The Plough At Eaves (January 2002)
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The Plough is famous on two counts -- it's the oldest pub in the Fylde and it's the hardest to find. How old? The whitewashed main building was the site of a Civil War battle (Cuddy) and dates back to 1645. And the pub - which used to be called the Plough At Cuddy Hill -- is everything you would expect from a hostelry with history: beamed ceilings, flagstones, brasses on the walls, toby jugs behind the bar.
Landlord and head chef Mike Dawson has been in residence for a year and he has maintained the Plough's reputation for traditional home-cooked food. The succulent shoulder of lamb (£7.50) is probably the signature dish and there's more fish on the menu than you might expect from a country pub. The Plough whale (haddock, £6.95) is a staple, the specials board often includes trout and swordfish, and lobster thermidor (half for £10) is the biggest draw on Saturday (a la carte) night.
The Lancaster canal is close by and on a summer afternoon you can't beat a leisurely stroll along the towpath. If you're looking for something more challenging, the landlord can recommend a local walk or you can continue on to Beacon Fell.
Getting there? The simplest option is to take the M55 to the Broughton turn-off, follow the A6 north towards Garstang, cross the traffic lights at the Golden Ball pub, then take the first left, Station Lane. Follow it for 2 miles, crossing the railway and the canal but not crossing any white lines, and you'll arrive safe and sound at the Plough.
The Plough At Eaves
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