Cotswolds: The Wild Rabbit, Kingham

For my American friends reading this, I’ve got to give you a bit of background. In England, everyone has their ‘local’; it’s the neighbourhood pub they’ll retire to after a long day for a pint, or to gather on Sunday with friends and family for a roast.

The Wild Rabbit is mine.

The Wild Rabbit might just be the most beautiful pub you’ve stepped foot in. Owned and designed by the same Lady Bamford of Daylesford just down the road, it’s stylish without ever trying too hard to be.

It tows the line perfectly between traditional and modern. Exposed stone walls, mix-matched oversized cigar leather chairs, and roaring open fireplaces balance against quirky artwork and mid century pieces.

In the back they’ve got a dining room that serves traditional British food sourced from their organic farm just a stone’s throw away.

I didn’t bring my camera the night we ate here, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the food is amazing. Executive Chef Tim Allen earned The Wild Rabbit a Michelin Star this past year, but it thankfully didn’t affect the atmosphere (or prices!) at all.

Back at the bar they serve a great range of wines from their in-house brand, Château Léoube, as well as craft cidres and beers, cocktails, and little bottles of Belvoir.

As for me? I snuggled up beside a crackling fire and sipped on a Daylesford Mojito.

I guess I really have got the Spring Fever!

I’ve never stayed myself, but The Wild Rabbit also has a couple of guest rooms upstairs that are meant to be a sort of Pinterest heaven.

Now do you see why I love this place so much? If you’ve found yourself a local that you love, let me know in the comments below!

 

XOXO,

12 Comments

  1. Emilia
    16/03/2017 / 15:26

    I love it! Does the Royce count as a local? Haha

    • 16/03/2017 / 15:33

      Haha yes, totally counts!

    • 20/07/2017 / 21:03

      It’s my favourite kind of photography 🙂

  2. 20/03/2017 / 03:07

    What a gorgeous pub Rosalie and the perfect local! I’m moving back to the country shortly and I can’t wait to go on country hikes and start exploring the local country pubs xx

  3. 21/07/2017 / 09:49

    The Wild Rabbit looks so cute! I studied on Oxford one summer and really saw how neighborhood pub culture plays out! The concept is similar to the function of local coffee houses in Vienna and local cafés in Paris, it really builds a special community.

    • 21/07/2017 / 14:22

      You’re totally right about that Mia! I wish there was something similar here in the states, I really do miss the community aspect of it when I’m away.

  4. 22/07/2017 / 20:20

    Great post loved the pictures and the place looks amazing ,, Planning to visit the UK one day 🙂

    • 22/07/2017 / 20:21

      Make sure to stop by Kingham when you do, it’s such a hidden gem and ever corner is more picturesque than the last 🙂

  5. 24/07/2017 / 19:41

    Ahh all of those English/British themed pubs abroad will never get close to the feel of your local. And this is less than an hour away from me so maybe I’ll visit whenever I make it over to Bourton-on-the-Water 🙂

  6. 14/08/2017 / 17:55

    This is so quaint, cozy and lovely! Everything that a good local hangout should be! Some of my favorites here in my region of NC include coffee shops like Joe Van Gogh (a chain, but a great one) and Bean Traders Coffee. Thanks for sharing this peek into life where you live!

  7. 14/08/2017 / 18:32

    That place looks lovely! Would love to go there and relax.

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