The Plough Inn is steeped in history dating back to 1786. Wreay is a stunning picturesque village, 5 miles south of Carlisle. In 1684 a group of 12 wealthy land owners were appointed as “The Twelve Men of Wreay”. They contributed to the upkeep of the village and acted as guardians to the poor. Per custom they met in The Plough Inn on Candlemas Day (around February 6th) for their annual meeting, followed by a meal consisting of oat cakes, bread, cheese, butter with ale. During the evening, it was customary to smoke the long white clay Churchwarden pipes which are now kept in a glass cabinet in The Plough for all to see, with the names of the current Twelve Men in seat. Tradition has continued and each year at Candlemas, the current Twelve Men of Wreay come for their annual feast, minus the smoking of the pipes obviously.

The village of Wreay is very proud of its church, St Mary’s, which was built by local architect Sarah Losh in 1840- 1842. The church has received the notoriety as one of the top ten churches you must see in the UK and regularly receives a stream of visitors from far and wide due to the “wow factor” it provides. Sarah and her family are reputed to have come into The Plough to discuss their plans with the Twelve Men of Wreay and it is understood that they were involved with Sarah in the building of the church. Today the Twelve Men of Wreay are a registered charity that raises funds for the up keep of the Church and Wreay School, which was another building designed and built by Sarah Losh.

The Plough Inn was tastefully modernised in 2004, refurbished with handmade brickwork and granite slabs. The bar was built using bricks rescued from an old Cumbrian mill race, decorating its frontage is an old ploughshare and the edging to the bar coming from a combine harvester.

The Plough has achieved an excellent reputation for its food and real ale, winning Carlisle Living’s Best Country Pub Award 2017 and reaching the final for Best Country Pub 2014/2015/2016/2018. Winning CAMRA Winter pub of the season 2016 and runner up in CAMRA’s Pub of the Year in 2016. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Awards both 2015, 2017, 2018. Food is cooked fresh to order and locally sourced always. We recently won the 2019 England Business Awards Best Licenced Premises Award and have been entered into the final in June 2019 to be held in York. Meals are served Wednesday– Sunday lunch and evening 12 – 12.30pm and 5.30 – 8.30pm. We do not serve food Monday or Tuesdays.

Every second Monday in the month we hold a charity fun quiz in which monies are given to local charities in which to date over £17,600 has been raised. We offer Afternoon Teas on request and cater for functions such as weddings, birthdays, christenings, funerals and corporate meetings. Please ask more about the history, have a look at local artist’s work on display around the pub to purchase, See the clay pipes belonging to the 12 men of Wreay and see old photographs of The Plough Inn, the Wreay flag and enjoy a warm welcome. Please note we do not open on Mondays and Tuesdays for food unless this is a pre-arranged function.

All meals are cooked to order which will result in a slight wait for your food. We thank you for your patience especially at busy times. If you have any food allergies, please inform staff of this when booking so that we can advise on suitable dishes or dishes that can be adapted for your allergy. All our prices are subject to change without notice.


Join Us For A Beer!

At our pub, we proudly offer our guests to taste our best types of beer brewed from carefully selected barley, wheat and hops. Take a look below to learn more about our best beers.  We have a changing guest ale and Alex, the Bar Manager, will more than happy to explain the ABV, flavours and origins of the ale to anybody interested.


Foster’s is a light, golden lager with a medium malt character. An easy-drinking lager with a delicate fruity hop aroma and a balanced taste, Foster’s rolls of the tongue leaving a clean crisp finish.

One of the world’s best-loved beers, from the first velvety sip to the last, lingering drop, every deep-dark satisfying mouthful in between is pure beauty… pure Guinness

A perfect balance of taste and refreshment at 4.1% ABV. Brewed in Amsterdam since 1870, Amstel is a high quality and authentic choice

Enjoy a selection of real ales from Hawkshead, Corby amongst other local breweries.  We are part of the CAMRA real ale campaign and all card producing CAMRA members will get 30p off a pint.  We are listed in the Good Beer guide 2014, 2016, 2017.