The Plough Inn
“Well-established pub moving with the times” - AA Inspector
Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming 17th-century coaching inn has been brought bang up to date. Since John and Becky Hopper took it over in 2015, refurbishment has created a new bar, kitchen and shop; even the car park has been greatly improved. Nearby Leith Hill, the highest point in south-east England at 965 feet, makes the pub a popular watering hole for walkers and cyclists needing sustenance after their exertions. The hill lends its name to the pub’s own on-site craft brewery. The menu proffers good country fare sourced locally if possible, so start with apricot and game terrine, quince and plum chutney, walnut and fig toast and continue with 6oz beef fillet, sautéed potato, warm mushrooms, spinach salad; and finish with Black Forest chocolate roulade. Lighter lunches include artisan seeded baguettes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £13.95
- Open all year
- Wide selection of ciders
- Micro Brewery Ale
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About the area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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