The Plough

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Bistro
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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R
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Shown to our table straight away and all staff very friendly and prompt. Will definitely return

DL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, good variety on menu to suit all tastes at reasonable cost. Service was very good.

A
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was not particularly hot and one of the items was missing from the dish( leek and Chorizo gratin)
Because we ordered Champ the waitress assumed that we did not want this as it was also potato ( which was not stated on the menu!!) when it eventually did arrive we had finished our meal and it was not very hot!

HC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent, fillet steak was disappointing and chunky chips were more like wedges and not crispy. Also no background music so you could hear people's conversation around us.

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was great however they were unable to serve about 4 dishes from the menu as they had run out and it was only 6:15pm

RK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food - great price for sunday roast and staff very helpful, pleasant and accommodating

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not a very impressive lunch

a
N. Ireland
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As a group of 5 we enjoyed our evening. We had asked for a quiet table and that was honoured. The menu was varied and all of us thought our mains were tasty, well presented and good value. The desserts got a mixed review. The sticky toffee was great but a little too much, the roulade and lemon were pleasant but not a rave review. A little creamy and bland. The coffee was good, the wine was delicious and the service was friendly but due to where we ended up it was hard to catch a waiter's eye as we were passed by so quickly in the alcove. All in all I would recommend and would certainly revisit myself.

IL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff who made the evening. Food was nice and portions ample.

AT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable family meal in the Plough Inn (in the Bistro). The restaurant is beautiful, the menu had great choice and our meals were all gorgeous. Great service too! We would highly recommend it.

LA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having popped into a couple of places on Sunday for lunch and unable to get a table, it was so easy to book The Plough on OpenTable. The food was fantastic! Perfectly cooked; sauces were well balanced and the dessert, which we are frequently disappointed with in many places was simply delicious. We will definitely be back!

FL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Anne and I had a very pleasant evening in the Plough, we are regular users of this establishment.

PT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time from we entered until we left. The food and service were excellent.

JA
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I met two friends for lunch at the Plough and we enjoyed the experience very much. Food was good, staff friendly and parking convenience...........we will be back!

T
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the layout of the Plough is rather confusing when we got to the correct area it was a wonderful experience. The starters were delicious and very well presented.. The mains equally well received. Our only dismay was that we couldn't manage a desert!! The waitress couldn't have been more attentive. We would definitely recommend The Plough.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. It was a hot day but it was comfortable in the Bistro. The staff were very accommodating and pleasant. We’ve been there before and will definitely go again

AS
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely family meal.
Nice variety and options of specials or normal menu.
Starters a bit pricey
Dessert selection could be better?

ML
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and couldn't fault it, really enjoyable evening.

CD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Some of the food was good but most weren’t of the usual level

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Amazing staff. Food was really delicious. Its silly that opentable make you write at least 50 characters to review though

RR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed a recent lunch with a friend. Like the Plough but a little disappointed in menu choice. As it was summer I had expected a salad eg prawn open to be available

EO
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with pleasant and welcoming service

K
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is only the second time we have visited the plough, we had a brilliant experience the first time although this second time the food was not quite as good. The starters were very tasty however the mains were disappointing this visit. I had the goats cheese and pepper pasta and it was very tasteless. In comparison to the other meals on the menu it was very basic and cheap tasting. My parents had the beef but they felt it tasted very Asian inspired rather than just a nice roast dinner. My husband had the lamb leg but didn’t feel there was anything stand out about it. This was disappointing as the first time we visited with my husbands parents it was fantastic and the food was brilliant. This time when we visited with my parents it didn’t live up to the hype we made about the plough to them. The service was brilliant as always though and atmosphere lovely. The starters and puddings were also gorgeous it was just the mains that let it down.

EB
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, excellent service, have been several times before and always want to come back. The banoffee in particular was lovely

OT
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first time eating in the Bistro after a bad experience a few years ago. This is how The Plough used to be and we were really impressed with the changes.

BL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very pleasant evening - would recommend to anyone.

WI
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and location but table was quite tight in a corner and had to sit side by side

MS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was absolutely delicious the roast beef dinner was to die for my husband had the lamb and said it was cooked to perfection.
Dessert was also delicious I would highly recommend the Plough if you have never been give it a try.

MR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff attentive. The starter and main course portions could have been more generous; the starter especially was on the small side. Overall a very good experience, though, and we'll definitely be back.

CO
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was better than last visit which was a while ago and only went as was given a voucher at Christmas. Enjoyed meal but service was poor. Still waiting on dessert menu! Waved down waitress ordered a coffee then waved down waitress asked for bill - waiter that had cleared table and asked if we wanted to look at desserts was wandering around other tables and never came back with menu. There was an 80th birthday party finishing off beside us and when they left staff were putting balloons on table for next birthday party - perhaps have a couple more staff on a night with few party tables. Tables beside us were waiting on placing order for drinks and food for quite a while - another table sent food back to be re cooked. Disappointing night.

R
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service slow - order continuously got wrong and then had to wait for fresh food to be prepared despite clear order.

EC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Great ambiance and friendly staff.

SR
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thanks for a lovely evening and good food! Mum and Dad really enjoyed their anniversary!
Sharon

g
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fabulous meal for Mother’s Day. The daffodils were a lovely touch. Would recommend

RV
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and attendant staff. Very happy and would definitely recommend.

L
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It was nice however the food was almost “over done”. I personally prefer something I bit simpler and there was just a lot going on on the plate. However for someone else this may be something they love. Just not for me. The service was great and they were friendly but efficient. Just not for me

F
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great restaurant for good food and comfortable ambiance

N
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

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

SD
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

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.

SM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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