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The Green, Kingham
, Chipping Norton,
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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The Green, Kingham
, Chipping Norton
Kingham Station 1km
Shipton Station 5km
Lyneham Golf Club 3km
Chastleton House 5km
Mon-Sun 12N-2pm (Sat – 2.30pm Sun – 3pm) Mon-Sat 6.30-9pm
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Food + drink: 4
I have wanted to stay (and eat) here since seeing Emily on the GBM years ago and then again watching her demonstration of how to make quails scotch eggs at Feastival a couple of years ago and we were not disappointed.
We arrived on Friday night to a busy pub area with tables set for diners – it is not a classic pub full of locals enjoying a pint but more a gastropub with rooms – there are only a few seats purely for those wanting a drink but that wasn’t a problem for us, we were staying for a couple of nights and happy to curl up on the sofa in front of the fire eating delicious bar food (burger and fries for husband and a quails scotch egg followed by welsh rarebit (fondue-style) for me, washed down with a bottle (or two) of wine – all wonderful.
The following morning we were treated to the best breakfast ever – a huge selection of cereals, breads, fruit, yoghurts etc, and the best full English we have eaten in a very long time – the drop scones and hodgepodge will remain in my memory for a long time.
We ate dinner in the main restaurant which was very good too (I had Cornish stone bass, broccoli and creamy mashed potatoes and husband went for the hangar steak and chips) and yet another bottle of wine and a few glasses of champagne.
Staff were all lovely, very friendly and helpful - I look forward to a re-visit.
Food + drink: 2
I've eaten here a few times and have always had a pleasant experience. The fillet steaks are to die for but steep at £22.00., and their thrice cooked chips are lovely and crisp.
On my last visit, a thursday evening at 7.30pm, their specials board was depleted, and I was hard pushed to find something on the menu that fitted an august evening!! I plumbed for the Lamb Pudding, which although was a suet pudding was remarkably light, and served with “black cabbage” which were spring greens by any other name. My friend's chicken did look very ordinary, although she said it was very nice. Service was a little slower than normal, and wasn't too happy with a big dog being allowed in the dining area. I know we were seated in the bar, but it's hardly a drinking pub. Bit disappointed this time around.
We decided to visit The Kingham Plough after a recommendation in The Times.
We visited on 11th October 2008. It is set in a picturesque Cotswolds village and initially has the ambience of a characterful “pub”. My parther was put off by a female chef smoking in the public garden on our arrival. I did not share this opinion, but perhaps it was an example of the lack of standards we were to experience.
Dining is subjective, so I will stick to facts:
The waitress brought the starters and presented me with something I had not ordered. She was not prepared the replace both first couses so I could have the dish I ordered & eat with my companion. Therefore, I accepted the soup, which was clearly influenced by 1980s Greek style cooking, in that is was barely warm. Good job I had not deliberated longer.
Influenced by the review we both ordered Steak & Chips for Main course. One was to be rare, the other medium/rare. The waiter appeared and asked us who had ordered the rare version (it was me). He then proceeded to present us with our plates. On cutting into the meat it was evident that we were given the wrong plates. We swapped. My meat was inconsistently cooked (i.e. cooked more on one side than the other). Also, on reflection I realise why, at home, I will cook Scottish fillet as a steak and use the Hereford variety we were served with for fajitas. It comes down the flavour & texture in my opinion.
We excited by the prospect of “triple cooked chips”. I is my view the purpose of multiple cooking is to create a particularly crispy result. These were disappointing in this department.
When I received the bill I had been charged the higher price for the starter I had accepted than the price for the dish I had ordered.
After complaining this was taken off the bill but, as I said to the waitress at the time, I would have preferred to have saved the inordinate amount of time it took to sort out and actually paid the extra to leave.
Whilst I accept that anyone can have an “off night” this experience was generally and totally unacceptable.
The price of £84.20 for a two course meal with modest wine is extortionate for this quality of ingredients & preparation. The service, which involved three different staff, was totally unprofessional.
The attitude at the end of the meal uncaring and pretentious.
Quite frankly, I wish we had stayed on the M40 coming back from Birmingham to Milton Keynes and I had cooked Steak & Chips at home. It would have been better presented and tastier.
I cannot see how peolpe can really consider this Restaurant to be of a high standard. Sometimes hype pays, or should that be “one can pay for hype”.
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