Lincoln village pub opens kitchen with traditional menu

A village pub near Lincoln has launched a food menu for the first time in years as its newest owner continues to put her own stamp on the venue.

Natalie Jones, 35, took over as landlady at The Plough in Sturton by Stow in October 2019 in what is her first solo business.

Gravy filled mash bites and brie wedges are among the starters on the recently launched menu. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Or why not try some Jackfruit spring rolls or mini Mediterranean potato skins? Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Among the changes made to the pub Natalie, who is also the chef, launched a food menu with delicious starters such as brie wedges, BBQ Jackfruit spring rolls, mini Mediterranean potato skins, gravy filled mash bites and more.

There are a range of mains to choose from, with meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes including pies and curries of the day, lasagna with a vegan alternative, vegan butterbean stew, steak and burgers. The pies and meat are provided locally by Judges Butchers.

Treacle sponge, spotted dick and jam sponge are among the desserts available to tuck into.

Steak and Ale pie and a rump steak with homemade chips. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lasagne with garlic bread, lamb rogan josh curry with rice, naan bread and popadoms, and BBQ Jackfruit spring rolls. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Landlady and chef Natalie, who grew up in Marton and Sturton by Stow, is proud of the progress she has made at the pub alongside her mum Jackie Barnard.

The mother-of-two told The Lincolnite : “It is getting busier all the time and we’ve had some great feedback. I took over the pub as I know it well and grew up in the area, so the pub means a lot to me.

Inside The Plough. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Landlady at The Plough in Sturton by Stow Natalie Jones. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“There was no food service at all when I came here. It has taken off really well. The food service has been popular and we have had a lot of repeat customers, with great feedback on the food, especially our homemade chips.

“We serve traditional pub food, with vegetarian and vegan options, and we are looking to start a carvery service on Sundays in the near future.”

The menu is continually being adapted and reviewed monthly, and a special Valentine’s Day menu will be available ready for February 14 and 15, including steak, venison sausages with a red wine and onion gravy, salmon with a parsley sauce and homemade mushroom wellington.

The Plough is open Tuesday to Sunday with food served from 5.30-8.30 (except for Sunday where there is currently no food service). There is also a takeaway option available via phone or by popping in to the pub. There is a wide range of drinks on offer, including a large selection of gins.

The Plough in Sturton by Stow. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The pub, which has a five star food hygiene rating, also hosts events including quizzes every Wednesday, live monthly music and karaoke/discos with Penguin Discos. It also has a football team and ladies’ darts side and is hoping to start up a pool team in the near future.

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