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The Plough Inn

€€ - €€€, British,
3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 2985
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good24%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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“nachos” (10 reviews)
“surf and turf” (8 reviews)
“lobster” (13 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Pretty poor service. I am not a wine buff but the glass of Chardonnay proffered to me was undrinkable. First for me to ask for a replacement but the Rose was not much better. I choose a Gin Marinade Smoked Salmon. Dish all over the...More

2  Thank naggingmum2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Party of three. We ordered 3 breakfasts and were very disappointed at the quality presented. Minute piece of bacon, 1 overcooked mushroom served in isolation with hard potato and soda breads presented, that had been cooked at a much earlier timeframe. Portion size ludicrously mean....More

1  Thank Rose W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Met family for a meal last night and had heard good reports about restaurant, but I was disappointed. The service was very poor. Waited to be seated, menus totally mixed up between early bird and after 7 menus. Parts of menu missing for some if...More

1  Thank Lynn c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eight of us had a meal here last night. I had the chicken satay spring rolls as a starter and chicken for my main course. I found both courses totally bland and no one asked us if we had enjoyed our meal. I can't speak...More

Thank Anna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pre booked for 2 o’clock.. arrived slightly early we ate in the bistro called the vintage rooms, I have to say when we arrived apparently only one women can take you to your seat must have been manager they kept telling us she would be...More

2  Thank foodieni2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dropped in for a bit of lunch with some girlfriends. The staff were very helpful and the food was very tasty. We hadn't booked and I would advise to do for our next visit, but we were seated within 10 minutes x pub has a...More

Thank ShazFinlay
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Dropped by for a lite bite in late December, its a lovely pub & restaurant but we felt that the lunch time menu should offer sandwiches & other lite bites. We were given a menu which was too classy for lunch time. We struggled to...More

Thank vicky f
Reviewed 10 January 2018

We really enjoyed the meal, however i think there should be more choice, especially for vegetarians.

Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

Attended here for a staff night out and enjoyed a great meal . But on going to bar after meal , we were made feel unwanted by bar staff . One of my colleagues ordered 10 drinks for us all and the bat staff wouldn't...More

1  Thank finbar f
Reviewed 5 January 2018

We tried to get into Simply Seafood, a first floor restaurant above The Plough, on New Year’s Day for lunch, but understandably they were fully booked. However as we were staying just 20 minutes away we thought we would try again and this time made...More

Thank Janis G
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Ivan M
5 March 2017|
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Response from jordanneboal | Reviewed this property |
You would be best to phone them, they could probably do a deal for you
Adrian C
24 August 2016|
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Response from Denis M | Reviewed this property |
Yes but caveat emptor.....I would not speculate money on it.
14 June 2016|
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Response from Amac65 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I have no idea. Give them a phone call.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Hillsborough
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9268 2985
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The Plough Inn is a famous family owned pub boasting an excellent reputation for hospitality, atmosphere & wonderful food. In business for over 20 years the Plough offers a contrasting dining experience with award winning pub grub lunches & fantastic gourmet dining in our highly acclaimed restaurant seven nights a week. Launched September 2012 our brand new Simply Seafood restaurant at the Plough Inn. Simple, affordable, fresh local seafood in the beautiful village of Hillsborough every Friday & Saturday night. Our public bar is the quintessential "local", a traditional pub with a fantastic selection of beers, wine & spirits. All major live sport shown daily, weekly pub quiz & live music every Friday & Saturday night!
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