The Plough

4.5
256 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
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 & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 256 people are saying
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LaurenceV
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday roast, wonderful / attentive staff, lovely surroundings, great log burner, highly recommended five stars from me 👍

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PeterK
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant pub environment albeit somewhat muted because of the current Covid 19 regulations. ( But this is not The Plough's fault. ) The food was good, the atmosphere was welcoming, and the service was both professional and friendly.

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PHILIPH
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

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RachelY
Kent
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff. We will definitely be returning.

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rosief
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful experience. The staff were extremely attentive and friendly. We sat next to a gorgeous roaring fire on a cold day. Our food was absolutely faultless we asp enjoyed our first meal out after lockdown
Thanks guys

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Hannah
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great locally sourced food and brilliant service.

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JackW
London
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice fish and chip lunch here, they were very understanding that 2 year olds are not fond of sitting at the table, great staff

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Dbbwsm
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, helpful friendly staff. Good food and dog friendly.

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KinghaMs
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat or just pop in for a drink. Staff very friendly and welcoming.
The food is very good and plenty of it.

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CathyL
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday roast and friendly staff - would definitely recommend!

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JaneG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch and highly recommend it

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rupertl
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food . Great service . Brilliant location . Loved it!

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff, lovely food, lovely pub. Thank you for helping us have such a fun few days.

Special mention of Kurt, who was really friendly and very knowledgeable about cocktails and English wine. He helped to create a very nice atmosphere in The Plough, which must be challenging in times of social distancing and limiting customer numbers. It had the feel of a real local pub but, as visitors, we were made to feel very welcome. A real shame there is a 10pm curfew, it seemed the perfect pub for a lock-in!!

We ate in one night and ordered take out a second night as food was so yummy (veggie haloumi burger and great chips & coleslaw). The Plough also provided a sumptuous breakfast delivered to our door (we were staying in the quite extraordinary 'Extraordinary Huts' just down the road).

The combination of The Plough and Extraordinary Huts is a recipe for a return visit very soon, we really had a great time. Thank you.
Amanda

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JulianB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The Plough is ok, not great but then not bad! The chap running the bar and the diners worked incredibly hard and frankly could have benefitted with an assistant.
We both had burgers which were pretty good ( can’t really go too far wrong). The crumble pudding was large and very tasty.
Shame that they didn’t have all items on a smallish menu actually available.
COVID hasn’t helped. Tables are spaced out so it’s a bit like eating in a barn. The menu is limited.
Still, we would go back - great service, good food and overall a reasonable evening out.

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SadieW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely roast dinner here with the family would 100% return when in the area again!

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DouglasR
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hey lovely country location with excellent parking friendly welcoming staff. Good social distancing yet maintaining the ambiance of a lovely country pub.

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SilverDiners
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The pub was lacking in any ambience (perhaps some background music would be preferable at this time, as the pub was very quiet). We ordered Sunday lunch, my husband the sirloin beef, and myself the belly pork. Whilst the size of the meat portion was good, both lacked any special flavour. What would have made the meal would have been to increase the vegetable portions - the carrots and spring cabbage portions were inadequate and buried under the meat and gravy. Roast potatoes were good, and enough of them. The waiting staff were friendly.

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neilp
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible food , such a shame as normally very good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a lovely place to come.. food is constantly good and the staff lovely and friendly and welcoming... definitely recommend

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BenK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Warm welcoming pub with delicious food and lovely views, very accomodating of our 2 year old. Wish it was my local!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food offering is really good. 25% discount particularly appreciated.

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Tealady92
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience2

We weren’t offered a drink when we sat down and service was slow. From a limited menu 3 mains were off at 7:30 limiting the choice in my case to one main. Burger was small especially for my partner. Overall food was good but we were already less than happy. Even more so when a group of men stopped to chat to our neighbouring table and stood between us violating social distancing rules. Staff seemed to be ok with this as they were locals.

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KafilD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Walked in to smell celeriac roasting which was fabulous. The staff were very courteous and sat us by a window with a view over the hills to a windmill. The choices on the menu were fantastic and I chose the venison with celeriac mash. The venison was cooked to perfection and melted in the mouth.
The only oddity was Oasis playing at a low volume on loop, which did become quite annoying.
But this did not take away from the lovely warm atmosphere and the perfect food.
I would recommend that people should definitely eat here.

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AnneX
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit since new restrictions. Happy to recommend. Lots of space. Staff are lovely and the food is excellent.

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janetw
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable lunch. Good menu with great choice and helpful and friendly staff. Will go back

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lynnew
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent halloumi burger and great service - friendly and welcoming. We felt that attention had been paid to keeping things safe and we enjoyed our evening. We hope to return!

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Hayley
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Somehow they managed to keep it cosy and intimate even with the restrictions we all face at the moment.
Great staff, very friendly. Lovely food. We are far too much... Try the banana bread sundae!!
Would come back again and again if we were local.

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IanG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Used the extension to the eat out to help out for our first visit. Due to Covid the menu is limited but the food served was very good. Would recommend the sausage and apple roll as a starter.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been there twice now during our 1 week stay in Rye and would come back any time. The food is amazing, the staff is welcoming and the atmosphere is great. The pub is very rustic and cosy and outside in the summer is just so relaxing with all the birdsong and sheep surrounding the pub.

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JenniferF
Bristol
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a Sunday roast. Sat on the patio, which was lovely, nice views of the countryside and was very peaceful. Food was very good and the amount was just right. The staff were friendly. And we appreciated the COVID-19 measures put in place to protect staff and customers. Would definitely return again :)

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JaneB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great here. Limited menu but all the better for it. Very good burgers and excellent chips. Friendly good service.

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ChristopherM
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, good old country pub.. nice relaxing atmosphere.

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LucyG
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service. Menu could perhaps be a little more adventurous.

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Penny
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our waitress was welcoming, friendly and efficient. COVID precautions were good and the food was freshly cooked and very tasty. We would definitely return if we were in the area.

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JoannaK
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not a huge choice of options on the menu but all very nice, fresh and well executed

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with great food, fast service and friendly staff.

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TomW
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simple menu, mostly burgers. Well cooked and presented. Great desserts too, especially the sticky toffee pudding. Eat Out to Help Out made this a very affordable meal in nice surroundings. Efficient and pleasant staff. Friendly chefs! Highly recommended

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ChipsB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The rice / corn / chicken salad was very light on corn, the scotch egg was made with pork not black pudding as advertised, explained as being because no black pudding, should have been told when ordering and croquettes had very little filling.
Not the standard we are used to.

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JoanneH
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Definitely worth a visit. The burgers are delicious

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Stevie
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I'm relatively close to the Plough and have frequented it often and thoroughly enjoyed my times there. I'm aware that different people are running it now and I have to say my partner and I was extremely disappointed with the menu and the lack of choice. Not a vegetable in sight unless you are a vegetarian, then there were one or two. I'm not a burger person nor fish and chips, I can go to a cafe for either, I was rather hoping for better.

FAQs

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

The Plough is rated 4.5 stars by 256 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.