Foodie haven taken over by hospitality experts


Experienced hospitality operators Matt and Katie Beamish have taken over the Kingham Plough - famous for its chef patron Emily Watkins - on a lease following a deal brokered by Colliers International. 

The quintessential Cotswolds eaterie near Chipping Norton is a favourite stop for the region’s foodie set. The pub includes 75 covers and six stylish bedrooms as well as bar and restaurant. 

Matt and Katie have worked with renowned 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: “Kingham Plough is not just a wonderful example of a Cotswolds country pub. It is a highly successful business. 

“Little more than a low volume ‘wet pub’ when it was acquired by our clients it has been transformed in to a profitable and busy gastro-pub. This is possibly the leading example of a successful inn in the heart of the Cotswolds.” 

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which attracts thousands of national and international visitors over a long season, Kingham Plough was chosen by Visit Britain to feature in a major marketing campaign. 

“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.” 

In addition to the six letting rooms there is a fabulous kitchen, which underwent a very significant refurbishment in 2015.