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The Kingham Plough

Muddy says: This classic Cotswold pub with rooms in Kingham village has recently had a stylish new refurb under its new owners, plus a new head chef has arrived. Take a peek.

Previously owned by Fat Duck alumna and Great British Menu winner, Emily Watkins, The Kingham Plough has moved from one fantastic team to another with experienced hospitality operators, Matt and Katie Beamish (who’ve previously worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Fergus Henderson, Bob Hutchinson and Jamie Oliver), taking over the 17th century Cotswolds-based village inn this year.

Fans of the pub needn’t worry – the duo have kept the format of the pub pretty much the same, but have revamped the interiors to include a stylish flagstone bar with wood burner at one end and an open fire at the other (a prime spot for Xmas drinks). The adjoining dining spaces have also received a new look – think soft greys, sage green and vintage country furniture. Outside you’ll find a terrace (a sun trap in summer), for al fresco dining and drinks.

There’s also a new Head Chef at the helm, Jonny Ponds (CV: Slaughters Country Inn, Ellenborough Park Hotel, The Feathered Nest) whose menu offers pub classics, as well as his own inventive take on modern British cooking with Mediterranean influences. The Kingham Plough is known for championing local artisan products, which will continue in Jonny’s kitchen with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally from in and around Chipping Norton.

Fancy staying over? The inn has six comfy and stylish en-suite bedrooms upstairs rented on a B&B basis, with two of the rooms Fido-friendly. There’s loads of fantastic walking routes around Kingham village and the Cotswolds too, plus Chipping Norton is five miles away, Daylesford Farm Shop and Spa is just one mile and Soho Farmhouse is close by.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughters, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford, Chipping Campden, Woodstock, OxfordStratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham are also nearby.

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