Plough pub in Old Town becomes Ale and cider house, all in a modern City setting

Swindon Advertiser: Darren and VIcky Turner, the new landlords of The Plough in Old Town Buy this photo » Darren and VIcky Turner, the new landlords of The Plough in Old Town

AN ARKELL’S pub will be ploughing new furrows after undergoing an extensive refurbishment to convert into an old-world-meets-modern ale and cider house.

The Plough, in Devizes Road, just off Croft Road, opened yesterday for customers for the first time since it was shut two months ago for a refit under new tenants Darren and Vicky Turner, who also run the King’s Hotel in Wood Street.

Ex-Swindon Town goal-scoring hero Andy Rowland had run the pub with his wife Julie until he had to give that up due to illness.

The Old Town pub, bought by the family brewery in 1867, now features a new copper bar, Arkell’s memorabilia and a pane of glass in the floor to allow punters a view into the beer cellar.

Brewery director George Arkell said: “We think we’re opening Swindon’s first ale and cider house for many years and Darren and Vicky will be serving craft ales, beers and perries along with good, honest pub food.

“This is an alternative to the traditional pubs and bars across Swindon and we’ve added to the pub’s appeal by installing a brand new copper bar and, unusually, a window to the cellar where customers can see the barrels underneath their feet.

“Darren and Vicky are delighted to be in charge of the pub alongside the King’s. Both are very different pubs and bars and there is definitely a desire among local people for different drinking experiences. It also adds to the fun when they are choosing where to go to eat or drink out.

“We’ve got five pubs called the Plough in the Arkell’s estate and none of them are in the countryside – so we might as well use the most urban Plough of them all to celebrate rural life through real ale and cider.”

The Plough, situated next door to the former Swindon Town railway station, is the latest craft ale establishment to open in Old Town, after the Hop Inn and the Cake and Ale Cafe and Bar.

Darren said his vision for the pub was a London City-style bar and he was delighted with how his dream had been realised.

“There’s nothing like it in Swindon and I’ve always wanted to run a proper little ale and cider house,” he said.

His wife Vicky said: “It looks fantastic – I never imagined it would turn out like it has. Darren had an idea for a City pub and we wanted it to be a traditional ale and cider house.

“We are just going to do hearty, chunky, hot meat sandwiches, similar to the ones we do at the King’s and then plenty of ales and ciders.”

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10:26am Sat 29 Jun 13

Not Bothered By You says...

Yum yum
Cake = good
Beer = good
Cake AND beer = good

Arkells = ???
Yum yum Cake = good Beer = good Cake AND beer = good Arkells = ??? Not Bothered By You

10:43am Sat 29 Jun 13

whaddahey?! says...

I suspect someone's mind has been ravaged by scrumpy and has got confused between THIS pub ('The Plough') and the other recently opened pub in Old Town, 'Cakes and Ale' down the road...?! ;-)
I suspect someone's mind has been ravaged by scrumpy and has got confused between THIS pub ('The Plough') and the other recently opened pub in Old Town, 'Cakes and Ale' down the road...?! ;-) whaddahey?!

10:51am Sat 29 Jun 13

semitonic says...

The glass cellar is an interesting feature but when someone spills some beer on it.. beware, it gets very slippery. I can see them having to put a mat over it before long to avoid compensation claims.

Sadly the beer selection is nowhere near as good as The Hop and £4 odd for a pint of Arkells dishwater is extortionate.
Darren said his vision for the pub was a London City-style bar and he was delighted with how his dream had been realised.

Certainly got the London prices.
The glass cellar is an interesting feature but when someone spills some beer on it.. beware, it gets very slippery. I can see them having to put a mat over it before long to avoid compensation claims. Sadly the beer selection is nowhere near as good as The Hop and £4 odd for a pint of Arkells dishwater is extortionate. [quote]Darren said his vision for the pub was a London City-style bar and he was delighted with how his dream had been realised. [/quote] Certainly got the London prices. semitonic

11:22am Sat 29 Jun 13

tucker81 says...

Shame Arkells beer is ****
Shame Arkells beer is **** tucker81

11:58am Sat 29 Jun 13

Always Grumpy says...

Fortunately, those people who don't like Arkells won't be forced to drink there. I suspect however there will be plenty of others more than happy to visit The Plough.
Fortunately, those people who don't like Arkells won't be forced to drink there. I suspect however there will be plenty of others more than happy to visit The Plough. Always Grumpy

11:59am Sat 29 Jun 13

RichardR1 says...

What a surprise, criticism of a brewery investing in it's pubs. Perhaps they should have just closed it like Enterprise or Punch have done in the town.

It seems they can't win, they close a pub and want to realise their asset, and that is wrong.
What a surprise, criticism of a brewery investing in it's pubs. Perhaps they should have just closed it like Enterprise or Punch have done in the town. It seems they can't win, they close a pub and want to realise their asset, and that is wrong. RichardR1

12:15pm Sat 29 Jun 13

MrAngry says...

It is nice have a few more traditional alternatives to the Longs, MacKenzies, Goddards type of pubs.
It is nice have a few more traditional alternatives to the Longs, MacKenzies, Goddards type of pubs. MrAngry

2:01pm Sat 29 Jun 13

dglaholm says...

Wish we had Arkells beer here in Devon
Wish we had Arkells beer here in Devon dglaholm

4:51pm Sat 29 Jun 13

whaddahey?! says...

I've had good Arkells beer, I've had bad. The quality is usually down to the landlord and the cellarman - just like any other beer (unless of course you drink lager from a pressurised tin barell, in which case anything which isn't sugary f@rt-water will taste strange to you).

Yup, no patience for carping here either. Its fantastic that Old Town has managed to come up with two pubs to buck the current trend. And if having slightly more expensive pints keeps the chavs out, even better. A drink with some intelligent company and conversation!
I've had good Arkells beer, I've had bad. The quality is usually down to the landlord and the cellarman - just like any other beer (unless of course you drink lager from a pressurised tin barell, in which case anything which isn't sugary f@rt-water will taste strange to you). Yup, no patience for carping here either. Its fantastic that Old Town has managed to come up with two pubs to buck the current trend. And if having slightly more expensive pints keeps the chavs out, even better. A drink with some intelligent company and conversation! whaddahey?!

6:04pm Sat 29 Jun 13

RichardR1 says...

whaddahey?! Well said.
whaddahey?! Well said. RichardR1

6:20pm Sat 29 Jun 13

semitonic says...

whaddahey?! wrote:
I've had good Arkells beer, I've had bad. The quality is usually down to the landlord and the cellarman - just like any other beer (unless of course you drink lager from a pressurised tin barell, in which case anything which isn't sugary f@rt-water will taste strange to you).

Yup, no patience for carping here either. Its fantastic that Old Town has managed to come up with two pubs to buck the current trend. And if having slightly more expensive pints keeps the chavs out, even better. A drink with some intelligent company and conversation!
Yes whaddahey, in The Hop. The beer is far better.

The Plough is now a typical VDE (Robbo will know what that is) whereas it used to be a 'real pub' with no customers (Robbo will know what that is).
[quote][p][bold]whaddahey?![/bold] wrote: I've had good Arkells beer, I've had bad. The quality is usually down to the landlord and the cellarman - just like any other beer (unless of course you drink lager from a pressurised tin barell, in which case anything which isn't sugary f@rt-water will taste strange to you). Yup, no patience for carping here either. Its fantastic that Old Town has managed to come up with two pubs to buck the current trend. And if having slightly more expensive pints keeps the chavs out, even better. A drink with some intelligent company and conversation![/p][/quote]Yes whaddahey, in The Hop. The beer is far better. The Plough is now a typical VDE (Robbo will know what that is) whereas it used to be a 'real pub' with no customers (Robbo will know what that is). semitonic

7:25pm Sat 29 Jun 13

Davey Gravey says...

What's wrong with lager?
Arkells pubs have a very limited choice of drinks on tap. Not cheap either. That said I'd rather see pubs open than boarded up
What's wrong with lager? Arkells pubs have a very limited choice of drinks on tap. Not cheap either. That said I'd rather see pubs open than boarded up Davey Gravey

8:01am Sun 30 Jun 13

Not Bothered By You says...

Yup, no patience for carping here either.....

Very subtle.
[quote]Yup, no patience for carping here either.....[/quote] Very subtle. Not Bothered By You

4:47pm Sun 30 Jun 13

Fox in Exile says...

Nice to see Arkells investing in some of their estate. How about some investment in the Fox and Hounds. 18 months ago you took it over and haven't invested a penny yet
Nice to see Arkells investing in some of their estate. How about some investment in the Fox and Hounds. 18 months ago you took it over and haven't invested a penny yet Fox in Exile

5:11pm Sun 30 Jun 13

RichardR1 says...

Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me.
Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me. RichardR1

5:29pm Sun 30 Jun 13

Davey Gravey says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me.
Are you in any position to pass judgement after your failed tenancy of the carpenters arms, Mr Feal Martinez?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me.[/p][/quote]Are you in any position to pass judgement after your failed tenancy of the carpenters arms, Mr Feal Martinez? Davey Gravey

6:42pm Sun 30 Jun 13

semitonic says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me.
Hey Robbo, now that you longer have to cow-tow to Arkells, since you had to give up your pub, what's your preferred pint?
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Fox in Exile, I think you will find the F&H at Haydon Wick is held on a lease, Arkells own the freehold, so any refurbishment would be down to the tenant, although looking at the pictures it looks in pretty good condition to me.[/p][/quote]Hey Robbo, now that you longer have to cow-tow to Arkells, since you had to give up your pub, what's your preferred pint? semitonic

6:44pm Sun 30 Jun 13

semitonic says...

or even kowtow
or even kowtow semitonic

11:04pm Sun 30 Jun 13

Empty Car Park says...

Of course, there's always the Fox & Hounds in Wroughton.
Also an A--kles pub
Of course, there's always the Fox & Hounds in Wroughton. Also an A--kles pub Empty Car Park

7:02am Mon 1 Jul 13

house on the hill says...

There are those who like beer, those who like lager, those who like both and those who like neither. All I say is good luck to the new pub and I hope those who like that sort of thing enjoy it. there is no need to slag others off for their personal preferences and choices.
There are those who like beer, those who like lager, those who like both and those who like neither. All I say is good luck to the new pub and I hope those who like that sort of thing enjoy it. there is no need to slag others off for their personal preferences and choices. house on the hill

9:08am Mon 1 Jul 13

RichardR1 says...

Absolutely House.

As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed.

Just a bit of friendly advice.
Absolutely House. As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed. Just a bit of friendly advice. RichardR1

10:21am Mon 1 Jul 13

Always Grumpy says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Absolutely House.

As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed.

Just a bit of friendly advice.
Threats won't work here as I think in court you would have great difficulty trying to pass yourself off as someone other than who we all know you to be, so don't try that old nonsense.
Just a bit of friendly advice.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Absolutely House. As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed. Just a bit of friendly advice.[/p][/quote]Threats won't work here as I think in court you would have great difficulty trying to pass yourself off as someone other than who we all know you to be, so don't try that old nonsense. Just a bit of friendly advice. Always Grumpy

11:20am Mon 1 Jul 13

RichardR1 says...

No threats whatsoever, why would I need to do so, just because the Lemming syndrome has this fixation as to who I am.
No threats whatsoever, why would I need to do so, just because the Lemming syndrome has this fixation as to who I am. RichardR1

1:21pm Mon 1 Jul 13

ManWithCar says...

So RichardR1 is obviously very knowledgeable about the pub trade, what leases are on which pubs, who has freehold, talks like RFM - but apparently isn't?

Maybe I had best get back to my flourishing eBay business selling second-hand cars and keep my nose out of it ;)

And for the record, Arkells IS dishwater. I prefer a real pint like Doom Bar or Tribute :)
So RichardR1 is obviously very knowledgeable about the pub trade, what leases are on which pubs, who has freehold, talks like RFM - but apparently isn't? Maybe I had best get back to my flourishing eBay business selling second-hand cars and keep my nose out of it ;) And for the record, Arkells IS dishwater. I prefer a real pint like Doom Bar or Tribute :) ManWithCar

4:37pm Mon 1 Jul 13

PaulD says...

Arkells is OK by me as is 6X from down the road. I also like Doom and Tribute :)
Arkells is OK by me as is 6X from down the road. I also like Doom and Tribute :) PaulD

4:41pm Mon 1 Jul 13

EmmBee says...

Had some Doom Bar on Friday in the Pig on the Hill - didn't go much on it to be honest! Their in-house Ramsbury was far better.
Had some Doom Bar on Friday in the Pig on the Hill - didn't go much on it to be honest! Their in-house Ramsbury was far better. EmmBee

5:17pm Mon 1 Jul 13

daws says...

ManWithCar wrote:
So RichardR1 is obviously very knowledgeable about the pub trade, what leases are on which pubs, who has freehold, talks like RFM - but apparently isn't?

Maybe I had best get back to my flourishing eBay business selling second-hand cars and keep my nose out of it ;)

And for the record, Arkells IS dishwater. I prefer a real pint like Doom Bar or Tribute :)
Each to their own my friend, but Doom bar is the poor mans Kingsdown Ale. You obviously aint tried it. Tribute, a fair ale though, give ya that!
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: So RichardR1 is obviously very knowledgeable about the pub trade, what leases are on which pubs, who has freehold, talks like RFM - but apparently isn't? Maybe I had best get back to my flourishing eBay business selling second-hand cars and keep my nose out of it ;) And for the record, Arkells IS dishwater. I prefer a real pint like Doom Bar or Tribute :)[/p][/quote]Each to their own my friend, but Doom bar is the poor mans Kingsdown Ale. You obviously aint tried it. Tribute, a fair ale though, give ya that! daws

9:35pm Mon 1 Jul 13

semitonic says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Absolutely House.

As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed.

Just a bit of friendly advice.
You are a pillock Robbo - everyone knows you are the deluded liar, and you pretend to like crap beer.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Absolutely House. As to the dillusionalists, as I am not he I have no idea, all I would say is be careful of libel, the Advertiser has a legal obligation to pass on your details if requested, also note others making similar unfounded claims have had their posts removed. Just a bit of friendly advice.[/p][/quote]You are a pillock Robbo - everyone knows you are the deluded liar, and you pretend to like crap beer. semitonic

10:36am Tue 2 Jul 13

RichardR1 says...

Sorry semitonic wrong again, I drink lager, anyone who really knows me, and is not deluded as to who I am would know that.

As for the F&H, Arkells bought it off one of the big pubco's as was reported at the time. Unless they bought the tenant out of his lease they would have to honour it's terms, or renegotiate. That's how I know. I have had leasehold business premises over the years, not in pubs.
Sorry semitonic wrong again, I drink lager, anyone who really knows me, and is not deluded as to who I am would know that. As for the F&H, Arkells bought it off one of the big pubco's as was reported at the time. Unless they bought the tenant out of his lease they would have to honour it's terms, or renegotiate. That's how I know. I have had leasehold business premises over the years, not in pubs. RichardR1

11:10am Tue 2 Jul 13

Always Grumpy says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Sorry semitonic wrong again, I drink lager, anyone who really knows me, and is not deluded as to who I am would know that.

As for the F&H, Arkells bought it off one of the big pubco's as was reported at the time. Unless they bought the tenant out of his lease they would have to honour it's terms, or renegotiate. That's how I know. I have had leasehold business premises over the years, not in pubs.
That's a coincidence, Bob was a lager drinker as well!
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Sorry semitonic wrong again, I drink lager, anyone who really knows me, and is not deluded as to who I am would know that. As for the F&H, Arkells bought it off one of the big pubco's as was reported at the time. Unless they bought the tenant out of his lease they would have to honour it's terms, or renegotiate. That's how I know. I have had leasehold business premises over the years, not in pubs.[/p][/quote]That's a coincidence, Bob was a lager drinker as well! Always Grumpy

12:31pm Tue 2 Jul 13

RichardR1 says...

Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic.
Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic. RichardR1

1:12pm Tue 2 Jul 13

semitonic says...

Everyone on here knows exactly who you are Robbo - the pugnacious former barman and ex-copper who can't help constantly arguing with messy.
Everyone on here knows exactly who you are Robbo - the pugnacious former barman and ex-copper who can't help constantly arguing with messy. semitonic

2:41pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Always Grumpy says...

RichardR1 wrote:
Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic.
Don't you really think it's about time you admitted that you and the ex landlord of the Carpenters are one and the same. Just perpetuating this nonsense is making YOU look sillier every time you post.
We all know who you are as your posts have been giving you away ever since you changed your name. The spelling mistakes you make are the same, your references to the smoking debate are the same, your references to the retail alcohol business is the same, everything is the same.
Don't try to deny it as you'll only make yourself appear to look even more stupid than you already are.
If you're fooling anyone, then it's yourself, if you think anyone believes you're denials.
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic.[/p][/quote]Don't you really think it's about time you admitted that you and the ex landlord of the Carpenters are one and the same. Just perpetuating this nonsense is making YOU look sillier every time you post. We all know who you are as your posts have been giving you away ever since you changed your name. The spelling mistakes you make are the same, your references to the smoking debate are the same, your references to the retail alcohol business is the same, everything is the same. Don't try to deny it as you'll only make yourself appear to look even more stupid than you already are. If you're fooling anyone, then it's yourself, if you think anyone believes you're denials. Always Grumpy

3:50pm Tue 2 Jul 13

Davey Gravey says...

Always Grumpy wrote:
RichardR1 wrote:
Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic.
Don't you really think it's about time you admitted that you and the ex landlord of the Carpenters are one and the same. Just perpetuating this nonsense is making YOU look sillier every time you post.
We all know who you are as your posts have been giving you away ever since you changed your name. The spelling mistakes you make are the same, your references to the smoking debate are the same, your references to the retail alcohol business is the same, everything is the same.
Don't try to deny it as you'll only make yourself appear to look even more stupid than you already are.
If you're fooling anyone, then it's yourself, if you think anyone believes you're denials.
Don't forget immigration and ukip.
Only fooling himself. Such a bell end
[quote][p][bold]Always Grumpy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: Always Grumpy, lager is the biggest selling alcoholic drink in the UK, what a silly comment, one expected from semitonic.[/p][/quote]Don't you really think it's about time you admitted that you and the ex landlord of the Carpenters are one and the same. Just perpetuating this nonsense is making YOU look sillier every time you post. We all know who you are as your posts have been giving you away ever since you changed your name. The spelling mistakes you make are the same, your references to the smoking debate are the same, your references to the retail alcohol business is the same, everything is the same. Don't try to deny it as you'll only make yourself appear to look even more stupid than you already are. If you're fooling anyone, then it's yourself, if you think anyone believes you're denials.[/p][/quote]Don't forget immigration and ukip. Only fooling himself. Such a bell end Davey Gravey

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