I was recently treated to a complimentary three course festive feast at The Plough and Harrow in Aldridge – my first ever gifted meal! (Please don’t come at me, I am poor graduate) and I was amazed by the value for money.
For £27.50, veggie guests can choose from three starters (2 vegetarian, 1 vegan), one main and from all of the desserts, with three vegan options available, including soya custard.
To start, I opted for the creamy garlic mushrooms with blue cheese, which ended up being my favourite of the night. Served on thick sourdough, there was plenty of sauce to be soaked up by the bread. It was absolutely delicious and actually garlicky – if I don’t smell of garlic for at least two days after eating something with it in the title, it shouldn’t be in the title. I promise this was true to name.
Then on to the vegan main – a slow roasted tomato and almond bake. I was disappointed that the parsnip, carrot and celeriac came as ribbons rather than as the thick cut roasted veg I saw with the meat dishes, as it meant they were easily overpowered by the rich, tomato flavour of the bake.
The bake itself was very soft and tasted slightly cheesy, so I was surprised to see that it was vegan. The overall sweetness of the dish was slightly overpowering for me, as I much prefer salty food to sweet. I wish there had been more balance with a greater focus on sides. Even just an additional sauce or gravy would have added some variety to the flavour.
For dessert I had the brownie with ice cream, which was thick and hearty. I prefer my brownies to be gooey rather than cakey, which this was not, but the fudginess was there and the ice cream was a lovely addition – a great choice for chocolate lovers.
For the price, I felt this meal was well worth it. Presentation of each dish felt very luxurious, but the portion sizes were still filling.
With open fireplaces and plenty of festive fairy lights, The Plough and Harrow makes a great Christmas lunch spot for two or for a family get together.