another lunch with the family. Excellent fare again, my favourite, Gammon steak, chips, eggs and garnish, cooked perfectly.
New Years day and we take some family friends out for lunch. Two four year old girls and baby Leyton at a year old. Booked in advance, baby chair ready when we arrived at our reserved table. We were all catered for magnificintly, colouring books and crayons provided. Child portions we spot on with an excellent choice of chicken nuggets, burger, spag bol, fish fingers with chips or veg, plus some I can't remember.
Staff are always very attentive when you need them, food is top notch for quality and value. Restaurant area is seperated from the bar but you can eat in both. Nicely decorated, safe for the kids, baby Leyton bum shuffled all round the place and was met with smiles as were we by the staff.
I reccomend the beer garden in summer plus there is a kids play area with slides. The garden is gated with access onto the carpark, nice and safe. A family owned pub giving family's a very nice personal service. Try it.
After watching Sunday league football where my eldest played we decided to cross the road to the Plough & Furrow pub and have a nice Sunday lunch before heading home.
Situated on the main road through Smallfield it is surprisingly quiet, especially on a Sunday lunch time when we went. It is obviously a well looked after and cared for pub by its owners, as this is very obvious from the outside appearance. The gardens are tended well and the outdoor drinking/eating area is clean and tidy with no full ashtrays or beer glasses left lingering around. We walked through the enclosed patio area to enter the pub and were met with a welcoming smile from the guy behind the bar. This was a good start and he immediately showed us where we could eat.
Although the restaurant area was full with diners, there were still eating spaces in the bar area or outside. We chose to eat our main course in the bar area and sat down in huge leather armchairs around a circular wooden table. The table was more than high enough to cater for us eating dinner and no one had to stoop over as is the case with bar area eating occasionally. We got the menu from the bar and had a look. Although there was not a huge choice it was plenty enough to decide on a filling Sunday dinner for us all. As well as adult meals they also had a small section for children with smaller servings and smaller prices.
Choosing the Sunday Roast for the children and myself, we decided on beef for the kids and lamb for me. My husband went for scampi and chips and we had only been sitting down for five minutes before the waiter brought over sauces and condiments for us, as well as knives and forks wrapped in napkins. The mint sauce and tartar sauce were served in lovely little stainless steel bowls with spoons rather than sachets as a lot of restaurants use now.
Two minutes later and the food arrived. We were stunned at the portion sizes. They were huge! The kids meals especially had so much food on them that they could have easily passed for an adults meal. In actual fact I think there was probably too much there as neither of my children managed to finish the plateful, and indeed my son only ate his Yorkshire pudding and a few mouthfuls of beef. My daughter fared better, eating her Yorkshire pudding, one roast potato and lots of veg and beef. There was just so much food and gravy though that it was hard to cut up the meat etc for them without spilling it everywhere. Very good value for money but maybe on this occasion less is more!
The adults meals were just as filling and the lamb was delicious. It was served on the bone but was easy to get off with my knife and fork and the roast potatoes were obviously homemade, gorgeously crisp on the outside and fluffy and soft on the inside. The mint sauce was the best I have tasted in a long time and it went on my lamb and potatoes with pleasure. My husband enjoyed his scampi and again it was a generous amount. I would say at a guess around 15 pieces of scampi of a good size and the rest of the plate filled with chips and salad.
Not wanting to let the opportunity pass to have a delicious pudding we got the dessert menu and ordered a sticky toffee pudding with custard and chocolate ice-cream for the kids. We knew there was a park area in the grounds outside and having a smoker in our party we decided to eat outside. This was not a problem for the staff and they took our dessert order and told us they would find us outside. True to their word, about five minutes later the puddings arrived and they were really delicious. The kids had three scoops of chocolate ice-cream each and a wafer. The ice-cream was great quality as well and had chocolate chips in it, so it was not just the cheap stuff some restaurants serve for kids. Equally our desserts were tasty and extremely filling.
The bill? Well the prices were very reasonable. £8 each for the adult roasts and scampi and a fiver for the childrens platefuls. The desserts were another £12 so for just under £40 we had a delicious meal out on a Sunday lunch time. Drinks were normal pub prices and not ramped up to make the pub any more money and they had a good offering of beers and lagers, as well as wines and spirits. We also noticed they sold blackcurrant squash which was a good alternative for the children instead of buying expensive soft drinks or gun coke.
I had such a nice time here that we both agreed we would take our parents down there next time they visited. The prices, although not the cheapest around, were reasonable and very good value if you look at the amount of food you get. The staff were all extremely friendly and made you feel as though it was a family run place. They all had black uniforms on and some of the waiting staff were older gentlemen, which gave it that family feel.
The whole restaurant was actually beautifully decorated and the toilets were extremely clean if a little small. I was impressed with the general level of care taken over everything and realised straightaway that this was a much loved business. It gave me a special feeling to be able to eat there and in a small way I felt as though I had been welcomed to a family dinner in their house. It was a lovely change from the bustle and rush of the Brewers Fayre we usually eat at and is somewhere I will definitely go again.
I was impressed with the amount of seats in the outside area and their proximity to the playing area for the children. Everything was enclosed so I felt comfortable enough talking to my husband without having my eyes on the kids all the time. They enjoyed the playground and I enjoyed the September sunshine. Perfect for Sunday lunchtime.
If you are ever along this way, then look out for this pub on Plough Road in Smallfield, it is well worth visiting and the food portions are fantastic if youre hungry. The staff will welcome you and the experience, like ours, I am sure will be lovely.