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“Proper English & Beautiful”

The Cotswold Plough Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Clanfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $43
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The Cotswold Plough is a perfect example of a 16th Century, stylish yet informal hotel. The hotel is perfectly located to explore landmark Cotswold towns, the rolling countryside and the Dreaming Spires of Oxford. Bampton, home to Downton Abbey, is right on the doorstep, Burford only 15 mins away and is the nearest hotel to Kelmscott Manor home to William Morris in 1878. The Cotswold Plough has 11 elegant, confortable and spacious en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant and a bar serving local ales, quality everyday dining options, open fires and a sunshine terrace for Al fresco dining. The hotel offers something for everyone all year round, with an idyllic charm that allows guests to relax in comfort and there is free Wifi throughout. The restaurant serves an a la cate menu of seasonal mouth-watering dishes. Whereas the bar offers a more traditional British menu and the hotel's most unique offering: a Gin Pantry with over 150 individual gins and an incomparable knowledge of these drinks and their accompaniments.
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

One of my favourite pubs for a special meal. The setting is SUPERB, there is a fantastic collection of gin on offer, a great bar are, comfortable sofas by the fire, newspapers.
One can eat by the bar or in the restaurant area.
The service is great, food delicious and overall presentation ten points.
Best of all, the games room, for a perfect after meal or drinks gathering with family and friends.
10/10

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We booked a table for four with friends on New Year's Eve at the Plough at Clanfield at a cost of £65 a head. The promotion on their website looked good. 4-course meal, entertainment and a magician. Just the ticket!

When we arrived we were put in small seating area and given a wine list. No one offered to take our coats, and indeed nobody came to take our wine order either. Eventually we managed to find out that our table was ready (by going to ask) and sat down for our meal. The food was ok, but from a very limited menu and somewhat small portions. The staff were okish, but the lady in charge clearly wasn't in the party spirit and was functional but not really welcoming.

The pub had a marquee to the rear of the restaurant in which tables and the 'entertainment' were located. The entertainment comprised a 3-piece band, keyboards, saxophonist and singer, none of whom were particularly good. There were three large tables, and it was rather like a wedding, with people you had never met. There was absolutely no atmosphere, with only about 30 guest, some of whom left before midnight. When we finished our meal we were ushered into the marquee, but managed to escape back to the bar for a while, only to be ushered back in again 10 minutes before midnight with the promise of party hats on the tables!! The 'band' got the countdown to midnight wrong - they were 3 minutes early and had to start again!! And then they tried to organise a conga with half a dozen people. The whole thing was awful.

The one exception was the magician, who came to the tables and worked really hard to entertain.

A pretty miserable event, poorly organised. And not even one glass of bubbly included in the price!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

What a strange place, I'm not sure it knows what it is, and thats reflected in the huge menus with more advertising space of what they do than actual food, which is heavily over priced. The staff seemed a little clueless although very friendly which was the only saving grace. I would not return here and would not recommend, you can get a lot better a lot cheaper on the same area.

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This should really be a full hotel review and I will start by saying that the rooms live up to their star status. You will never achieve 10 out of 10 with an old building but the rooms and the ambiance perfectly reflect the venue. This was the venue picked for my daughter's wedding reception just before Christmas. It is a wonderful place with traditional Christmas décor, roaring log fires, old world charm, corridors and nooks and crannies .. just wonderful. It was a small wedding breakfast (16 of us) and we were given a room for the meal which perfectly suited our small party. The staff were wonderfully attentive. We booked the hotel for the whole weekend, having a buffet on the Sunday for about 90 friends in the marquee which was located within the complex and attached to the main hotel. The food was exceptionally good, both hot and cold, prepared and served by three chefs who clearly enjoyed serving as well as cooking. The hotel has a mature experienced management team and several young staff in the bar and restaurant. They are all happy folk and clearly enjoy being there. For those who love wine, the list is very good, for those who love gin, the stock is endless ... they are famed for their gin collection .... From the first visit to make arrangements a year ago, up to the day of departure, this was a truly great experience .. thanks to you all ..... Steve.

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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

I've eaten at the plough a number of times in the last 20 odd years and in that time it has changed hands many times. This is the third visit under the current owners but the first time for lunch. Food, service and atmosphere were all excellent, highly recommended!

Thank RobMorrison77
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