Mon-Sat 12-3, 6-11, Sun 12-10.30
Despite the Oxfordshire postcode, this pub is in Warwickshire. For those of you old enough to remember the village name brings back memories of Dad's Army, but that's another story.
The Plough is a free house in traditional local ironstone on the Edgehill escarpment, not far from the battlefields. The pub itself dates from the civil war, though there is not a lot of memorabilia in it. Instead it is done out in true village pub style, with dark set carpet and dark wood tables and chairs of all shapes and sizes - some to seat eight people, others set in crannies for lovers. The bar faces you on entrance - unfortunately there is a step into the pub both front and back so wheelchair users will find it difficult to access. The bar is small and has the traditional bar stools which make it very difficult to get served. I've often wondered if this is due to some people being too lazy to get up from a table for another drink. The rest of the decor is olde worlde with objects on the walls as well as pictures and a collection of water jugs hanging from the ceiling. You can also check out the real ales they have had this way as they out the pump clips on the real wood beams.
Usually there are up to five real ales on. These tend to come from micro brewers, but the occasional regional brewer pops up. An interesting fact here - not limited to the Plough - is that most bar staff don't know what a sparkler is (It is the plastic spout on the swan neck that foams up the beer by pushing air into it). Beer is keenly priced and kept well. For those who prefer other tipples there are country wines and cider.
Food is served here most of the week though not Sunday and Monday evenings. It is home made and is a mixture of traditional and Mediteranean dishes. We didn't try the food on this visit but it looked very good, though portions could have been bigger I thought.
For the summer there are some picnic benches set in the car park as there is no garden here. Also worth noting is that the pub shuts at 9 on Sunday in the winter.
None as yet
Beer range varies
Top Farm House, Shenington, Banbury
Oxfordshire, OX15 6LZ
From: D:£25-30pp, S:£25-35