The Kingham Plough

4.4
664 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
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The Kingham Plough is an award winning dining pub with bedrooms. Owned and run by husband and wife team, Emily and Miles, they are passionate about serving their customers excellent seasonal food in an informal but beautiful atmosphere. A regularly changing A La Carte Menu is served from Monday to Saturday between 12 pm - 2.30 pm and 6 pm - 9 pm. In addition to the A la Carte Menu, you’ll find a small selection of delicious homemade bar snacks listed on the blackboard. On Sunday's we do serve food from 11.30 am - 3 pm only.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 11.30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
01608 658327
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Emily Watkins
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Parking Details
The Kingham Plough has a private on-site parking area with space for 20 vehicles.
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Public Transit
There is a local bus and taxi service available to and from the village station (2 miles). Kingham station provides fast services to Oxford and London, Paddington.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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ET
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We booked the Kingham Plough hoping to be able to visit before Emily Watkins left. We assumed she was still there as the website makes no mention of the fact she's already left! Unfortunately we were too late! Quite misleading to sell your dining experience on the basis of the previous proprietor's success.

The service was exceptional, friendly and knowledgeable about the food. The cocktails were delicious. But the food wasn't the standard we anticipated. It was good - definitely better than the average gastro pub - but certainly not the standard we'd expect for the prices charged. And not the standard we'd experienced with the previous owners.

Small things let them down - my steak was underseasoned, as was my husband's duck. My cheese tart starter had a soggy, underdone pastry base. Although the desserts were gorgeous! However, in general the food was a grind of salt away from perfection.

They have quite the act to follow... time will tell if they manage to iron out the wrinkles or not.

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K
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was lovely. I would recommend this restaurant

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

Great waiter. Francaise

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Could not have been more pleasant
Food excellent
Lovely meal all round

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g
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We left a little disappointed with the Kingham Plough after looking forward to our visit.

The staff were excellent and very accommodating and the place has a nice feel to it.

But we felt menu choices were limited, we both chose the rib eye steak which was sold to us by the waiter as something to die for, unfortunately it didn’t impress massively. The steak was thin, came with very little in terms of accompaniments and generally was a bit underwhelming. My rhubarb pudding was the smallest pudding I’ve ever had and it just felt a bit expensive for what we had.

We enjoyed our evening but have had much better food for a much more reasonable price.

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NA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely location and very pleasant and attentive staff. Good - great technique and skill displayed - a beautifully smooth cauliflower soup and superbly textured chicken liver parfait. The burger was really well cooked, very tasty and wonderfully salted and tasty fries. My duck dish, with beef flavoured crumpet had excellent features including a spring pancake like leek wrapped around a shredded duck with Chinese flavours, but was pricey. A lovely pear sorbet and chocolate ice cream. The puddings all sounded lovely if only we had left room for them! Quote expensive, but we would go again and the bedrooms look wonderful.

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RP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great pub with good food and excellent service as well as a lovely ambiance a. All this at a fair price an in a stunning village!

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JD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A lovely meal. My portion of pork was actually very small especially in compared to the beef. But quality was brilliant. Waiter made a throw away comment about us sharing our food . (We love to experience what the other is eating), which was unneeded. Overall a good meal.

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JK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lovely pub in Kingham. Service was very slow, our roasts took an hour to arrive. The roast itself was a bit bland although lovely roast potatoes.

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S
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very friendly & pleasant staff. A lovely welcome & the Starters gave promise of a great dining experience but sadly the mains didn’t live up to expectations. Portion size is small so don’t go there if you hungry. Having been to a fair few fine dining establishments, felt this was overpriced for what we got! We went specially from Stow-on-the-Wold for a celebratory dinner - not worth the journey. Stow has plenty of excellent eateries

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JV
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

We were very disappointed with the meals, I especially with mine. We have eaten at first class restaurants from Scotland to Devon, such as The Kitchen, in Leith, L'Enclume in Cartmel, Winteringham Fields in Lincolnshire, Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gidleigh Park in Devon, plus many others in between and have never before returned home to raid the biscuit barrel because I still felt hungry. Neither of us these days have huge appetites but we both felt that the portions served were the size that we had had when enjoying a tasting menu not from an a la carte one.

My chicken liver parfait was basically a 2.5cm cube, two small pieces of toast about the size of my top joint on my thumb and an appropriately sized portion of chutney. My main course, I can only hope that the other two diners sharing my duck breast were happy. Four small slices was poor.

My wife's soup portion was alright but her fish dish was not what she expected and when the waiter asked her if everything was alright, she said it was not what she expected and he did a runner. He was more interested in joining in with a table of four, where he joked and messed around with them.

Our deserts were not that impressive, a small scoop of mousse on small squares of rhubarb.

Perhaps we would not have gone away so hungry if we had ordered the bread roll at the start of our meal, a tactic my wife says is a filler which we found very common in French restaurants, although it is now offered here in top restaurants.

Sorry we left very disappointed with the meal although the wine and atmosphere was quite good.

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A
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely relaxed Sunday lunch, the food and service were exemplary

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JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food in a ‘non-fussy’ environment. Local and highly recommended. Will be back.

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C
Worcestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a lovely place. Food very good but portions a little small for price

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pub/Restaurant with well spaced tables in delightful beamed room. Food exquisite, all courses very tasty and beautifully presented with none of them over designed. Perfect sized dishes for us for lunch, though a big eater might think them too small. Excellent bread, good draft beer and comprehensive wine list with enough by the glass to satisfy anyone. The lunch a la carte menu is quite short but caters for meat, and fish eaters as well as vegetarian. Between us we tried most of the menu and all of the dishes received the highest praise. Service was good and unobtrusive. Price for lunch a little on the high side at about £58/head with one and a half bottles of wine., service not included; but this quality does not come cheap.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The big issue for us was the lack of clarity of the menu so that we couldnt really understand what each dish comprised of . The lovely waitress tried to assist but she seemed uncertain too .There is a difference between a foodie menu designed to set the taste buds going and a pretentious attempt to leave one guessing . At this price I don’t want to guess and be fed up when it arrives. For us in consequence we ended up paying for deserts which we regretted ordering !

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B
Buckinghamshire
11 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I wanted something special to treat a friend for her birthday and found that this had two Michelin stars so I had high expectations. The price fits and the service is friendly and efficient but the dishes are a bit skimpy. I thought the car park scruffy and the general ambience no different to my local pub - and there was no sign of the chef which I thought was the point of the stars! Anyway I see in other reviews that plenty of people think the place is great so I wouldn't want to put people off - it is just that for me I don't think what is served justifies the price. 30% too dear.

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V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food was nice but it was over all not a great experience.

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JF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, idyllic pub and location. Not cheap though but overall great

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A
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Very nice setting, delightful interior. On Sunday lunch the service was rather slow and the amount of roast beef and loin of pork could have been more plentiful for the price. But it was well cooked and vegetables excellent. Very friendly reception.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Venison Ever! Though all dishes we tried were delicious. Definitely exceeded my expectations and the sofa in front of the fireplace was just lovely.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very quaint restaurant with great reception upon arrival. Amazing service which was more than equal to the stunning food. Would highly recommend... Make sure to leave room for desert as you wouldn’t want to miss!

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GH
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch,Good food,staff excellent,taste amazing we will be back and highly recommend this restaurant and pub.

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DC
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very small menu but good food. Wine list ok...bit limited

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MH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An exceptional chicken liver parfait, beautiful and delicious. The cured salmon is genius

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PF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff matched by delicious food in cosy pub. What more could anyone want. Oh and the Game menu was fantastic value!

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MH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sunday lunch. What can you say? Roast pork (or beef or chicken), yorkshires, creamed leeks, perfect roast potatoes, gravy. Gin cured salmon starter was outstanding, as were the scotch quail eggs. Looking forward to next...not Sunday...visit.

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X
London
39 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal

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H
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, we went on a Monday evening and had the entire restaurant to ourselfs and got very well looked after by a lovely French waiter!! Couldn’t of asked for a better experience, many thanks

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N
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just fantastic love it. superb food, wine and service

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LT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional cuisine for a party of 6. Sublime service. Warm and welcoming.

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TS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food sensational. Service friendly, fun and efficient. Lovely spot in The Cotswolds. Def worth a visit !

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i
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed an excellent Sunday Lunch in relaxed surroundings

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic pub with awesome atmosphere - no pretence - quality food and service

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JH
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was surprisingly good. My wife got the pork pie which she also enjoyed. They brought out bread to the table, didn’t ask if we wanted it, and charged us £4. The bread is good, but I was a little disappointed they did not ask or tell us it was a charge. Dessert was also good, I would recommend the creme brûlée. Overall a very nice place to eat. We went with our three kids and they were very accommodating. It was a little pricey, but worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We ate lunch on Christmas Eve and were really disappointed.

The staff were friendly but all over the place with at least 3 people serving us and doubling up on requests.

We had some good calves liver but the fish and chips was extremely small and the burger served without a single garnish (no lettuce, tomato - not even a properly toasted bun)

We had to chase the staff for any condiments and were informed at one stage that there was a salt cellar in the restaurant but it couldn’t be found.

Such a lovely room/ambience - shame about the rest

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LF
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food tasted ok but the portion size was awful. We thought our mains looked liked starters, and cost between £16-£20. We won't be going back sadly.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food and service generally.

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greg was fantastic and took great care of us throughout our meal! The atmosphere in the upstairs dining room is cosy and intimate, and the food was spot-on. Overall would highly recommend!

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely girly lunch with my mother to treat her for her birthday. Lovely food and extremely amiable waiting staff. We had the burger and halibut.

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