The Plough Inn at Hathersage has got to be one of my favourite pubs in Derbyshire. As soon as you walk in you get that country-pub feel that only a beamed ceiling and an open fire can give you.
Me and Chris have visited the Plough a few times over the last year or so and every time I am left amazed by the food. Don’t let the décor fool you, this place may look traditional with its dark wood furniture and red plaid carpets but the dishes they serve are fresh and innovative creations that their chef does them proud with.
I was feeling particularly under the weather on my most recent visit and after going for a 14-mile hike, the cold symptoms had definitely sunk in, so after ordering a drink at the bar (some hot water to dissolve my lemsip in) we took a seat by the fire and checked out their new menu.
I have always been impressed with the food at The Plough but I knew I needed to try something different to my usual favourites (the linguine is a must-try!) So today I went for a starter of Sweet Cured Salmon, Wholemeal Crumpet, Pickled Cucumber with Honey & Mustard Crème Fraiche, and for a main course I chose the Smoked Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms & Cashew Nuts, Hot & Sour Broth with Coconut Rice – which is also Vegan and Gluten Free! Chris opted for the Seared Scallops, Curried Parsnip Puree, Parsnip Crisps & Pomegranate and the King prawns in a lemon, garlic and chilli and parsley butter linguine.
I was, as always, blown away. My starter was beautiful and as you can see, both of our dishes looked great. It would be so, so very easy to spend an afternoon here enjoying the pub’s lovely atmosphere by the fire with a drink in hand and courses of food being delivered to your table. But with the way my health was deteriorating I knew that wasn’t possible today! I chose my main course on the basis that it sounded like the perfect remedy… and I wasn’t wrong. Silky tofu and mushrooms bursting with flavour in a broth that literally warmed me right up, the perfect amount of spice! Chris’s linguine looked perfect and at the pace he ate it, I could tell he enjoyed it!
The Plough have certainly managed to make their menu fresh and seasonal whilst still keeping what they know works! I cannot wait to come back when I’m feeling a little bit better and watch the world go by with a big bowl of linguine in front of me.
Make sure you go and check them out, and if you also like a good hike in Derbyshire they are in a great spot to end up in after a couple hours on a trail!