Owned by the one and only Emily Watkins and her husband and business partner Miles Lampson, the Kingham Plough in Oxfordshire has become one of the UK’s best known and admired gastropubs.
Emily is a television regular and has featured on all manner of top cookery programmes, ranging from competitions through to cooking demonstrations.
In 2016, she showed up as a surprise judge on BBC2’s Great British Menu, mentoring and assessing dishes by fellow Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs chefs Josh Eggleton of the Pony & Trap and Dominic Watson of the Beehive, White Waltham.
The kitchen delivers an exciting take on English classics, with all dishes produced on site from scratch by a team of talented chefs.
The pub places firm emphasis on local produce being sourced in and around Chipping Norton with the abundant native ingredients delivered daily and transformed into spectacular dishes.
The menu is concise, yet specific and creative with dishes such as hanger steak and bone marrow butter served with braised ale onions, black cabbage and triple cooked chips.
While they are not a regular occurrence, the Kingham Plough has been known to invite guest chefs into its kitchen to collaborate with Emily on themed tasting menus.
Emily opened the pub in 2007 after an extensive career in the trade working with top chefs including Heston Blumenthal.
Coming in at number 15 in 2015’s Top 50 Gastropubs, the Kingham Plough has gone from strength-to-strength with further awards and rosettes.
Standout dishes have included venison wellington with autumn squash and braised red cabbage; and homemade ice creams (three scoops) made with dairy Guernsey milk and are not to be missed if you have a sweet tooth!
The Kingham Plough / CHEF
It is a dream for many chefs to have such a fantastic array of local, seasonal ingredients at your fingertips