A Visitor’s Guide to Kingham…
Kingham is renowned as a Cotswolds’ foodie hotspot thanks to its two excellent, award-winning restaurants: The Kingham Plough and The Wild Rabbit Inn. The King’s Head in Bledington offers tasty, seasonal food in a picture-perfect setting and is just around the corner! Whilst high-end hangout and favourite of the jet-set, Daylesford Farmshop and Café, is also just an 8-minute car journey.
For those wanting to venture slightly further afield, we’d highly recommend a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a pretty market town just 5 miles down the road that packs a punch when it comes to culinary credentials. Check out The Porch House, a 10th century inn in the heart of the town with good beer and a great lunch menu, before heading to The Old Butchers for dinner; a Michelin Guide must-visit where pre-booking is definitely recommended.
- The King’s Head Inn, Bledington- The Green, Chipping Norton OX7 6XQ / 01608 658365
- The Kingham Plough- The Green, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YD / 01608 658327
- Daylesford Organic Farmshop and Café – Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG / 01608 731700
- The Wild Rabbit Inn – Church St, Kingham, Chipping Norton OX7 6YA / 01608 658389
- The Old Butchers- 7 Park St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AQ / 01451 831700
- The Porch House – Digbeth St, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BN / 01451 870048
Somewhat of a walker’s paradise, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the Cotswolds on foot from the cottage. The Oxfordshire Way- winding all the way from Bourton-on-the-Water to the banks of the River Thames in Henley- also passes through Kingham; a great option for those keen to join the trail.
The Oxfordshire Way – www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxfordshire-way
Cotswolds Walks – www.cotswolds.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-in-the-cotswolds
The Cotswolds is jam-packed full of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. For younger guests, a visit to Cotswold Farm Park and Cotswold Wildlife Park (both a 20-minute drive) are a must, with the Cotswold Water Park (40-minute drive) the perfect place to head on hot-weather days.
For older generations, Chastleton House National Trust property is just 15 minutes away, and we’d recommend that no visit to this area be without a day exploring the pretty surrounding market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water; both renowned for their quaint independent stores, cutesy-cafés and quintessentially-Cotswolds good looks (see below for respective information). .
Daylesford Farmshop and Café is also a must-visit, crammed to the brim with high-end, artisan produce, delicious deli treats and an impressive restaurant. Just be sure to allow a few hours there; we don’t know anyone who hasn’t been mesmerised by this country-chic hangout
Londis, Kingham – Church Street, Kingham OX7 6YA
Tesco Superstore – Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1BX
Marks and Spencer (Service Station) – Station Road, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1JU
Sainsbury’s – 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA
Waitrose – 25 Market Square, Witney OX28 6AR
Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco home delivery available.
Address: Fosse Way, Stow-on-the-Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1BX
Normally Open · 6am–11pm
Phone: 0345 677 9630
Address: 12-14 Market Place, Chipping Norton OX7 5NA
Normally Open today · 7am–9pm
Phone: 01608 642579
‘Chippy’, as it is affectionately known by locals, is a real, working Cotswold market town. It has an enviable range of shops and places to eat, along with regular markets.
The lively town centre is always bustling with shoppers and visitors enjoying the specialist independent shops, including some lovely boutiques, gifts and homeware shops and a well-known bookshop. It is also home to a successful, award-winning theatre which has an excellent programme of plays, films, comedy and live music, and is well-known for its annual pantomime.
The Lido, a popular outdoor pool on the edge of the town, is great for a Summer dip and picnic on the grass, looking out onto the Cotswold hills.
There is also plenty of historical interest, including the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, the impressive Bliss Mill (now luxury flats) and grand Town Hall. Visit the small local museum on the first floor of the 19th century Chipping Norton Co-op Society Meeting Hall and learn about how Chipping Norton became such a thriving market town. You can also download an app with a historical walking trail and local information from Handheld Tours.
At nearly 800 feet, Stow is the highest of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds towns and famous as a centre for antiques.
The town radiates from the impressive market square, surrounded by Cotswold stone buildings. There is a good selection of specialist shops, cosy cafés and inns to enjoy.
Stow has a fascinating history, with the market square once host to some of the Cotswolds’ largest sheep fairs, with up to 20,000 sheep herded into the square for sale. The medieval Market Cross and the old stocks give a sense of Stow’s early history.
Stow had a significant role in the English Civil War – it was at nearby Donnington that the last battle was fought in 1646. St Edward’s Church was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops and is well worth a visit.
Stow is also home to England’s oldest inn, The Porch House, as well as a great choice of other places to eat in the town.
This popular Cotswolds village is known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, with the pretty River Windrush meandering through the centre, the clear water spanned by a series of picturesque arched stone bridges.
There’s plenty to entertain visitors of all ages, with an excellent range of attractions including a one-ninth scale replica model village. In fact, Bourton-on-the-Water is particularly good for families looking for a fun day out, especially on days when the weather isn’t great!
Visit St Lawrence’s Church, notable for its domed tower, unique in the Cotswolds. Take a walk out to Salmonsbury Meadows, a wildlife reserve where you can enjoy natural meadows, wildflowers and explore the history of this farming area.
Bourton-on-the-Water also has an excellent range of pubs, restaurants, cafés and tearooms to sample, along with a great selection of shops.