The Kingham Plough

British, Gastropub·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of The Kingham Plough

Bronze Award

It was chef Emily Watkins who put The Kingham Plough firmly on the destination dining map before selling the Cotswold gastropub in 2019. While new owners Matt and Katie Beamish have a tough act to follow, they’ve already injected a healthy dose of local appeal to this 17th-century inn.

Menus are broader in scope than previously yet no less enticing, walking a comfortable line between showier, statement dishes and more modestly priced pub classics. Parsnip and ginger soup, fish and chips, or ‘The Plough cheeseburger’ with caramelised onions, contrast with the flashier likes of Avruga caviar-topped ‘Smokin Brothers’ salmon with damson jam and roast Creedy Carver duck and chestnut mushrooms.

Our warm black pudding, apple, chicory, pickled red onion and pumpkin seed salad was sturdy stuff, as generous as its lengthy description, while chicken liver parfait went the other way entirely: a dainty, pink slice framed in a neat layer of herbed butter to be slathered on fluffy brioche.

Roasted Old Spot pork belly with bubble and squeak was another classic refined, the precise cutting on the crackling and accompanying apple dice worthy of any Michelin-starred table.

Halibut in a bisque sauce proved a little pubbier, with tomatoes, leeks, savoy cabbage and courgettes adding up to one vegetable too many, although an equally busy Black-Forest-inspired dessert was pure 1970s excess with jam, cake, sauce, cream, chocolate shards, Aero and three types of cherry all flawlessly combined.

The all-purpose approach extends to smart but understated spaces that are indisputably pubby. Bare stone, wood panels, stripped beams and a solid, sanded bar are in full atmospheric effect, while upholstered armchairs, gleaming wooden furniture, artistic prints and sketches – all for sale – add chic comfort in the bar area.

Staff proved keen but never intrusive, their relaxed approach matching the pub setting, while we were impressed to find both local ales and wine taken very seriously (there are six en-suite rooms for those sensible enough to have planned ahead).

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
British, Gastropub
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Child friendly, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Kingham Plough, headed up by Matt & Katie Beamish, is a country pub with cosy interiors, great food and plush bedrooms. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds near Chipping Norton, the pub celebrates local suppliers, showcasing their seasonal ingredients in a selection of modern British dishes.

The interiors have been carefully refurbished, blending the building’s history with some more contemporary touches. As such, you might see 20th-century sketches on the walls and antiques on the shelves. There’s an extensive selection when it comes to food, from nibbles right up to wood-fired steaks to share. The wine list features plenty of more affordable bottles, with both old and new world entries, as well as a couple of natural additions. Cocktails also make an appearance, with highlights including a pear and cardamom sidecar or apple and ginger mojito.

Start off with some house sourdough and farmhouse butter if you like things simple, or splash out for some Porthilly oysters for a special occasion. More typical bar snacks like Gordal olives, pork pie with chutney and nuts are also available. Starters follow a similar vein, with options like chicken liver parfait, smoked salmon with tartare sauce or crispy squid with chilli, coriander and lime.

Classic mains include staples like fish and chips and a house cheeseburger with fries, although the less classic ones really show off the skill from the kitchen. These include plenty of wood-fired dishes like giant tiger prawns with garlic and parsley butter, lamb chop with chimichurri or gurnard fillet with fennel, orange and toasted hazelnuts. A selection of steaks is also available for those who want something seriously meaty.

Finish with a showstopping dessert like saffron-poached pear with coconut caramel, pistachio granola and raspberry sorbet or Black Forest Gateau with tonka bean Chantilly and Griottine cherry. For something simpler, diners can enjoy a selection of homemade ice cream or British cheeses too.

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

01608 658327 01608 658327


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 11:30-21:00


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