The Plough is a well known gastropub just outside Cambridge, in the village of Fen Ditton. The pub is situated by the river Cam, even having moorings if you arrive by boat, and has a It does a range of cooked and cold food, including meat dishes, pizzas, sandwiches and salads; on Sundays it also offers roast dinner. It gets very busy, particularly in summer, so you might need to book.
When we went for roast, the staff were a mixture of experienced and slick with young and clueless, which led to a curious experience overall. Most interactions with them began with someone young messing something up, then being saved by the older member. You have to learn though, don’t you?
Inside the pub is pretty traditional and rural, with plenty of wood and monochrome photos of how the village used to be. The only exception to this I noticed was our table, which was a weird polished copper.Anyway, we weren’t put off by the shininess, and started with a baked Camembert, which came with a lot of seeds on the top and a sweet cherry sauce, plus ciabatta toast to scoop it with. It was good, but it is a hard dish to make anywhere below good!
I had the veggie roast, which was a delicious if unattractive lump of pumpkin seeds and carrot gratings held together with figs and blue cheese, served on a smear of something red, with some roast potatoes (done vegetarian, but soggy and bland), onion gravy (seemed kitchen made, with plenty of wine), two herb Yorkshire puddings (had to remind them to deliver these, they came a bit cold and a bit soggy), and – very weirdly, as I have never seen this on a roast anywhere – an apple. It was quite nice, but felt out of place.
Fiancée had the trio of roast, which was a big chicken breast and small slices of beef and pork. These were all well cooked and had a nice flavour, apparently. Goose fat roast potatoes weren’t very nice to her, and were also soggy, but her Yorkshire was crispier. She also liked the stuffing wrapped in bacon.
We shared a bowl of honey carrots and greens. These were OK, but no more. Overall the main bits of each meal were good, but were let down a bit by the accompaniments. I found it tricky therefore to rate the Plough, because it was quite a mixed experience, but I think I would just about recommend it as it is a nice place to spend time and aspects of the food were good. On the other hand, it is a chore to get too, and the prices are closer to London than a rural village pub!
The Plough is open Monday to Saturday 11.00-23.00 and Sunday from 11.00-22.30. To get there, you need to drive out of Cambridge on Newmarket Road, and turn left at the lights after McDonald’s and Papa John’s (terrible my reference points are so food related!). After that, take a left on the High Street, about 800m away and at traffic lights, and the next right on Green End. Follow this until you find the pub and its large car park. You’ll pass a few other pubs on the way.
Address: Green End, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8SX