Friday, 13 January 2012

The Plough and Harrow, Monknash, South Wales

We hadn't been here for a few years, about five my wife reckons, when we had our daughter in a papoose on my back reaching out for blackberries from the hedgerows. We had a sunday lunch outside the pub whilst she crawled in the grass purple juice on her cheeks, on a lovely sunny day.

The Plough and Harrow is found in Monknash which is a 15-20 minute drive from Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan through a few country lanes. You can do a great walk using the pub as a starting point, we just did part of it, starting going past the pub down the lane and a stony path (good boots needed) for 20-30 minutes and ending up on the Vale of Glamorgan coast line, fabulous views. The walk is great if you've an interest in photography, loads of  natural little waterfalls. ( Some photos here, more to be added over next few days)

Not bad huh?!
So, back to the pub. A traditional country pub. Nooks, crannys,  bits and bobs on the walls and ceiling.  Oozing it from the pores. And that is meant in no way disrespectfully, you end up looking at the houses around it and imagine your self living there so you could be a local in this pub. You sink into the chair, and want time to stretch. We wonder if our kids could manage the walk we did so we could come back sooner.

An old building, fires and small bars, ales up front on pumps, five casks behind the bar.
No menu's, its written across the beams, as are the beers and ciders, abv's and prices. 
Lunch was some traditional faggots, peas and chips this time, superb and priced fairly. The staff friendly and professional, absolutely no complaints there. 

On cask was Wye Valley HPA, Wickwar's Cotswold Way, Hancocks HB, and Kingstone's Gold but I went for the Cotswold Spring Brewery stout Guv'nor. 
Light to medium in the mouth, chocolate, dry and burnt coffee beans. Fruit and chocolate beautifully balanced, £3 a pint. Money well spent. 
A day well spent.

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