A pub and restaurant found in the rather woody Ivy Hatch in the Kentish Weald, The Plough is a local village establishment, but with a much wider appeal.
Imagine the facets of your idyllic country pub and you might find The Plough is pretty close to having them all. An inglenook fireplace. A good balance of local ales and better-known beers (though not normally your typical ones). All in the middle of some excellent dog-walking territory.
But highest on The Plough’s list of virtues is a regularly changing menu of good but accessible food. Perhaps this is a consequence of the pub’s own garden farm – they keep and butcher their own pigs and chickens, which means your roast shoulder of pork or the chicken in your Caesar salad is from a little patch just outside, rather than brought in frozen from some industrial wholesaler.
Miles Medes, proprietor of The Plough since 2008, is a strong believer of taking full advantage of good produce when it’s already in your area (if not your back garden). And it shows – provenance is pointed out on the menus, quality within rare British breeds is sought, and the particulars of ‘heirloom’ and ‘homemade’ with the dishes are all very welcome.
The Plough is a bit of a destination – and in some cases, a worthy detour – for lycra-clad cyclists in the summer and gangs of ramblers in the winter: strong evidence to suggest this is a good pub in a beautiful part of the country.