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Overview

A sought-after foodie destination, the owners of The Kingham Plough are passionate that the rural pub remains the hub of the village. Expect local ales on tap, great bar snacks and a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The open fires, pine settles and comfortable sofas by the wood-burner create the ideal spot to while away a lazy afternoon. There's even a piano near the bar, which local resident Alex James of Blur fame has been known to play.

With antique pine tables and linen napkins, the restaurant area has a more sophisticated feel. The menu's ethos is about seasonality and local sourcing, and foraging is encouraged. For those seeking a little alfresco relaxation, sit back in the large paved terrace, the lawned beer garden has plenty of picnic tables from which to enjoy the sunshine. The six upstairs bedrooms are comfortable and cosy - don't miss the excellent breakfast of delicious dropped scones.

Rooms from

Double: £110


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Private and alfresco dining

Quiet romance
The pretty terrace or traditional bar is a great place for date night.

Dog-friendly
Canine chums are welcome in the bar areas, expect dog-friendly rooms and doggy treats.

No car needed
Eco-friendly guests can take the short bus ride from Kingham station, which stops right in front of the inn.

A touch of culture
Those with a car can explore Blenheim Palace, a 25 minute drive away. A majestic stately home, the birthplace of Winston Churchill is well worth a visit and boasts stunning gardens for horticultural enthusiasts.

Rooms

As well as the rooms above the pub, there is a choice of newly created rooms with independent access. Whichever one you plump for, rooms are luxuriously fitted with Egyptian cotton on super-king beds, gingham fabrics, floral feature wallpaper and antique furniture. Retro white bathrooms feature rain showers and roll top baths, with bathrooms in the newer rooms boasting Neal's Yard Remedies bath products and underfloor heating.

Rooms are equipped with all the creature comforts to make you feel at home, from mini-fridges with half bottles of Champagne and towelling robes to Tea Pig teas, homemade cookies and Lavazza coffee machines. Wake up to a great breakfast, whether it's freshly made drop scones, porridge with local honey or the full English with Arlington White eggs, Kelmscott bacon and Paddock Farm pork sausages.

Restaurant & bar

The Kingham Plough is still very much a village pub that feeds locals as well as gastro-tourists. Whilst Scotch quails eggs are signature favourites at the bar, the frequently changing restaurant menu keeps things exciting with dishes that delight diners all year round. Try the Cornish mackerel burger or locally shot pheasant Wellington.

Cotswold lager is a best-seller behind the bar, as well as locally brewed Hooky ale and Butcombe bitter from Somerset. Aspall cider is also on offer, alongside several wines plucked from a carefully-chosen European list. The pub's commitment to local sourcing and using seasonal ingredients extends to homemade sloe gin and elderflower cordial using foraged ingredients.

Things to do

A short drive away, don't miss the incredible Blenheim Palace. One of Britain's largest and most famous stately homes, it offers a host of treasures to discover. There are guided tours of the staterooms and a chance to explore the estate's sumptuous parkland. A new Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and Footsteps Trail opened in 2015, taking visitors on a journey through the key achievements in the great statesman's extraordinary life.

Those at the Kingham Plough over the August Bank Holiday weekend shouldn't miss the Big Feastival, an annual extravaganza on the farm owned by local pop star turned farmer/cheesemaker Alex James of Blur. The weekend event is co-hosted by Jamie Oliver and is a festival of food and music, with famous chefs demonstrating their cooking skills while you listen to live music from some of the best musicians in the country.

Theatre, arthouse cinema, gallery and concert hall: the Chipping Norton Theatre describes itself as 'complicated and a little eccentric', and it's always worth a look to see what's on. A mixed arts venue hosting, co-producing and supporting some of the most exciting, accessible and entertaining culture in the region, there are also community and education programmes with workshops, classes and creative projects.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Kingham
Taxi from station: 4min
Drive: 48min from Oxford, 45min from Cheltenham, 40min from Stratford-upon-Avon

Address

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

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