I was interested to see the Harlequin voted as pub of the week.
Since the Brew Co took charge the Harlequin isn't quite the excellent pub it used to be.
Gone are Happy Mondays (pints £1.50 and £2). Acorn Barnsley Bitter has been replaced by the Brew Co's Harlequin Bitter (not bad but not as nice as Acorn and the 10p per pint price increase didn't help), but the real deterioration is in the range and price of food. Only a couple of hot choices (gone are the excellent £3 meals) and sandwiches piled on the bar with a 50p price increase.
Still a good pub. Nice atmosphere. Good beer range. But visits leave me feeling a bit cheated when I remember how it used to be.
Nothing about this pub is "family friendly". They simply do not like children being in this pub, there are no high chairs available, no kids' drinks, no children's menu and they have to order a meal even if everyone else in the party is eating!
The staff are all so rude too, instead of just asking politely. Being a manger at a pub myself I would never let my staff be so rude to the customers and chatting behind the bar instead of serving.
Even though I live on the same road as this pub I will never go in again, with or without my child and I advise other people to steer well clear too!
After hearing rave reviews about the Cricket Inn me and my partner decided to take out my in laws from Australia to sample the delights. Never again!
We phoned on a Monday to book a table for the Friday and we were told we didn't have to book. When we arrived it was busy, with a wait on food. When we asked the young man how long he said 20 minutes maximum! An hour and a half later we were finally taken through to a quaint dining area were we waited another twenty minutes for our order to be taken.
The food came out pretty quickly but unfortunately went back to the kitchen pretty quickly, too. The pie was cold in the middle and our steak was like shoe leather - it was supposed to be rare.
The whole day was a disaster, and yet no one seemed to be bothered or pay us any interest at all. We have been once more for lunch after our disappointing night and it was just as bad. Never again. Needs a whole new shake up.
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.