Eats and treats

The Plough at Stalisfield Green, Kent

Above: Eton Mess

Don’t call The Plough at Stalisfield Green, near Faversham, a gastro pub. They’ll be rather upset. As they say it is a pub that serves good beer, cider and wine plus ‘real pub food’.

Sorry, no; actually they serve ‘stunningly good, highly imaginative, real pub food’.

We turned up recently for Sunday lunch; luckily we had booked a table. The cosy pub with its rustic tables, old beams and log fire was crowded. We were obviously not the first to discover that head chef Alex Windebank and his colleague Robert Best along with Jake perform minor miracles in the kitchen.

Crispy Kentish blue risotto with pickled mushrooms

The Sunday lunch menu looked pretty standard – roast beef, pork and lamb with the addition of some fish for non-carnivores, as well as a vegetarian option. But then we looked more closely. The roast beef was from Farmer Palmer – 28-day aged Angus, the pork was ‘Sandy & Black’ and the lamb salt-marsh.

We turned our attention to the starters which included a vegetarian pasty with honey glazed veg on red cabbage and hazel nut cream and potted corned beef with homemade piccalilli. Both when they arrived were fantastic. But so were our main dishes of the roast beef and one of the fish dishes. Alex somehow managed to turn a traditional plate of roast meat into something above and beyond. We shouldn’t have had desserts – but were so glad we did.

Rare breed mutton

Local suppliers are mentioned by name and menus are constantly being changed to whatever is freshest and in season.

Alex and Robert just don’t do ‘ordinary’ they take a classic and give it their own delicious and interesting twist. It is seriously good food at The Plough. A.M.H.

The Plough at Stalisfield Green, Faversham, Kent ME13 0HY. Tel: 01795 890256.

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