Its Executive Chef (and co-owner) Emily Watkins has a stellar CV and brings her experience of working for the likes of Heston Blumenthal to bear on menus that revive old Cotswold recipes with brio.
The a la carte changes regularly but consider Watkins’ dish of Pork loin with Hodge Podge Wellington as something of a template: eccentric, locally-sourced and undeniably English, it surprise and comforts in equal measure.
Alongside the more wholesome menu items are some equally enticing bar snacks. Well-priced offerings include Pork pie, Crispy hake with lemon mayonnaise and Cotswold rarebit on sourdough toast, perfect for the more casual diner.
With handsome furnishings and burnished wooden surfaces, this quintessential Cotswold inn is perfectly pitched at the higher end of 'pubby'. Yet the atmosphere, like the food, is never too uptight to be enjoyed.
Kingham itself provides a wonderful backdrop. Captured to a period of Norman churches, village greens and sumptuously wrought thatch cottages, it is a perfect spot for a post/pre-prandial stroll. Thankfully, the small village also boasts a train station with direct trains to and from London, so there's no excuse for missing out on this gem.