The Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards were announced last night and two of Oxfordshire’s five entries were in Kingham near Chipping Norton.
Hopping seven places in the 2021 list to number 34, the Wild Rabbit in Kingham, owned by Lady Bamford, who also runs Daylesford up the road, boasts head Chef Nathan Eades, who joined the team in December 2017, and whose cooking has been turning heads ever since.
Then at number 68 comes The Kingham Plough which was taken over by Matt and Katie Beamish from chef patron and Great British Menu winner Emily Watkins. READ ABOUT IT HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/review-hard-shoes-to-fill-at-the-kingham-plough-but-new-owners-matt-and-katie-beamish-and-head-chef-jonny-pons-are-a-winning-combination/
JOINING THEM COMES THE MAGDALEN ARMS IN EAST OXFORD, THE MICHELIN STARRED NUT TREE AND THE BELL AT LANGFORD
Head chef Jonny Pons has put the Kingham pub firmly back on the map with his modern British dishes with Mediterranean influences.
And yes, for the eagle-eyed, 68 is more than 50, but for the first time ever the “Estrella Damm” Top 50 Gastropub Awards have done things differently to support the hospitality industry by listing 100 of the UK’s best to support the industry through the pandemic.
Joining the Oxfordshire contingent comes The Magdalen Arms in East Oxford at 72, The Michelin starred Nut Tree in Murcott at number 69 and The Bell at Langford at 94.
Top 50 Gastropubs Editor Nicholas Robinson said: “Each year Top 50 Gastropubs champions and highlights 50 of the UK’s best gastropubs (of course there are hundreds more out there) and by extending our list to 100 this year we hope to show more of these unique businesses to hungry punters across the country.”
“And although the pubs on our annual list are voted for, we know there are hundreds more out there that deserve recognition too.”
To check out the list for yourself go to https://www.top50gastropubs.com