I appreciate this is under new management - but as they told us on our arrival they have considerable experience...
It is set in a lovely spot on the edge of Pitton near Salisbury, Wiltshire with reasonable parking - though somewhat narrow spaces in this day of more and larger vehicles, and a great, well tended little garden for nicer weathered days.
The Silver Plough is an old and very interesting building with white walls, ceiling beams, knickknacks on the ceiling, wooden floors and a good 'feel' on entering.
This pub with a main room, separate 'restaurant' area - though most eat in the main room and snug or outside and there is also a separate skittle alley that can be hired out. It also has accommodation within the property.
Our early midday arrival found only a few customers already in but the staff seemed somewhat stressed due to 'whatever' and were not as warm and welcoming as you might expect based on previous visits here before this new management.
There seemed to be a shortage of staff, which could explain the stressed impression and slow service.
We ordered our drinks and got a table which was comfortable enough and ordered some food.
Prices have risen since previous visits but as with anywhere you are prepared to pay a bit more if the quality is there. In the past in different places we have had superb food at little cost and awful food costing a lot.
In this case we agreed the sirloin steaks were nicely cooked but the cut of meat was somewhat sinewy and fatty which detracted from their potential of being small but great steaks.
The potato wedges were cooked like chips and apart from some really hard and brittle ones were very tasty as was the simple salad and sauce Bearnaise.
If you are a big eater - there is not enough for you and at just short of £20 this is not worth it.
We had different puddings and can recommend both the chocolate whiskey cup - though a hint more whiskey would be appreciated since it is in the name of the dish, and the pavlova was really good.
Despite the criticisms the overall meal was certainly nice but the prices charged were not justified in light of 'competition' - i.e. what you may pay for the same in similar places elsewhere.
A big surprise was a view of the Sunday lunch meals seeing a leg of chicken was £13:00, yes - just a leg and I can buy whole chickens locally for under £5:00 - OK I then have to cook it BUT £13:00 for a leg... come on!!!!!??????
For that price I would expect something rather spectacular but based on my comments above wouldn't expect it to actually appear!
A review of their own menu (nice range) and prices (compare with others and what is physically on offer) would be good.
Cleanliness was reasonable but could have been better considering the lack of customers in place at this time and as written the management is new and still finding their feet but as with any place customers and their views are actually important and I've given my 3 penny worth!
We will ask friends and neighbours what they think of the changes (we are fairly local) and consider visiting again depending on their feedback or just for a drink to see what has changed for the better!
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