Despite working on Milton Park for many years I never visited The Plum Pudding in Milton. It’s a popular lunch time haunt for local workers but what’s it like at the weekend?
The Plum Pudding
We popped in for lunch last Saturday. Aside from a couple of regulars we were the first visitors although quite a few arrived whilst we ate lunch.
The Plum Pudding (previously called the Admiral Benbow) is a traditional village pub. The bar area is relatively small but has a welcoming fire and out the back there’s a conservatory with several dining tables. Walls are adorned with local pictures and newspaper articles which make interesting viewing. The pub offers Aunt Sally, cribbage and darts and, on the day we visited, a large temporary screen set up to watch the rugby.
The pub garden looked lovely but February is not a month to sit outside. I’m sure it’s a delightful place to sit and while away a lunch hour in the summer months.
There’s a choice of jacket potatoes, baguettes and flat breads, all around the £7-8 range. Fillings include chicken tikka, Plum Pudding pork sausage and fish fingers. There are a couple of vegetarian options too.
If you’re looking for a larger meal you’ll find the pub regulars of sausage, burger, cod and gammon steak on offer. Food is, where possible, based on fresh local ingredients, including pork from The Plum Pudding pig. Larger meals cost around £12.
I opted for the Welsh rarebit filled baguette. It came with two, very tasty (would easily have eaten more) roast potatoes, a small green salad and a pot of red onion chutney. It was a good sized portion, perfect for lunch. My one gripe was a very mustardy salad dressing, which was overkill for me, particularly as there was also mustard in the rarebit.
My partner had a baguette filled with chicken, bacon and melted cheese. He said you can’t go wrong with this choice although I’m sure you could. Fortunately it was as good as he expected.
Food service was timely and friendly. We had a short wait but I’d have been more worried if we hadn’t!
I was driving and, as I don’t like soft drinks, opted for a coffee. Despite standing next to a coffee machine the barman put a couple of teaspoons of instant Nescafé into a cup and then filled it with water from the machine. It wasn’t what I expected but tasted perfectly fine. The cup came with a biscuit but no saucer.
To be fair, I’d imagine most regulars opt for the locally brewed beer rather than a cup of coffee. Their house beer is brewed at the LoveBeer micro brewery in Milton, can’t get more local than that.
I’d definitely visit again. Enjoyed my food, reasonably priced and a welcoming atmosphere. I’ll return to check out the pub garden in the summer months.
Address: The Plum Pudding, 44 High Street, Milton, OX14 4EJ.
Opening hours: the pub is open every day. No food Sunday or Bank Holiday evenings. Otherwise food service hours are generally 12 noon-2pm and 6-9pm, except Saturday when food is served from 12 noon to 9pm.
Further details can be found on The Plum Pudding website.