The Wild Rabbit

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499 reviews
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£26 to £40
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Worth the Drive
Dubbed The Poshest Pub In Britain, this latest addition to Lady Bamfords portfolio has become a huge hit with both locals and visitors alike. Cosy bar with open log fires and huge comfortable chairs welcomes all. A fine selection of real ales (all really well kept and at fair prices ), lagers and a very impressive wine list await as well as a list of seasonal, classic and contemporary cocktails.

Choose from an eclectic mix of bar snacks to include homemade black pudding with bubble and squeak and fresh eggs laid up the road on LB"s Daylesford Farm.

In what has to be one of the most charming dining rooms, Michelin Starred Tim Allen and his team are very much on show in this open kitchen. A seasonally changing menu which highlight such dishes as Cornish Mackerel two ways, forced rhubarb, turnip and horseradish, dill buttermilk. The desserts will not disappoint and if you are to full to leave why not just collapse in one of the glorious bedrooms upstairs?
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Monday and Tuesday - CLOSED
Lunch:
Wednesday to Friday 12:00 - 14:15
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 14:30
Dinner:
Wednesday and Thursday 19:00 - 21:15
Friday and Saturday 19:00 - 21:30
Sunday 19:00 - 21:00
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Phone number
01608 658389
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Tim Allen
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Parking Details
Parking at Rear of The Wild Rabbit. Some road parking available at front of building but we ask that you respect our neighbours at all times.
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Public Transit
Kingham railways Station is on the main line from London Paddington - Hereford. A bus service operates from the station and the bus stops rather conveniently outside The Wild Rabbit!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 499 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The wild rabbit worth it

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious, though small portions. Only one vegetarian option on the day we visited. The service was slow and the atmosphere a bit chilly in all senses, until the end when the staff so kindly brought a birthday plate with macarons for my husband, who was celebrating.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful birthday dinner at The Wild Rabbit, fabulous food and service. Would recommend.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

V good ambience, tables not squashed together so good privacy and no disruptive noise. Food excellent and service very good after a somewhat shaky start...too many at bar on arrival and felt we were left hanging around unlike the rest of the attentive service.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We had an absolutely fantastic meal at The Wild Rabbit. The starters, mains, and desserts were all top quality and the cote de boeuf was cooked to perfection. The service was fantastic, particularly from Greg, who made us feel so welcomed. He explained in detail about the organic food being sourced from the local farm (Daylesford) that day, even down to the butter being churned on the farm earlier in the week - very impressed. Greg's knowledge and understanding of the food and farm really made our experience at The Wild Rabbit, and we have already recommended the restaurant to friends. We will, of course, be returning for more! Whilst you do need to book well in advance, the food and experience is well worth the wait!

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Food is excellent. Service is stuffy. Wait staff doesn’t really seem happy to be there. Coravin Sommelier wine pairing is a joke. 95 pounds each and you get table wine quality wines. All the wines retailed for about $15-$25. Not what I expect for a reserve pairing.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The newly appointed bar manager (who kindly offered (without any prompting) to remove the 12.5% service charge) - I'm confident will bring new approaches and some innovative service enhancements to the Wild Rabbit front of house team - which will be very welcome indeed! Get this element right - and it could be great!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We found our starters were removed before we were finished which was slightly disconcerting. That was the only fault we could find with our visit. Otherwise it was outstanding

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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

We tried the taster menu, which gave us the chance to try foods we would probably not have ordered. Each course was delicious. Each course was explained by a knowledgeable waiter, although it would have helped to have had the written copy of the menu also. Nothing was too much trouble, from helpful, friendly and attentive staff. Would certainly recommend and would return if I was staying in the area again.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

Good flavours but portion size could have been better. A bit expensive for what you get.

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Fabulous! Service was great, the sommelier and chefs were regularly around for advice. Food was superb. Especially the pig cheeks and eel! Lot's of gluten free options too so easy to share.

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5.0Dined on 2 August 2018

The Wild Rabbit is a real treat from all points of view. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

The food was amazing. First class ingredients imaginatively prepared. Relaxed atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

First class chef and excellent service. Friendly efficient staff.
The Wild Rabbit team made a special occasion extra memorable. Thank you, highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

This was my second time here, I stayed a few years back and loved it then
The food is amazing, sunday lunch is always a highlight with such good quality food. The service is really top notch and makes you feel welcomed. I loved the meal and enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Great restaurant, lovely experience and food was phenomenal

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Fabulous experience all round

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

We had the set menu which offered imaginative choices that were a delight. The homemade bread was wonderful , the courgette and ricotta sublime and the sea trout perfectly cooked. All beautifully presented with friendly and attentive service.

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1.0Dined on 27 July 2018

My wife and I had hoped to mark the final evening of a lovely week's stay in the Cotswolds with a special meal at the Wild Rabbit. Sadly our meal will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Although seated quickly our drinks took an age to deliver. Having originally sat down at 7.30pm our starters were eventually received around 8.30pm, only to find that we had no cutlery. To make matters worse the wrong cutlery was provided for our main courses and the table was never cleared between courses. Profuse apologies received, but we gave up on sweets, settling our bill and for the first time in my life, refusing to pay the automatic 12.5% service charge. The restaurant had the good grace to discount our bill, but our evening had been ruined. We will not be returning to this restaurant and for anyone planning to eat at the Wild Rabbit I would recommend taking good book to while away the time waiting for your food to be delivered.

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1.0Dined on 22 July 2018

Nothing positive about this experience.
I can’t even be bothered to explain all the negatives - but if you want mediocre food, in a brightly lit room, with hideous cocktails that took 30 minutes to arrive both times, with awful service where you had to beckon them over every time you needed something - then go here!
My stone bass was nicely cooked but apart from that - the food was really really below average.
What a disappointment!
Took the service charge off too which is something I’ve never done before - but couldn’t bring myself to pay for something that was so terrible!

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5.0Dined on 22 July 2018

The Wild Rabbit is a beautiful pub restaurant, retaining village character but serving international quality cuisine. I normally dine in France, so do expect superb flavours and excellent presentation. The Wild Rabbit did not in any way disappoint. The staff were slightly more informal than I like, but very friendly. Wine selection was good, but at English prices, not French regrettably. However, as a special night out, 40th wedding anniversary, I can't think of anywhere else in Oxfordshire that comes close for ambience and quality dining.

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4.0Dined on 19 July 2018

Restaurant setting is beautiful, light and airy with good spaces between tables.
Menu selection was good for lunch, option of a tasting menu, 2 course lunch menu or al a carte. We selected from the al a carte and the food was delicious, and well adapted to be gluten free (even bread option) One downside was the serving time of drinks etc, given that the restaurant was fairly empty during our visit it took a long time for drinks to arrive at our table, particularly when we moved to finish our drinks outside. But overall a great experience and would recommend!

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2.0Dined on 19 July 2018

I booked our lunch on line for 1 o.clock to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I have visited the pub before and thought it would be a perfect place to take my husband. The ambience and decor are wonderful.
HOWEVER..... When we first arrived we were greeted and asked if we wanted to sit our table. We asked if we could have a drink outside and choose from the menu. We were delighted to sit outside at the lovely carved stone table. A waitress gave us our menus, (she was to be one of maybe 8 staff who attended to us). We were asked by no less than three further staff if they could help us as we were sitting waiting for our drinks. We were also told we couldn't order our meal until we were sitting in the dining room. We refused and waited a further 20 minutes before our drinks arrived- it was all I could do not to stop my husband driving straight home.-especially as the Virgin Maries we ordered came with an old stringy celery garnish-photo available.
Eventually we were told we could make our food order from outside and two more staff arrived to take the order and deliver an "amuse bouche". The actual meal was delicious, but again we were served by three different staff and when we asked whether we could have a coffee outside we felt we were really pushing the bounds. A new waiter came to take our coffee order. We were treated to a charming plate with "Happy Anniversary" beautifully written in chocolate, but I'm afraid the whole occasion was spoilt by the endless delay at the beginning and the seemingly chaotic staffing.
If the pub had been busy there may have been some excuse, but there were only two other tables occupied in the dining room and a few outside. I would imagine there were far more staff than customers.
I received an email at 12.44 asking how our meal had gone....before we had even had it!

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

As usual, The Wild Rabbit never disappoints. Food was stunning as was the service. Fabulous.

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1.0Dined on 7 July 2018

I have to say that I have never ever experienced worse customer service in my life! It was frankly laughable. Our lunch took over 3 1/2 hours to complete. There were 4 Managers on duty and although they showed you to a table were unable to actually take any drinks orders!
Our starter took nearly an hour to arrive and when it did arrive there was no mackerel on my mackerel starter! The waitress took it back to the kitchen who told her that there was no mackerel!!! Despite taking an hour to arrive I was never informed of this and they even presented a starter simply missing the mackerel!!
It then took anther hour for our main course to arrive and the excuse for this was that the chef had overcooked the trout!
We then ordered puddings and coffee and were told that since the pudding was strawberries and meringue that would arrive immediately so my coffee may not arrive with it. Fine! however, another 30 minutes later, 2 visits inside, 2 requested to see a Manager they finally arrived, without coffee and without a Manager!!!
The coffees finally did turn up but still no Manager, and despite 4 of them still being on duty supposedly we couldn't track any of them down!
There was a table with Christopher Biggins eating and that seemed to get everyones attention but when they left so seemingly did the staff!
It was so laughable it could have been a Faulty Towers sketch.
The sheer lack of attention was extraordinary! The setting is beautiful and the food is great but the pub is clearly set up for the local celebs and weekend Londoners and doesn't care about anyone else.
After speaking to a local it seems that our experience isn't uncommon and we did in fact see 3 other couples leave the pub complaining about the service, with two elderly ladies leaving mid way through their meal as it had taken so long for their food to arrive.
I haven't been to somewhere that is quite so laughably bad at customer service

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Brilliant food, lovely location.

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3.0Dined on 4 July 2018

We have eaten at The Wild Rabbit twice before , but this time the service wasn’t great ,we had no serving spoons for our side dishes we repeatedly had to ask for drinks and I asked twice for the bill , allowed oil was spilt on the table and not cleared up .
Please do not let your standards slip I booked a long way in advance because it was a special occasion
And asked for a certain table and that did not happen

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2.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Very ordinary starter. Decent steak. Service was really poor: we ate outside and they are really only equipped to served drinks. At the end, they took our meal voucher without even presenting us with a bill. Then didn’t bother to mention that no charge/ credit note would be offered. When we raised the issue, and the other various weaknesses in the meal / service, the response from front of house was “sorry we hope you enjoy it better next time!”. Abysmal frankly. And we heard a number of other customers complaining also. These kind of places struggle to keep up high standards with changes or personnel etc and this place is clearly no exception. A real waste!

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3.0Dined on 4 July 2018

The restaurant/pub was fine but not what I expected after Daylesford. The service was attentive but not very knowledgable. They overcharged me by 3.00 on the bill which I did not bother to query. The food was extremely artistic and attractively presented but not that good taste wise or portion size wise.

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4.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Arrived for early lunch before a garden visit to nearby Bruern Abbey . Welcome was perfect and much fun due to two charming Caribbean waiters. They are an asset to the rabbit! Service after that was a little slow and although the food was delicious the portions are VERY small. Puddings were delicious. The manager took off the price of our spritzers after bread and mayo for the mains did not appear. Loved it overall.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Had the taster menu. Best we have had.

Service excellent and the food was seasonal and perfectly cooked.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Had a really lovely meal on Saturday night. The food was excellent and the service was really good. All members of staff we dealt with were very attentive and friendly.
Would definitely return.

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3.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Pretty good and definitely a pleasant experience - food was excellent, wine was the usual Bamford rose which is good but there is better to be had. Service a bit slow - could be sharpened up. Excellently cooked ribeye steak with interesting a nd original “shredded” chips. Plaice also excellent. Lovely place to eat en plein air in a fine day as was FRIDAY 22 June 2018.

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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

Great ambience and food. Service was excellent and very friendly.

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1.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Inconsistent service and poor follow-up. Our dinner unnecessarily took 2.5hrs. Diners around us were also displeased, especially since a service charge is automatically included in the bill.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

very good. Food, ambience all spot on. Thanks for a really pleasant evening.

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5.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Everything was perfect!

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3.0Dined on 30 May 2018

The Wild Rabbit is a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand it’s worth going just for its aesthetic value...It’s dripping in low-key style. But on the other, it thinks it’s better than it is when it comes to food. The over-reliance on fresh vegetables overwhelms any other ingredients. So a crab risotto tastes more of the cauliflower in it than any crab, and the lamb with basil tastes more of basil than anything else. The service is hit and miss too, with half the team doing a good job and the other half pretty lame: having to remind them of a missed glass of wine or whatever on four different occasions is just plain incompetent...especially at these prices. So don’t expect to be blown away, but if you haven’t been do go, if only for the looks. If you want eye opening simplicity, you’ll be better off going to the Bell at Langford: seriously good food at proper pub prices.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Delicious food in a lively, relaxing environment. So friendly but also high quality food, made with local produce and each course introduced by the chef.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Amazing atmosphere and venue, with beautiful decor.
Staff went above and beyond throughout the dining experience
The food was amazing and loved the seasonal and local sourced menu.
Great value

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