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Although just two miles from the A20, this beautiful example of a Wealden hall house is found in well-trodden North Downs walking country, and confidently juggles the skills required to be both a foodie haunt and a place for just a pint of two. There’s a determinedly old-fashioned, pubby feel to the bustling bar, and the Plough’s reputation depends on its dedication to Kent’s brewing heroes – among them Canterbury Ales and Hopdaemon. The interior proudly display beams and standing timbers – signs of a history going back more than 600 years – while the kitchen backs it all up with uncluttered food from a menu that shows a commitment to local sourcing: Seasalter lamb and Alkham Valley rose veal are more than enough to bring a big smile to your face.

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Location for The Plough

Stalisfield Green, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0HY

01795 890256

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Tues-Fri 12N-3pm 6-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -6pm)

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Mr. Joe B

07 June 2012  
A DARK and winding road through woods and across fields was the perfect prologue to a meal on the green. Stalisfield Green, to be precise, home to The Plough, a traditional country pub built almost 600 years ago that sits proudly in the middle of nowhere. But what a gem… A roaring fire, beams and tight bar set the tone for what was to be a cosy and delicious meal for two. Seated in old armchairs, we were greeted warmly and given a choice of drinks, almost all originating from the surrounding area, and all definitely brewed in Kent. We were handed our printed menus featuring meals and ingredients sourced from Kentish farmers, fishermen and brewers.Each dish had a name and the location from where it was sourced. And on consultation with our attendant we were assured of the quality ingredients available, with the old ‘We know the farmer personally’ line. As The Plough representative had promised, we were not disappointed. To start, I opted for mussels steamed in Biddenden cider (£7.95). Without beating about the bush, they were the best mussels I have ever eaten. They were juicy, oozing flavour and cooked to perfection, with none of the usual garlic war. Questioning the waiter on where they were from, I was told that usually the mussels used are from Hythe Bay, but because of the time of year these were from Shetland, where the colder water was more beneficial to growth. That will do for me. My guest opted for the curried parsnip soup with sesame straws (£6.50) – the thumbs-up came as the creamy soup was polished off without a hint of fatigue. For mains I was swayed from the Romney mutton pie by the Farmer Palmer’s 28-day Angus steak with chips, mushroom, slow-roasted tomato and chop house sauce. I chose the rump rather than the sirloin at £16.95. Medium rare I ordered, medium rare it arrived, an overlooked skill. The steak arrived separate to the home-cooked, crispy chips, promoting its magnitude. It was everything a steak should be, juicy but not fatty… excellently done. I almost wish I had gone for the sirloin because I can’t imagine how the higher grade tasted. My guest went for the Monkshill Farm Kentish ranger chicken with smoked bacon (£15.25). A quick taste confirmed the presentation wasn’t just a façade – succulent with no hint of dryness. The Plough’s home-made ice-cream (£4) – we chose the praline and chocolate-brownie flavours – was a perfectly light end to the meal. Many businesses want to buy into the idea of locally-sourced food, but here it was done properly for just £59.75 for two. They say that if you have a good meal you will tell five people… a bad one, you will tell 15. After this joyous experience, those figures should change.
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