The Plough, Harborne

Voted one of the “Top 20 Pubs in the UK” by The Morning Advertiser, The Plough in Harborne has a villagey vibe right in the centre of Birmingham. Filled with quirky details, and Winner of the 2011 Northern design awards best restaurant and bar design, customers will have high expectations the moment they walk through the doors.

This busy, stylish little pub, took the gastro idea and twisted something traditional into a cool modern concept in pub and restaurant.

Renowned for homemade stone-baked pizzas and silky flat whites, there are plenty of food accolades to inspire confidence, with a menu which really gets your taste buds working. The menu includes crowd favourites such as fantastic chargrilled burgers and daily specials.

The main guy behind The Plough is Adam Johnson. For those who remember the old Circo Bar in Brum city centre, they will perhaps have already had a taste of Adam’s attention to detail and his food, drink and music background.

‘Next Door’ at The Plough offers you a choice of private spaces for meeting, eating or drinking. Flexible family style sharing menu’s will suit any time of day. The bar ‘Next Door’ is stocked with some of the finest small batch whisky and craft beers available, offering you more of the products the team are passionate about.

There’s a fab little beer garden out back, an ideal spot for lazy Sundays, it made Open table readers choice top 50 beer gardens 2014. What more could you ask for!?

Food

The Plough is well noted for high quality food and service both locally and nationally. Open from 8am Monday to Friday and from 9am Saturday and Sunday (Sunday from 9am until 12.30pm for Brunch and from 1pm for great Sunday roasts), the restaurant and bar can be extremely busy and it’s not difficult to see why.

The food can be described as fresh, homemade and comforting. Taking inspiration from many European countries, borrowing some classic ideas from North America, whilst not forgetting the pub’s British roots.

The Plough were Runners up in the Observer’s annual food and drink awards 2013, made Best 25 places to have Sunday Lunch by the Times 2014, to name but a few accolades.

Brunch offers everything from bacon butties to full breakfasts, and a superb veggie breakfast with cold pressed juices and award winning tea and coffee.

There are delicious pizzas with titles such as ‘Nduja Pork, Fresh Chilli and Caramelised Onion, Candied Bacon, Pine Nuts, Fig and Sun Blushed Tomatoes, Fig, Stilton, Caramelised Onion, Black Olives and Rocket and a variety of mouth watering specials, such as Fish Pie with Mash Potato, Cheddar and Green Salad, Honeyed Beer Battered Fillet Of Haddock, Slow Cooked Beef Brisket and Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Egg, Rustic Bread and Sweet Tomato Chutney, Mushroom, Courgette and Herb Patty with Swiss Cheese, Iceberg and Garlic Mayo, Cajun Spiced Chicken with Sweet Bacon, Swiss Cheese and Gotcha Ketchup and much more. Apart from the regular street food pop-ups in the beer garden, there’s Boca Grande tacos every Wednesday which is extremely popular! Full menu here.

Drink

Drinks have always been an important part of what they do at The Plough. There’s a hand selected a range of premium spirits from around the world, and over 50 premium whisky’s available for you to try. The wine list showcases some of the best examples of iconic new and old world wines, carefully selected from Chile to New Zealand, Europe and beyond.

There’s a Spit Wine and Spirit School which creates a relaxed, straight talking environment where you can learn about wine and spirits in the comfort of the private dining rooms at the Plough Harborne.

The cask ales have won awards from CAMRA with plenty of real ale events such as Meet The Brewer (Purity) to a Cask Ale Week with loads of exciting new ales plus ale flights. With daily food pairing on specials too.

Many will know the Plough as a busy hive of excellent quality food & drink. The Plough have launched a selection of cocktails which have been designed in collaboration with Robert Wood, one of the best bartenders in the UK, to take no longer than a spirit and mixer to make – without scrimping on flavour or quality.

The cocktails are made fresh on the premises and then decanted into a bottle. This is to ensure the swiftest service and avoid a bottle-neck at the bar – ingenious!

Coffee and Tea is taken very seriously! The pub has been named as one of the best 50 coffee shops in the UK by the Independent newspaper. In all, one of the best pubs in the Midlands.

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