The interior, atmosphere as well as the food was amazing.
Me and my family enjoyed the time there.
Since moving to Harbourne a few months ago I've been to The Plough a handful of times, it would be more however, this place has a tendency to be packed full every time I visit. So if you're after food at the weekend or of an evening I recommend booking in advance.
Really top place with an amazing menu, on my last visit it took me at least 15 minutes to decide what to have because the choice was so good - something I don't often experience as a vegetarian. Eventually I opted for a broccoli, ricotta and chilli pizza, interesting combination, HOT and absolutely divine.
Theres a decent selection of booze too, even if it is a little pricer than other pubs in Harbourne. I also love the bar snacks.
However, popping in after work with a few colleagues and we're the only women not dressed up to the nines with full faces of makeup (on a Thursday). So I guess for me it had a strange atmosphere for a pub. Its a bit over the top to pop in for a quiet pint, more of a starter for a girls night out.
In general, this place is beautifully presented and the beer garden out back is wonderful. The attention to detail is staggering and clearly everyone here works hard to delivery a quality experience.
I first visited the Plough on Harborne High St. a couple of weeks ago with some friends to celebrate a birthday. It made a fantastic first impression!
When we arrived (table booked for 7:30, and I recommend booking) the place was packed out, with people drinking at the bar, dining, and hanging out in the garden. The bar had a real buzz about it and I enjoyed the lively atmosphere. After getting a pint of good old Purity Mad Goose I had a chance to look around. The Plough may look quaint from the outside, but within it has a great modern industrial feel to it. At the back of the, near to where we were sitting, the whole wall was virtually opened up onto the garden, which looked pretty fancy.
Then on to the food! I could happily have ordered anything on the menu, it all sounded delish. Prior to visiting I'd heard great things about the pizza and there were several really interesting topping combos available on the menu (you can also take away anything you don't manage to finish in a pizza box). After much painful deliberation I chose to have a chilli beef burger - a burger in brioche bun, topped with chilli, jalapenos and all kinds of loveliness. The burger was served with fries and other accompaniments. It was all delicious and really filling - you get a lot for your money. Other dishes on our table included fancy fish and chips, beef brisket, both of which also looked delicious.
All in all a great pub. I'll definitely be going back for more.
It was a night of firsts. Not only was my visit last Friday the first time I had been to The Plough, it was the first time I'd actually gone to Harborne for food and drink.
Friends of mine have not long bought a house in Harborne and so as residents of the area they inevitably want to try and show this city boy the local highlights.
From the outside and when first walking in, it has a feel of a country pub. As it was a Friday is was bustling however the bar staff were pros and I didn't have to wait long at all to get my first drink, a nice pint of Mad Goose.
My friends had booked a table for 7.30 and we waited a little for the staff to clear people off of ours. I also learnt that we had to buy food at the bar, which I don't mind as it hells eradicate that bill splitting fiasco at the end of the sitting.
I ordered a beef brisket and others at the table ordered a burger and fish a chips. All looked very tasty and mine was lovely. With a side of doughy grilled bread and some chutney the beef was soft, tender and full of flavour.
I had a chance to look around the place on my way to and from the loos, which BTW are very nice. The whole place has an industrial meets country farm mix with lashings of wood, practically everywhere. There is also a lovely garden and outside seating however it was raining for us so we stayed clear.
My experience was very positive and would love to go back and soak some rays with a drink or three in the garden. Give it a go city peeps!
Only stopped off here for a quick pint, however staff where very friendly and welcoming and although there wasn't any place to sit due to the sheer popularity of the pizzas, we were made to feel very welcome and the Aspells....WOW!
Monday 2-4-1 Pizzas
Went with my friend for major catch up. As soon as you step in there is a great atmosphere, especially for a Monday, had to have a look for a table as it was so busy.
We ordered our drinks and pizza at the bar each having half pint of cider. The smell from the kitchen made our mouths water and in no time at all we had our pizzas. I was able to swap rocket for olives on my pizza really easily at the bar when I ordered. Pizza's were brilliant, very fresh ingrediant, probably one of the best I ever had.
The style of the pub was slightly vintage and we kept on pointing out all the different features and finishes that we kept on spotting.
The Plough had a big range of different people, one of the only places I've seen students and locals of equal amount.
Would really recommend to anyone for drink, meal or lunch, another good reason to go Harbourne! :)
Wow, have I really not reviewed the Plough?
Wildly popular, this pub seems to be always expanding, which means that there is plenty of seating around, although booking on Fridays and Saturdays in particular is probably a good idea. It can get very busy in the evening, but the clientele is on the whole very nice.
It's an eclectic, fun place with great food - mostly huge, thin- based pizzas, a great burger selection and it does afternoon tea during the week. I've not had that because I'm usually at work, but it looks good. Food and drinks are on the pricey side, although you can catch a few deals during the week.
It runs good events- most recently holding a barber's stand to get people shaving ready for Movember, plus a regular pub quiz, which is well attended (and usually combines with one of those 2for1 food deals.
Plus, it has a good outdoor seating area, with plenty of shelter and plants in enormous pots.
The Plough is a trendy, kitsch pub in the middle of Harborne. We went to Harborne filled with trepidation to attempt the Mile Pub Crawl... This was a great place to start as the menu was varied (and includes lots of stomach lining dishes) and they take reservations for small or larger groups.
The real "star of the show" of this venue is the Beer Garden. It could easily accommodate 100+ people and has a range of open and covered seated areas with a range of quirky and mismatched furniture. The interior design is quite "Chic Americana," with a lot of bare wood and porcelain in the toilets and big tables in the restaurant area.
The food is pretty top gastropub grub, and as such, not a place to go for a cheap night out. They do have a range of deals on at different times of day and for different dishes, so worth doing your homework before you plan to give the Plough a go.
The Pulled Pork was delicious and tasted spicy, fresh and interesting. I didn't hear any of my fellow diners (in a group of 10) complaining about their food choices either! The sides were great too and the chips were crispy and not too fatty tasting.
I was a bit perplexed at why the price of a pint is so high, but, again with this kind of joint it's to be expected. They have a nice looking cocktail menu and wine selection too and sell sweets over the bar (which is a nice touch). They seem to do a very generous selection of loose leaf tea's, which I imagine would be nice if you were doing some work from here in the daytime.
If you're down this neck of the woods, give it a go. If the food and drinks don't win you over, the interior design will!
I love a good pub, The Plough is one of 'em. A cosy, trendy and well managed little pub at the end of Harborne High Street.
The style of this pub makes it stand out from the rest of the pubs on the Harborne mile, with quirky pictures on the wall and unique ways of serving it's food (which is top). The beer garden is relaxed and inviting, one of the best in Brum! Plus they've just had a refurb according to their twitter @PloughHarborne which by all accounts makes they place even better. Good music, good food and a decent pint.
There are a few downsides of the place though. One being the slightly ramped prices... There are cheaper pubs in the area which are equally as welcoming, they do however lack the charm that The Plough has. Another downside is just how crammed this place feels of a Friday and Saturday night, partly due to the awkwardly placed bar. Also, bouncers are sometimes come across as being on a bit power-trip.
One great thing about The Plough is how it get's involved with local events and festivals with live bands often playing here during Birmingham's Artsfest.
A personal favourite of mine, The Plough is without doubt the top place to visit in Harborne. In a small town that offers various pubs that offer a combination of Gastro Dining alongside a standard full bar, The Plough stands head and shoulders above its rivals.
The decor itself is a great feature, whilst remaining extremely stylish, The Plough has a quirky feel to the place, mismatching chairs and tables throughout the entire pub.
Like many pubs in Harborne, The Plough offers an array of Gastro Dining, including various deals throughout the week.
Mondays -Two For One on all homemade, stonebaked pizza.
Tuesday - Two For One on all Burgers, served with chips & coleslaw/Homemade Quiz.
Wednesday - Two For One on all Sausage & Mash dishes, with three varieties of sausages & mash.
Thursday is the Live Lounge night, with various local talent bringing acoustic beats to all of Harborne.
Sunday - Traditional roast.
The relaxed environment is perfect for people of all ages. Definitely my favourite place of its kind in nearby Birmingham.
What a revelation ,as someone who remembers this as a scruffy little pub at the bottom of the High St.
I knew it had been refurbed ,but only returned recently after being invited by friends.The pub is completely unrecognisable,very smart,has a great beer garden,a buzzing atmosphere,very good food and beer.
The staff are young ,friendly and efficient ,has regular themed nights,good 2 for 1 deals on food in the week.
I have returned many times since ,with family and friends,even take by mom in there for coffee and brunch or afternoon tea.
A word of caution it can be rammed full on a Saturday night ,but i have found the atmosphere great,when i say rammed i mean queues outside to get in .
Recently refurbished similarly to its adjacent neighbour 'The Green Man', but to completely different affect, as they've actually managed to improve the pub.
Not now in the cold, but i think the other review here justly advertises the beer garden, which during summer months is a great plus, with its expanisve decking and umbrella shaded tables. On Friday and Saturday nights, expect the Plough to be quite busy, attracting a young-professional clientele.
The beer is slightly more expensive than its local rivals, about £2.60 a pint, but the atmosphere and decor make it worth that extra 30p. The bar staff are friendly and welcoming in my experience, and you're rarely waiting to be served either. All in all, no complaints from me, as it receives a stirdy 8/10
This ia a really great pub in a nice part of town. It does not matter if you are drinking or fancy a bite to eat - the plough suits both. It is best sampled on a summers eveing when the back garden area is always lively.
The food is good pub grub, excellent pizzas and there are always some good offers on. Plenty of home made items unlike many other public houses serving grub!
They do movie nights on a sunday with free popcorn! And have a quiz night.
More suited to clientel under 40yrs i would say. Well worth a visit!
The Plough is an impressively well-presented, family-orientated pub with a modestly-sized main bar area and a beer garden that is probably larger than the interior. This place has been heaving almost every time I've been, which makes navigating your way to the bar a bit tricky at times.
The food they do is really nice, although like everything else there it's a little on the expensive side.
The whole place seems to have something of a 'great hunt' theme to it, and I'm not sure whether this is a nod to the pre-refurb decor or something they decided on afterward. I find it detracts from the overall appeal, but it seems to have no adverse effect on the popularity of the place, so more power to them.
I have visited the Plough with friends on a few occasions now. It is definitely becoming one of my favourite haunts in south Birmingham.
There's a fantastic vibe about the place that hits you as soon as you walk in. The clientele is solidly middle class with a mix of well spoken professionals, affluent families and well heeled students from Birmingham University. Great for a snob like me.
As with the surrounding area (this is Harborne after all, darling), the blonde quota is very high, with lots of yummy mummies frequenting the place and treating Charles and Cordelia to posh pizza.
The service is excellent with very attentive bar staff who will readily let you sample the guest beers so you can try before you buy.
In fact, I haven't anything negative to say about the Plough highly recommended.
Went there about a month ago. Great vibe and my daughter loved her babyccino. Thank you!
This is my 4th review of the plough. Had an ok lamb burger. Wednes. 13 nov lunchtime. Settled myself in the corner and 5 pushchairs came round to sit by me. I moved quick dont do that many screamers. 1 yes but not fIVE Lamb burger was just ordinary chips were fine. Staff were a laugh as always. It filled up as always by the time I had left. Was dissap there was no mushroom and Swiss burger oh well. Will stick to my. Favourite eggs benedict
The Plough is a beautifully decorated, family friendly, gastro pub located in Birmingham's affluent Harborne district.
Trendy but not too trendy, it attracts all types - not least because of it's excellent food and large, sunny beer garden.
They have an extensive wine list and menu and the atmosphere is very chilled with soulful background music at just the right level.
Everything is expertly planned at The Plough from the Russian doll wallpaper to the quirky garden furniture and decorations (vintage barber shop chairs, neon signs and rustic shelving). There is even a barrel full of umbrellas in the garden, should you wish to smoke when it's raining or get to your table without ruining your hair. Don't worry, most seating in the garden is covered so this is just an extra precaution.
The menu at The Plough is large and varied with daily specials available too. Today is Monday so it's 241 stone baked pizzas.
Freshly prepared, seasonal ingredients are used to bring you hearty meals which are rich in flavour and lovingly presented. You have to order and pay first at the bar.
Prices are moderate with a rump steak costing you £16.50 and the house soup at a costly £5.50. I don't doubt that it is the finest soup and the chunkiest, fresh bread though so the prices are most likely reflective of the quality.
The Plough serves food from 11am on weekdays,10am weekends and has a very tempting brunch menu which ranges from £4.75 for a veggie sausage sarnie to £8.75 for the house cooked breakfast. If you prefer a lighter bite then pastries are also available from just £1.75.
As I mentioned previously, today is 241 pizzas and they have a huge range; I can recommend the Chorizo and Roasted Peppers with Cajun Chicken and Black Olives for £12. Yes, it's expensive but they are very nice pizzas and if you come on a Monday you're quids in.
There are plenty of food offers available in the menu and on the specials boards and even though prices are at the higher end of the pub food market, there is still something for all budgets.
The Plough is the perfect summer pub but still cosy and homely enough inside to while away a winter afternoon.
Why not hop on the bus from Birmingham? It only takes 20 mins and is a great escape from the city crowds.
UPDATE. - I enquired on the way out and a children's menu is available; all meals are £5. They also have soya milk in stock if you take that in your coffee.
While I normally prefer a dingy old man boozer, my wife is a fan of the nicer, more inviting pubs and The Plough is one of the best ones around. There are so many details - from the containers in which the flowers are even some pictures on the wall, like a toy full of art - that she is constantly taking pictures. But even with all these details, the restaurant is not overbearing and stressful, quite the contrary, it's very cozy to sit inside.
Despite being very modern, it does not lose that atmosphere of comfortable old pubs - with a low light and some rustic furniture. I've been there a few times, but if possible I try to make it a Tuesday... two burgers for the price of one! I always have the same - the vegetarian (the only I can eat) - but I never tire of it. They are nicely presented on an individual chopping board and the burger is great. The vegetarian has a large flat mushroom in place of the meat, cheese (including goats cheese, which is what gives a nice kick), peppers and pickles. It comes with a good portion of chips (nice fat ones) served in a little fryer and a tasty crunchy homemade coleslaw. Mondays is the same promotion with pizza which is equally tasty. Prices, to be honest, are a little expensive, but definitely worth it.
It has a good, mixed crowd and even when it is busy it is never rowdy. It's an ideal place for a date, night with buddies or a meal with the family. I has a good sized beer garden which, for me at least, tips the scale in it's favour over the Junction down the road.
I would say it's the best pub in Harborne, a bit more pricey than most of the others but worth it.
Gastro pubs with kooky decor are ten-a-penny. What makes The Plough special is the fact that the food lives up to the eccentric and stylish interior. It is a pitch perfect venue for a lazy Sunday brunch - their Eggs Benedict with a spicy Bloody Mary have soothed many of my "morning after" malaises.
A pot of tea at The Plough is a whimsical delight, it comes served in a proper pot wrapped up in a pom-pom topped knitted cosy that would make my Nana proud. You get given a chunky mug with a Jammie Dodger on the side and milk in a dinky little Alice in Wonderland potion bottle.
Come the evening, The Plough gets lively and packed with trendy Harbornites scoffing delicious thin crust pizzas, gourmet burgers and old-school comfort food. The bar is well stocked with real ales from the likes of Purity and local micro-breweries. If you get peckish mid-drinking session, you can always order some sweeties, nuts or olives from the tempting shelves of sweetie jars. In the summer months, the immaculately turned out beer garden makes a perfect change from the hustle and bustle of the indoors.
Oh, and I really love the wallpaper in the ladies' loos.
It is always best to book for evenings and Sunday lunch.
fri 30 march 2013 went here for a burger after hospit apt was fine lamb burger with nice fries and loads of rocket decent rose house as well £16 all in sat in the window at front was a bit chilly this was at 330 on fri afternoon still quite busy though
10 oct went here for another lunch but really ill with heavy cold the barman took pity on me and made me a big mug of honey and lemon made me feel so much better caring sharing staff wowzer oh had extra delish eggs royale again with superb smoked salmon cannot fault anything promise to have something else next time just fab 21 sep went here for brunch today great menu had eggs benedict with smoked salmon delish its now my fave pub free tap water iced and fruited at the end of the bar delish carrot cakes all ahomemade on the bar very good menu nice atmosphere the star of harborne
I cannot rave about this place enough! First of all it has the nicest most attentive staff I have ever encountered. On the last time I visited, although there were no tables, all the staff made sure to save us one straight away and quickly prepared us drinks while we were waiting. Later on, when I went to ask for the burger special of the day, they offered to make any combination we wanted even when it wasn't on the menu.
The food was gorgeous. I had a beef and ale pie an my boyfriend had a beef and chorizo burger. Both were clearly homemade and came in generous portions (none of us manage to finish). There was also a great choice of drinks (ales, ciders and beer) with several foreign beers on bottle.
The decor is also great, with its mismatched chairs, wooden floors and beautiful beer garden (make sure to come here in the Summer).
A gem in Birmingham.
We are here for a team safe birthday mean more after 18:00 to day maybe edit
Great atmosphere, always packed out.
Went here with a friend for lunch. The place was packed out and is clearly doing a roaring lunchtime trade. Ordering food is via the bar. The menu was extensive and as we were sitting near the bar the food coming out of the kitchens looked delicious. I ordered a chicken and chargrilled pepper pizza with chorizo and olives. This came on a nice wooden platter with a cutter. It was hot, authentic looking and very tasty. It was also very substantial, but I would expect this given the £11.95 price. Thankfully, I had a 2-4-1 voucher which brought the cost of the meal to a very reasonable level. The staff were friendly and attentive, having a laugh with each other and on good terms with the clientele. On the whole,I wouldn't have expected any more from a lunch in a quaint pub in Harborne. If you do decide to go, it is advisable to prebook as nearly all tables were reserved or occupied when I visited. I would highly recommend this place and despite the somewhat elevated prices you are sure to get a quality and satisfying meal, with good service and a lively atmosphere.
Refurbed over a year ago, The Plough is a lively and friendly place to drink and have a bite. In the summer time the beer garden is a great addition and is regularly busy with a good atmosphere, pretty ladies are not uncommon. The food is actually very good and not too over priced but its better to eat earlier in the day than later. All in all a decent pub/bar in a decent part of Birmingham.
Good food and good atmosphere - the super thin pizzas are the highlight. Also it's £15 for two pizzas and a bottle of wine, any day of the week, total bargain. Free wifi too I think
Excellent Pub, great food, great staff
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