The Kingham Plough – Kingham, Oxfordshire
The Kingham Plough has always been far more than a traditional gastro-pub. Since it was first opened by chef Emily Watkins in 2007, foodies have flocked here for her creative interpretation of bygone British dishes, often based on old Cotswold recipes. Now, new owners Matt and Kate Beamish (who have worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson) have picked up the mantle. The wonderful kitchen team champion artisanal and seasonal ingredients in their modern British menu with a Mediterranean twist, making everything in-house except for the sourdough loaves, which are freshly baked by Marks Cotswold Bakery. Expect favourite pub classics – fish and chips, ploughman’s boards, cheeseburgers – alongside refined dishes such as Tamworth pork ribeye and pea and mint tortellini. Behind the bar, there are craft ales and local beers by Hook Norton Brewery and upstairs you’ll find six country-chic bedrooms kitted out with vintage furniture, soft mohair blankets on the beds and beautiful bathrooms. Eat well, sleep well.
Doubles from £145
+44 (0)1608 658327; thekinghamplough.co.uk