Decent pub with a large beer garden at the rear that is usually full of customers' kids on a sunny warm day. We usually detour and decamp after taking the hound for a walk and he loves the Sharps Doom Bar (as do I). There is a pool table, no music (hooray) and a nice lounge. There are also usually a couple of guest ales on.
The Plough Inn is set in idyllic countryside, worthy of a stop-off for a local pint from micro Bradfield Breweries. That quote "we are only here for the beer" was never so true for this pub.
The hosts are not welcoming, never acknowledge you (we are locals to the area) and unless you engage with them they never even notice you. Tables are never cleared promptly from previous eating diners, even though they have ample young staff serving meals and helping in the kitchen.
The pub paraphernalia you would think would be full of farming memorabilia but it is a mish-mash of lifeguard shrines not in keeping with the local environment.
Food is okay - not brilliant - there is a better carvery up the hill at the Old Horns - which is heaving on a Sunday afternoon.
In summary: beer is great; get your act together and be more engaging with your clientele, clear tables promptly and serve a more quality Sunday roast.
I paid a £100 deposit in February 2010 for a surprise 18th birthday in the middle of October. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to cancel. I rang the pub up on 12th April 2010 to tell them and was told that I would only get £50 back, and I was lucky to get that.
I was never told when I put the deposit down that it would be non-refundable. Even on the receipt it doesn't say that it is not-refundable. I am disgusted, as the event is 6 months away. I could understand if the event had been 6 weeks away.
Just make sure you look round at other pubs if you need a function room, or if you book here make sure you don't have to cancel for any reason.
This pub has been taken over by new local landlords on the 5th March 2010 who really care about the pub. It's been repainted and looking good. I thought twice about going back in but did and it was full of the right kind of people just out for a drink and a laugh.
They are now trying to bring The Old Blue Ball back to its former glory like in the 1990s and are getting there. The furniture is all new, its got TVs & a cracking sound system!
And you don't get clamped in the car park now :-)
So people give it a try and support your local pub trade.
We have visited on many an occasions (over at least 10 years) but tonight was the crowning glory. It happened to be our wedding anniversary so we called in along with our daughter, son-in-law and the grandkids. We were in at about 5:15PM and were told that food was served after 6PM. Not a problem, we would have a drink first.
Back to the bar at 6PM with quite a large food order to be told that the fryer was broken (and had been since Friday), which seriously reduced our choice My wife enquired why we had not been told of this situation when we first went, in order that we could have (a) ordered something different or (b) gone somewhere else. The (I assume landlady) intervened and basically told my wife to take it or leave it and returned to chat with the people at the bar.
The other bar staff were obviously very embarrassed at the outburst of the landlady and didn't know what to say. Other members of the public heard all the "goings on" and agreed that she had been very rude indeed.
I do hope this is taken in the spirit that it is sent, as we do not want other people to be subjected to this kind of "service". We have had many a good meal/drink at this pub but will not be returning or recommending solely due to this person's behaviour.
I spent a few days in Sheffield last week and visited a few pubs in the Broomhill area. This was my favourite because of the bar staff, who very, very friendly. I visited on Sunday 14/3/2010 and there was a free pub quiz taking place.