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The Plough Inn

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3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9268 2985
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since the Hillside was closed I thought I would give the Plough another chance however it was the usual awful service and then a precooked reheated burger arrives costing £13....I'm glad the Hillside has reopened superior in every way!

2 Thank Fred W
Belfast, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was attending the annual Pheonix gas installer awards at the plough inn and goodness no one was disappointed it was fantastic . Excellent food, service and atmosphere this is a definite from now on . A visit to the plough is a must if you want a quality meal and relaxation in good company .

1 Thank pa55word664
Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

12 of family seated very snugly round a square table 4 on each side !! Very little room to be honest and was noisy when everyone tried to talk at once !! Meal was really fab !! Had the mackerel smoked salmon prawns starter followed by ribeye steak ! Really lovely well presented food !! Everyone loved it !! Staff... More 

Thank Edithluc
Belfast, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended today for a family Sunday lunch. First of all I should say the food was excellent! I have marked down due to a number of reasons mainly service. When we were seated in the bistro some of the party had not brought a drink from the bar. It took 10min for one glass of wine and a bottle of... More 

2 Thank Mikeb666
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our last day in "Norn Iron" we were treated to a fantastic meal by Father in law who is a loyal regular at this place. I can see why. They have one of those menus that have lots of temptations. We didn't feel rushed as we "Oohed" and "arrghed" our way through some well designed options. I reluctantly shared... More 

Thank Aaron K
Belfast, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be one of my favourite places to eat now. Fantastic cooked food and a great atmosphere. I had the homemade nachos to start, and wow I wanted another plate it was that good. We also had a bread selection. For my main I had the pork belly with apple sauce and black pudding and a gorgeous mash!... More 

2 Thank davyu90
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dined here last night. Food very average. To start my wife had a mussel dish which was tough and she felt it was a frozen meal and not freshly prepared. In fairness her main was lovely. I had a trio of cold fish where no cooking was required. So one can really go wrong there. Very ordinary. For my main... More 

1 Thank Terry I
Northern Ireland
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in for lunch absolutely lovely food and a beautiful outdoor area weather permitting. Friendly staff and great service.

Thank Andreanireland
Co Down, N Ireland
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92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called at lunchtime on 1 May. I think perhaps the combination of an outstandingly good day and a public holiday may have caught them on the hop, and serving food outside is always harder on staff. However, for us as customers it was a lovely lunchtime, food was delicious, well presented, generous and hot and staff by and large... More 

Thank Drumcovitt
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked for a family lunch, service wise this was ok the staff where very polite, and helpful, and food arrived quickly, Food wise my starter was completely different from the menu description which I found strange, and lacking 3 things listed on the menu, but it was still good, though given the price and lacking of headline ingredients made... More 

3 Thank petet454

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 The Square, Hillsborough BT26 6AG, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Hillsborough
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9268 2985
The Plough Inn is a famous family owned pub boasting an excellent reputation for hospitality, atmosphere & wonderful food. In business for over 20 years the Plough offers a contrasting dining experience with award winning pub grub lunches & fantastic gourmet dining in our highly acclaimed restaurant seven nights a week. Launched September 2012 our brand new Simply Seafood restaurant at the Plough Inn. Simple, affordable, fresh local seafood in the beautiful village of Hillsborough every Friday & Saturday night. Our public bar is the quintessential "local", a traditional pub with a fantastic selection of beers, wine & spirits. All major live sport shown daily, weekly pub quiz & live music every Friday & Saturday night!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?