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The Plough Hotel, Alnwick

Bondgate Without
NE66 1PN
Phone: 01665602395
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Plough Hotel

An impressive and imposing looking stone built pub, it reminded me of something that you might found in the Cotswolds perhaps, and certainly looked most inviting. There was a pleasant patio area at the front of the pub that looked well maintained and all together it looked quite upmarket and inviting.

It’s a shame then that the interior really didn’t live up to those expectations. Not that there was anything particularly wrong with it, it was all clean and tidy, and quite elegant I suppose in a way, but it was all quite generic and certainly didn’t have any of the character that I had been expecting. The flooring was some sort of sanded wooden boards whilst the walls were predominantly deep aqua blue plasterwork and a whitewashed ceiling. A large oval and wood panelled bar counter split the ground floor room in to two halves. Various random pictures, many of animals, were dotted around the walls, whilst a TV screen showing a sports channel was off to one side. A restaurant upstairs was very similar in terms of décor and we found the food to be adequate, but certainly nothing particularly inspiring.

The solitary beer on tap was Wainwright’s Golden Ale, although there was also a pump for Timothy Taylor Landlord which appeared to have run out. Ciders meanwhile were Orchard Thieves and Old Mout Berries & Cherries.

On 28th July 2023 - rating: 5
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Rob Hunter left this review about The Plough Hotel

This very much feels like a hotel bar rather than a pub. Despite the large size of the building, the drinking area is actually quite small. I only spotted one hand pull at the bar, offering Black Sheep Best Bitter. I noticed afterwards that a chalk board listed Laine Robin Red Best as also being available, though there was no sign of a second hand pull unless there is a separate section to the bar somewhere that was not immediately visible. Laine is apparently brewed in Brighton, so that has travelled some miles to get up to Alnwick.

Accommodation is available, obviously. A function room is also advertised. Not one I can see myself returning to, to be honest.

On 15th January 2020 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about The Plough Hotel

A "boutique hotel" with public bar to the right, which has its own entrance via the archway, if you didn't come in through the main door. The choice of beers was limited to Timothy Taylor Landlord and Black Sheep Bitter. Having not been impressed with the offerings from local breweries in the preceding two pubs, I suppose I should have been grateful. My half of Black Sheep was good but there is nothing special about this bar - the exterior promises much but I found it disappointingly lacking in character.

Date of visit: 12th March 2018

On 27th April 2018 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Alan Hurdle
Alnmouth, 3.7 miles, 1 hr 11 min walk (show)
Acklington, 9.08 miles, 2 hr 55 min walk (show)
Chathill, 10.09 miles, 3 hr 14 min walk (show)
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28th Jul 2023, 21:17
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28th Jul 2023, 13:15
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 15 January 2020 by Rob Hunter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 09 May 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 27 April 2018 by Will Larter
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