Finding a friendly, local pub where strangers can wander in for a solo weeknight drink and walk out with a mate for life, is hard to come by these days. As city pubs become increasingly up-market, finding that down to earth local, that keeps community at its core just as importantly as it does the beer cold, is almost a rarity. Enter Ploughman, the humble vision of owners Leigh Graham and Larraine Henning, to create a friendly neighbourhood bar that brings people together in a way that only good food and drink can.
Leigh and Larraine pooled their expertise as an electrician and an architect, respectively, to design and fit out the old-school general store and saddlery into a bar with their own two hands. In the true spirit of community that propels Ploughman, the duo is all about building a local client base and sense of neighbourly comradery among frequenters and visitors alike.
The traditional Ploughman’s lunch consists of bread, cheese, meat, pickles and ale. The latter two ingredients fall at the very heart of this Aderley eatery, with fermented pickles featuring in everything from pub style sandwiches to antipasto boards, best enjoyed alongside a craft brew, of course. While beer is not Ploughman’s sole option to quench your thirst, it’s definitely the star of the show. With the likes of Ekim Berseker Amber IPA, Green Beacon Cross Knot Kolsch and Boatrocker Suburban Pale Ale plentifully poured by the pint, visitors are more than well catered for when it comes to a frothy or two.
Alternatively, a handful of small batch Australian wines and spirits are on offer, predominantly gins and whiskies as well as a series of wine tasting evenings. With an atmosphere that feels just like home and top quality produce in a casual setting, what more could you ask for in a local?