Kingham Plough relaunches following refurbishment by new owners


Kingham Plough in the Cotswolds, the pub with rooms made famous by former chef patron Emily Watkins, has relaunched following a redesign by its new owners.

The pub with six bedrooms near Chipping Norton was taken over by experienced hospitality operators Matt and Katie Beamish in February, after Watkins decided to sell the business after 12 years.

Now Matt and Katie have invested in a refurbishment at the site, with a new design installed in the bar, restaurant and plans afoot for the restyling of the six bedrooms in the new year.

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Matt explains: “We weren’t planning to change a great deal to the format that has made this such a popular destination spot, but hope to inject our own energy and personalities into the business to create a real community hub for locals whilst offering visitors from further afield a restorative escape.”

Having worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Jamie Oliver and Fergus Henderson, and for hotels across the country, Matt and Katie Beamish have just completed sensitive refurbishment of this 17th century Cotswold pub’s communal spaces.

New head chef, Jonny Ponds, formerly of Slaughters Country Inn, Ellenborough Park Hotel and The Feathered Nest, has also joined the team and introduced a new all-day bar menu and a la carte menu.

The redesign of the bar was undertaken by Katie’s brother, George Harding, previously of Benchmark, who now owns Object Atelier in London.

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