‘You really must try the steak at the Plough at Euxton’, we were urged.
We had never actually been to the countryside-style pub before, so after the food was recommended to us, Jack and I decided to try it out.
I’m not really a massive fan of steak, but Jack pushed the boat out and went for the 10z sirloin (£15.95) – and what a treat it was!
Unconventionally, he decided against getting a sauce for an extra £2.50, so the flavours of the meat really came through.
It was served medium rare as requested, and was succulent and juicy, and perfectly seasoned; the best steak either of us has ever had (I managed to try a few mouthfuls throughout the meal).
So even I was converted, and now class myself as a fan of sirloin steak, although I expect you’d be hard pressed to find a better one than that.
The onion rings were huge and crispy without being greasy, and Jack’s choice of a small jacket potato rather than chips was a nice change and added more textures and tastes to the dish.
My main course was also good, but couldn’t quite live up to the same high standard set by the steak.
The slow cooked lamb shank (£13.25) was tender and quite tasty, but not as flavoursome as I would have liked.
The ‘creamy mash’ and ‘market fresh vegetables’ were a bit bland and more mushy than creamy or crisp, but the ‘rich red wine, rosemary and shallot jus’ helped give the meal the desired boost.
It was nice enough, but didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor of the steak, or of my starter, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was oven baked goat’s cheese (£5.25) with salad, a ‘balsamic glaze’ and cracked black pepper. And it was absolutely delicious.
The goat’s cheese was a generous size and was melt-in-the-mouth creamy and slightly crumbly.
The balsamic and pepper coating was a great touch which complemented the rich cheese well, and really brought out the flavours.
The salad was fresh and refreshing, with plenty of mixed leaves, tomato and cucumber, plus more balsamic.
Jack had a traditional prawn cocktail (£5.25) which he also enjoyed, but it wasn’t a patch on what was to come.
His only complaint was that the piece of butter was too cold and hard to spread on the brown bread, but overall, he was pretty satisfied with the starter.
The winning combination would have been the goat’s cheese followed by the sirloin, so that’s on my list for our next visit.
We were also impressed with the friendly and accommodating staff, especially seeing as we only booked the table at short notice.
We were initially seated near the main entrance but soon after we sat down, a couple of tables became available in the main restaurant section and the orangery, so we were given the choice of where we would prefer to sit.
The hustle and bustle created by the many families and couples dining there on Saturday night added to the atmosphere of the cosy and welcoming pub.
The decor is traditional and there is a good selection of high bar tables and dining tables.
We also made sure to sample a few of the drinks on offer from the decent wine list and beers on tap, and all-in-all, had a great night which we’d be keen to recreate.