Harden's survey result
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This “spacious” pub-with-rooms, in a “beautiful setting” just off the M6, continues to win the thumbs up for its “terrific” cooking (a mixture of pub classics with a twist, and more ambitious dishes).
An updated pub-with-rooms, just off the M6, that seems to be on an even keel though it's “no longer associated with the (much-vaunted) Punch Bowl at Crossthwaite”; fans praise its “beautifully presented and blooming tasty” food.
Sibling to the Punch Bowl in Crossthwaite, this recently refurbished inn enjoys a “stunning location” (close to the M6 too) and has a “lovely airy dining area”; fans praise its “delicious menu” and child-friendly service, but the occasional sceptic can find standards merely “ordinary”.
The Plough Inn Restaurant Diner Reviews
"An old roadside inn, but pretty featureless inside and out, not helped by a pretty cavernous interior, with, I think, three large rooms and an anonymous corridor from the car park entrance. The menu reads well, with pub classics aplenty, and just a few more modern gastropubby dishes. But execution was very mixed on my visit. Service was particularly good - welcoming and efficient; concerned but not obtrusive. Sadly the food was a bit of a let down. A starter described as Queenie scallops, creamy leeks and gruyere with dipping bread. Was at most 5 queenies, though I think only 4 in a volcanically hot gruyere sauce with no trace of leeks, served in what I'd describe as a half height ramekin. For £6.50, very disappointing, though the massive hunk of bread was good. And not just me that was disappointed: a young boy at the next table saw scallops, which were clearly one of his favourites. The parents ordered them as his main course. When it came, he spent 5 minutes stabbing at the small bowl, and exclaiming "where are the scallops?" His mother had to give him most of her chips... A burger - looking nothing like the photos on their website that I'd seen earlier - was fine. Quite good flavour beef, despite being markedly overcooked. The brioche bun a bit tired. Bacon and Lancashire cheese toppings were fine, though neither of any particular tastiness. A side order of onion rings came sat in a pool of their own oil at the bottom of their bowl: the batter was good, though the frying didn't have the lightness and freshness of the best examples. Desserts were predictable pub classics and didn't excite me enough to order one. Jolly good beer, and a good selection too."
Cow Brow, Lupton, LA6 1PJ
noon - 9 pm
Last orders: 9 pm