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Set up by chef Emily Watkins and her husband in 2007, this rambling old Cotswold hostelry attracts an affluent country crowd with its good-looking interiors, fine food and equally fine booze. The bar offers local ales and comfort-zone snacks in a bucolic setting of beams, exposed stone and open fires, but the main action is in the laid-back, rustic-chic dining room. Emily’s kitchen sends out a clear message about local sourcing – think chilled cucumber and lovage soup with Windrush goats’ cheese and celery-seed loaf or Cotswold spring lamb (loin, steamed pudding and confit breast) with young carrots and broad beans. However, this is landlocked Oxfordshire, so fish comes up from Cornwall – perhaps charred and crispy squid with courgettes and saffron or wild sea trout with a home-smoked trout ‘Scotch egg’, pickled cucumber, samphire and pink fir apple potatoes. For afters, don’t miss the superb British regional cheeses or desserts such as strawberry soufflé with clotted-cream custard. And there’s no need to go home either: six exquisite, contemporary bedrooms are kitted out in style.

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  1. In the chocolate box Cotswolds village of Kingham (once voted England’s favourite), the Southwest’s Great British Menu victor Emily Watkins welcomes guests to her cosy country inn, where she cooks with love and attention.

    Beyond any doubt, Watkins’s mind is firmly fixed on her choice of produce, which allows her to deliver outstanding dishes through thoughtful combinations, accented by her personal style of heart-felt cookery. Authenticity is important too at the Plough, as everything from the sumptuous butter to the freshly baked bread is homemade.

    Watkins’s cooking is complemented by the warm and...
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  • Address: The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YD
  • Telephone: 01608 658327
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2pm (Sat – 2.30pm Sun – 3pm) Mon-Sat 6.30-9pm

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