The Plough at Kelmscott
Hotel in The Cotswolds
Country Pub with Rooms
After staying at The Plough Inn's sister pub, The Five Alls the previous night, we had high expectations of the newly opened country pub.
Sitting in the (very) rural village of Kelmscott in West Oxfordshire, The Plough gives its patrons every excuse to switch off their phones and immerse themselves in what the countryside has to offer – peace and quiet. With just a few manor houses and an abundance of open fields, it's everything you would expect from the Cotswolds. With just the sound of birds, cows and the winter wind to be heard, it's hard to believe it's just an hour and a half from Birmingham.
With open fires and twinkling lights, the main bar is small but cosy with mismatched tables, improvised seating (gym horse anyone?) and sleeping dogs adorning the floor tiles underfoot. Before we reach our room, we're informed that, unfortunately, there's no hot water. An incredible bout of bad luck, yes, but not music to our ears nonetheless. With no chance of a warm shower, we make use of our room by watching TV – easier said than done when the remote control doesn't work. Luckily, dinner time rolls around and we're shown to our table in the restaurant. Paying homage to the original functions of the building, oversized plough wheels have been reinvented as beautiful lamps creating a soft glow to the room and a cosy atmosphere. With the wind whipping outside, we settled down next to the open fire and embraced the seasonal menu, opting for a chicken casserole with creamy mash and a large glass of their house red. Although it seems simple in description, the chicken melted in the mouth while the bacon, sprouts and mushrooms packed a beautiful gamey punch to the accompanying gravy. Finishing with a traditional apple crumble, it was the perfect end to the day and soon all woes of hot water were forgotten.
With friendly staff and an overly-friendly hound to greet you in the morning, breakfast is quiet and informal. Although we start the day with a delicious full English, it's a shame that the menu doesn't differ from their sister pub as we were left feeling somewhat uninspired by the unimaginative offering.
Although The Plough has a few creases to iron out (make sure you take your ear plugs for the night-cappers downstairs), it suits its cosy bolthole persona to a tee – locally sourced produce, rolling fields and a crackling fire. And isn't that all you need from a weekend in the country anyway?
Jessica Harris is a UK-based journalist with a background in fashion, beauty and travel journalism
Photographs courtesy of The Plough Inn
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Outdoor / Adventure|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant|
|Number of Rooms||8 rooms|
7 double rooms and one single room with walk-in showers or bath.
Rooms start from £90 a night inclusive of VAT and continental or cooked breakfast.
Last updated on 16-03-2016