Review of Celebration Lunch at the Kingham Plough

I wanted somewhere a bit special for lunch to celebrate both my birthday (let’s move on swiftly) and getting together with two dear college friends. We couldn’t believe that it had been thirty four years since leaving college when we qualified as Home Economics Teachers.

The other day I posted on twitter that I wanted somewhere for lunch and suggested a short list of two pubs – The Kingham Plough (http://www.thekinghamplough.co.uk/) at Kingham and the Feathered Nest at Nether Westcote. The Kingham Plough responded very promptly (and in fact I never received any response from the Feathered Nest at all which was a little disappointing) and so a table for three was booked for 1pm today Wednesday 26 November.

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The Kingham Plough. Image courtesy of their website http://www.thekinghamplough.co.uk/

Pam and I arrived early and were greeted by a friendly member of staff who showed us to a table in the bar area. I had booked the restaurant but they seemed happy for us to either stay in the bar or move to the restaurant. The bar ended up the quieter option. I had hoped it would be the warmer option but sadly not. This was my only criticism really that it was rather cold on a damp and dreary day like today. I gather the main fire in the bar is having its chimney swept tomorrow! I would describe the decor as shabby chic. There was an upright piano so I can just imagine jolly sing songs of an evening round the fire – once they have fixed the second fire!

We all decided to dine from the à la carte menu and we even managed three courses each! This was not to be a boozy celebration as two of us were driving and the other one cannot drink alcohol but this meant our attention was fully focused on the food. I am sorry the quality fo photos is rather poor but I was trying to be quick and I used my ancient iPhone 3 camera. No money to buy new phones with this eating out I do!

Starters

Salt cod and ham fritter...

Wendy’s Salt Cod & Ham Hock Caramelised Trotter, Parsley Salad

Hot Mackeral...

Pam’s Hot Smoked Mackerel Celeriac Remoulade, Fried Bread & English Mustard

Egg

Judith’s Crisp Arlington Egg, Watercress Sauce, Chanterelles & English Truffle

Main Courses

Pheasant Wellington...

Pheasant Wellington, Parsnip & Apple Rosti, Parsnip Puree, Caramelised Apples & Curly Kale

This was my main course and apparently the last one left. Interesting flavours but I like a fairly well hung pheasant flavour and I did not quite get the intensity of flavour I had expected. The crispy kale was delicious and I must try this at home as my husband is not a great fan of kale.

Hand beef...

Hanger Steak, Bone Marrow Butter, Onion Rings,Triple Cooked Chips & Daylesford Salad

Pam and Judith had the steak and they said it was tasty.

Desserts

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Judith with the Apple Charlotte and Cinnamon Ice Cream. The heart shaped apple crisp went down very well indeed!

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Wendy’s Hot Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut Marshmallow and Hazelnut Praline Ice Cream. Yes a chocolate dessert for Wendy so no surprise there!

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Pam also chose the Apple Charlotte.

We then finished off the meal with coffee which came with a jug of cold milk and sadly no chocolates!

The bill including 10% gratuity which was added automatically came to just under one hundred and fifty pounds so expensive for lunch for three people (especially as it did not include a bottle of wine!) but it was a special lunch so I was happy to pay it. I was slightly disappointed that Emily did not pop out to say hello which would have made it extra special but she was busy so I didn’t want to ask the team if she was available.

Overall it was an interesting menu with some interesting flavourings but was I disappointed? I would have to say ever so slightly. I would still recommend people to go and try for themselves and it is only a very slight reservation which I find hard to really pin point. I gather the Wild Rabbit has opened up in Kingham too and I was told by a friend there is a connection with Daylesford Organic Farm so I should imagine the pressure will be on.

Thank you to Emily and her team for looking after us today and I hope this amateur review will be taken in the spirit in which it has been compiled. I am not a professional food critic but I do love eating out and enjoy good food. When eating out I like to eat food that is better than the food I can produce and this was the case today.

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2 thoughts on “Review of Celebration Lunch at the Kingham Plough

  1. Charlotte Hoather

    I must learn how to make Apple Charlotte, I’ve never tried pheasant. Have you been watching celebrity Masterchef? I saw a bit on catch up this week they were doing pigeon that’s what made me think of it, pub restaurants are getting much more professional. Have a happy Christmas 🎄.

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  2. wendy781 Post author

    Thanks Charlotte for taking the time to comment on my review. I remember teaching children to make Apple Charlotte many moons ago! Hope 2015 has got off to a good start for you.

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