Much has changed at this Northumberland eatery since last I visited.
Anyone who has sampled the charms of Alnwick will have noticed this imposing hotel and pub on the main thoroughfare into the town.
It shut up shop earlier this year to undergo a major renovation. The result is a boutique-style inn with an informal atmosphere.
Decor-wise, it fuses the ubiquitous stag’s head motif with quilted leather seats you can sink into and rustic curiosities that are in-keeping with the setting. Though the surroundings impressed, it was the food that really got us talking.
My starter of smoked haddock risotto (£7.50) was an utter delight. Chunk upon chunk of fishy flakes punctuated a perfectly creamy risotto topped off with a poached egg, which was satisfyingly runny.
Presentation was spot on here and my main (which range from £10-£16.95) had also been executed with flair – tender lamb fashioned into a veritable tower of meat, which looked so good it was immediately committed to Instagram.
We were stuffed, but the puddings which were being whisked past us looked too good to turn down.
I chose the posset (£5.95). It arrived on one of those chunky wooden boards that are all the rage these days. The lemon posset was both zingy and creamy, but not sickeningly so, while the buttery, warm shortbread crumbled into delightful submission with ease.
We’ve vowed to return to The Plough already, a place where country charm meets a top city standard of food.