The Kingham Plough – Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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Who can resist popping into a traditional English pub on a village green? On entering The Kingham Plough you would think: so far, so traditional. There’s real ale on tap, real locals on the wooden benches, scotch eggs and chips on the blackboard menu, and steak and kidney pie on the specials. Except there’s a twist – dining here is not your typical pub, or even gastro-pub, fare. Co-owner Emily Watkins, formerly with Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, is in the kitchen with numerous awards under her belt. Foodies flock here for her highly creative interpretations of bygone British dishes, often based on old Cotswold recipes. They then stay on for the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere she and her husband, Miles Lampson, have maintained throughout the pub – in the bar and dining room as well as the charming bedrooms upstairs, which are all equipped with hotel-style comforts. Eat well, sleep well.

Doubles from £145
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The stunning Chastleton House where Wolf Hall was recently filmed.


At The Kingham Plough of course.


Pop to Daylesford’s Bamford Haybarn Spa where you receive a discount if you are staying at the hotel.


Guests should sample one of the in-house speciality cocktails, perhaps a delicious Gusbourne Royale, featuring English White Heron Cassis and Gusbourne sparkling wine.

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