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Posted: 12 July 2013
Seventeenth century pub, The Plough, Coldharbour Lane, Upper Dicker is sporting a stylish new-look and turning out first-class gastro-pub dishes since new licensees Angelena and Greg Churcher took over. The pub re-opened in June after several weeks of interior and exterior refurbishment work.
Angelena, previously an events and functions manager, and husband Greg, who owns several food retail outlets, had dreamed of running The Plough for several years. When the opportunity arose, they teamed up with Angelena’s father Peter Hill, who has experience of running clubs and restaurants, to make their dreams a reality.
The trio have brought on-board a team of top chefs, one of whom has previously worked for celebrity chef Marco Pierre White. They are serving up mouth-watering gastro-pub classics such as ‘chicken liver pate with madeira jelly and homemade pickle’ followed by ‘battered haddock, chunky chips and chip shop mushies’ and ‘sticky toffee pudding with toffee-honeycomb ice cream’.
Says Greg, “We’re delighted with both the transformation and our exciting food offer, which are receiving great feedback from customers. The Plough is a big pub so we’ve capitalised on this by defining different style dining areas inside and out to suit all tastes. Our live music events every Friday and Sunday afternoon are being well-received and we’re set for a fantastic summer!”
Nestled in the Sussex Downs, close to Lewes, Eastbourne and Brighton, the Plough is a historic country pub on the doorstep of St Bedes School and Michelham Priory. The sizeable interior has been transformed to offer both country house restaurant and contemporary bistro dining areas, while maintaining charming old features such as an exterior window in the middle of the building, which was rediscovered and preserved during previous building work.
Outside a chic decked terrace with black rattan furniture overlooks the large beer garden, which has a children’s wooden pirate-ship play area and a bandstand housing some of the live music events. The car park has been extended to offer ample parking.
Shepherd Neame property and tenanted trade director George Barnes says, “The Plough is a superb country pub with an outstanding food offer catering for both formal celebrations and family days out.”
For more information www.plough-upperdicker.co.uk.