This whitewashed 15th-century country inn six miles north of Bedford has fresh, country-style decor coupled with thick walls, low beams and great open fires. The impressive choice of real ales and inspired wine list are matched by a delicious menu prepared by Raymond Blanc-trained Martin Lee and his team of skilled chefs. The menu is driven by the freshest local and regional produce and the result is an ever-changing choice of unique dishes, which have gained The Plough an AA Rosette. Maybe try the roast John Dory fillet with aubergine purée, courgette, crispy garlic and anchovy potato; and look out for the cheeseboard, which offers a fantastic choice of British and Irish varieties.
Tudor inn with notable food and wine
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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About The area
At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.
Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century.
Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.
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