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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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The Kingham Plough

The Green, Kingham ,Chipping Norton OX7 6YD

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A perfect Cotswolds experience

by   platinum reviewer (82)

Oct 2016

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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The Kingham Plough

The Green, Kingham ,Chipping Norton OX7 6YD

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Sep 2009

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...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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The Kingham Plough

The Green, Kingham ,Chipping Norton OX7 6YD

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Nov 2008

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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...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 1

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  • Address: The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YD
  • Telephone: 01608 658327
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-2pm (Sat – 2.30pm Sun – 3pm) Mon-Sat 6.30-9pm

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