Dining Fables - The Plough in Shiplake: A Delicious Culinary Adventure

March 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

 

Plough in Shiplake: A Delicious Culinary Adventure

Are you a foodie always on the lookout for new and exciting places to dine? Then welcome to the newly opened Plough in Shiplake, where we will give you a glimpse of all the hard work and innovation that goes into creating their delectable dishes.

Plough in Shiplake is the perfect place to experience new flavors and indulge in some Comfort Food. So what was on the menu? Well, let's dive in and start with the ham and cheese croquette. Croquettes are, in our opinion, one of the best comfort foods around, and for us, cheese and ham are usually the king. But before you start thinking that this is just your average "run of the mill" croquette, let us tell you that it's not. It's a 'croquette-y' triumph!!! It's like a warm hug in the form of a deep-fried cube of deliciousness. The ham hock is ridiculously meaty and incredibly tender, so it just melts and falls apart in your mouth, which is just perfect for a croquette. The taste of the ham hock with the gooey cheese has a perfect balance of salty, smoky, and sweet, making this an irresistible combination.

But wait, it gets even better! Kieran, the head chef, allowed us to try a chicken version that wasn't on the menu yet. It was a bit like they put all the flavors of a Sunday Roast into one bite-sized slab of heaven. But as much as we love the chicken croquette, we think it was the ham hock and cheese that takes the win. However, we can imagine either of these croquettes would work brilliantly as a bar snack, pairing perfectly with a local beer or two, of which they've got many. The crispiness of the croquettes in contrast to the coldness of the beer, and the flavors complementing each other beautifully. Not only that, but the saltiness of the croquettes would also help enhance the flavors of the beer, making it a brilliant pairing.

Now let's move on to the Scorched Sea Trout, a dish that will tantalize your taste buds with its smoky and delicate taste. This is, without a doubt, one of the best-looking plates of food we've had on this channel so far. The trout pops off the plate, and the grape adds a wonderful pop of moisture and flavor when eaten with the trout. It's great, and the turnip adds texture and an earthy note to the dish, which further serves to enhance an already brilliant dish that's right up our street. But for us, the real star of this dish is something we've not even mentioned yet. Amazingly, it's the trout skin!

If you're a fan of crackling with your roast pork, then try and imagine the best pork crackling you've ever had. Well, this, for us, is even better! It's just so, so crispy with a massive salty kick of umami flavor. We could just eat a bag of these given half a chance!!! What we love about this dish is not only does it look unbelievable, taste amazing but...

But we're not done yet! We're also going to be indulging in the gamey and succulent British pheasant served with a side of BBQ leeks that's going to leave you craving more. The pheasant is perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the BBQ leeks give the dish a smoky, charred flavor that pairs beautifully with the meat. It's a dish that's both hearty and delicious, perfect for a cold winter evening.

So, will we be able to manage dessert after all that? Of course, wedid but you'll have to watch the video to see what it was

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