On a recent trip down to the Cotswolds we stayed in the pretty little village of Kingham, so decided to book a meal at The Kingham Plough. You may have recently heard of this pub, as it’s chef owner Emily Watkins is currently featuring on this years Great British Menu.
The pub was really welcoming, and we were seated in the smallish but bustling dining room. The atmosphere was everything I would hope a country pub come finer dining room should be. Service throughout the evening was really good and friendly.
I really liked the sound of the menu, not too many choices per course, but seemingly well thought out seasonal options.
For my starter I chose the Cornish Crab, Wild Garlic & Crab ‘Trifle’ with Tomato Bread, Wild Garlic Custard, Bisque Cream. Lee went for the Duck Liver Parfait, Carrot Marmalade, Dandelion & Carrot Salad, Toasted Brioche. Now they might not have been the two prettiest plates in the world, by my did they taste great. The flavours in the tomato bread and wild garlic custard were so so fresh and the brown crab pureé set it off perfectly. The parfait was smooth and creamy with a really rich flavour and the unusual salad ingredients with a slight pickle cut through that really well.
For the main course we both went for the Cotswold Spring Lamb Loin & Shepherds Pie Baby Carrots, Mint Jelly.
Again, this lamb dish had the flavours spot on. The lamb was perfectly pink, a delicious shepherd pie with just the right amount of creamy mash on top, really flavoursome baby carrots and the mint jelly and jus were also just right.
Moving on to puddings – Lee had the Spring Pudding of Strawberry & Rhubarb
Buttermilk Sorbet with Strawberry & Rhubarb Ripple while I went for the Hot Chocolate Doughnuts & Crunchy Nut Cornflake Ice Cream. Lee’s pud was the only course all night we didn’t rave about, although it was perfectly nice. My doughnuts again were spectacular, and the crunchy nut cornflake ice cream was ingenious, and one of the tastiest both Lee and I have eaten anywhere. I guess it helps that Crunchy Nut Cornflakes are our breakfast cereal of choice!
A thoroughly enjoyable meal, perfectly meeting that difficult balance between great pub food and fine dining in our opinion. A definite one to check out if your planning a visit to the Cotswolds.
Have you been to The Kingham Plough? Id love to hear your opinions and any other recommendations for the Cotswolds
The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YD
Disclosure: We paid for our own meal, and all opinions expressed are honest and our own