Love your Local: The Plough and Barleycorn, Cowplain

The Plough and Barleycorn, in Tempest Avenue, Cowplain
The Plough and Barleycorn, in Tempest Avenue, Cowplain
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Found in the heart of a busy neighbourhood, this vibrant pub pulls out all the stops to make sure local residents have a good time.

The Plough and Barleycorn, in Tempest Avenue, Cowplain, is gearing up for an action-packed summer.

Come June 30 the pub will host a charity boxing match between semi-professional boxers who have been picked by event organiser, Fighter Promotions.

Children will get to enjoy a bouncy castle in the pub’s car park and hungry locals will be treated to a barbecue.

Proceeds from the day will go towards The Multiple Sclerosis Trust, which supports people suffering with the condition.

The pub, which is owned by Marston’s PLC, will then celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style when a Queen tribute act takes to the stage to perform some of the band’s greatest hits on Monday, June 4.

Once again there will be a bouncy castle, and free cucumber sandwiches and chicken wings will be dished out.

And in preparation for the upcoming events a children’s play area is being built in the pub’s garden at the end of this month.

Assistant manager Kirstie Craig, who is running the pub while manager Jody Rosenthal is on holiday in Greece, said: ‘All the staff work extremely hard.

‘We’re lucky because being in a residential area we’ve become a focal point of the community.’

Last year a number of summer fun days at the pub helped to raise more than £2,000 for Samuel’s Fund, a charity which supports people with cerebral palsy.

‘Everyone loved our events last year,’ said Kirstie, 25.

‘The community spirit was immense and we hope to raise even more money for charity this time around.’

The pub is also a hub for live music. Over the coming months scores of tribute acts performing Oasis, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse and Guns and Roses tunes will appear.

Dave Morris, 73, of Cherry Tree Avenue, Cowplain, has been a regular at the pub for 20 years.

Mr Morris, who was a photographer for The News between 1977 and 1996, said: ‘When I first moved to the area in 1966 there used to be a farm where the pub is now. It’s a cracking local pub with loads of character.

‘It does a superb selection of food at great prices.

‘The manager is a fantastic character and Kirstie works well with him.

‘The pub is always coming up with innovative things to do for the local community.’