The Plough at Cadsden
Nestled in the woods at the bottom of the Chilterns escarpment, The Plough is a mecca for casual walkers as well as more serious hikers tackling the 85-mile-long Ridgeway Path, which cuts right through the garden. It also boasts an extensive dining area, which is well worth the journey. The pub gained fame a few years ago when then Prime Minister David Cameron accidentally left his daughter there after stopping by for lunch.
In recent years this historic pub has been tastefully extended and improved, and now offers a large combined bar and dining area with attractive traditional features – think low ceilings, exposed beams, open fireplaces, scrubbed tables and flagstone floors. Those dining can choose from a regular menu of pub classics, or from the daily specials board, which boasts a selection of tempting options. My partner started with a generous serving of smoked salmon with cream cheese and sourdough bread, while I opted for the tasty arancino. We followed with succulent braised lamb shank accompanied by potato rosti and baby root vegetables, and comforting homemade lasagne. We rounded off proceedings with a sumptuous baked New York cheesecake complemented by mango sauce, and chocolate brownie with ice cream – a personal favourite.
For hearty homemade food and a cosy atmosphere all served up in pretty surrounds, you’ll find no better than The Plough.