The Kingham Plough - Cotswolds
May has to be my favourite month of the year; not only is it generously sandwiched between two bank holiday weekends, but summer happens to be just around the corner. Ice cream season is upon us people!
Having mentioned bank holiday weekends, we have one fast approaching. If you haven't made any table reservations for this Spring bank holiday weekend, and happen to be holidaying in the Cotswolds, then get your phone at the ready. The Kingham Plough, in Kingham (believe it or not!) is certainly worth a visit. The food served up in this cosy, award-winning pub is simply outstanding! To avoid disappointment, you will need to book up in advance though. Fingers crossed all the tables haven't been taken already.
From the exterior, The Kingham Plough could be mistaken for just another pretty country pub, nestled in another picture perfect village in the Cotswolds. However, the kitchen here is a "serious restaurant workplace." Chef proprietor, Emily Watkins, opened the kitchen in 2007, after having worked for Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in Bray. So the food fashioned up here is by no means your "typical gastro-pub fare." Anything but in fact! It is "inspirationally modern British and multi-award winning." Worth journeying across country to? Yes, most definitely yes.
Upon entering the pub, Scott and I could see that nearly every seat was occupied by locals and tourists alike, filling the air with conversation, only to be intermittently broken by the woof of a punter's dog! We soon took our seats, tucked in a corner, close to the bar and a crackling fire. It wasn't long before a helping of 'Local Cereal Bread' and a wedge of richly churned, gloriously yellow butter arrived to our table.
Having dined heartily at The Old Spot restaurant the night before, we knew already we would be opting out of desserts this lunchtime. However, we decided straight away that starters would not be bypassed! Scott went for the 'Home Cured Coppa' (£10). The sweetest yet saltiest cured pork, wrapped around a golden 'Crisp Cracklebean Egg.' Sitting atop a bed of vivid, crunchy, freshly cooked asparagus, the starter was devoured in no time at all!
I chose a creamy mushroom soup (the special starter of the day), which arrived to the table presented in a dainty teacup. A generous stack of toasted cereal bread was sat by its side, ready to scoop up all the deliciousness.
Given we were dining on a Sunday, we settled in for the arrival of our proper Sunday roasts! 'Spring Lamb' (£20) for Scott, served with a strong mint sauce...
... presented alongside a leek gratin...
...and, the star of the show, which had to be the perfectly cooked roasties! Golden and crispy on the outside, yet, concealing the fluffiest, creamiest texture within.
My Sunday roast of choice? 'Pan Roasted Pigeon' (£19) on a bed of freshly wilted cabbage and spiced plum halves. A delicious, rich jus married the flavours together beautifully.
Our meal at The Kingham Plough was the perfect end to a wonderful bank holiday spent in the Cotswolds.
Now, it's time for you to pick up that phone and get dialling! All the booking details you will need can be found here :)