Hopping seven places in the 2021 list, the Wild Rabbit in Chipping Norton is owned by Lady Bamford, who also runs Daylesford organic café, deli, cookery school and spa complex near the pub.
The restaurant marries traditional British country-dining with more modern, urban touches. The kitchen is open so diners can see for themselves how food is prepared, for example, while the charcuterie counter has become a focal point.
Additionally, 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 household names. Bar food can also be ordered from blackboards, which are tweaked daily, as well as the restaurant menu.
The large log fires and worn leather armchairs offer a cosy bolthole on wintry days, while in summer, the outside tables offer views of the beautiful parish church and provide the perfect spot for relaxing under a parasol.
The Wild Rabbit has 12 rooms located in the main building and four dog-friendly garden rooms with lovely dog beds available on request. The Rabbit is the largest suite boasting its own study area complete with a desk and armchairs.
What’s more, each bed is handmade with elegant four-posters in The Rabbit and The Deer, while the Hedgehog family suite bristles with bunk beds for children and cots available on request.
The Wild Rabbit also boasts five beautifully furnished, self-contained cottages that are located a short walk away from the main building. These sleep four and have two double or twin bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with AGA, eating area and sitting room with open fire or log burning stove.
All rooms have Wi-Fi, Smart TV, Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking station, hair dryer, wall safe and Volga linen bathrobes.