This is the first in a new series of ‘Secret Cottage recommends…’
This series gives us the opportunity to share some of the wonderful people and business we believe are well worth a visit if you’re on a Cotswold Sightseeing holiday.
We begin with The Kingham Plough which opened in 2007. The Kingham Plough is described as an established Cotswolds dining pub which has achieved the balance between a ‘proper’ pub and an award-winning dining room.
We love the Kingham Plough because, like us, they believe in the best! For both their bar and kitchen they source only the best local ingredients including cheeses, ales, lagers and ciders. Even their bar snacks have a reputation of their own; loyal fans visit them just for their handmade pork pies! And their numerous awards show testament to their wonderful food and hospitality.
At the heart of their business, owners Emily and Miles have created the experience they wanted for themselves – great modern, British food, comfortable rooms and a relaxed environment. In short, a welcoming home from home experience, with a little luxury thrown in. It’s a warm family-friendly establishment; children are welcomed into the bar with high chairs available if you need them. Families can enjoy a stay in adjacent rooms and if you have a young child, the use of room monitors means you can relax downstairs while keeping an ear on your children. Even dogs are welcome with an endless supply of water and pigs ears for their delight!
Every fortnight, Miles writes and hosts a pub quiz which attracts the locals, while Emily has appeared on the Hairy Bikers and cooked at the banquet at St Paul’s Cathedral for war veterans, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Some of their testimonials are amazing. How about this one from Simon Davis; writing in The Evening Standard. He said “frankly the pub I found is so impressive it is worth the three hours travelling – hell I’d probably even walk it.”
Quick facts about the Kingham Plough
The people: Owners Emily Watkins and Miles Lampson. Emily Watkins (executive chef), Ben Dulley (head chef) Sylwia Misior (front-of-house manager).