The Plough at Bolnhurst
The Plough at Bolnhurst

The Plough at Bolnhurst

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bolnhurst.com/
  • Phone: 01234376274
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 02:00PM,
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 06:30PM - 09:30PM.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Martin Lee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Intimate Private Dining area from 8 - 38 we can also offer our garden for a marquee event up to 120.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael or Jayne 01234376274

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 45 mins from St Pancreas to Bedford Station. We are 20 mins by car from the station.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Parking for approximately 30 cars.
A word from The Plough at Bolnhurst
The true joy of The Plough at Bolnhurst is the perfect trinity of atmosphere, service & sumptuous food. This beautifully renovated building traces its roots back to Tudor times hosts a warm, inviting atmosphere and in front of house, Michael and Jayne with their team provide an efficient and friendly service. The Plough’s kitchen is open to view and this exceptional pub is consumed by the aromas of fine cooking. Inside the kitchen, head chef Martin is passionate about serving sophisticated food, sourced direct from farms and estates. The Plough’s menu delivers exciting English food with a strong Italian and French influence.
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The Plough at Bolnhurst reviews from OpenTable diners
253 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.1
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (195)fit for foodies (159)romance (99)sunday lunch (85)outdoor eating (66)business meals (65)outstanding value (38)group bookings (36)good vegetarian options (31)brunch (21)child friendly (16)disabled access (10)afternoon tea (5)Show More
  • Another good meal at The Plough
    Gourmand
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    We eat regularly at the Plough and this was another good meal - 2 beautifully cooked steaks -, well served in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our only criticism would be that the menu seemed to lack flair. Usually we are torn between choices, but this time it seemed a bit "ordinary"; perhaps, we've been there too often! That said, it was all good food and an enjoyable evening's dining.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Consistently excellent
    Whenchildfree
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Ingredients, how the food is cooked, presented and served are all execellent. We've never had a bad or even under average experience in all the years we've been coming here. The fact that it is consistently brilliant is what makes this place stand out from the crowd. The variety of the menu, transparency claims, local and seasonal produce and soft drink offerings also appeal to us.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fabulous meal
    Newnannie
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    Once again The Plough did not disappoint , the staff are welcoming , the basket of reading specs you can use is a thoughtful touch , an " interesting soft drinks" menu is a bonus for non drinkers . The food was just wonderful , 3 members of our party really enjoyed the loin of lamb . The Mushroom ravioli was delicate but full of flavour , they kindly served it without hazelnuts for 2 of us on the table . Would highly recommend The Plough
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  • Real Treat
    5StarDinner
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Couldn't fault our lovely meal here and the staff were some of the best I've experienced, thank you and well done all.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kirbstone
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    This is the best Pub-Resturant in Bedfordshire and around.
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  • Fantastic
    AmerinUK
    Dined on 14/10/2014
    I was full and enjoyed every drop! It was a very lovely evening, I am now an Apple Cinnamon Bellini fan.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still the best in the area
    grahamthefez
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    A consistent level of enthusiasm delivers excellent all round success. Strongly recommend
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special lunch at the Plough
    jennie3
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Have heard good reports over recent years about this Restaurant and have passed it many times. Wanted to go somewhere special before daughter emigrated. Very nice grounds and plenty of parking.. The welcome was great and a good selection of wine and beers available to start. Some really different choices of food to suit all palates. Outstanding service with genuine attention to detail throughout the meal. Prodigious selection of wines carefully described. They cook with a "Josper" oven (Google it) which imparts fantastic flavours to grilled meat. Not over the top on cost............ we shall return
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  • A good meal.
    JC64
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Had an excellent meal, though a little expensive. Didn't particularly like how close we were sat with the next table to us, we felt like our conversation was being overheard as well as feeling we were intruding on theirs.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Outstanding
    WillGAmbro
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    We have dined at the Plough on several occasions and whilst never disappointed our lunch on the 28th September was exceptional. A destination restaurant well worth the drive through the winding Bedfordshire B roads to reach.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing food and service
    Dele1507
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Booked for a birthday celebration and was not disappointed. All 6 of us left raving about the food. The service was outstanding and the staff accommodating. All in all we had a lovely evening and would definately return.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday lunch
    Nursesuzy
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    I have visited the plough before but my cousin hadn't and as we are both keen foodies I was sure she would enjoy the experience. We chose from the board to keep the price down. I chose not to have a starter but my cousin enjoyed the soup, we both had hake which despite a little hiccup for my cousin was delicious and for me my meal was completed by a fabulous pannacotta. We both enjoyed a glass of fizz which we both savoured and special mention must be made to their complimentary olive oil and fresh bread enhanced by the balsamic. Coffee was enjoyed in the very comfortable chairs in the bar area. Service was very attentive throughout and added to the dining experience. We will no doubt book again. The ability to secure a table online a bonus
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service and food
    tedgar
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Charming old world gastro pub with garden in north beds. Super food and excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere, not pretentious as some 'gastro' pubs. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner - Friday 26th Sept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    We had a fantastic meal at the Plough on Friday - the food was wonderful and the service was probably the best I have experienced anywhere.
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  • First visit, will be returning!
    Magsy2015
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    Very impressed by the whole dining experience. Warm and cosy atmosphere, staff excellent, the scallops to start with were just so soft and the sauce most delicious, The belly of pork, moist and cooked to perfection , as were the medallions. good selection of side dishes.The portions were just the right size we were able to manage a dessert. The wine list was very extensive and it was excellent to see that there were dessert and cheese wines by the glass should one wish. Very attractive venue indeed, looked as though there was an attractive outdoor eating area for summer months. Heartily recommend .
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • A little noisy when full of eaters.
    Brass100
    Dined on 25/9/2014
    We sat just next to the conservatory and the ambient noise was so loud that we had to raise our voices to hear each other. The hard furnishing causes noise to echo around making it difficult to hear each others conversation.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Dinner
    PandJLJ
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Went on a recommendation from a friend. It was our wedding anniversary so called in for dinner and not disappointed. Really high quality food prepared excellently. Couldn't fault it at all and the owner Chris was most sociable and helpful. Is now on our regularly dining list.
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    fit for foodies, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • A great evening
    plymtim
    Dined on 23/9/2014
    Took my brother and wife(over from Australia) for a farewell dinner. They enjoyed the place, the staff and above all the food. Beautifully presented sensible portions of tasteful food. The friendliness of the young waiting staff and the owner made the evening a superb experience-the grouse and pigeon were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal for a special occassion
    Sandl
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    I was looking for somewhere special to take my wife for our wedding anniversary and saw the reviews of the Plough on line and decided to try it. We were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived the staff were attentive and yet unobtrusive - the seating in the restaurant is comfortable and the tables spaced sufficiently to be intimate. We were given complimentary home-made bread with oil and a jug of iced water - a nice touch. The Sunday lunch menu looked good so we had that and the food was excellent - hot and such delicious flavours. The Plough is a great place to have a relaxed and special meal and we will be back.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Special anniversary dinner
    pips
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Booked online for wedding anniversary. I requested a bottle of champagne to be on ice on arrival. All of this was done and we had a really lovely evening. Great food and great service. Food very good vfm
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very nice restaurant
    Lolocandi
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Quite remote but a lovely place once you arrive. Portions aren't massive esp for the high price tag. Beautiful presentation (of food and tables), attentive, smart staff and a well thought out menu.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local treasure chest truly found...
    ROUGE141
    Dined on 18/9/2014
    We had dinner at The Plough during the week. Welcomed straight away by staff and assume the Manageress. Our first visit here and will definitely not be the last. Made a request on Opentable that my husband is a lover of "pigeon" and so glad that the restaurant actually do read and remember requests from customers! From start to finish the meal was superb and cannot fault the standard of the cuisine nor the service that was given throughout our visit there. On leaving our actual comments to the staff and Manageress was that we would have to continue to return for meals in order that we could work through the menu!! Hope to see you again and hope that this review is passed on to encourage to visit you... Thank You for a lovely evening
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Top Class
    Shanks
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We always know when we go to the Plough we get excellent food and excellent service in lovely surroundings! Our last visit on Sunday was no exception! Consistently very good every time we go!
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    brunch, business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great celebration dining experience
    DSLJ
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Excellent service, nicely relaxed atmosphere with no rush, great ambience and excellent food. A thoroughly enjoyable celebration dinner.
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  • Can't fault it
    RussDan02
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Went for a meal for husbands birthday. Not the first time we've been, but I have to say every time we have been to the plough our meal has been delicious! The staff a friendly - all knowledgeable about the menu. The ambience is perfect. I had lemon sole which was beautiful and my husband had steak, which he has every time we go as it is so good. Would definitely recommend - but do book early! 😀
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    outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing meal
    Luvfood
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    The meal was pricey and disappointing. Limited choice for vegetarians who don't eat fish.
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  • 1st class food@the Plough Bolnhurst
    SM78
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The choice of food was excellent and all the dishes we had was fantastic. Great value set menu especially. We were a large group of nine and our waitress was outstanding - helpful, friendly and efficient. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value
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  • Munchkin
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We have tried various other recommended restaurants in the area for special occasions and been disappointed and now look no further than the Plough when we want to go somewhere special. Although not cheap it is good value as the food is always of a very high standard and the well trained staff and relaxed atmosphere make for an extra special dining experience. Thoroughly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a superb lunch at The Plough. The food is interesting and delicious - whilst totally accessible. The only challenge is choosing what to eat. The ipad 'chalk board' is a great touch. Well done!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • J Peterson
    Plou
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Have been to The Plough many times now, usually on a Sunday and always had a delicious meal. Brought along another friend in the week and enjoyed the 3 course set menu which was equally delicious and excellent value for money. There is nothing Negative I can say as the friendliness and service are always first class as well.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Standards
    Jaguar
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    The high standard of food and service never wains.
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  • Gemsop
    Dined on 26/8/2014
    My wife and I had a very enjoyable lunch at this restaurant. The service was very good.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfrocked
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    lunched there very recently and arrived late due to road works locally and appalling diversion signs by the local authority and contractors. The staff were very welcoming and understanding. We chose dishes from their lunchtime blackboard menu, excellent food and outstanding value. We have dined here previously and chosen from the a la carte menu and have never been disappointed. We always regard it as a treat to come here.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstandning evening meal
    localdiner
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    It's rare to find somewhere that simply gets everything right, but thePlough is one such place. A non-fussy menu, great food, really well cooked good portion sizes without being overwhelming and great service. What more could you want? It's not cheap but a great place to go for that special meal.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • Lovely food and very good service
    debsway
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    I booked an evening meal for my Mother's birthday. She is coeliac so can sometimes find restaurants somewhat limited. I had warned them when booking. Most of the meals she could eat and there was special gluten free bread which was very tasty - so often it is not. We had a lovely meal and the ambience and service were very good. Mum was even presented with a special pudding with Happy Birthday and candle which was a nice touch. The prices were reasonable considering the quality of the food and would heartliy recommend this restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as a treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    I have been before and said the same thing... Really nice place, always good food but vastly over priced vegetarian option. Please knock £5 off the cost- it's such a ridiculous mark up and really taints the place for me - as a vegetarian.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and pleasant service
    nickpal
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a family lunch here this weekend to celebrate my mother's 77th birthday and were very pleased with it. The menu was fairly small, which is always a good sign to my mind, but with a good choice of options for all tastes. Three of the family chose the roast beef which came nicely pink and was well received. I had monkfish with slow roasted fennel and courgette and chilli, which was delicious. The puddings also went down very well. It was very busy, so the staff were rushing around a lot. Even so, they were attentive, prompt and pleasant. We had actually booked the table for the previous Sunday and then had to postpone for a week at short notice. The person dealing with this was very understanding. Will definitely return.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Newbie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Lovely setting, Food was very good, Hot and timely. The service was faultless, polite, professional, and didn't keep you waiting even though it turned busy later on. Only downside (and I know this is personal) is the location, as a bit to far out of Bedford to get a taxi, which meant I couldn't have a drink. This was our first time and will definitely be returning.
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    business meals, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Classic Country Pub with great food
    Walkinggranny
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had lunch in the garden with friends on Thursday and it was perfect! The sun shone, the Pimms was delicious, the dog was made welcome and the lunch was well cooked with a good choice. Everything was so imaginative and tasty and we will be back.
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    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had an excellent evening at the Plough, the crab and squid starters were fresh and delicious and the cote de boeuf was cooked perfectly with oodles of flavour. Thank you for a lovely meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.