The Plowden Arms


About Us


Matthew and Ruth Woodley took over The Plowden Arms in late October 2012. For Ruth it was a world apart from her previous career in events but for Matt it's been like turning back time.

The couple first met when they were 17 working in a Cotswold pub, Ruth went on to pursue a different career whilst Matt continued to hone his skills as a Chef. Having cut his cloth working for some of London's top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Matt's returned to his roots to run a country pub.

Passionate about history, tradition, and hospitality the pub's offering reflects this, together with their small but perfectly formed team (including Barnabas the pub Basset Hound) the couple couldn't be more proud to be Landlord and Lady of The Plowden Arms. 
Oxfordshire restaurant awards tripadvisor certifcate of excellence

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