I’ve raved about The Plough before (here and here). It’s one of my favourite pubs as there is always something amazing going on, whether it is food, drink or entertainment related (check the What’s On section of their website). The Plough is located in the lovely village of Shepreth in Cambridgeshire, even though it has a Hertfordshire postal address. It’s located close to Cambridge, just a short drive or train ride away.
The Plough in Shepreth can now add one more thing to their list of offerings: a rather phenomenal Sunday Lunch menu. They have recently started doing this in partnership with popular catering company Boxed Events, owned by James Knight, a Cambridge based chef with an impressive culinary resumé that includes stints in France and Hong Kong. It’s a good match as the menu reflects The Plough’s desire to offer an informal social dining experience, definitely not “pub grub” or “gastro pub”. It’s just good food expertly prepared with fresh, local ingredients and their Sunday Lunch menu certainly delivers.
The menu changes slightly every Sunday, particularly the starters so they can offer seasonal choices. The mains always include the requisite roast with veg and Yorkshire pudding. However, there is also fish, burgers or a vegetarian option. There’s a great children’s menu too!
Last week, Paulo and I tried the Plough’s Sunday Lunch menu for the first time and we really enjoyed the food and ambience. Owner Nick Davis is a real music connoisseur and loves to spin records, as we do. The menu is matched with a musical theme and on our visit, it was 70s rock music. It wasn’t overwhelming, just loud enough to add some atmosphere and relaxing vibes.
Our starters included a grilled pimento pepper stuffed with a delicious cream cheese mixture featuring lemon, spring onion and thyme. It was accompanied by some rocket leaves and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
The potted smoked mackerel pâté with horseradish cream and pickled cucumber was served with some fresh salad leaves and two slices of toasted rye bread. My only comment about this dish is that more bread should have been included, as the kilner jar contained a generous amount of pâté.
Paulo and I both chose the roast sirloin of beef (other options were pork or lamb) with a variety of vegetables and a massive Yorkshire pudding. As we ordered the same main course, it was beautifully presented on a wooden board with separate serving dishes for the assorted vegetables, which included all of the following: perfectly prepared roast potatoes, cabbage & bacon, carrots, swede and cauliflower cheese. I love it when there is a good amount of veg with my roast and we were not disappointed! The accompanying red wine jus was served in little jugs. It was a real communal dining experience.
Paulo somehow managed to find room for dessert (the tantalising menu helped) and he had the Eton Mess with crunchy meringue and fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries and blackberries). Simple, delicious and unpretentious.
It’s also worth mentioning that The Plough have a great selection of beer (see what’s on tap and what’s featured on their Craft Board). There are nicely sourced wines too, including a lovely white wine from Portugal (Leira Seca featuring a blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura grapes).
It was nice to see so many people, in groups of all sizes, enjoying Sunday Lunch in The Plough’s light-filled space. There is also ample outside seating, in front of the pub or in the spacious terrace and garden in the back. Word is getting out that this is one of the best Sunday Lunches around so I recommend you book!
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