Bowleys at The Plough

British, Pubs, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine Bars·

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Pubs, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine Bars
Cosy, Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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The Plough isn't your average countryside pub. Sitting on a quiet lane in a quintessentially English village, The Plough was set to be sold off the developers when 120 members of the community came together to invest, and save, their local. After its purchase and renovation, the Yates family took over the kitchen and opened the pub's small, but proud, restaurant, Bowleys. 

Head Chef Alex Yates is still very early on in his career but though only in his early twenties, he has already spent two years in the kitchens at The Goring Hotel in London, as well as having gained experience with Rick Stein and even once cooking for the Queen. 

Bowleys menus have a traditional feel and adhere to classic, English fare with a fine dining twist. There are several options to choose between including a tasting menu, set lunch, a la carte, brunch and Sunday lunch. The tasting menu is the jewel in Bowleys crown and consists of five courses, with an optional sixth. While the menus change with the seasons, you might expect something akin to wild garlic risotto with pickled pear and kohlrabi to start, followed by smoked halibut with Riesling cream and fennel. Sirloin with black garlic, roscoff onion and brisket is a proper meaty main course, and those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the honey and Winterdale milk, lemon mousse and milk ice cream. It's also worth noting that there is a vegan menu available.

Highlights from the brunch menu include Lambert and Jackson smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and chives, alongside pancakes with maple, chocolate and bacon, topped with fruit. There's also a brunch cocktail selection featuring fun concoctions like the Fuzzy Navel with Absolut Vodka, Archers Peach Schnapps and orange juice. While, the Sunday Lunch menu offers crowd-pleasers like roasted corn-fed chicken and roast sirloin of beef with roasted potatoes, local vegetables and Yorkshire puddings.

Menu Highlights

Muntjac Deer & Red Hill Grapes Loin, Rack, Leg, Offal, Jus - £14.75

A firm favourite of ours at Bowleys? Muntjac Deer and Red Hill Grapes dish, featuring loin, rack, leg, offal, and jus. The Muntjac Deer is a small, but flavorful species of deer that's native to England, and pairs perfectly with the juicy, sweet flavor of Red Hill Grapes. Our chefs have expertly prepared this dish to bring out the unique flavors of both ingredients, resulting in a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Main Courses
Glovers Sirloin with Black Garlic, Roscoff Onion, & Brisket - £36.00

Glovers Sirloin with Black Garlic, Roscoff Onion, & Brisket. The Glovers Sirloin is paired with black garlic, which adds a deep and rich flavor to the dish, as well as Roscoff onion, which provides a sweet and savory taste. And to top it off, we’ve added brisket, which adds a delicious smoky flavor.

Honey & Winterdale Milk Lemon Mousse with Milk Ice Cream - £7.75

Honey & Winterdale MilkLemon Mousse with Milk Ice Cream The creamy mousse is perfectly balanced with the refreshing taste of lemons, & the winterdale milk ice cream adds a delightful twist. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures.

Old Fashioned - £12.00

Old FashionedCourvoisier VS Brandy or Monkey Shoulder Whiskey and Bitters


How many courses is the tasting menu?

Six in total.

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Meet the team
Bowleys at The Plough

Grace Yates

General Manager

Grace is the Manager at Bowleys at the Plough. Praised for her unwavering dedication and keen eye for detail, Grace lies at the helm of the operation, ensuring every aspect of the diner's experience runs like clockwork. She's committed to excellence, ensuring that all runs smoothly alongside head chef Alex.

Bowleys at The Plough

Alex Yates

Head Chef

Head chef Alex Yates is the rising star at Bowley's at The Plough. Hailing from a family steeped in hospitality, he discovered his passion for cooking early on, and was mentored by Shay Cooper at The Goring Hotel where he discovered his love for working in a high-pressure kitchen. At Bowleys, Alex emphasises local sourcing to craft his seasonal dishes. He manages a young but talented team and follows the mantra: maintain a can-do attitude, keep learning, and aspire to culinary greatness. 

Bowleys at The Plough

Brian Chau Rodriguez


Brian is the sommelier at Bowleys at The Plough. With a profound passion for the world of wine, he's your trusted guide to discovering exquisite flavors and unforgettable pairings.

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Callum is the talented bartender at Bowleys, mixing up creative drinks to ensure that every guest's sip is memorable. Whether you're in the mood for a classic cocktail or a Bowleys creation, Callum's got you covered.

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Special Dinner

24 Dec 2023


The festive season is nearly upon us, and Bowleys at the Plough is thrilled to offer an extra-special Christmas Eve dinner menu for you and your guests. Our 7-course Tasting Menu is the perfect way to celebrate the season in style, with each dish carefully crafted to delight your senses.

Indulge in the finest seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared by our talented chefs, and savor each delectable bite at £90 per person.

So why not join us for a festive evening of culinary delights and impeccable service.

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Special Dinner

11 May 2024


We're excited to announce that The Plough is hosting another Grand Champagne event on May 11th, 2024. This year, we're featuring the Champagne House of Philippe Brugnon from Rilly La Montagne, France. You won't want to miss out on our four-course dinner, expertly prepared by head chef Alex Yates, paired with Philippe Brugnon's NV Brut, Cuvee Elegance, and 100% Pinot Noir Rose Champagnes. The wines are aged in bottle for 2-4 years in the estate’s extensive caves, and will be sabered in true French tradition from the Napoleonic era. We're bringing back this event due to its huge success last year - don't miss out!

Price: £130 per person
Dress: Black Tie
Reservations essential

More Details


Taylors Lane, Trottiscliffe, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5DR

01732 822233 01732 822233


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-15:00
Wed 12:00-15:00
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-18:00
Mon Closed
Tue 18:30-22:30
Wed 18:30-22:30
Thu 18:30-22:30
Fri 18:30-22:30
Sat 18:30-22:30
Sun Closed


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