Emily Watkins, chef patron and owner of foodie haven in the Cotswolds, The Kingham Plough, has sold the business after almost 12 years.
The chef, who prior to acquiring The Plough Inn, as it was then known, worked with the likes of Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck, is to move on to new pastures with her husband Miles Lampson and four children, handing over the reins of the business to experienced hospitality operators Matt and Katie Beamish.
Watkins acquired the property in 2007 and transformed the business into a profitable gastropub, which has since been recognised with several awards.
The pub includes 75 covers and six bedrooms as well as a bar and restaurant.
The kitchen underwent a significant refurbishment in 2015.
Matt and Katie Beamish have worked with chefs Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson in hotels across the country – and had been searching for a foodie pub in the Cotswolds for several years.
Matt said: “We took our time to find the right one and this is it.
“It is pretty much there. We aren’t planning to change a great deal about it other than bringing our personalities and energy to freshen it up a little.
“What we are hoping to do is open the doors to villagers and people in the area and inviting them to come and say hello.”
Peter Brunt, director, Hotels Agency, Colliers International, said: “Having advised Emily Watkins and her husband Miles Lampson for more than a decade in relation to property issues at The Plough I will miss them both very much,” says Peter Brunt.
“However, I am delighted to have found such a perfect tenant for them and I look forward to seeing Matt build on the substantial legacy that he has been left by these exceptional operators.”