Travel: The Wild Rabbit

Nestled in the quintessentially British, Cotswolds village of Kingham you’ll find Michelin awarded restaurant with rooms, The Wild Rabbit. We recently featured Bamford and this beautiful dining experience also comes as part of Lady Carole Bamford’s intriguing group.

The Wild Rabbit prides itself on its locally sourced, seasonal food.  Chef Tim Allen, previously Chef Patron at Michelin-starred Launceston Place in Kensington, joined The Wild Rabbit in October 2015, swapping city life for the country.

Allen imparts his own distinctive style on both the bar and dining room menus. His seasonal dishes celebrate everything that is great about local produce and with The Wild Rabbit being at the heart of the Daylesford Estate, he is spoilt with their quality organic meat, fruit and vegetables available right on the doorstep.

We stopped by for lunch on a sunny spring day recently and enjoyed a salad of vegetables prepared several ways, whipped goats curd with honey reduction, followed by grated chestnuts, roasted mushrooms, Parmesan air and crispy Daylesford kale. We concluded our visit with the divine Leaf Lemon – Amalfi lemon cream, granita, iced curd and meringues (alone worth the trip!).

The restaurant combines traditional British country-style dining with more modern, urban touches. Sunlight pours in to the formal dining room and we adored the array of eclectic vintage crockery on a gigantic side board, while the charcuterie counter certainly attracts attention. The kitchen is open so diners can see for themselves how food is prepared, but if you’re searching for something a little more secluded, the atmospheric private dining room ‘The Chicken Shed’ seats up to 20 and has its own wood burning oven and kitchen for a personal chef.

Light and airy on-site bedrooms and the nearby self-catering cottages echo the style of nearby Bamford Haybarn Spa and the farm shop at Daylesford, combining pared down rustic style and handmade touches with absolute luxury. The furnishings and bed linen have all been carefully chosen to ensure a great night’s rest.  Rooms have different colour palettes but all incorporate traditional Cotswold stone.  Each room also has an individual bathroom that is of course filled with Bamford Bath & Body products.

With Lady Carole Bamford’s collection of beautiful sites in the area, you’re simply spoiled for choice on reasons to visit the Cotswolds.

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