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The Plough

Coton, Cambridgeshire

A rustic, smart gastropub, the Plough sits in the idyllic village of Coton, which is a short drive from Cambridge.

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The leafy village of Coton is a stunning place to find yourself, only improved by the appearance of the Plough, which is owned by Pasquale Benedetto and his family.

Dating back to the 18th century, the rural gastropub is a local and destination venue offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for drinkers and diners alike, with a large garden and also a private dining room.

Plough Owner and General Manager, Pasquale Benedetto has been in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. Pasquale has completely transformed the Plough Coton into an exemplary establishment with his work ethic and sheer passion for hospitality. It is clear that this pub is a labour of love for Pasquale and his team

The kitchen is led by Carl Dempster who serves a menu of modern and seasonal dishes along with the classics many diners would expect to see from a pub. A regularly changing daily specials board is also available and useful for the frequent visitor.

Heading up front of house are Gabby and Mike who lead an experienced team on hand to ensure every culinary and drinking need you may have is taken care of.

From the a la carte menu, diners can expect dishes along the lines of ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli with pearl barley ice cream and sesame tuile; chicken liver parfait with onion chutney and toasted sourdough; and Benedetto gin cured salmon with beetroot and fennel to start.

For mains, dishes have included duck breast with a duck leg parcel, pickled watermelon, fennel salad and fondant potato; fillet of hake with butternut squash, crushed potatoes and sundried tomatoes; and braised beef bourguignon with pancetta lardons, truffle mash and parsnips.

To round things off, desserts run along the lines of dark chocolate and pistachio tart; winterberry rice pudding with a berry compote; and passionfruit crème brulee with coconut sorbet and mango salsa.

Of course, there is a strong Sunday menu, while the drinks menu is a standout with plenty of wine to choose from as well as beers, ales and spirits.

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