The Plough is a luxurious Tardis – a beautiful, traditional pub exterior with a specious, stylish and warm welcoming interior, says Karen Morley-Chesworth.
5-Star boutique hotel & restaurant
A five-star boutique hotel, the restaurant (open to non-residents) is equally chic in tones of grey with lighting which allows you to see what you are eating, yet also creating a warm glow of cosiness.
Lovingly refurbished historic inn
An historic inn, The Plough has been lovingly refurbished to create modern dining spaces, with alcoves and hidden tables, as well as spacious areas for larger dining parties. There is also an outdoor dining area overlooking the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, depending on if you are facing west or east.
Between Lake District & Yorkshire Dales national parks
Just off the M6 on the road to Kirkby Lonsdale, The Plough has a great position between the two national parks – Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Using the larders of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire to draw upon, the chef has taken the honest, quality produce from the North West of England to create a great menu.
Sunday lunch delight
Though visiting on Sunday lunchtime, I made the conscious decision to try the fish dishes, while my dining companion Katie May took the traditional choice of Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding. She started with smoked salmon mousse Ballantine with beetroot, dill crème fraiche and sourdough and finished with Elderflower posset, sweet pickled blueberries, gooseberry and elderflower sorbet. See Katie’s review of her dish choices on her blog KTMY.co.uk.
My starter of chargrilled squid on a bed of finely chopped red pepper with rocket and balsamic salad was simply presented, and simply cooked to perfection. The soft squid rings with the sweetness of the peppers and balsamic dressing were the perfect blend of flavours and textures. And the perfect first course before my next fish delight.
My main course of pan fried chalk stream trout fillet resting upon wilted spinach, chorizo and butter bean cassoulet the rich, satisfying taste brought back lovely memories of holidays in Brittany. The soft flakes of trout with the crispy skin together with the salty, spicy chorizo was delicious. This was the perfect blend of warmth and comfort for a cold Cumbrian autumn day.
What could top such great savoury courses – the handmade Petit Fours with a cafeteria of coffee – a rich salted caramel toffee, chocolate orange, chocolate truffle and chocolate praline.
This is fine dining with generous portions, served in a beautiful location with great ambiance.
The design of the dining rooms creates a great atmosphere, and the service was excellent. The friendly, relaxed team made the dining experience extra special – it was a natural conversation, rather than forced, rehearsed chat they enjoyed with diners. The Plough should be very proud of their staff, who really do make everyone feel at ease and welcome.
The menu was clearly marked for those with food intolerances and allergies, with good vegetarian, vegan and gluten options.
With free WiFi and car parking, within easy reach of the main road network yet within the stunning rural location, The Plough is a great foodie destination.
Starters from £5.50
Sunday Roast £13.95
Main courses from £12.95
Desserts from £3.95