The Wild Rabbit

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Wild Rabbit

Silver Award

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 “uber tasteful”. Food-wise, expect bags of creativity as well a sympathetic approach to organic and free-range produce (many from the Bamfords' Gloucestershire and Staffordshire farms). 

Chef Sam Bower has a gilt-edged cv that includes stints at Dormy House, Whatley Manor and The Square and his menu is packed with tasty but simply conceived dishes that allow the ingredients to shine. Kick off with exquisite asparagus, morels and lemon sabayon, before grilled 8oz ribeye steak with hand cut chips and a choice of sauces including béarnaise or chimichurri, and finish wth baked Brillat-Savarin cheesecake with Gariguette strawberries and pistachio.

From the Terrace menu, Caprese salad with Isle of Wight tomato, fior di latte mozzarella and basi or Ortiz sardines straight from the can with toasted sourdough and cornichons, can be followed perhaps by exceptional flatbreads with a choice of toppings that include slow roast lamb with gremolata and grilled peppers, pulled pork shoulder with smoked shallot relish and heritage tomatos or Smoking Brother salmon with pickled cucumber and chive crème fraiche. 

The wine list is naturally tilted towards artisan organic producers and not-to-be-missed Léoube (rosé) wines in summer. Happy staff are both efficient and engaging. In short “the quintessential Cotswolds experience”.

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Church Street, Kingham, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YA

01608 658389 01608 658389


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Mon-Sun 10am-11pm


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4 Reviews 

Mark D

02 January 2024  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Understated Class

The Lady Bamford style is writ large on this spectacular Cotswold pub dining room whether your table is positioned in the picture perfect dining room with open fire and open kitchen or out on the terrace. The car park is routinely packed with 4x4s from Notting Hill or those of the smart Chipping Norton set. Leoube wines feature prominently on a well chosen list and food is a parade of upscale modern British classics, think scallop ceviche, smoked venison or ribeye steak. Sides and puds bump the prices up while events in the private room are a tour de force.     

David H

26 November 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
A surprisingly good lunch.
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.


21 March 2018  
Great food and wonderful service in a relaxed but sophisticated setting.


10 October 2016  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
Stunning pub grub and surroundings
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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