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The Plough at Bolnhurst
The Plough at Bolnhurst

The Plough at Bolnhurst Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bolnhurst.com
  • Phone: 0123 437 6274
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 02:00PM,
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 06:30PM - 09:30PM.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, British
  • 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 0123 437 6274

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The high standard of food and service never wains."
    dined on 29/08/2014
  • "My wife and I had a very enjoyable lunch at this restaurant. The service was very good."
    dined on 26/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "We have been here several times before and always use it as our 'special' place to dine! This time sadly was less special! As a party we felt very rushed - pushed to order and then the courses came quickly and without break! We had at least 6 different waiting staff and didn't feel we built up a relationship with any of them. There was a trainee waiter that almost charged us £160.00 more than the bill and laughed it off like it was an easy mistake! The food was outstanding. The flavours brilliant and the menu varied and interesting although I question the presentation of the steak. Overall slightly disappointed that I have lost a fail safe in terms of a great meal out!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Cannot think of a better place to eat in Bedfordshire. Excellent food, excellent & comprehensive wine list (plus some super beers), attentive service & rural surroundings. Visited twice in Jan. and July 2014, once in party of ten and then two people. Highly recommended. Steep prices but you pay for what you get!"
    dined on 29/07/2014
  • "Took my wife there on Sunday we both said how nice the Plough was for our lst visit,we will go in the week next time,only a small down side was that was not many vegetarian dishes and a lot of fish dishes that suited me"
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "Very good food with friendly service in a rural idyll. Wonderful evening."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "I have chosen this restaurant after carefully reading many reviews as it was my husband's birthday. I have especially contacted them beforehand as I wanted to arrange a small candle on his desert at the end of our meal. I was assured that it wouldn't be a problem and they would be delighted to do it. Upon our arrival, there wasn't even anyone to assist us - we have had to go to the bar to advise that we have got a table reservation. I was super excited for this small gesture at the end of our celebration meal but was hugely disappointed when the deserts arrived and it did not have a candle as promised. If I knew beforehand, I would have prepared something myself but I couldn't even rectify it after the desert arrived. Such a let-down..."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "On the 1st anniversary of moving to the area we celebrated with lunch at our favourite restaurant. Once again we were delighted with excellent food, friendly and attentive service and the bonus of eating outside in the lovely, excellently maintained garden at The Plough. Our main courses, baked cod and duck leg from the lunch time specials menu were delicious and as ever we were spoilt for choice and unable to resist having all three courses."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Table with a lovely view, near the patio area. Great food selection and lovely staff."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "We were a group of 5, which included 1 vegetarian and 1 gluten free, this was not a problem. Gluten free bread was provided for our gluten free lady and from then all gluten free options on the menu were pointed out to her so that she knew which meals were suitable for her without having to ask. Even her coffee arrived with a chocolate truffle rather than a cookie without any intervention from us. It is the level of service I have come to expect from this restaurant and their staff."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "The Plough at Bolnhurst is truly a pleasure to visit. It doesn't matter if you're popping in for a lunch, a quick drink or a leisurely meal. The service and the food is always a joy"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "We have, once again, been impressed by the standard of food and the quality of service at The Plough. Well done! Keep it up."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Friendly atmosphere, good food, good service, ideal for most occasions"
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Whilst we enjoyed the food, we found the whole experience rather frenetic - admittedly we should have asked to be moved from the noisy table next to the service station and toilet but we also found that the service was disjointed with too many people involved in serving us. And were very disappointed to be served cold red wine . For a restaurant with a high reputation, this was inexcusable. We were looking forward to having a leisurely evening dinner but we felt very rushed.."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Our table was in the lovely wood-beamed conservatory and, this time, we chose from the fixed price blackboard menu. We both had the Fowey Mussels starter which was beautifully cooked and seasoned. I had the Aberdeenshire Rib Flank which was slow-cooked to perfection. My wife had Lambs liver which she throughly enjoyed. She was too full for desert but I had the Chocolate Marquis with orange confit and my only complaint was that I could have eaten more of it! All this plus drinks and coffee came to just over £52. Excellent value for a superb meal. We eat here regularly and have never been disappointed."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We chose from the 'specials board', 2 courses for £16.00. This is excellent value and the dishes were superb. I had broad bean risotto and my friend had the cod with spinach - we finished every scrap. Puddings were lovely too. Very highly recommended."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Food was excellent and they advise on what was gluten free and provided gluten free bread"
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "an interesting foodie menu , good atmosphere , and attentive service, fairly pricy at £100 ( including tip) for 2"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "An ideal place to linger over a birthday lunch. The 3 of us were unanimous that the food was excellent in choices, taste & presentation, extensive wine list with good descriptions, v. friendly service. Not a place to go to if in a hurry, all the food is freshly cooked - tasty fresh cooked bread to dip in good olive oil a nice welcome touch. The staff work well as a team, they clearly enjoy their jobs."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Our meal,service and ambience were wonderful as usual. thank you. Our NZ visitors were very impressed."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "The restaurant were so helpful. I mentioned when I booked that I only eat chicken, and whilst it was not on the menu, they sourced a beautiful chicken dish for me. My partner had scallops for starter and lobster for his main - all of the food was delicious and beautifully presented. Service was excellent - the staff are always on hand and there were no long delays between dishes. My only gripe is that you have to order sides to go with the dishes."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "We were really looking forward to this as a special night out due to the kids being away. Although the service was friendly, everything felt really rushed. The whole meal was done within 50 mins! The food was fine, but the overall experience doesn't come close to the likes of The Black Horse at Ireland... For around the same money."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Went to The Plough with 5 friends, to celebrate 2 birthday's, the service was excellent from the moment we arrived, although it was very busy we were not kept waiting at all - all the staff were very attentive, the food was excellent, 3 of the party had steak which they really enjoyed, I had Lobster which was really good especially the Lobster Butter, having only been before for Sunday Lunch (which is always good) we could not fault the Saturday evening menu. All in all a good time was had by all - Thanks to all the staff at The Plough."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "The overall rating says it all. High standards have been maintained from the day it opened under current management."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "since our last visit to the Plough, and it was the same excellent dining experience. It is pricey, so best saved for special occasions, but it is very good quality food in very pleasant surroundings. Staff as helpful and friendly as ever too."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "As gastro pubs go this venue is a little better. I love fine dining and this place was better a few years back. Maybe too safe a menu but many older diners enjoying the dining experience!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "It had been a few years since i last had dinner at the Plough, I took my wife and parents who had not been before. It was as good as ever, great food, service and ambience. Looking forward to my next visit!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "We recently celebrated my husbands birthday at the Plough, following at least 3 previous visits.....as always the food was extremely good with a nicely balanced menu. The service was efficient, despite a little next up over special dietary requirements, over which genuine concern was expressed by the staff. The atmosphere was warm and convivial."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Recommended to us for somewhere a bit special, The Plough at Bolnhurst certainly lived up to our expectations. Service was friendly and informal but efficient, and made the excellent meal a very enjoyable experience; the steaks especially were top quality. We felt well looked after and satisfied. It was a more expensive place than we would usually use, so we wouldn't go very often, but for a special occasion it was really good."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "Great tasting food but small portions. The menu is small but updated regularly using seasonal ingredients. Some of the dishes lack presentational flair ..ie steak served on a bare plate with no garnish! Service is impeccable, nothing is too much trouble!"
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "I needed someware a bit different to take my partner for her birthday, the plough at Bolnhurst was recommended to me by a work colleague. I made the booking on line, chose the day and time and any special food requirements were noted, all very simple and straightforward. I enjoyed the friendly service we received, the food was cooked and presented to a high standard. When making the booking I had mentioned it was my partners birthday, as a nice little touch the desert came complete with candle and happy birthday piped in chocolate around the plate which just goes to show they do read any notes you make on booking. All in all an enjoyable evening no hesitation in recommending."
    dined on 10/06/2014
  • "Warm welcome here and we were able to enjoy the garden pre- dinner. Menu was varied but extremely overpriced both for starters and mains. So ? value for money!! We ate in the conservatory annex and I'm sure the whole restaurant could hear the chef shouting "service please" as meals were ready to go to tables! When dining out on a Saturday we expect to be out for the evening and have a nice relaxed meal (especially at these prices) however I think maybe this place likes to re set tables because our main courses came very soon after the starter plates had been cleared! So we felt rushed. Unfortunately we shall not be back in a hurry. "
    dined on 07/06/2014