The Kingham Plough scores two-star sustainability rating


The Kingham Plough near Chipping Norton has been awarded a two-star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

The boutique pub with rooms, which opened in 2007, is owned by chef proprietor Emily Watkins, who saw her establishment given a score of 68% in the 2015 report, just 2% away from the top three-star credit.

The SRA provides recognition of restaurants by measuring sustainability in 14 key areas. Restaurants are then awarded one, two or three stars accordingly.

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In the recent report, The Kingham Plough scored highest in the SRA ‘Society’ pillar with 92% in engagement with the community and 91% recognition for the fair treatment of its employees.

Within the ‘Sourcing’ category, the Kingham scored 70% and was recognised for serving ethical meat and dairy whilst also ensuring the menu is altered weekly to incorporate a range of seasonally available fruit and vegetables.

Chef Proprietor Emily Watkins said: “We are delighted to have been awarded two stars by the SRA. Working in sustainable way has long been important to us here at the Kingham Plough and we are proud to have had our efforts recognised. It comes naturally to us to source local produce, which has been sustainably grown or raised, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the process of ensuring our business operates in a sustainable way.”

The Kingham Plough will now work closely with the SRA over the next year as it bids to earn three stars – the highest rating.

The Kingham Plough recently underwent a partial redevelopment, mainly the hotels bedrooms and kitchen areas.

The rooms boasted four main bedrooms and three annexe rooms, however the annexe was completely redeveloped to create two spacious luxury en-suite bedrooms – to be named Cow Parsley and Chinese Room.