The Kingham Plough Pub with rooms in Kingham, Oxfordshire

Prices from:
£110 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Fantastic Cotswold foodie destination
  • Emily: Great British Menu Winner 2014
  • Wow food – exciting cooking
  • Great bar snacks; perfect with a pint
  • Traditionally rustic bar/dining rooms
  • Rooms revamped with style
  • Still very much the village local

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Complimentary glass of house wine and canape

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Overview

The Kingham Plough Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

The personal touch

Emily and Miles have been at the Kingham Plough, Kingham for nine years, during which time they have firmly established the pub at the forefront of the Great British food scene. Located overlooking the green in the pretty village of Kingham, the building is constructed of classic Cotswold stone and a complete refurbishment when they took over has retained its character and charm. Emily arrived with a stellar CV, having previously been Sous Chef at Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous Fat Duck and her truly innovative modern British menu has made the pub a destination food-driven inn. The ethos here is all about seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, which includes using local foragers, who may be rewarded for their finds in pints. Outside there is a large paved terrace to the rear set with attractive tables and chairs for eating and drinking al fresco when the weather allows and an enclosed and lawned beer garden with picnic tables. The owners’ desire to be seen as the village hub extends to a machine at the rear of the pub where you can purchase Organic Guernsey Milk by the bottle all day – something that has become as popular with locals as visitors.

Sticky fingers

Children have their own menu or half-size portions (high chairs are available), and they are welcome overnight (child Z-bed £25; adult Z-bed £45).

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar areas and in Chinese and Cow Parsley rooms (£10), which are accessed from outside the Inn, and they even get their own canine bar snacks in the form of pigs ears. If you have packed your boots, a folder containing local walks is available to borrow.

Alfresco

When the sun is shining, relax on the terrace or the lawned area. Time a visit for the May farmers’ market attended by many of the suppliers on the menu.

What’s on?

There is a very popular pub quiz every other Sunday.

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles £110 to £195; 2 night minimum stay at weekends; no single occupancy rate at weekends & bank holidays

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex )
  • Private dining facilities – there is the option to close off part of the restaurant for private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to the bar
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 4 Gold Stars & 3 Rosettes; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Pub Guide; Taste of the West Gold Awards 2014

Sleep

The Kingham Plough Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

Do not disturb

As well as the rooms above the pub, there is a choice of newly created rooms with independent access. Whichever one you plump for, expect Egyptian cotton on super-king beds, Gingham fabrics, floral feature wallpaper, antique furniture and retro white bathrooms with rain showers over a mix of roll top baths and chrome fixtures in abundance. The bathrooms in the new rooms boast Neal’s Yard Remedies bath products, travertine floors and underfloor heating.

Creature comforts

Mini fridges with half bottle of Champagne; towelling robes; Tea Pig teas & homemade cookies; organic Guernsey milk.

Gadgets

Digital radios with i-pod docking stations; flatscreen TVs with DVD & freeview; Wi-Fi; DVD library; Lavazza coffee machines.

Pampering

Spa treatments can be arranged locally.

What’s for Breakfast?

Freshly squeezed orange juice and local apple juice; Nell’s Dairy Guernsey milk; hand-baked bread with homemade preserves; homemade granola and muesli (gluten-free available); freshly made drop scones; porridge with local honey; full English cooked breakfast (Arlington White eggs, Hodge-Podge pudding, Kelmscott bacon, Paddock Farm pork sausages, homemade baked beans); eggs Benedict; homemade muffin and hollandaise with Arlington White poached eggs and Kelmscott bacon; Kedgeree.

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles £110 to £195; 2 night minimum stay at weekends; no single occupancy rate at weekends & bank holidays

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex )
  • Private dining facilities – there is the option to close off part of the restaurant for private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to the bar
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 4 Gold Stars & 3 Rosettes; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Pub Guide; Taste of the West Gold Awards 2014

Eat & Drink

The Kingham Plough Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

Mastering the menu

Emily’s exceptional background cooking in one of the best restaurants in the world means the food at the pub is as innovative and exciting as modern British pub food gets. Having worked at such a high level before, she knows how to create the ‘wow’ factor with her food, but also remembers that it’s still a village pub that feeds locals as well as gastrotourists. Whilst Scotch quails eggs and snails and mushrooms with garlic butter on toast are signature dishes on the bar menu, the frequently changing restaurant menu keeps things exciting with dishes such as Cornish mackerel burger with beetroot muffin, orange and beetroot chutney; locally shot pheasant Wellington with braised cabbage, parsnips and caramelised apples; and loin and steam pudding of local hogget with purple sprouting broccoli and thyme roasted carrots. The food may be top restaurant quality but the Kingham Plough is refreshingly relaxed and undeniably pubby with its row of wooden stools at the bar, open fires, mix of stone and wood floors and pine settles. The muted colours on the walls and the comfortable sofas by the wood-burner are ideal for lazy afternoons and there’s even a piano near the bar, which local resident Alex James of Blur fame has been known to play on occasion. The carpeted restaurant area has a slightly more grown up feel with antique pine tables and linen napkins.

On the menu (sample dishes)

Rabbit terrine pickled St George’s mushroom, warm potato bread, tarragon butter
Evesham asparagus, crisp Cacklebean egg
Hanger steak with bone marrow butter, onion rings, triple cooked chips and Daylesford salad
Spring lamb loin & braised shoulder, crispy sweetbreads, heritage carrots & pea shoots
Rhubarb & stem ginger baked Alaska, poached rhubarb, rhubarb sauce
Local cheese board served with homemade oatcakes and hazelnut fruit bread and apple jelly
Homemade ice cream – vanilla, orange ripple, lemon curd and honeycomb, chocolate, brandy butter, green apple sorbet (made with Nell’s Dairy Organic Local Guernsey Milk).

Sunday Roasts

Roast rump of Longhorn beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish cream
Pheasant and partridge game roast with bread pudding
Roast shoulder of Paddock Farm pork with apple sauce
All served with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and Alan’s curly kale.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8.30am – 10am
Lunch: A La Carte 12 noon – 2pm (2.30pm Saturday; 3pm Sunday)
Lunch / Dinner: Bar food: 12 noon – 9pm
Dinner: A La Carte 6pm – 9pm

Local, local, local

Beer – Hook Norton (www.hooky.co.uk)
Cheese – Roger Crudge, Gorsehill Abbey (www.gorsehillabbey.co.uk), Charles Martell, Windrush Goats
Lamb – Peter Kane, University Farm, Moreton-in-Marsh
Pork – Tamworth pigs, Paddock Farm, Shipston-on-Stour (www.paddock.fm)
Pheasant, partridge & pigeon from Cornwell
Fallow & sika deer – Cornbury Park (www.cornburypark.co.uk)
Geese/turkey – Peachcroft Farm
Veg – Alan Cox in Oddington and Daylesford market garden
Butter – Holmleigh Dairy, Donnington (www.holmleighdairy.com)
Duck, chicken from Adlington Farm
Milk – fresh Nell’s organic Guernsey Dairy (www.nellsdairy.co.uk)

Behind the bar

As well as locally brewed Hooky ale, and Butcombe bitter from Somerset, the Cotswold Lager is one of the best-sellers behind the bar, perhaps accompanied by a plate of homemade charcuterie. Aspall cider is also on offer alongside several wines by the glass, plucked from a carefully-chosen and discerning European-heavy list covering all bases. The pub’s commitment to local sourcing and using what’s seasonal extends to homemade sloe gin and elderflower cordial using foraged ingredients. If you’re after something even more fortifying, the rum-laced hot chocolate and expertly made espresso coffees should do the trick, as will the award-winning Bloody Mary, perhaps for the morning after.

Bar snacks

Scotch quails eggs
Hand-raised pork pie & ploughman’s pickle
Cotswold rarebit, homemade sourdough
Homemade sausage roll, homemade ketchup
Steak sandwich, horseradish cream
Cotswold lamb pie, Daylesford greens
Ploughman’s platter: honey-glazed ham, double gloucester cheese, plough pickle and salad leaves
Well-aged Hereford beef burger, homemade bun, triple-cooked wedges and homemade ketchup

Time at the bar

12 noon – 11.30pm

What’s the Damage?
6 doubles £110 to £195; 2 night minimum stay at weekends; no single occupancy rate at weekends & bank holidays

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (not Amex )
  • Private dining facilities – there is the option to close off part of the restaurant for private dining
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to the bar
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 4 Gold Stars & 3 Rosettes; Waitrose Good Food Guide; Michelin Pub Guide; Taste of the West Gold Awards 2014

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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The Cotswold Cheese Company, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0AH

A purveyor of an incredible selection of the finest cheeses with a good selection from local producers. They also sell other artisan and local produce such as local breads, biscuits and crackers, chutneys and local potted meats.

3

Daylesford Farm Shop and Cafe, Daylesford, Kingham GL56 0YG

Known locally as 'Fortnams in the field' Daylesford Organic is so much more than an award-winning farm shop, with a cookery school, cafe, clothes shop and spa. The farm shop offers the best in organic and food produced with the best environmental and livestock husbandry credentials. They have their own bakery and serve up vegetables from their own market garden.

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The Big Feastival, Kingham OX7 6UJ

An annual party on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheese maker Alex James of Blur. This August Bank Holiday weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country. A cracking day out for all the family.

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Upton Smokery, Upton Downs Farm, Burford OX18 4LY

Located in the rolling Cotswold countryside outside of Burford, this family business smokes just about everything from game to fish. They also stock fresh game, paté, potted terrines, charcuterie and olives.

7

The Cotswold Brewing Company, College Farm, Bourton on the Water GL54 2HN

This award-winning independent brewery retains a hand-crafted approach to making beer and is also well-known for its lager and stout, as well as its cider, gin and vodka. You can pop into the brewery to buy bottles and polypins of beer and there are twice-daily brewhouse tours by prior arrangement.

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Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton OX15 5NY

A proudly independent and family brewery since 1849, Hook Norton now sells its beers to pubs all over the UK, including 40 of its own in around the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire. The visitor centre and cafe welcomes over 10,000 visitors per year and there are daily brewery tours seven days a week.

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The Chequers, Churchill OX7 6NJ

Excellent gastropub where you can enjoy some fantastic modern British food from regularly changing blackboard menus. The beers are good, too, but you can also try a glass of wine from the very good menu or maybe a cocktail. The steak and chips is first class.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Kingham Plough

Activities

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Ty Cycles, Chipping Norton OX7 5NJ

This mobile service delivers and collects bikes to your desired location within 20 miles of their Chipping Norton base, with hybrid or road bikes for parties of all sizes and for trips of any duration.

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Chipping Norton Theatre OX7 5NL

Theatre, arthouse cinema, gallery and concert hall, they describe themselves as 'complicated and a little eccentric', and it's always worth a look to see what's on. A mixed arts venue hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining culture in the region, there are also community and education programmes with workshops, classes and creative projects.

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Arctic Quest, Bredon, Tewkesbury GL20 7EE

If you've ever fancied trekking with huskies but not fancied travelling to Alaska, this is the place for you. An exhilarating and memorable animal experience, you don't just sit there and look at the scenery, you get fully involved with the pack, learn all about these incredible dogs, and enjoy plenty of hands-on time with the team. You'll be trained to take charge of the racing rig with huskies as your lead; they have fast and steady dogs to suit all levels of riders, and you can even sleep in a Sami tipi if you want to.

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Heythrop Park Golf Club, Enstone, Chipping Norton OX7 5UE OX7 5UF

Make sure your SatNav takes you via the Drive, Church Enstone, or you’ll find you can’t get in. Weaving through the 440-acre Heythrop Estate, this 18-hole features ancient woodland, lakes and streams – it’s a quintessentially English setting. Visitors are welcome and there are all kinds of other facilities, including a spa.

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Birdland Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN

Situated in a seven-acre setting consisting of woodland and gardens beside the picturesque River Windrush, Birdland has over 140 species of exotic birds. Here, you can get involved in popular family-friendly activities and there's also the chance to feed the penguins.

Shopping

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The Borzoi Bookshop, Stow on the Wold GL54 1BB

Based in Stow-on-the-Wold, this well-established independent bookseller stocks a vast range of books, including many of the classics. Out-of-print books, attractively designed greeting cards and wrapping paper are also available.

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Burford Antiques Centre, Burford OX18 4JA

Loads of great antique furniture from the 17th to the 20th century, plus high quality reproduction refectory tables made to any size, chairs, sideboards and dressers.

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Burford Woodcraft, Burford OX18 4QU

Promoting contemporary British craftsmanship for over 30 years, the shop sells an extensive selection of creative wooden objects, furniture, sculpture, bowls, kitchenware, jewellery boxes, games and toys.

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Vintage & Paint, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ

Nice interiors shop selling furniture, kitchenware, lighting, objet d'art and collectables They also sell Annie Sloan paint so you can have a go at creating this ‘look’ yourself.

Places to visit

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Hidcote Manor Gardens, Chipping Campden GL55 6LR

Hidcote is one of the country's greatest gardens, full of rare shrubs and trees, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the world. In addition, there are superb views across the Vale of Evesham from the garden.

9

Chastleton House, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0SU

Near Moreton-in-Marsh, Chastleton House is a fine Jacobean mansion with a striking south front. The house was built by a local wool merchant in the early 17th century, who purchased the estate from Robert Catesby, one of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, Blenheim Palace offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life and his early years in this area. Churchill's grave can be seen in the churchyard at nearby Bladon.

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Birdland, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN

Get up close to birds from all over the world, including penguins, parrots, owls, flamingos, birds of prey, hornbills and more, plus riverside walks, a nature reserve and over 50 themed habitats.

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Broughton Castle, Banbury OX15 5EB

A delightful moated and fortified manor house, built from the local Hornton ironstone, Broughton was one of only twenty houses to get five stars in England's Thousand Best Houses. If you watched BBC2's adaptation of Wolf Hall, you might recognise it as one of the locations. The core of the house dates to 1306, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550s. The Castle has remained in the same family since 1447, and it is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye and Sele.

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Rollright Stones, Chipping Norton OX7 5QB

An unusual circle of 77 heavily weathered, closely-set slabs of local Neolithic limestone, known as the King's Men, traditionally a monarch and his courtiers petrified by a witch. The Rollright Stones also include the Whispering Knights burial chamber, and single King Stone, which is on the other side of the road. They span nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development.

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Chedworth Roman Villa, Yanworth GL54 3LJ

Situated in a secluded part of the Coln valley, the Roman villa at Chedworth dates from around AD 120 and is open daily from mid-February to the end of November and was originally believed to have been a farmhouse.

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Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG

Established in 1971 by the father of BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, this popular farm park is home to over 50 rare breeds, many of which you can see if you take the 'safari' tour of the farm. Children can feed the chickens and pigs while grown-ups can listen to some of the talks about animal husbandry and general conservation.

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Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AQ

With its picturesque stone buildings and pretty river Windrush running through the main street, it's easy to see why this spacious Cotswold village is so popular. Nearby at Lower Slaughter is the Old Mill Museum, which explains the history of this former flourmill, a key industrial landmark in the Cotswolds.

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The Model Village

A model of Bourton-on-the-Water itself, on a one-ninth scale, giving a unique giant’s view of its buildings, streams, parks, museums and so on. It was built in the 1930s and is Grade II-listed, as are many of the full-size versions of the buildings.

Walking

www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
The 102-mile Cotswold Way National Trail takes in some of the best scenery the region has to offer. There are thousands of miles of footpaths and the area has a reasonable claim to be a walkers’ paradise. The Oxfordshire Way starts in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire and takes you to the banks of the River Thames in Henley. The route passes through a variety of contrasting landscapes and settlements including two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the rolling Cotswold Hills and the Chilterns.

Cycling

www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com
www.in-gloucestershire.co.uk
www.aboutthecotswolds.co.uk
www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk
Not too hilly, not too flat – Oxfordshire’s a good place to cycle, with lots of lovely scenery and a variety of routes for all abilities. There are several long distance routes, plus lots of bridleways. The Hanson Way starts in Oxford itself and follows the Thames Path to Abingdon and Didcot. The Cotswolds are particularly good for off-roading, with a network of tracks, but road cyclists won’t be disappointed either, as there are some spectacular hills and very tricky climbs.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Follow the B4450 from Chipping Norton (Kingham is signposted). The Kingham Plough is opposite the Village Green.

By Rail: Kingham is on the London mainline from Paddington to Hereford/Great Malvern. The station is only 1 mile from the pub. The local bus which passes the door meets almost every train from London or you can call a taxi (please call the Office if you require taxi numbers). The train is just 1 hour 20 minutes from Paddington, and 20 minutes from Oxford.

Address:

The Green, Chipping Norton, Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD

Rooms rates & booking
Reviews

Reviews

Conde Nast Traveller, Top 10 Hotels for Autumn in the UK 2015
‘The Plough is set beside a perfect Cotswold village green, an unassuming local seemingly overshadowed by the Daylesford Organic Farmshop up the road. The clue, however, is in the bar menu: potted Tamworth pork; slow-cooked Legbar egg with cured and smoked pork cheeks; snails and mushrooms on toast. Emily Watkins, who owns the inn with her husband Miles Lampson, is a former protégé of Heston Blumenthal. If you stay and eat here you’re in for a rare treat, whether you just order at the bar or sit down for the full nine yards. The bedrooms are fresh and pleasant, there is a pet-friendly annexe, and prices are refreshingly low.’

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