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Bowleys at the Plough, West Malling, Kent

Bowleys at the Plough

4.8
4.8
112 Reviews
£41 and over
British
The Plough isn't your average countryside pub. Sitting on a quiet lane in a quintessentially English village, The Plough was set to be sold off the developers when 120 members of the community came together to invest, and save, their local. After its purchase and renovation, the Yates family took over the kitchen and opened the pub's small, but proud, restaurant, Bowleys.

Head Chef Alex Yates is still very early on in his career but though only in his early twenties, he has already spent two years in the kitchens at The Goring Hotel in London, as well as having gained experience with Rick Stein and even once cooking for the Queen.

Bowleys menus have a traditional feel and adhere to classic, English fare with a fine dining twist. There are several options to choose between including a tasting menu, set lunch, a la carte, brunch and Sunday lunch. The tasting menu is the jewel in Bowleys crown and consists of five courses, with an optional sixth.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Wed, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01732 822233
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alex Yates
  • Catering
    We offer a range of dining options to suit any occasion, from an intimate tasting menu celebration in our Dining Room to canapés and champagne with your bespoke menu. <br /><br />For a day created around your style and your guests, we have it covered. Please contact Bowleys@theploughkent.com or call 01732 822233 to discuss your event requirements.
  • Private party facilities
    We are delighted to be offering private events and dining, celebrations and wedding breakfasts at Bowley’s at The Plough. Hospitality has been in our family for generations and the art of hosting the perfect party, blending wonderful food, wine, atmosphere and, most importantly, service, is something we excel at.
  • Neighborhood
    West Malling
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Wine
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Experiences

  • Set Lunch

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a Set Lunch Menu, composed by Chef Alex Yates. Vegan option included. Available for Tuesday to Saturday Lunch or dinner.
    Set Lunch Photo
  • Tasting Menu

    £90.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a Five-course Tasting Menu, composed by Chef Alex Yates. Vegan option include. Available for Tuesday to Saturday dinner.
    Tasting Menu Photo
  • À la Carte

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a À la Carte Menu, composed by Chef Alex Yates. Vegan option included. Available for Tuesday to Saturday Lunch or dinner.
    À la Carte Photo

What 112 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Kent

    Great for fine wines

  • Kent

    British

112 Reviews
  1. Finchlings

    Kent

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to The Plough regularly & love it. The food is fantastic & the service is excellent. The menu also changes regularly because it’s a very seasonal, locally sourced menu. They do a great Sunday roast as well.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Bowleys. The staff are very professional and attentive. I eat left handed, and when the second setting is placed to cater to suit your eating style, you know that the staff are really paying attention. This is always the first thing I observe when dining anywhere in the guide, you'd be surprised how many restaurants with a star fail at this.

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  3. KarenL

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant. Always a warm welcome from Grace, and a relaxed atmosphere. Food is fabulous with lots of quirky touches. One of our friends is GF and they are always so accommodation, adapting anything on the menu for her.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here was recommended by a friend and I can say we will definitely be back Food was outstanding, service was amazing and we wasn’t rushed at all

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  5. MicheleK

    Kent

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great lunch celebrating one of our party’s birthday they too enjoyed the food and the staff so attentive and friendly will certainly be back and our friends too well done the Bowley team and compliments to the chef ! amuse bouche are amazing and a lovely touch thank you

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of 6 of us had lunch here. It was an experience we will all remember. From the moment we were welcomed to the restaurant, through all the service, the attention to detail was outstanding. Unusual, yet excellent tasting dishes from the Welsh rarebit amuse bouche, through the wild garlic risotto to the chicken and the chicken. We will definitely go there again when next in the area

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  7. Brian

    Chicago

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delightful food,lovingly and skilfully presented. Energetic, enthusiastic and caring young staff. Enjoyed our lunch immensely. Brian

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  8. VSFJ

    Kent

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had dinner with friends here on Saturday night having previously enjoyed a fabulous Sunday lunch . There was a wedding in the main restaurant so our table was in the bar which was surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night. We really enjoyed the crab starter paired with the Gewürztraminer. Unfortunately, my duck was over cooked and my friend said the John Dory was bland. Sadly, the deserts were disappointing too as the lemon mousse was rubbery and had too much gelatine. Despite the issues, the staff were great and looked after us really well and because we couldn’t get a cab home, the owner drove us home which was very much appreciated and was above and beyond what he needed to do.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food. Will return, very pleasant experience.

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  10. Edgarmark

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing tasting menu and fantastic staff. Loved it:

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FAQs

Bowleys at the Plough is rated 4.8 stars by 112 OpenTable diners.

Bowleys at the Plough does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Bowleys at the Plough

Taylors Ln, West Malling, Kent ME19

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    West Malling
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue–Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Wed, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 pm Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alex Yates
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    01732 822233
  • Catering
    We offer a range of dining options to suit any occasion, from an intimate tasting menu celebration in our Dining Room to canapés and champagne with your bespoke menu. <br /><br />For a day created around your style and your guests, we have it covered. Please contact Bowleys@theploughkent.com or call 01732 822233 to discuss your event requirements.
  • Private party facilities
    We are delighted to be offering private events and dining, celebrations and wedding breakfasts at Bowley’s at The Plough. Hospitality has been in our family for generations and the art of hosting the perfect party, blending wonderful food, wine, atmosphere and, most importantly, service, is something we excel at.
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