Lying to the west of Winchester is the humble Sparsholt – a village filled with character. Central to the community is The Plough, a proper British pub that boasts a true country feel. There’s delicious gastropub food, beautiful gardens and a welcoming atmosphere.
Dishes are of a consistently high standard, earning the kitchen a great reputation among locals. You might like to start with a creamy goat’s cheese and pine nut parcel wrapped in delicate filo pastry, served with pickled beetroot and basil oil. This could be followed by venison steak complemented by celeriac Dauphinoise, sweet roasted beetroot and Port sauce. The dessert menu offers more than the typical listings you might expect to see – the lemon posset with ginger crumb is heavenly.
Freshly made sandwiches with a range of fillings, a full ploughman’s and a pleasantly surprising seafood platter are also available for a relaxed lunch. Standing as the ideal pit-stop for thirsty walkers, the bar is well-stocked with fine wine and real ale, including the popular Wadworth beers.
With a seamless blend of traditional character and contemporary charm, The Plough has deservedly earned accolades of late.