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Miller and Carter Ruislip

AKA The Plough

Pictures above from opening night February 2012



This section is due an overhaul....as the pub has been overhauled
since it was written!!!

The Plough is on the main road out of Ruislip towards Ickenham, on Bury Street. You only have to look at the building to realise that parts of it are very old, whilst other additions are newer. Part of the Beefeater chain.

Where it is, by road

On Bury Street. From the roundabout at the bottom of Ruislip High Street take the exit signed to Harefield/Rickmansworth. The Plough may be found along here on the right after about one mile. It is set back from the road and quite tricky to spot.


Telephone Number - 

07763 128896

Web links that may interest you


Real ale


Access via public transport

Fair. The H13 running from Ruislip Station stops more or less outside

Pub Crawl Potential

Fair. It is a bit far to walk in to Ruislip, about one mile to the High Street. The Six Bells is about 1/2 mile out and to the right, The Woodman may be nearer, but you would need to know how to get through the streets opposite and the latter offers poor return transport links.

NOTE: This pub was totally refurbished in 2012

All information below should be considered "out of date"

Now part of Miller and Carter web link


Ruislip Online review (old now and out of date)

Externally the Plough looks very nice, half timbered with a plethora of tile roofs and garden to the front. Inside it has to be said it is a bit of a disappointment, but it is difficult to say why. I suppose because it is not really a pub and only trying to be one as such. It is a restaurant and the bulk of it is given over to this. There are two small bars to the front of the building which are both pleasant, if basically furnished, and real ale is offered. This pub backs directly on to Ruislip Woods, but does nothing to embrace it.

The "musak" is louder in the loos than in the bar.

Visitors views (click to submit)

Every year or so we visit The Plough, one of our regular haunts in the early 70's, when it was brilliant, full of atmosphere, buzzing with people. (Or could it have been that I was a teenager then and the pub scene was all new and exciting?) 

Anyway, for whatever reason, probably nostalgia, we pop in to the bar area for a drink and for the last 3 or 4 visits, we have found it boring, unfriendly,  in need of a lick of paint and for the most part empty.  The last time was a Sunday lunchtime, when most of the pubs in the area have at least a bunch of regulars, but at 1.30 there were only about 6 people in including us.  We did say that was the last time we'd go.  Shame, because it could be so good, given it's position and size.

I expect the attraction as mentioned above is the restaurant side of things.

Eve 5.3.2005

Much smaller than the other Beefeater in Ruislip - The Orchard.
It is a much nicer restaurant, nicer place and much better service. Staff are great and food is plentiful and good value for money.

Matthew 21.4.2007

The Plough is dated back to before Oliver Cromwell's time.  It is alleged that Cromwell and his men stayed the night before the march on London in the 1640's.  So the Plough is at least 370 years old.  If you go into the small pub, you will notice a large print of a photo taken in the early 1930's.  The gentleman in full dress clothes to the bottom left of the photo is my great grandfather, Clarke who was a decorated army man during the occupation of India. Great Granddad Clarke,  had a drayage company in Ruislip.  In this particular photo, he and his men had dressed their horse and carts for the annual Easter parade through the Manor etc.  If you look to the background of the photo you will see the original (and still standing) home part of the pub.  In the upstairs windows is my mom Joan Whitehead (married name Heron) and her sister, Lillian (Babs) Whitehead (married name Lewis).  They both had Chickenpox so couldn't go to the parade but wanted to be part of this historical picture. 
My mom's parents (George and Lillian Whitehead nee Clarke) managed The Plough from the late 1910's to their early deaths in 1938 (father) and 1940 (mother).  Both parents died of T.B.
The Ruislip Woods behind The Plough provided endless hours of fun and adventure for my mom, her sister and the next door neighbours, the Collins (namely Peter and Eva). 

Valerie Jo Heron

The Plough pub is a 10 min walk from where I live, since living in Ruislip I am yet to have experienced a good time there.  The place needs up-dating, the garden is tatty and uninviting and worst of all there is never enough staff on hand to help. Its over priced; 2 small wines, a soda & lime, 1 pack of nuts and 1 plate of chips cost 18.00 !!! Flipping outrageous and yet its in such a prime place in the middle of so many houses. It could be so much better.  I will not go back and will never recommend it to friends.
A very disappointed local resident.

Sue 28.3.2011

Anything special? 

It looks lovely from the outside and even to the layman you can see that parts of the building are very old, other extensions newer.

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