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The Plough, West Malling

Foodies will love this gem of a pub nestled in the Kent countryside.

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Nestled in the picturesque village of Trottiscliffe, The Plough has recently reopened and is rapidly gaining a reputation as the ‘go-to’ for foodies in the area.

Whether you are after a relaxing coffee and cake with a girlfriend, or an amazing five course tasting menu with delicious wine, The Plough is well worth a visit. Morning cake and drinks are available from 10:30am, Tuesday – Sunday. Lunch runs from midday throughout the week and for dinner there is a mouthwatering five-course tasting menu from 6:30pm (includes Vegan options). Choose from buttered sea bass, wild mushroom tortellini or slow cooked brisket with basil raviolo and a tomato concasse, to name a few of the fabulous options. Well if I must!

The Plough is a true family affair. The Yates family’s history with food and drink goes back many generations, beginning with William Bowley Jnr in the mid-1800s, one of the founders of the Bowley and Bristow United Brewery which stayed in business until the 1990s under different names. Four generations later, David Yates trained in hotel and catering at Portsmouth University. He went on to spend 26 years running bars across London before progressing on to senior management where he worked sourcing and buying wines as a Wine Merchant.

David’s youngest son, Alex, also developed a passion for food and gastronomy. He trained at Westminster Kingsway College before spending two years working in the kitchens of the Michelin Star ‘Goring’ restaurant under Shay Cooper, experiencing and learning the precision of Michelin Star food. Whilst at the ‘Goring’, Alex worked with Rick Stein and also cooked for Her Majesty The Queen.

Alex is the resident chef at “Bowley’s Restaurant at The Plough”. He has worked alongside his father, David, to create the bespoke menu of high quality food and drinks using ingredients which are fairly and locally sourced. Definitely one to watch. The Plough is firmly on our radar!

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The Plough Inn, Taylors Lane, West Malling, Kent ME19 5DR
01732 822233

Opening hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 3pm / Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Wednesday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 3pm / Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Thursday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 3pm / Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Friday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 3pm / Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Saturday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 3pm / Dinner 6pm - 11pm
Sunday: Open 10:30am / Lunch 12am – 4pm

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