First look at The Plough!
New opening alert! This charming pub by Dylans at Sleapshyde is doing great business. Wanna see what the fuss is about?
OK, so I’ll admit that for some of you, this is hardly new news. Many fans of Dylans have been waiting for The Plough pub at Sleapshyde (between Hatfield and St Albans) to open ever since the idea was first mooted – probably about two years ago. So the real news is that it has now opened, and that it looks and feels great. It’s rural, and you can take a gentle stroll from the original Dylans (winner of Best Restaurant in this year’s Muddy Awards) to the new Dylans at The Plough, and it only takes 45 minutes. Not that I’ve done this walk, but owner Sean Hughes informs me that it’s a pleasant one, along the The Alban Way. And you can cycle. There are hotels that offer guests a small discount if you arrive without a car, but I’m not sure whether this is the case here. However, a warm welcome is guaranteed.
I went along to the press launch this week where we marvelled about the rural location, the views, the sunset and the delicious canapés that we felt sure are indicative of the delights to come. The chef is Liam Goldstone, formerly of Thompson St Albans, who told me that he is looking forward to making a pie. I felt at home immediately, and everyone said the same, that the place has a lovely feeling – both inside and out.
The Plough is bound to be a winner, given the love people feel for Dylans. If you don’t know, Dylan was Sean’s adored chocolate Labrador, who died a few weeks ago. It goes without saying that at The Plough, dogs are very welcome.
The Plough by Dylans, Sleapshyde Lane, St Albans AL4 0SE.