Nepal Fundraising Quiz

440 POUNDS RAISED FOR NEPAL

The Nepalese Menu being fully embraced by hungry competitors…

Huge congratulations to Billie France and Jackie Bullen for organising and running a superb night’s entertainment and fun at The Plough – and all to raise funds for Nepal. With a combination of quiz entries, raffle proceeds and donations, £440 was raised for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake.

Sixty entrants from both Shepreth and the surrounding villages, pitched their wits and knowledge against quizmaster Jackie Bullen for seven rounds of challenging questions in a bid to win the first prize of a Plough Voucher and brace of wines.

Quizmaster & Event Organiser, Jackie Bullen in action...

Quizmaster & Event Organiser, Jackie Bullen in action… Husband Martin pondering the answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plough’s kitchen designed and presented a Nepalese style menu to accompany the quiz, and donated £1 for every Nepalese dish ordered. In the end, our hungry hopefuls munched their way through 66 dishes of Curries, Pakoras, Samosas and Sekuwas (Skewers) adding £66 to the fundraising.

Much conferring, but no mobile phones allowed!

Much conferring, but no mobile phones allowed!

One of the highlights of the evening was the “Plough Limerick” Competition. Each team was asked to submit a limerick starting with the line “As I sat at The Plough last night…” There were plenty of witty submissions, alongside some very flattering ones, but the winning entry, as judged by Guv’nors, Jo and Nick Davis was as follows:-

The winning limerick....

The winning limerick….

All entries were hugely entertaining and a further selection will be posted up around The Plough shortly.

No Charles, I'm sure it was........!

No Charles, I’m sure it was……..! (and Nigel’s just realised he’s left the oven on!)

Generous donations of raffle prizes were received from Skin Care Melbourn, Willer’s Mill, Kingsway Golf, Bury Lane, Esse, Shirley Chapman, Teacake, Fieldgate Nurseries and Tesco. Huge thanks to you all.

Limerick composition taken very seriously by team 2…..

 

Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate……..

 

Intense disappointment as team 6 realise they’re coming second……

 

 

Another little sip will help, I’m sure…….

Thanks once again to all involved in making this evening both hugely enjoyable, and a grand success!

Mystery Death at The Plough Shepreth – Investigation Underway

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An investigation is underway today into the mysterious death of a well-known and much-loved member of the team at The Plough Shepreth. Liv “Fishy” Goujon was discovered dead this morning at 8:00am in mysterious circumstances by Plough Landlord, Nick Davis. Speculation and suspicion surrounds this incident and staff at the Plough are struggling to come to terms with their loss. “It’s absolutely devastating” said Front-Of-House Supervisor, Kate Woodland. “Liv was a valued member of the team and the circumstances of her death make it all even more difficult to cope with”.

Liv’s mysterious death follows the recent loss of her roommate, Ed “Goldie” Brown who was discovered dead on the top floor of their shared bowl, days before they were both due to move house. At the time, there was no hint of foul play, but investigators are now looking at the possibility of there being a link between the two deaths.

Investigators are also considering a number of potential suspects, but DCI Oliver Trout refused to reveal any names. In a statement however, he did indicate that “it is not unknown for the person who reports discovering the body to be the perpetrator of the crime”. This could be read as casting suspicion on Landlord, Nick Davis, who according to sworn statements, had previously made comments about Liv, Ed, and “two goujons and fries”, a reference to the popular item on The Plough’s menu.

Our reporter, Matt Turbot, has been granted exclusive access to the scene of crime photographs and video records taken by CSI Officer Doug Salmon – readers may find some of these images disturbing.

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CSI Image of the crime seen showing the distance between the last known location of Liv, and where her body was discovered.

 

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CSI Image of the potential crime scene.

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The potential crime scene after removal of the victim’s body.

Click here for Footage of CSI video sweep of the scene.

Investigators are appealing for any potential witnesses, including any who may have seen Mr Davis in or around The Plough building outside of opening hours. Ms Goujon’s body is being held by forensic scientists pending toxicology test results. DCI Trout is said to be pursuing the possibility that Ms Goujon’s demise could be the result of accidental “Flying Solo” overdose, a rare form of Viognier/Grenache poisoning which is virtually undetectable.

The investigation continues.

Thursday 5th March 7:30pm – Don Grusin Live at The Plough – Free Entry!

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Don Grusin – Now playing Live at The Plough with a full band – Thursday 5th March 8pm – FREE!

 

The Plough Shepreth and Ananda Recordings are honoured (and very, very excited!) to announce that the amazing Don Grusin will now be playing The Mandolin Stage at The Plough with a full band, on Thursday 5th March 2015. This free concert replaces the ticketed, solo performance previously scheduled in The Rhee Gallery. All ticket holders can gain a refund from the bar or exchange their tickets against supper or drinks.

Artist, innovator, educator, performer and advocate for social change, Don Grusin, esteemed American composer, producer, arranger and pianist with 3 Grammy’s, 20 CD’s and an unstoppable global vision that infuses everything he does from recording to teaching, flys in to the UK in March. Whilst visiting from his LA home, Don will be spending time at some of his favourite recording studios and whilst over here, has agreed to a one-off performance at The Plough Shepreth. Don rarely has the opportunity to play the UK so this really is a unique opportunity to experience one of the Jazz greats in an intimate setting.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be enthralled and captivated by this amazing American composer and pianist who has performed and collaborated with the finest jazz musicians of his generation. Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, Gilberto Gil, Brenda Russell, Joe Pass, Phil Perry, Patti Austin, Natali Rene, Ernie Watts, Nelson Rangell, Sadao Watanabe, Charlie Bisharat,  Ricardo Silveira, Frank Quintero, Abraham Laboriel, Oscar Seaton, and of course brother Don Grusin, and Bill Sharpe and Shakatak, Don has recorded and performed with them all.

Check out the film of his 2004 concert “The Hang” for a taster of some of the finest Jazz you will ever experience.

Tables can be booked for supper (and those by the stage are obviously going fast!) or just pitch up and treat your ears to some of the finest Jazz you will hear this year.

 

News From Dry January?

OK Ploughsters, just a little catch up with what’s going on and what’s coming up.

CarnaC Poster JPEGFirstly, a reminder that this week’s live music Thursday (29th January) features the debut performance of CarnaC – A fantastic new twist on Folk-Rock, here at 8:30pm.

Tables for supper available and full menu from 6:00pm.

Next up, an evening of Art “Talk and Walk” by artists from the STRAY Group.

On MondayShoe 2nd February at 7:30pm members of the STRAY group will be chatting about their work, influences and inspirations followed by a guided tour of their work on exhibition in the Upper Galleries. Admission is free but please call 01763 290348 to book your place in the Mandolin Bar. Don’t forget to visit the current exhibition before it finishes – there are still some works on display available to purchase.

Thursday 5th February sees” Bad Sneakers” Plough debut. These guys have been champions of the local blues scene for many years, and are playing  semi-unplugged versions of their catalogue from 8:30pm. As always, tables are available to book for supper.

Also in February, we’re into our month-long Carnival season, with our Caribbean Art Workshops on Saturday 7th, Exhibition Preview of “Spirit Of Carnival” on Thursday 12th, and of course, our Caribbean Carnival Party on Saturday 14th February. Tickets are on sale now, and further details available here, and the menu, well, it’s here!

If you would like to be amongst the first to hear of all our upcoming events, please click here to sign up to our newsletter.

That’s all for now – see you soon, Nick.

Art Upstairs & Winter News

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Some of you may have already noticed that our upstairs rooms have now been opened to the public. Here’s our Artist in Residence with a short introduction to the new exhibition:

‘As a prelude to the series of exhibitions that The Plough intends to hold in the upstairs ‘Upper Galleries’ from January 2015, we have hung the “Snow Queen – Fragments” in the smaller of the two gallery rooms. The “Snow Queen – Fragments”, a travelling exhibition, includes work by artists Rebecca Ilett and Stefanie Reichelt, plus our Artist in Residence, Deanna Tyson. The artworks on show are a collaborative interpretation of the popular fairytale story by Hans Christian Andersen.

In addition, Deanna has an exhibition of ‘Guardian Angels’ hung in the downstairs corridor. The series of Guardian Angels has been created with hand-made papers, painted and stitched. There are also some textile wall hangings on the stairs. All works are for sale and 25% of all sales will be donated to the Brent Centre for Young People, a leading mental health charity for young people.’

The rest of The Plough’s winter calendar is also nowDSC_2658 in full swing: the tree is going up, there’s a smattering of seasonal songs on the playlist, and the Christmas Menu is looking rather fine…

DSC_2667The Menu will run up until 24th December, and there’s still time to book your party in if you’ve not done so already – with booking forms and menus available via our homepage.

It’s also still possible to book onto tomorrow’s “Taste-the-List” wine-tasting. We’ve got over twenty wines (and a selection of cured meats and cheeses) available to try, all for just £10. Attendees qualify for 20% of takeaway wines, whilst our wine expert will be on hand to answer questions. It all kicks off at 7.30pm tomorrow – book now over the bar, or give us a call!

Keep your ears to the ground for an imminent New Years Eve announcement too…

Craft Fair Report, Wine-Tasting, and more Music…

 

Today is the first day of December, and the Winter Events Calendar is well and truly underway at The Plough! The season kicked off on Saturday, with our Christmas Craft Fair and German Street Food Market, referred to (mainly by us) as “Kraftwerk” for short.

Our newly opened upstairs rooms were taken over DSC_2617for the day by local stallholders selling home-made cards, decorations and gifts, whilst our (not entirely German) chefs plied fair-goers with tasty Bratwurst and warming Glühwein on the terrace. With the weather taking a decidedly chilly turn, we thought it would be wise to continue serving Glühwein – now available over the bar – for the rest of the month.

We’d like to thank everyone who came along and helped out running the stalls, and of course, all of you who came to partake!

Plough in a BoxThe remaining items from our own “Plough-in-a-Box” stall are now available to purchase and take home with you from the bar. From wine boxes and bottled ales, to jars of Plough chutney and packs of luxury Plough truffles, we’ve got your Christmas shopping covered (you can view the full product list here).

Next up at The Plough is an event that we’ve been meaning to bring to you for some time: a public “Taste the List” wine-tasting. Join us at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th December, when for £10 per person you can taste every red, white, and rosé wine in our comprehensive collection alongside some complimentary cured meats and cheeses from our “Build-A-Board” menu section. Guests will also benefit from 20% off for all takeaway wine bottles, whilst our good friend Alex from Cambridge Wine Merchants will be on hand to JHBanswer any questions relating to the wines, or indeed, life in general.

Before then, we have more live music coming up this Thursday 4th December, when local group The Rain Men will be gracing our stage from 8pm onwards. Attendees will be able to try this week’s new guest ale, which comes all the way from Peterborough: Oakham Ales’ light and hoppy bitter, JHB.

And don’t forget that you can still book your Christmas party with family or friends at The Plough, with our Christmas Menu available all the way up to Christmas eve. Booking forms can be found by following this link, whilst you can view the full range of delicious menu options right here. Life is full of tough decisions…

Champagne, Chips, and Christmas

IMG_5957It’s been almost four months now since the doors of The Plough re-opened, and we hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as we have! Hopefully most of you have had the chance to partake in some of our events, the latest being last week’s Champagne Night…

On Thursday evening, we were joined in the Mandolin Bar by Alex from Cambridge Wine Merchants and Martin from Joseph Perrier UK for Champagne and ‘Palate Pleasers’, provided by our chefs. It was great to get everyone trying and talking about the wines and food – in fact, we decided we quite like champagne, so have made our house Joseph Perrier available by the glass for the rest of the week.

Next up is our Day of the Dead celebration on Saturday 1st Day of the DeadNovember. There’s been a great uptake for both the daytime ‘Bag a Skelly’ Art Workshop and for the three-course Mexican Meal in the evening, but we will still be open as usual for anyone who hasn’t booked on to come down and share an ‘El Luchador’ Pizza and a flight of Tequila with us.

After that our attention will inevitably turn towards Christmas (although it seems far too early to think about!). Our Christmas Menu is now available for you and your party to book between 1st-24th December, and can be viewed online by following this link to our Christmas brochure, which also outlines our Christmas Events Calendar.

IMG_5863In the meantime, we’ve made a few additions to our regular Kitchen Menu, with the Beef Short Rib and the Hand-Cut (and chunky) Chips going down particularly well. The Navajas Rioja is back on the wine-shelves, and we’re thinking that BrewDog’s Punk IPA might become a regular in the beer fridges too. There’s even a rumour that Calverley’s Shepreth Pale Ale is soon to return… but you didn’t hear it from us…

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So, the First Shepreth Beer Festival seemed to go down pretty well…

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Thanks to all the brewers, bands, chefs, and of course, all of you for making the weekend so enjoyable. A photo gallery will be uploaded on this site shortly.

Everyone had their favourite – and their least favourite – beer, and an honourable mention for Elgood’s ‘Plum Porter’ must be made here for prowess in both those categories. It was Digfield Ales’ ‘Fool’s Nook’ that took home the crown, however, being the fastest seller of the weekend. Star Brewing Company’s ‘Comet’ ran it a close second, with Elgood’s ‘Indian Summer’ in third place.

We’re already thinking about the line-up for next year…

The ‘Plough Postcard’ Project

Some of you may remember our postcard design activity that accompanied our first month of opening. In August, those who handed in their entries took part in a workshop to enlarge their artworks, which will be available to view in The Plough very soon. Here’s a word from our artist in residence, Deanna Tyson with further details:

When The Plough opened we handed out blank postcards and encouraged our early customers to use their creative skills and produce an artwork inspired by ‘The Plough’. We had a great response. A selected group of ‘Ploughers’ then participated in a Saturday workshop to scale up their postcard-sized masterpieces.

An exhibition of their collected works of postcards, canvases and boards will be on show from Saturday 27th September with a preview on Friday evening 26th September at 5:00pm.

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Do come along and see what your fellow ‘Ploughers’ have produced. Over the next months further art activities are planned, these include: 

  • ‘Bag a Skelly for Day of the Dead’ on Saturday 1st November. Make a ‘Skelly bag’ and paper marigolds for our Plough Altar (Mexican style). The Altar will be a focal point during a Mexican-themed evening with Tequila, Mezcal and Mexican Food.
  • A Christmas Craft Fayre.
  • The opening of the ‘Upper gallery’ with exhibitions of work produced by professional and local artists.

Further details of these activities, and of upcoming music events will be posted here as they are finalised, so remember to check back here regularly.

That’s all for now…

Shepreth Beer Festival

 

Over the past two months, many of you have been keen to know what kind of community events we at The Plough have had up our sleeves. Now, with our Bar and Kitchen both running full steam ahead, we are excited to reveal the first of many events specifically designed to celebrate good food, delicious drink, and memorable music…

On Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Gardenand Sunday 14th September, The Plough will be hosting our First Shepreth Beer Festival. For three days, the rear garden of The Plough will be taken over by real ale, simple street food, and live music.

Supporting local and national brewers is intrinsic to all we do at The Plough, and the Festival will give us the chance to introduce people to new and interesting beers and ciders (and hopefully learn a few things ourselves along the way).

BarrelsThe event will take place during our usual opening hours, but without the 3pm-5pm break on Friday, and our regular Bar and Kitchen menus will continue to run alongside the Festival options. We will be extending our current outdoor canopy, and will bring in a marquee in order to protect both beer and bands from potential bad weather.

The full line-ups of beer, food, and music are currently awaiting confirmation, but all details will be posted on our website and social media pages as and when they are finalised. We’ve a lot of organising still to do, but we hope you’ll all be pleased with the results!

If you just can’t wait that long, do come and join us this Thursday 4th September, for our first live music event. Cambridge-based jazz band The Hot Numbers Quartet will be joining us in Mandolin Bar at The Plough from 8pm-11pm, to provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening meal or late night drinks…

The Plough Kitchen Opening

Following weeks of hard work by our Plough builders, fitters, and chefs, The Plough Kitchen is up and running!

Our “Guinea Pig Night” last Thursday saw thirty willing volunteers test-drive our new menu, and we’d like to thank everyone who came along for their honest and encouraging feedback.

You can now view our menu online, and call or email us to book a table in advance. Our food options will be constantly evolving, as we aim to consistently provide an interesting and balanced choice, including our “Plough Plates of the Week”, which will be regularly updated.

The Kitchen’s open hours are as follows:Flower

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm / 6pm – 9.30pm

Saturday: 12pm – 9.30pm

Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

On the topic of much anticipated arrivals, our Coffee Machine is also now in business – filled with the finest beans from our friends at Hot Numbers in Cambridge – whilst Fuller’s London Pride and Moonshine’s Heavenly Matter are our newest national and local guest ales.

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We continue to welcome your comments and suggestions regarding everything we do here at The Plough, and look forward to hearing your thoughts on our new arrivals.

You can see some ‘Before’, ‘During’, and ‘After’ shots in our Photo Gallery, providing a look back on how things have changed since this all began.

Next thing on our list? How about some live music…