CLANFIELD’S former Plough Hotel is set to reopen as the Double Red Duke as soon as Government restrictions allow.

The 17th century 19-bedroom coaching inn has undergone extensive renovations, including a large extension for extra hotel bedrooms, a larger dining space and bar and a garden room hung with jasmine.

There is also a 12-seat feasting room and the garden room will be available to hire for parties of up to 40.

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It is slated to open in February.

The menu at the wisteria-clad hotel - which has been renamed after a character from local folklore - will centre around cooking over fire with an open grill in the kitchen.

The Double Red Duke hotel, Clanfield.

The Double Red Duke hotel, Clanfield.

Richard Turner, who specialised in this technique at steak restaurant Hawksmoor and London’s barbecue venue Pitt Cue, will work alongside head chef Richard Sandiford.

There will be a 14-seat kitchen counter where guests can eat at the heart of the action while watching the chefs cook.

The bedrooms have all been decorated individually using British and local designers with bespoke pieces mixed with antiques sourced from markets and dealers.

The sinks and baths are handmade with the taps made using techniques dating back to the 1800s.

Artist’s impression of one of the new hotel bedrooms

Artist’s impression of one of the new hotel bedrooms

The new general manager is Sion Hamilton, 39, who among other roles has worked with Tom Aikens and Gordon Ramsay.

After some 20 years in London, he and his girlfriend and new dog have set up home in Bampton.

As the Cotswold Plough, the hotel was owned by Martin and Chrissie Agius for 15 years until they decided to focus on their gin business and sold the site.

The new hotel is owned by Sam and Georgie Pearman’s Country Creatures business, which focusses on creating restaurants, inns and hotels.

Owners and husband and wife duo, Sam and Georgie Pearman

Owners and husband and wife duo, Sam and Georgie Pearman

They also operate the Chequers in Churchill and the award-winning Swan pub with rooms in Ascott-under-Wychwood.

The Pearmans formerly owned the Cotswold hotel and restaurant group the Lucky Onion.

They left the company in 2017 to concentrate on other ventures.

The group is now owned and run by Julian Dunkerton, the co-founder and former chief executive of fashion chain Superdry.

Posting on Instagram, Georgie Pearman, who has taken the lead on the design of the bedrooms, said the hotel will showcase “brilliant British craftspeople, artisans and companies”.

Mr Hamilton said: “I am really keen to immerse myself in the area. We are working with local schools with the aim of becoming a hub.

“I know the Cotswolds and was quite keen to move here. This is a good opportunity and a really exciting project.”

The Double Red Duke was flagged up by food critic Jay Rayner in The Observer as one of the new openings to look out for in 2021.

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