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The Plough

4.4
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176 reviews
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£25 and under
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Situated less than two miles from the medieval town of Rye, we enjoy a fantastic larder of local produce, from the freshest of fish landed in Rye and Hastings every day, to the wonderful delights from the Romney marsh. With all this on our doorstep, we offer a good choice of local beers, ciders, wines and freshly prepared food.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 176 People Are Saying
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Hobes
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch , staff totally on top of the necessary precautions . Service super . I had the confit de canard in the chatted Romaine , utterly lovely , my wife had the Mackerel wild rice salad which was equally good. Cracking few pints of Harvey’s as well. Well done and we wish you the very best. See you again soon.

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vipRadar
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch as always, very friendly, helpful staff.

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MikeyH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really top notch roast! Service was great. Bartender made an exceptional bloody Mary.

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JacquelineC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely pub. Excellent food. Great staff. Would higu recommend.

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MarkB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Stopped for lunch from the summer menu, burgers were very good.

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MartynG
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a short break to Hastings and found the Plough through Open Table (bookings site). As we are still in the Covid period it was hard to find pubs and/or restaurants in the local area and we were not disappointed with the Plough.

We pre-booked a table of four and arrived half an hour too early (my mistake) but it wasn't a problem as they welcomed us in anyway. Great social distancing measures in place, full table service (which I love and hope carries on after Covid!)

The staff were lovely and very friendly. Although there was a limit menu due to the circumstances it was still a great choice and the food was out of this world.

Thanks guys, we will definitely come back again on our next visit.

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Porky
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The epitome of good pub. Delicious food and drink.
Always friendly and full of atmosphere.
The perfect balance of sense and safety as everything becomes slowly more accessible. Cannot recommend it enough!

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AlisonL
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We walked from Rye for the Sunday lunch after a break due to lockdown. We were welcomed and impressed by the efforts to keep us safe. Lunch was super, we had the beef and treated ourselves to a gorgeous Eton mess dessert. Def will be back soon

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vipGiulianabrucy
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful view of the countryside staff were kind to give our family of three one of the best tables outside. Food was also amazing however service could ve been a bit faster that said we had a great overall experience and definitely will come back

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AmyC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food! The burger and fish and chips were top notch. Good service.

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ShivaniJ
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, lovely staff, but we were hoping for a view from the garden and there wasn’t which was a shame.

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BrendaM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly helpful staff. Food was very good and we did not have long to wait for it to be served. Recommend a visit.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Welcoming, friendly and efficient service and decent food well presented made for an enjoyable evening. The only downside was that they had sold out of fish and chips on a Friday evening and I was really looking forward to eating that but had to choose something else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish and chips!

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JonathanH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent country pub with a lovely decked area with great views. Dining area inside really pleasant and light. Very friendly efficient bar and waiting staff. Great Sunday lunch with friends, first time we have visited but will return when next in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Limited menu but good quality. Very busy so service slightly slow which was fine as we had plenty to talk about.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food served by very helpful and friendly staff, will definitely go back

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AmeliaB
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long time. Food is amazing and not that expensive

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dîner in a cosy restaurant. We can only recommend it and we’ll be back!

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CarolynC
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food in pleasant surroundings. Local produce cooked with flair.

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DukeofEarl
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spacious restaurant laid out around a large bar. Local micro brewery beers available too. Small quality menu on a Saturday night.

Good service, but not intrusive.

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Drew
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Firstly we have to comment on the hospitality which was like a breath of fresh air being welcoming and genuinely focussed on making our dining experience very enjoyable.
Food was freshly prepared to a very high standard and the seating arrangement allowed us with both fabulous views of open countryside together with space and privacy to enjoy our meal.
We will definitely be returning to the Plough on our next visit to East Sussex.

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TerryS
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find!
We have tried numerous country pubs in East Sussex in our quest for a decent Sunday roast and none have met the mark.... until now!
The roast potatoes were PERFECT!!
Potatoes are usually what let’s down a pub Sunday roast but these were crispy and delicious, nearly as good as my wife’s!
Will definitely visit again and will be recommending to our friends.
And a great pint of local ale too!

JC
JohnC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was expecting to have a combination of tapas which are always good.

BUT - the specials of the day were very tempting and I opted for the Sea Bream - absolutely superb and the potatoes were a wonderful chef's creation.

Followed up by a very original, very tasty orange sorbet.

Could not faults a single thing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visiting the plough yesterday
And couldn’t recommend it enough, the tapas is delicious.
And the staff are very accommodating.
Would definitely visit again

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DouglasR
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With Simon and Toby otherwise either overseas or managing other aspects of their businesses. I was welcomed by the expertly appointed staff who presented themselves in such a friendly manner that absolutely reflects the style and genuineness that Simon and Toby have developed over the years. Our food was served in good time and was of high quality in every aspect.
The country atmosphere and high level of service made our meal memorable.

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PedroR
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing ambience and super friendly staff. Tapas with a view of British countryside was such a remarkable combination. Strongly recommend if you're nearby.

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CharlieW
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very friendly and dog friendly too, which was a bonus. We felt that the menu choices were limited and the Tapas was not good unless you were into seafood or game which one of our party was not. The landlord forgot to order our desserts and disappeared! At second attempt we got them. Coffee machine dysfunctional so very limited choice. Would suggest a return to normal pub food menu before we return. To be fair what we had was well presented and tasty but pricey and insufficient in quantity. I was still peckish when I got home and I have the appetite of an anorexic gnat! Locals and dogs very friendly though...

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DavidO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

Four of us had lunch during the week and must say that the pub is very attractive in its layout and colour scheme. We were more or less obliged to choose from the tapas menu, due to poor choice of main meals, plus one special. The tapas offering consisted of half pint of prawns, whitebait, potted shrimp in rancid butter, all of which you can get in any average pub, although the grilled peppers were OK. Unfortunately there was no atmosphere as we were the only people in attendance, and the gentleman looking after us did his best. Probably would not visit again, more through disappointment in the anticipation of better things.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambience, nice views, welcoming staff, friendly chef homely food

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LucyS
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food in a homely and relaxed pub.

JS
JennyS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to the Plough for Sunday lunch and first impressions were great. Lovely pub, delicious smells and a great view from the back. Staff were very friendly and attentive. The only downside, and it is only a small one, was only one option for me as a vegetarian. We were offered a veggie roast if I wanted but I went for the one on the menu. The meal was absolutely delicious so no complaints there but just a niggle with choice. I’m sure the menu during the week will have more choice. But I would still definitely recommend and go back ourselves.

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jonnyb
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious new menu and great service as always. Great spot for all occasions.

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IanS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

DISAPPOINTING ... we booked for Valentines evening, after being sent a message my email. It stated that a chef from a restaurant we appreciated, would be starting at The Plough and that there was to a special menu on the evening we booked. We duly arrived and were warmly welcomed - no problem there. However, when the waitress asked what we'd like to drink we in turn reminded her that their Valentines 'offer' included a free glass of prosecco on arrival. Her response was "Oh! really. Nobody tells be about these things!", but provided the drink free of charge. We proceeded to choose our meals, but were disappointed to find that our mains didn't include potatoes, which were regarded as a 'side' at £3.00 per person. We had opted for the 2 courses at £19.50. This was our second visit to The Plough (our first wasn't a great success either), as we thought that they were making efforts and were prepared to give it a second chance. Sorry, but we doubt we'll be returning soon.

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DouglasR
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cold wet night as soon as we arrived a lovely warm welcome with a fire going.The glass were on tables gave the room sharpness yet still in a country Pub.Then the smile of the discreet no push waitress allowed to make our choices promoting a relaxed slowdown meal .

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EllisH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The menu was very limited, not good for gluten free and very very overpriced! The deserts were minute at £7 a serving so overall rather disappointed.

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JanBee
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Great place, friendly staff, sadly the Sunday roast was a let down 😕

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ElizabethF
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my 90 year old mother to the Plough for her birthday lunch. The staff were very accommodating in putting Mum near the fire, away from draughts, and made sure she had cushions for her seat. The service was very good and we were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend this pub to friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It was disappointing. Prior visits have been good.

Manager was very accommodating but not much she could do. Highlighted that one of our party was non dairy and non wheat when booked but there were only two possible meals on the menu.

Specials board outside wasn't available on Sunday.

'Roast chicken' appeared to be a roasted chicken breast. Vegetables were aldente but really hard, gravy was thin. Whole dinner was pretty poor actually.
Christmas puddings like a fruit sponge. Good ice cream and sorbets. Coffee was 'thin'.

No one asked how the meal was or we would have told them.

Generally not great unfortunately.

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MikeL
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal and great atmosphere. The manager Gracie is a delight to meet and very customer focused. Superb place to go.

FAQs

The Plough offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01797 223381.

The Plough is rated 4.4 stars by 176 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.