As a result of its landscape and varied attractions, Scarborough is widely acknowledged to be the world’s first seaside resort. From the rugged rocky headland of the South Bay, to the colourful beach huts of the North Bay, Scarborough has for over 400 years been a haven for holiday makers.
Nestled just a couple of miles outside in the nearby village of Scalby, The Plough now provides yet another reason for people to flock back to this part of the world.
A mainstay of Scalby since 1899, The Plough like many country pubs in Yorkshire villages, has acted as the heart of the local community for over a century. However, since it was purchased by village residents Nick and Sandra Thomas in 2013, it has gone through a period of mass renovation and refurbishment which has thoroughly transformed and modernised the building. The new bar and restaurant area opened to the world in October 2015, this was followed, in January 2016, by eight luxury en-suite bedrooms.
On entering the bar, we were straight away greeted by a stylish yet comfortable bar area and a friendly bar team who check us in and show us to our room. En-route upstairs we walk past a cosy area known affectionately as “The Snug” where I could envisage locals spending more than a few evenings unwinding and enjoying the delights of the local craft ales available behind the bar.
Our room for the evening was Room Five, which is set in the eves on the second floor of The Plough. This room has all the components for a luxury, romantic weekend away: mood lighting, a comfy King size bed, and large, free-standing bath and plenty of other nice little touches to make your visit a special one. The décor stays on trend with the rest of the establishment in that it is chic and stylish and you could be forgiven for wanting to spend your whole time there in your room!
However, it’s time for dinner, so we head back downstairs to the restaurant. Again, this area is filled with some little touches that I really like. In front of us is a wall with lots of different clocks on, all set to 5pm with the message “Its 5 o’clock somewhere in the world” and on each table the water glasses are all styled like the bottom half of a wine bottle which catches my eye immediately.
Now food is something they take very seriously at The Plough. Pub grub this is not."
Now food is something they take very seriously at The Plough. Pub grub this is not. So much so that they have enlisted the help of Pipe and Glass Chef, James Mackenzie to devise the menu and it is packed full of contemporary dishes made with Yorkshire ingredients. On another occasion, I might’ve plumped for the intriguing Yorkshire Tapas, but I’m sold by the idea of carpaccio of venison with walnuts, beetroot and horseradish. I’m not let down as it’s fresh, zingy and delicious. I follow this with a Lamb Shank Cottage Pie which is everything you want it to be: deep, meaty and hearty. It comes with carrots cooked with cumin which is a great accompaniment. I ended the meal with a lemon and rosemary posset which is presented, with a touch of theatre, in a jar with big fluffy marshmallows on top. It’s a top ending to the meal.
The whole experience of The Plough was great from start to finish. The staff are attentive and really know the menu. The bar and restaurant were packed which is no easy feat on a cold Thursday night in January for any establishment, let alone a relatively new one. All in all, I’m confident if The Plough continues to keep up this standard, it’ll remain at the heart of Scalby for another century.
The Plough is the latest addition to the HQ Collection - a group of family-owned pubs/restaurants and rooms which include the award-winning Copper Horse Restaurant & Cottages and the popular Mayfield Hotel, Pub & Carvery in Seamer.