Owned by Marstons, the Plough & Barleycorn has recently undergone a big refurbishment – everything from the menu to the interior has been refreshed and re-imaged.
Located on Tempest Avenue in Waterlooville the pub has a very large rear car park and a generous and secure garden suitable for children.
This pub is brilliant for kids – from the flexible menu that allows children to choose exactly the combination of food they want to order, to the family-friendly amenities.
The garden comprises of a grassed area with pub benches, an ‘adventure playground’ for children aged 3 to 12 years – and on non-rainy days they also have a bouncy castle which is a real hit with our children.
The pub also has a couple of widescreen TVs, a pool table, and there is a darts platform tucked away in the ‘function room’.
Wine starts from around £8 a bottle and is reasonable. There is the good line-up of ciders, lagers and beers. They also have a selection of non-mainstream beers which included when we visited, a craft lager that was very drinkable and Martons Oyster Stout (the stout was nice and creamy, and if you dislike Guinness because of the after-taste then then try this one).
The menu is quite diverse – and also includes a couple of Super-Sized meals for sharing. We had the infeasibly sized burger to share. It was good, huge, and our lunch and tea.
It is difficult to compartmentalise The Plough, it sits closely to a TableTable restaurant that is Child, Darts, Pool, and Sky Sports friendly.
In summary, if you want to go to a pub that is inexpensive which has a garden and child-friendly amenities – this is the place to go.
We are very happy that both The Plough & Barleycorn and The Woodpecker are both are a short walk from our house.
We returned a week later and ordered this behemoth — the Skyscraper burger. It was absolutely delicious, and came with a huge bucket of chips!