The Wild Rabbit

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Church Street, Kingham , Chipping Norton, OX7 6YA

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SquareMeal Review of The Wild Rabbit

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Given that it’s a spin-off from Lady Carole Bamford’s smash-hit Daylesford Organic brand, it should come as no surprise that this 18th-century stone-built hostelry is a posh cookie with chichi Country Living features, rustic woodwork and arty design features sitting pretty alongside open fires and real ales. It’s all “very tasteful”. Food-wise, expect bags of creativity as well a sympathetic approach to organic and free-range produce (some from the Bamfords' Gloucestershire farm). Starters of Daylesford vegetables prepared various ways with pea-infused buttermilk or homemade black pudding with curried pickled-onion purée, green apple, nasturtium and sorrel might give way to Daylesford organic lamb, Wootton Estate mallard with crispy leg pastilla, Brussels sprouts, lardo and preserved blackberries or monkfish with roast chicken wings, Grelot onions and ovage emulsion. Dry-aged steaks from the Josper grill are a big hit, while puds could feature cheesecake with Braeburn apple, sorrel and caramelised honey. The wine list is naturally tilted towards artisan organic producers. In short “a very enjoyable experience”.

The Wild Rabbit Location

Church Street, Kingham , Chipping Norton OX7 6YA

Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Kingham Station 1km

Shipton Station 5km

Opening times

Mon-Sun 10am-11pm

The Wild Rabbit's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.5

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Service: 8.0

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Atmosphere: 8.0

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Value: 8.0

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Platinum Reviewer
26 November 2018

When my wife booked this for a lunch with friends, I was a little hesitant. Firstly because an association with Daylesford didn't exactly raise my hopes value-wise, and second because eating in an old building in the Cotswolds invokes expectations of cramped wobbly tables, sitting too close to a very hot fire, and a menu that might lurch in the direction of traditional English dishes that I've eaten a zillion times before. But when I came out I felt differently. Most of the building has been smartly refurbished in a style that you might call "modern country" and the place is in fact rather spacious and comfortable with not a wobbly table in sight. And whilst our three course meal came to £75 a head including wine and service, I came away with a feeling that I'd had decent value for the food I chose and the "extras" that came with it. My slow-cooked pullet egg in a pumpkin veloute was delicious, these two main ingredients complementing each other very well. But it was a complex dish with a number of ingredients in supporting roles , bacon, herbs and mushrooms that played their part well to make a very satisfying whole. My main course was venison, and this was very well sourced and perfectly cooked. My wife was equally complimentary about her slow-cooked chicken main course. I skipped dessert in favour of a single piece of a soft-ish english cheese whose name I didn't quite catch, accompanied by the widest range of tiny accompaniments that I think I've ever seen. Good breads, and the amuses-bouches didn't let them down either. Service was uniformy pleasant and timely. The a la carte menu provides a choice of four items for each course, and for me , it might have been better with a little more choice; but I repeat the quality of what I did eat was very good . The wine list is broad , tending towards expensive , though there was a decent choice of bottles in the £30's . Our Gruner Veltliner was a good, flavoursome example of what can be a dull wine. Equally the glaases of Californian red with the main course were tasty and stood alongside the venison well. But I do wish people wouldn't serve espresso coffee in glasses! Go back- well its a couple of hours from home so the opportunities are limited, but when in the Cotswolds again I'd have no hesitation about returning.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Platinum Reviewer
10 October 2016

We popped in here for a light lunch on Saturday (in between eating a enormous breakfast and dinner at the Kingham Plough just around the corner). We shared a very tasty Duck liver parfait with toast and crispy pigs head (deep fried breaded squares of rich braised pigs head) with apple and puree and apple straws. We would be interested in eating in the main restaurant when we next visit the area. The bar was busy but with well spaced out tables, roaring fires and all age groups enjoying the food and drink. By the time we left at around 2.30pm the main restaurant was pretty full too, so this is clearly a very popular spot, would recommend booing in advance. The pub is very tastefully decorated, as one would expect as it owned by Lady Bamford founder of Daylesford Organic farm and Bamford Spa - a very enjoyable experience.

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