There's been a Plough inn on this site since actual ploughs were common in the fertile fields of Homerton. So it's undoubtedly an old pub, although the current one is a Victorian rebuild. A best-forgotten stint as a charcoal grill restaurant left the Plough with few of its original features, but new owners have salvaged an attractive wooden back bar, which looks all the more striking given that everything else is stripped back to the bare bones.
The place needs punters to warm it, and on both my visits they were there, punting away – most of them, it must be said, were of the art student sort who've decided that Dalston is dead. There's plenty here for everyone else, though: some local ales and craft beers (Five Points from Hackney Downs, say), a couple of straightforward cocktails, and wine from Borough near London Fields.
You can eat here too – simple bar stuff, riding on the US comfort food bandwagon, with the likes of chilli macaroni cheese and grilled meatball sandwich.
Few high streets have suffered such ignominy at the hands of the Luftwaffe and over enthusiastic urban redevelopers as Homerton's – it's fairly bleak, especially here around the Ponsford Street intersection – so it's great to see an honest pub returning to its roots.
We offer a stylish, good quality and affordable selection of drinks. Our draught brews are all locally sourced and our fridges contain a selection of our favourite beers and cider from all over the world. Our spirit selection is centred around our love of American spirits. Our renowned cocktail list makes good use of infused spirits as well as classic French and Italian liqueurs.
Our menus remain short but well selected, and change throughout the week and with the seasons. Hungry customers can satisfy their appetites with our signature 'blue mac and cheese' or one of our range of acclaimed burgers. On Sundays the people of Homerton assemble for a hearty roast dinner. Our ingredients are responsibly sourced from local suppliers, and we always provide tasty vegetarian options. Every Monday we have 'Brew & Bun' night where £10 gets you a cheeseburger, pickles, fries and a beer!
DJs play every Friday and Saturday night, but vinyl spins throughout the week, with the bartenders selecting the records as they serve. A tiny, hands-on crew ensure that a familiar face and a warm welcome await everyone who visits.