Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Plough Inn - Brackenfield, Derbyshire.

The Plough Inn is a traditional country pub in Brackenfield, just outside Alfreton.
It has recently been taken under new ownership by the Brough family.
Front of house is ran by an old family friend of ours, Laurel who dropped me a message insisting me and mum came along to see the place and sample the delights husband Josh and his kitchen team have to offer. 

The place has a really cosy, old fashioned theme which makes you feel right at home from the minute you walk through the door with exposed wooden beams, a roaring open fire and copper knickknacks.
We perched ourselves on the tables closest to the fire to take advantage of the warmth on a frosty winters evening. The fresh flowers and personalised scrabble tile reservation signs were a lovely touch. 

We took some time to study the extensive menus which has a selection of pub classics, a la carte, sharing platter and grill options. 
I wasn't feeling a starter but mum can't resist Pan Fried Scallops when they're on a menu. They come served with deep fried Pulled Pork Bonbons and an Apple & Mustard Seed Dressing.
She thoroughly enjoyed the Scallops which were cooked perfectly and the Bonbons added a great combination of flavours. Her only point was that the Apple didn't really come through in the dressing and something along the lines of an Apple Sauce/ Puree would've made a great accompaniment.

For main course, I went for a Homemade Lasagne with Garlic Ciabatta and a portion of additional Hand Cut Chips for us to share. 
Although on the slightly smaller portion size, my lasagne was delicious and the garlic bread went down a treat. When the portion of chips made it's way to the table, I knew they'd be good. They're triple cooked and had that gorgeous golden brown colouring with crispy edges. 

Mum went for the Braised Lamb Shank served with Creamy Mash, Sticky Red Cabbage and a Minted Red Wine Jus. Unfortunately with no Red Cabbage available, she was offered an alternative - opting for mixed veg. 

After finishing our food, chef Matt came out of the kitchen to chat with us and asked for our thoughts. There's not many places nowadays that you'll see a chef exiting the kitchen to chat with diners but I really think it's great and more places should make an effort to do this. 

With my sweet tooth, I knew I was having dessert. Matt had told us about the Chocolate Orange Brownie they'd got on special and this really threw a spanner in the works as I'd been eyeing up the Passionfruit Pavlova. After finally settling on the Brownie, I was amazed to see Matt walking towards us with both this and the Pavlova. I certainly wasn't going to say no!

Desserts are homemade which is a big winner for me. I'm really not a fan of bland bought in desserts. The Brownie was heavenly, topped with my choice of rapdily melting Salted Caramel ice-cream. Deliciously rich and gooey, the subtle orange flavour was divine. The Passionfruit Pavlova was refreshing, light and finishes off a meal perfectly. 

Over the next hour or so, we enjoyed a couple more drinks and it was great to have a catch up with Laurel hearing all about their plans and ideas for The Plough over the upcoming months. After a fully booked Valentine's and Sunday Lunch services busier they have been for years, this place is definitely one to watch that's for sure. 


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