A couple of weekends ago we had the opportunity to visit The Plough in Lupton on the edge of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Its location made it the perfect place to stay for the evening as we wanted to explore both areas, which I can confirm are equally beautiful. Having spent the morning in the Yorkshire Dales followed a delicious lunch at The Plough’s sister hotel, the Hart’s Head Hotel in Giggleswick, by the time we arrived at The Plough, we were ready to relax and have a couple of drinks.
Check In and First Impression
As we pulled in the first thing we noticed how packed the car park was and not because it was small but because it’s obviously a very popular place to visit, especially on a hot August Sunday afternoon. We got the bags from the car and headed to the main building. The hotel had its own entrance at the front of the property. As we arrived during peak Sunday Lunch serving time, the reception was not manned, however, a polite notice was in place on the desk asking us to speak to someone at the bar who would be able to check us in.
Therefore, we headed through to the bar and explained we were ready to check in, this was then done swiftly and in an extremely friendly manner. After we filled in the necessary forms, our keys, one for our room and one for the front door, were handed over and we were led up the stairs and up to our room. It appeared that we were the first guests of the day to check in as all the doors to the other rooms was wide open waiting for people to arrive and being a little bit, ok a lot, nosey, I couldn’t help taking a peek at them all as we passed. All of them looked extremely welcoming and decorated tastefully and certainly in keeping with the rest of the property. I would have been happy to call any of them home for the duration of our stay. We headed up one more flight of stairs where we found our room, The Hutton, located on the top floor.
The Hutton Suite is The Plough’s premier family option, sleeping four people in two spacious bedrooms with a shared bathroom. We, of course, didn’t have the need for the second bedroom, therefore the adjoining room was locked throughout our stay. The Hutton was a fabulous size with plenty of room for us and our bags. The room had a super comfortable super king sized bed, although it did squeak slightly every time one of us moved. It wasn’t enough to wake us up but we were conscious of it and tried not to wriggle about too much.
The room also had a little seating area, small flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk (which always gets a massive thumbs up from me, because come on seriously, who actually likes UHT milk?), delicious biscuits, dressing gowns, and slippers together with a mini bar. Basically everything we needed to make us feel like we were at home. The decor was lovely and cozy and again very homely. If only the wifi signal had been stronger in our room, we certainly would have stayed up there all afternoon. Unfortunately, I had a quick job to complete (a freelancers work is never done!) but simply couldn’t connect to the wifi up there, not to worry, we simply decamped to the beautiful bar area and enjoyed a couple of afternoon tipples.
I love hotels with baths. As we travel in mainland Europe a lot, we tend to just assume all hotels only have showers, so when we find one with a bath I personally jump for joy, especially when they are huge free standing baths, like the one in the Hutton at The Plough. In fact, the whole bathroom was huge and again plenty of room for us both, enabling us both to get ready at the same time, especially as there was not only the bath but a massive rainfall shower as well.
There is a hill at the back of the property, which was the way our room faced, it was was a good job I realised that anyone could walk past at any second and closed the blinds before I slipped into the tub, especially as the windows were not frosted. The decor was again in keeping with the room and the rest of the property and the complimentary toiletries smelt divine, the bath salts in particular.
The bar area, located on the ground floor was super busy with people enjoying a drink and having Sunday lunch, which looked amazing by the way. We grabbed a table in the window, we chatted, I worked, we drank. It certainly was a lovely place to spend an afternoon and even though there was not a spare seat in the house, the atmosphere was extremely laid back and all the staff were very friendly and accommodating, not just to us but to all the customers. The Plough is it was obviously a popular choice for people in the area and passersby and their dogs, so much so, people were being turned away as they had not booked a table.
After a few afternoon tipples and a relaxing bath, we headed downstairs as we were ready to see the menu and sample the food. We were seated in the fabulous dining area which was already buzzing with people eating, chatting and laughing. Again, it really surprised me that it was so busy at 8.00pm on a Sunday evening, again proving how popular The Plough is. We ordered a lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio Blush and perused the food menu.
With so many great sounding things on the menu, it was difficult to choose.
Mr ESLT – Chargrilled octopus, Padron pepper, chorizo, garlic butter, artisan bread
Me – Wild flower sourdough with bacon butter
Mr ESLT – Monumental Ale battered haddock, hand cut chips, crushed peas, tartar sauce
Me – Ploughman’s platter, local hard cheese, pickles, Yorkshire ham, artisan bread
To share – Dark chocolate torte, with fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream and toffee brittle
Our meal was amazing, and certainly not your average ‘pub grub’ even though the average price for a main course was only around £12. It was very tasty and above all else hearty, we were both extremely full by the time we had finished. I just wished our waiter had mentioned that my Ploughman’s platter also came with a full sourdough after already ordering one as my starter. I love sourdough but come on, I do have a limit. A number of the dishes came in two sizes, regular and large, which I thought was a great idea as some people have larger appetites than others.
After a great night’s sleep, we headed down to the bar area for breakfast. We grabbed a table and I went to see what was on offer on the breakfast buffet table whilst Mr ESLT waited to be served. With cereals, fruits and warm pastries on offer, it all looked great, however, I restrained myself and just grabbed us a couple of glasses of juice instead. By the time I got back, our order had been placed. We didn’t have to wait long before our breakfast was served and it was just as delicious as our evening meal had been the night before and set us up perfectly for the day.
Mr ESLT – Eggs Benedict with Yorkshire ham, soft poached eggs and Hollandaise Sauce and a toasted English muffin
Me – Scrambled eggs on a toasted English muffin
We had a great night’s stay at The Plough with its luxurious yet laid back and slightly quirky surroundings, a homely room, lots of amazing and tasty food and friendly and helpful staff, come on – what’s not to like about that? It was the perfect place to base ourselves to explore both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. With rooms starting from £85 a night and food prices being no more than you would pay at a regular pub, staying at The Plough is excellent value for money. We would highly recommend staying here, or at least dropping in for a meal if you are in the area, but don’t forget to book a table in advance.
- We were hosted by The Plough on DB&B basis in exchange for review.