The accommodation at The Wild Rabbit is literally everything you could dream of – it’s beautiful, comfy, intimate cottages are just a stone’s throw from the legendary historic pub, where some mighty fine food awaits.
So if you’re looking for a night away, then this has got to be contender; the hospitality at the Kingham inn in the Cotswolds, second to none.
And with 3 rooms, 11 cottages and a relaxed bar/open-planned dining room, The Wild Rabbit offers the perfect place to escape for a tranquil break.
If fine dining is not something you fancy, but instead you’d prefer to retreat, lock the door and throw away the key for the weekend, the stunning cottages come complete with a kitchen equipped with everything you could possibly want, including an AGA, I kid you not.
A cosy sitting room, roomy bedrooms, snug bathrooms and voluptuous beds complete the feel, decorated in calm, warm whites, greys and muted colours. It really is home away from home, albeit an incredible tasteful one.
If however you do want to sample The Wild Rabbit’s uber dining room, inviting bar and enticing food, then step over the road for some of Oxfordshire’s finest gastro pub fare.
And there you will find new GM Luke Champion, of The Hollybush in Witney days, presiding over his new domain, ensuring everything runs smoothly for its discerning clientele.
Our stay happened to coincide with the quarterly Wild Rabbit supper club, held to herald changing menus and accompanied by matching wine flights.
Executive head chef Sam Bowser was on hand to take his captive audience through the new dishes and explain their provenance, before we dug in with gusto.
Daylesford’s head of sustainability Will Dennis (The Wild Rabbit is one of the Daylesford pubs) was also on hand to explain their eco credentials, while sommeliers circled with the wine flight. It was a gastronomic delight. READ ABOUT SISTER PUB THE FOX AT ODDINGTON HERE
As for the menu, it was a feast of seasonality – everything in evidence from wild garlic and fresh peas to asparagus, broad beans, poussin, morels, rhubarb and so much more, as course after course rolled in, matched by some superb wines.
Highlights included the wild garlic dumpling with Jersey Royal, morel and broad bean (seen below), as was the salad of asparagus, 36 month aged parmesan, hazelnut (seen above without the quails egg), picture perfect in terms of execution with flavours that sung.
The stuffed Daylesford Organic poussin with creamed spinach, spring cabbage, sage roasting juices was another winning dish, demonstrating such care and expertise.
Dessert came in the form of strawberry, crème fraiche mousse, rhubarb sorbet, white and chocolate and disappeared without a trace.
The Supper Club costs £75 per person plus a £59 wine flight and all of the dishes currently feature on the Wild Rabbit menu. But with the next supper club ‘For the Love of Lamb’ coming up on Monday June 19, you’d better get in quick. https://thewildrabbit.co.uk/upcoming-events/
After such a stunning meal, at least our cottage was in staggering distance and such a wonderful hidey hole to retreat to. Sat in the sitting room, curled up in blankets we put the world to rights late into the night, finally succumbing to sleep in the wonderfully comfy bed.
There was no way we were missing breakfast, a massive highlight in The Wild Rabbit’s repertoire, and were not disappointed. What a bounty!
Everything you could possibly think of from fruit and muesli, bircher, nuts, yoghurts, breads and pastries, fresh fruit juices, and a wonderful breakfast menu from which I chose an extremely memorable kipper.
We emerged replete, smug and full, needing a brisk walk around the stunning village before we reluctantly left, promising to return soon.
The Wild Rabbit is yours for the taking, whether it’s for a celebration, special occasion, get together, or just a much needed break, it’s got it all.
Bantam Cottage costs from £325 per night. For more details or to book to stay or dine go to https://thewildrabbit.co.uk
The next supper club ‘For the Love of Lamb’ is on Monday June 19.