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“Successfully transformed with no expense spared” – Lady Bamford’s “stunning” and “very stylish” country pub is not just “a lovey place to stay”, but also massively popular as “a really delightful and enjoyable dining experience”, with a high level of ambition. On the downside, even numerous fans gripe about “slow” service, and – perhaps predictably – “they hit you with a big bill”.

* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.


“A bit too Notting-Hill-in-the-country” for some tastes, Lady Bamford’s hotel and restaurant has for some time been “trying hard to get a Michelin star”, and finally pulled it off in October 2016. Even fans can find it “expensive”, and for some sceptics the perceived push for culinary recognition means “everything is very, very showy nowadays, and you need to take out a mortgage for food not much different to cheaper options nearby”. Even so, it does win consistently “safe” ratings for its “stylish and tasty” cuisine.

Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.


JCB bride Lady Bamford’s “flashy” Daylesford-style venture wins praise for its “atmospheric” décor – though you'll “pay through the nose for snob value!”; the food has historically been just “OK”… perhaps ex-Launceston Place chef Tim Allen, who joined in October 2015, can pep it up?

Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.


“No expense has been spared” on Lady (‘JCB’) Bamford’s latest ‘Daylesford’ venture; supporters say it offers “beautiful food in a gorgeous environment”, but there are almost as many critics who find the whole performance “pompous” and “overpriced” – that this is Michelin’s ‘pub of the year‘ is beyond parody!

* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Have you eaten at The Wild Rabbit?

Owner's description


The Wild Rabbit is a restaurant with rooms set in the heart of the Cotswolds, within the charming and tranquil village of Kingham. The building dates from 1750 and after a thorough renovation, The Wild Rabbit opened in September 2013. As well as having a beautiful restaurant and a traditional pub bar, there are 12 very comfortable, individually furnished bedrooms.

The menu celebrates everything that is great about local produce and will reflect the changing seasons, showcasing game throughout the autumn. Ingredients will be carefully selected by the kitchen team for their quality and will always be organic where possible. The Wild Rabbit supports British farmers, heritage breeds and artisan producers, demonstrated by the high-quality meat cooked in the traditional charcoal Josper oven. The wine list showcases small wineries that produce wines that are crafted with respect for the environment.

The Wild Rabbit was recently named Michelin Pub of the Year 2015 in the edition of Michelin Eating Out Guide, and has also received three Rosettes from AA, confirming their place as one of the great places to eat in the UK.

The restaurant combines the traditional British country-dining scene with modern innovative design. The kitchen is open so diners can see for themselves how food is prepared, and the charcuterie counter attracts some attention. The atmospheric private dining room, ‘The Chicken Shed’ seats up to 20 and has its own wood burning oven and kitchen for a private chef.

The traditional pub bar offers an eclectic mix of reasonably priced beers from artisan breweries alongside some more familiar names. Food can also be ordered from the daily changing blackboards as well as the restaurant menu. The large open log fires and worn leather armchairs offer a cosy bolthole on wintry days. In summer, the outside tables with views of the beautiful parish church provide the perfect setting for relaxing under a parasol.

The light-filled bedrooms are named after woodland animals and are individually decorated, with large, handmade and luxurious beds. 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 the traditional Cotswold stone-wall decoration that beforehand was hidden behind the plaster.  Each room also has an individual bathroom that is filled with Bamford Bath & Body products.

There are eight rooms spread over the first and second floors, while a further four are accessed from the garden. The four garden rooms are dog-friendly and there are lovely dog beds available on request. The Rabbit is the largest suite and has its own study area complete with a desk and armchairs. Each bed is handmade with elegant four-posters in The Rabbit and The Deer. The Hedgehog is a family suite with bunk beds for children and cots available on request. There is also the option of adjoining suites in the garden rooms. All rooms have Wi-Fi, Smart TV, Nespresso coffee machine, IPod docking station, hair dryer, wall safe and Volga linen bathrobes.
Prices are from £135 per night for a small double room for two people B&B. Starters in the restaurant begin from £7.50 and main courses from £13.50.

The Wild Rabbit, www.thewildrabbit.co.uk , 01608 658389

Restaurant details

9 pm

Private dining

Next to the main dining room is The Chicken Shed – a self contained outbuilding that is ideal for private dinners or parties. 

The contemporary room has a wood fired oven and comes with its own team of dedicated staff. For further details please contact theteam@thewildrabbit.co.uk

Church St, Kingham, OX7 6YA
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lunch noon - 2.15 pm, Sat & Sun 2.45 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9.15 pm
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