The Kingham Plough

The Kingham Plough

The Accommodation

A perfect village, a perfect pub! The Kingham Plough is everything rolled into one – informal and relaxed country pub, award winning restaurant, and with six lovely bedrooms all kitted out for a restful and memorable Cotswold bed and breakfast stay.

The Kingham Plough sits in a great position overlooking the village green in the peaceful village of Kingham on the borders of Oxfordshire, flanked either side by Cotswold stone properties. It manages to be a friendly and comfortable place for local folk to drop in for a quick drink and bit of banter by the open fire while out walking the dog, and the place to go-to for great food inspired by owner Emily Watkins, with her partner Miles Lampson, and head chef Ben Dulley.

Bedrooms in the main building and up a few steps in the newly refurbished annexe are elegant, stylish and comfortable with everything on-hand including Roberts radios, homemade biscuits, tea from Sherston Tea Company, smart Lavazza coffee machines, a bottle of creamy organic milk from a local dairy and great bar snacks in your own fridge if feeling peckish. Large beds are seriously comfy and the ensuite bathrooms are a place to relax and indulge. Four bedrooms in the main building are particularly good if travelling with children.

One of the delights of staying in a village pub is that it’s just not far to tumble into bed after a great meal and a good bottle of something. Do book a table for an evening meal or lunch during your stay. The bar and restaurant menu changes frequently and everything is top quality and locally sourced as much as possible.

You can be forgiven a lie-in but getting up for breakfast is an absolute must. Freshly made drop scones, home-made muffins with Arlington White eggs and Kelmscott bacon, sausages from Paddock Farm, home-made baked beans, kedgeree, porridge with local honey, home-made preserves – it’s all on the breakfast menu and all made in the kitchen. All diets are all catered for, just let the friendly staff know.

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The Village and Location

The village of Kingham is set in the Evenlode Valley and if a map is to hand it’s in-between the market towns of Chipping Norton and Stow on the Wold.

If the name rings a bell, Country Life magazine once awarded Kingham the title of “England’s favourite village”. Because of its location and surroundings of mellow stone and thatched houses and cottages, great places to eat and drink, lovely countryside and with the benefit of its own railway station heading to and from London, Oxford, and Worcester, with carefully tended hanging baskets of flowers, it’s pretty much a winner. A friendly chap with a van at the station in the morning offers cups of tea, freshly roasted coffee and hot chocolate for morning travellers.

The village is easy to amble around, with a thriving little shop and post office in the middle. St Andrew’s church at one end dates back to the 15th century. There’s also a village hall and two village greens where all sorts of events take place. There’s a hotel with restaurant, The Mill House, and The Wild Rabbit, another great place to stay and eat in the village and lots of choice within a short drive.

For walkers, the Oxfordshire Way is close by and there’s plenty of countryside routes for cyclists and horse riders. Great position and base to get to all sorts of places in the Cotswolds, in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Village Perfect For

  • Stepping back 400 years to visit Chastleton House and location of the BBCs production of Wolf Hall
  • Visiting the ancient site of the Kings Men, the Kings Stone and the Whispering Knight at the Rollright Stones
  • Stopping for afternoon tea at Huffkins in Stow on the Wold
  • Discovering the weekly market in Moreton in Marsh
  • Visiting Batsford Arboretum and Cotswold Falconry
  • Treating yourself at Daylesford Organic Farm shop
  • Enjoying the gardens at Bourton Hill House
  • Finding a bookshop, a theatre, and antiques centre in Chipping Norton
  • Music festivals and village events