The Plough

4.3
8 reviews
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£25 and under
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Bistro
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  • Special Occasions
The Plough Inn is situated at the top of the square in the picturesque village of Hillsborough, Co.Down. The famous family owned business boasts an excellent reputation for hospitality, atmosphere & wonderful food. Originally established in 1758 as a coaching inn, the Plough has a rich heritage with the current owners, the Patterson Family, having been in business for over 30 years. The Patterson Family have invested their time and energy into transforming this historic building into an award-winning pub and restaurant.
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N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing choice on menu. Have never had smoked seabass before and would'nt be tempted to have it again. Also not a fan of black pudding mash, infact, didn't eat much of the main course so not value for money!
Have been before and food was lovely so very disappointed this time

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SD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Booked for The Plough bar and was seated in The Vintage Rooms. Noisy, busy, not suitable ambiance or atmosphere for family lunch. Vintage Rooms basically a coffee shop so feel very disappointed with my experience. If I book via the website I expect to be seated in the bar. I did not feel valued as a customer. Food nice but seating area spoiled it.

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SM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable experience. Food excellent, service friendly and competent.

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JD
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

This review has been quite difficult to write as its not actually about the Plough but its 'overspill room?' the Drawing Rooms. We wanted to eat in Hillsborough and the Plough gets great reviews so we looked at the menu on the website and booked a table for 2 for lunch. When we arrived we were told that our table was in 'the Drawing Rooms' which was just next door. When we went next door we found a room much more like a cafe than a pub - with children colouring in and people enjoying coffee and cakes. The service was laidback - we were given a menu and then left for 10 minutes. Unfortunately however, the menu was completely different to that for the Plough. When the waitress came back she asked for our food order and I'd to stop her to ask for drinks first. We ordered a glass each of the house white and the house red and she asked if we wanted normal or large. We ordered large. She returned with normal. We felt someone out of place being the only people in the room glasses of wine.

We deliberated on whether to ask the waitress to find us a table in the Plough as this was what we had booked but we had booked a night's B&B in Dromore and were under time pressure to check in so we stayed and ordered off the cafe menu which was much more basic.

The food arrived promptly, was very tasty and good value for money (a burger and scampi & chips) but it just wasn't the experience we had looked up online and subsequently booked. It may well be that locals know to specify when booking which 'side' they want to eat but we are not local and at no stage in the online booking process was it made evident that we wouldn't get to eat in the restaurant and from the menu that we had chosen. Disappointing.

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OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food great & staff lovely - will be back!

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g
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent late breakfast and dessert - thoroughly recommend the eggs Benedict and the chocolate pavement.

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p
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from entering until leaving ....food..service...value...as good or even better than you would get anywhere

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, lovely food

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