The Plough is owned by the team who run Dylans at The King’s Arms in St Albans. Following their success there, they have transformed this previously neglected thatched country pub in the hamlet of Sleapshyde. Gone are the sticky floral carpets and painted beams I remember from my youth, replaced by a fresh, smart, modern look that retains the original features of this 16th century pub.
The food is also modern and exciting, offering different dishes to sister restaurant The King’s Arms. At the time of writing, the set menu was £25 for two courses and £29 for three.
On our recent visit we were treated to some great cooking. We started with pork & sage sausage roll with pickled vegetables and homemade brown sauce; and crisp pork cheeks, Parma ham, caramelised onions and a duck egg salad. Our mains were a rare bavette of beef, tarragon salad cream dressed baby gem lettuce with beef dripping crumb and crisp potato; and slow-roast leg of lamb with peas, broad beans, anchovies and homemade curd. The wine list looked well chosen, although we opted for pints from an excellent St Albans brewery, The 3 Brewers.
The Plough has a lovely outdoor area, and on our visit families and cyclists were well represented.
Plans are afoot to grow their own vegetables and keep bees, so expect this place to take off!
By Philip Seaman, editor-at-large
Photos: The Plough