Brilliant old fashioned pub. Fantastic selection of real ales, genial hosts, very friendly, great live music, bar billiards. If you're lucky you will see kingfishers up and down the river in the beer garden. Oh, watch out for the purple lady!
Will be re-visiting this great little pub in October again.
We have been to the Abbey on multiple occasions, as it's our local, and always been happy with the food, drink and service. However... my wife wanted to treat me for my birthday today so took me to the Abbey for a meal.
I ordered the steak, which I always have, and got... well I don't know what I got. The steak tasted off and my wife was nearly sick when she tried it. I told the lady at the bar, who immediately ordered me another one. This time I got an equally off tasting steak, but this time no mushrooms or tomato, which I should have got. So half a meal this time.
I could not eat the steak, so left it, but having been asked if everything was OK, which I replied "no". Nothing was done. I have therefore paid £8.00 for a plate of chips and salad. I feel totally disappointed and fobbed off. Not a refund or drink or different meal offered. What a crap birthday courtesy of the Abbey, so off home to order a pizza.
What a brilliant re-vamp. The Plough was so run down and drab, it was so desperate for a make-over. A bit of life in Bradfield... just what it needed. You've done it again!
My husband, myself, my son and his partner went for Sunday lunch. We have eaten in some very high class restaurants, but Sunday's lunch would have taken some beating.
The food was amazing - good home cooked food. There was beef, pork with crackling, and ham (cooked to perfection) a good choice of veg and potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, lovely gravy, mint and apple sauce, and the food was hot.
The desserts were to die for.
The staff were excellent, there was a lovely friendly warm atmosphere. I would recommend you book in advance:- it was really busy but you're not by any means rushed. Bit further to get there but so lovely... well worth it. We will certainly tell all our friends and most definitely go again.
Went for a meal on bank holiday Monday, 26th August. Although staff were friendly and inviting enough, I'm afraid the praise ends there!
We were so disappointed, as the food was what can only can be described as disgusting!
Some of our party had the carvery and complained that the meat was so dry it was inedible, the veg. was cold, the stuffing could be used as a door stop it was that hard.
Others in the party had the mince & onion pie, which must have been left under the hotplate that long there was a thick skin around the pie of dried-on, congealed gravy.
I had a baguette of turkey and stuffing and it was like trying to swallow sandpaper! Again, the turkey was so dry, the stuffing, as I have said above, in a dry baguette, not even a bit of butter on to put any moisture into it at all.
We all left our meals and left the premises and all agreed to never return again. Diabolical.
Have been using this pub for years, but I went last Sunday and it was awful. The server was nowhere to be seen, and then when she appeared she stunk of smoke. The food was dry and overcooked. What's happened?
My order should have come with onion rings, which it did not. My 10-year-old son had a kids meal. He ordered apple juice but they didn't have any so he had blackcurrant. And the chocolate sponge that he ordered initially? We were later told they didn't have this but would do him a warm cookie and ice cream. After waiting 15 minutes for this we decided to leave. My partner's meal was a microwave meal.
I have been before to this establishment and the food has been OK.I won't be going again.
Been going to this pub for years before the revamp and loved the good old home-cooked food, and the staff were brilliant.
What a disappointment after the revamp. No mashed potatoes or pork crackling with the Sunday lunch, barely warm, even the man who served it didn't have a smile for you. Miss all the lovely grub, the atmosphere and the original staff. Will not be going back again.