My recent sojourn in the heart of the enchanting Cotswolds transported me to a world where history and modern luxury coalesce seamlessly. The Kingham Plough, an illustrious pub with rooms, is a gem that beckons travellers, gourmands, and those yearning for a taste of rustic elegance. Under the stewardship of seasoned hospitality operators Matt and Katie Beamish, The Kingham Plough has evolved into an idyllic retreat renowned for its extraordinary culinary offerings and a dedication to preserving the region’s heritage.
Steeped in history, this 17th-century Cotswold pub has a rich heritage that was impeccably preserved. In 2019, it passed into the capable hands of Matt and Katie, who have honed their craft working alongside luminaries such as Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver, and Fergus Henderson. They have maintained the legacy of their celebrated predecessor, Emily Watkins, a Great British Menu winner, by continuing her tradition of championing local artisan products and sourcing only the freshest local, seasonal ingredients.
My journey began the moment I entered the communal spaces and guest rooms, which underwent a thorough refurbishment in 2020. The interiors are a revelation, boasting a harmonious fusion of country antiques, stylish upholstery, quirky vintage finds, and original artworks. Some of these treasures are the works of renowned 20th-century artists, infusing every nook and cranny with a unique sense of character and charm.
The guest rooms at The Kingham Plough are not merely a place to lay one’s head; they are refined sanctuaries designed in chic country style, tailored to suit the pastoral setting. Luxurious touches abound, from mohair throws to a selection of glossy magazines.
There is also free WiFi, digital radios, tea and coffee-making facilities, fresh milk, and delightful home-made treats. The en-suite bathrooms feature inviting baths with showers and locally made Bramley bath products that further elevate the guest experience.
Culinary aficionados will find themselves in gastronomic heaven at The Kingham Plough. The menu boasts an enticing array of modern British dishes with Mediterranean influences, in addition to beloved pub classics.
The hallmark of every dish is the use of locally sourced ingredients, prepared to perfection. The wood-fired grill and oven in the kitchen impart a unique smoky depth to cuts of fish and meat. The only exception to their in-house culinary expertise is the sourdough, which is lovingly crafted just a stone’s throw away. Here are some highlights from the menu at The Kingham Plough…
Artisanal Opulence: Otis & Belle Sourdough
Otis & Belle Sourdough, served with Farmhouse Butter, was an epitome of artisanal opulence. The bread’s crusty exterior and airy interior were the canvas for the creamy, rich butter. It was a simple yet refined prelude to a culinary journey.
Sensory Delight: Smoking Brothers Salmon
The Smoking Brothers Salmon dish was a sensory delight. The salmon was melt-in-your-mouth perfection, paired with a beetroot and potato rosti that added earthy richness. The horseradish sour cream caviar offered a creamy, tangy contrast, making each bite a moment of culinary bliss.
Smoky Indulgence: BBQ Corn on the Cob
The BBQ Corn on the Cob was a revelation, a harmonious dance of smokiness and charred sweetness. The grill had worked its magic, transforming each kernel into a flavour explosion. The Parmesan and chipotle mayo elevated it to a level of indulgence that left my taste buds tingling.
Luscious Seafood Harmony: Saffron & Seafood Risotto
The Saffron & Seafood Risotto was a luscious sea-inspired harmony. The saffron-infused rice was a canvas for plump tiger prawns and crispy kale. The burst of garlic and lemon, combined with the perfectly cooked prawns, transported me to a coastal paradise.
Crisp Perfection: Szechuan Pork Belly
The Crispy Szechuan Pork Belly was a textural masterpiece. The outer layer was a symphony of crunch, while the succulent pork beneath melted in my mouth. The chilli and spring onion added a delightful kick, making every bite an unforgettable experience.
Seaside Elegance: Pan Roasted Stone Bass Fillet
The Pan Roasted Stone Bass Fillet was a symphony of seafood elegance. The tender fish was paired with the delicate flavours of dressed white crab and roasted lemon, creating a harmonious medley of tastes and textures. The pickled chilli and crab bisque added the perfect amount of piquancy.
Hearty Comfort: Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder
The Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder was a testament to hearty comfort. The succulent pork, delicately seasoned, was accompanied by crispy truffle and parmesan polenta, a match made in culinary heaven. Braised red cabbage and baby turnip added a delightful balance of flavours, all bathed in a plum jus that crowned the dish with a touch of sweetness.
The culinary experience at The Kingham Plough was nothing short of extraordinary. Each dish was a masterpiece, meticulously crafted with an artistic touch. The flavours, textures, and presentation left an indelible mark, creating a memorable journey for the palate. If you seek an exquisite dining experience that marries innovation with tradition, The Kingham Plough is a culinary haven that promises to delight and amaze.
During my stay at The Kingham Plough, I experienced the heartwarming combination of the rustic charm of the Cotswolds and the modern comforts provided by this delightful pub with rooms. Everything from the log fire in the bar/dining area to the meticulously designed interiors provide moments of pure enjoyment for both young and old.
For those who prefer a self-catering experience, The Kingham Plough offers Little Barn, a spacious two-bedroom cottage located a short distance from the pub. It’s a luxurious hideaway with a wood burner, fully equipped kitchen, WiFi, an outdoor space complete with a BBQ, and off-road parking. The welcoming attention to detail for those staying at Little Barn include the mini faux sheepskin rugs and Scrabble game, making it feel like a true home away from home.
The Kingham Plough offers a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the Cotswolds. Whether you seek the tranquility of the countryside, a culinary journey to remember, or a romantic escape, it offers something for everyone. The warm hospitality, meticulous attention to detail, and exquisite cuisine converge to create a timeless, indelible memory. The Kingham Plough is an enchanting, culinary haven, a hidden treasure that invites exploration, appreciation, and repeated visits. It’s a destination where history, elegance, and gastronomy harmoniously unite, setting the stage for an enchanting escape that captures the heart and soul of the Cotswolds.
The Kingham Plough
The Green, Kingham, Oxfordshire OX7 6YD
01608 658 327