The Plough Inn
The picturesque village of Long Wittenham has all the characteristics of a quintessentially English setting. Thatched roofs, narrow winding roads and, of course, an enticing pub to retreat to. In this case, The Plough Inn is the go-to destination, and my dining partner and I were fortunate enough to taste its fare.
This 17th-century, Grade II listed building has all the charm you’d expect from a place with such heritage, boasting log fires and beamed ceilings that afford it a homely feel. With a warm welcome and friendly smile we were shown to our table. We pondered over the delicious choices on offer and eventually plumped for the cream of leek and potato soup accompanied by glazed Welsh rarebit, and rillette of pork with apricot and tomato chutney. The soup was deliciously smooth and flavoursome, while the rarebit offered a tangy contrast. Forming a sumptuous combination with the sweet and sticky chutney, the rillette was also well received. Our mains of creamy smoked salmon and mascarpone risotto, and poached chicken, mushroom and Stilton burger soon followed. Undoubtedly hearty and undeniably tasty, we were soon singing the praises of each dish. Three giant onion rings accompanied the succulent burger, making it the perfect dish for those seeking a wholesome feast. For chillier evenings, the risotto is a must – delectable and indulgent with satisfyingly rich flavours.
Amongst a thoroughly enticing list of desserts to finish off the meal were Eton Mess with a homemade chocolate chip cookie, bread and butter pudding and sticky toffee pudding, all prepared in-house. Though all of the above would have provided the perfect parting dish, we settled on sharing a triple chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. Catching the aroma of the melted chocolate was a mouth-watering experience in itself, and the sweet end to our dining experience met all expectations.
With a scrumptious selection of traditional British dishes scattered with those from warmer climes, the menu at The Plough is sure to appeal to all. And should you wish to extend your stay into the night, there are bed and breakfast rooms in which you can rest your weary eyes.