The Main Street
Mon-Sat 11-11; Sun 12-3, 7-10.30
The Plough is very much a country local that has made a big effort to serve its local community. In my opinion it has been a success at doing this.
There are three distinct rooms, though only two have a bar. You enter the pub from the front (though there is disabled access from the car park at the rear also). From here you have the public bar on your left - a traditional bar with pool table and dartboard and a bare floor. Seats are round the edges and it can get a little crowded in here on Saturday nights as it seems to be where people congregate most. The bar is a small cup shape with stools, which makes it difficult to get served at. The lounge to the right is larger with carpet and long bench seating around part of the walls. This is complemented by the dark wood square tables and chairs both in front of the bar - the other part of the cup or 'U' - or closer to the fireplace on its right. The walls are decorated with all things Stathern, though the stuffed animals are going a bit far.
A corridor to the rear of the bar leads down the entire length of the pub so you can travel between the public and lounge bars from the front or the back. Half way down the corridor is the restaurant area in a room off to the rear of the pub. This is a low ceiling room with a 'tea shop' feel to it. This is where you will find the carvery, which is very popular, so booking at the weekends is advised.
Food is well cooked and presented and its' all you can eat. There is plenty of choice for meat lovers with at least three types available. For vegetarians the choice is more limited and you will have to make it clear before you settle in that you are vegetarian so that they can provide you with an alternative main meal. You are still welcome to the vegetables on the carvery. Food is reasonably priced, especially as you can literally fill your plate.
The beer on this time was the Brewsters Marquis, though we are told that they sometimes have another ale on. We recommend the Marquis without the sparkler as it is too light a beer at 3.8% to be forced into a creamy head.
Well worth a visit, plus the Black Horse at Hose is only just down the road.
No accommodation here.
Red Lion Inn, Red Lion Street, Stathern, leics, LE14 4HS. 01949 860868
Brewsters Marquis 3.8%.
Chapel Street, Barkestone-le-Vale
NG13 0HE. (01949) 842698.
From S:£22, D:£22pp.