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Gastro Pubs Post-Covid: How Pubs Are Bringing People Together in 2023

As we move further into 2023, neighbourhood pubs are evolving to meet the needs of a society that has experienced massive changes in the way we all socialise, thanks to the ‘good old’ Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is now on providing social dining experiences that go beyond just food and drink. With an emphasis on community, gastropubs are offering a myriad of ways to engage their patrons, from casual dining options to exciting events that bring people together.


One such gastropub leading the charge is our very own: The Plough, nestled in the picturesque Kent village of Ivy Hatch. Known for our modern British food, locally sourced ingredients, and commitment to sustainability, The Plough offers an unforgettable dining experience.


The Rise of Community Dining Events


The Plough has truly embraced the concept of community dining events to bring people together in a warm and welcoming environment. For example, our cosy bar area offers a comfortable space for patrons to unwind and connect with others, especially at our upcoming events such as tasting evenings.



Live music has become a popular addition to community dining events, with The Plough hosting talented artists like Liam Joseph on the 7th of May 23’ and Emily Wright on the 14th of May 23’. These performances create a lively atmosphere that encourages conversation and connection among guests. While not strictly a ‘new’ concept, live music for long periods of time was literally cancelled, so it’s a great way to bring people together again to enjoy some tunes, great food and drink.


Casual Dining Options and Happy Hours


In addition to our regular events, The Plough offers a range of casual dining options that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Our seasonal menus, feature the finest meats from Ruffits farm in Sevenoaks, making it a guarantee for our guests to enjoy a luxurious meal without breaking the bank.

Gastropub happy hours have also become increasingly popular, providing an affordable way for guests to sample a variety of craft beers, cocktails, and wines. While this isn’t strictly something we do at the Plough, Happy Hours have shown success in other pubs allowing guests to visit their local pubs more frequently, fostering a sense of community and belonging.


More Than Just Food and Drink


Gastropubs like The Plough have expanded their offerings to include a range of entertainment options that cater to different interests. While The Plough itself is not a sports bar, game night events pub or trivia pub, events can like these can be found at many neighbourhood pubs, creating an engaging atmosphere that draws in crowds and encourages social interaction. A short trip into Tonbridge or Sevenoaks has plenty of great pubs to visit that all offer varying events for a good few hours of fun and socialising.

Where we do share some common ground is Craft beer bars, which are another popular trend. At The Plough, we work closely with many local producers, including breweries and wine estates to ensure you have the finest Kentish drinks money can buy.

With many gastropubs incorporate an extensive selection of locally brewed beers to attract customers who appreciate quality and variety. Similarly, live music bars provide a unique experience for guests to enjoy live performances while indulging in delicious food and drinks.


The Future of Gastropubs


The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of human connection, and gastropubs are playing a crucial role in fostering a sense of community. By offering social dining experiences, community dining events, and a diverse range of entertainment options, gastropubs like The Plough are helping to bring people together in 2023 and beyond.

So, whether you're looking for a relaxed meal with friends, a lively night out, or an opportunity to connect with your local community, neighbourhood pubs have something for everyone. Why notbook now and experience it for yourself at The Plough?

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