The handsome 17th-century Killingworth Castle in Wootton near Woodstock is as much a local pub as it is a dining destination. It offers the best of all worlds: a rural setting on the edge of a classically good-looking Cotswold village; drinks, including real ales, served in a simply furnished bar; food that is delicious and highly regarded; and relaxingly stylish bedrooms. Having bucked the trend of a declining British pub industry – by turning around The Ebrington Arms near Chipping Campden in 2007 – The Killingworth Castle was taken over and extensively refurbished by Claire & Jim in 2012 after it had been closed for a year.
The scrumptious 2 AA Rosette menu is inspired by British classics and celebrates the best of British using seasonal and local suppliers – with everything from jams and chutneys to ice cream, bread, sausages made from scratch on site. Enjoy a daily changing main menu that might include organic chicken livers, Coombe farm venison, crispy salt cod, and wild mushroom buckwheat “risotto” in the stylish and cosy dining room with its fireplace, exposed brick walls, rustic wooden tables and chairs. Every dish is a celebration to savour and enjoy.
Eight luxury ensuite rooms offer a sumptuous escape from the everyday world. All rooms feature free wi-fi, televisions and tea and coffee making facilities and a mixture of modern and handpicked rustic antique furniture. A complimentary decanter of sherry and homemade biscuits await your arrival. It’s a real treat after a busy day exploring nearby Blenheim Palace and the stunning Oxfordshire Cotswolds!
All in all, this traditional 17th-century coaching inn located on the edge of a picturesque Oxfordshire village has been showered with accolades since it came under new ownership in late 2012.