Sunshine means it’s time for tea in a beer garden

Eating Out: The Plough at Eaves
Eating Out: The Plough at Eaves
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Laura Wild enjoys good food and good weather at The Plough at Eaves

Everything suddenly feels better when the sun shines, doesn’t it? It certainly brightened my mood last weekend – even though I was working and it made me want to spend time outside.

So after work on Saturday it seemed right to find a nice pub with a beer garden to enjoy the rest of the sun and have our tea outside.

We had a nice drive out to The Plough at Eaves. I love the countryside – I think it comes from being brought up on a farm.

I’ve never been to The Plough before but as we approached it I knew I was going to like it.

Cyclists were sitting on benches outside having a refreshing drink and catching the last of sun, children were playing on the swings at the back and couples were having a drink in the 6pm sunshine.

This is a traditional country pub, packed with character, from the farm machinery outside to the exposed beams inside it was perfect.

We grabbed a drink and a couple of menus and headed back outside.

Now, of course, it’s still only April so it wasn’t red hot but it was warm in the beer garden.

There’s plenty of choice on the day to day menu but having spied the specials board inside when we got our drinks we headed back to see what was on offer and we were spoilt for choice.

In the end I opted for the king prawns in a garlic and white wine sauce with garlic toast (£4.95) and my fellow diner also opted for a seafood dish, this time prawn and scallops in a cream cheese sauce baked in the oven (£6.95).

The starters were beautiful, they were presented on slate boards and both tasted delicious.

My garlic toast was great for mopping up the leftover sauce and they weren’t shy when it came to the prawns either. The portion sizes on both dishes were excellent.

All the staff members were polite and friendly and didn’t forget about us even though we were outside.

Granted it did get a bit chilly but we’re Brits and we braved the rest of the sunshine (by now with coats on).

Anyway, our mains warmed us up and were traditional hearty pub grub. I had the salmon, again from the specials board.

It came topped with onions and capers with scrumptious homemade chips with carrots and cauliflower. (£10.95)

My foodie friend devoured the Goosnargh chicken which came in a creamy mushroom sauce again with chips and veg (£10.95).

Once again the portion sizes were very generous and the food was rich and tasty.

So many places attempt homemade chips and can’t pull them off but I would go back to The Plough just for the chips. They were spot on.

When we arrived at the pub I was right to say I was going to love it and the food did not disappoint.

It’s a lovely location, the prices are friendly on the purse strings and the vast choice means there’s something for everyone.

On this occasion we were both far too full to sample the desserts but from what I saw they have a selection of puddings from Lathams – another reason to visit.

I know we will be back again – and hopefully come the summer we won’t need our coats.