Renowned chefs Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman, from award-winning Orwells Restaurant near Henley, are saving disused village pub The Plowden Arms from property developers and certain demolition, by opening it as their first pub.

Ryan and Liam, partners in work and life, will launch the pub, with its original name The Plough at Shiplake, early next year.

Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman at Orwells.

The family and dog-friendly Plough at Shiplake will be an informal, all-day dining affair open seven days a week, for everything from a quick drink and snack to a three course meal and is expected to be warmly welcomed by locals and destination diners alike.

They said: “We’ve dreamt of having our own pub for years and we’re really excited about launching next year.

“we’re so glad that we’ve been able to save The Plough at Shiplake from being developed”

“It’s an addition we know our community is crying out for and we’re so glad that we’ve been able to save The Plough at Shiplake from being developed. 

“We know a fantastic family friendly pub selling outstanding food and drink will be a hit, not only for locals, but also as a destination pub too.”

Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman are well known for their appearances on TV shows James Martin’s Saturday Morning, Saturday Kitchen and Great British Menu, since launching Orwells in 2010. 

The couple have also won multiple accolades including no. 28 in The Good Food Guide UK Top 50 Restaurants, 4 AA Rosettes, Thames Valley Restaurant of the Year, Good Food Guide Editors Choice Restaurant of the Year as well as Good Food Guide Readers Choice.

Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman at Orwells.

The Plough at Shiplake, which dates back to 1774, will mirror that of Orwells with a sustainable and entirely seasonal menu with up to 75% of fruit and vegetables grown by Ryan and Liam themselves in their own small holding.

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