Monday

[Travel] Lunch at The Wild Rabbit in Kingham


Having had a manic few weeks of late, Lucy, Lopez and I escaped London for the day last week and were treated to lunch with the girls from Angel Publicity at The Wild Rabbit in Kingham in Oxfordshire.  We'd actually been past the hotel before on our trip for Lucy's birthday, but as we were a little disorganised back then there wasn't space for us to eat, so it was great to be back.



A simple journey from Paddington (which Lopez loved) and a short shuttle from the station and we were there - far easier than I'd thought it would be.  Kingham is one of the most beautiful little places that make up the Cotswolds, England's famously picturesque countryside, with sand colour stone houses, pretty gardens and perfectly pruned rose bushes. You really do feel as if you are in a film set for The Holiday 2. 




The hotel is in the centre of the village and is a beauty in its own right. With 12 rustic bedrooms (we saw a middle sized one which was to die for), a bar, a private dining room and a restaurant you really don't need anymore in a rural retreat. We arrived to a lovely selection of cocktails before being taken to our table for the feast of all feasts.  




It was very hard to choose, but I started with the crab lasagne before moving on to beef with gorgonzola packed ravioli.  The dessert really was quite something too; a raspberry soufflĂ© with warm raspberry sauce and ice cream. Lopez sat with us all lunchtime, hoping for leftovers to no avail - meals like that aren't for sharing! It was really nice to be in environment where the dog wasn't a hindrance, he's super well behaved but sometimes dog friendly really means dog tolerant - the staff were so lovely to him, and he really enjoyed he fuss (and the odd treat that appeared with the waitress too).

Topshop shirt / J Crew vest / Isabel Marant trainers (via Vestiaire Collective) / LK Bennett rucksack

I was wearing what I live in for "days off" - my green army shirt from Topshop (I've had mine for years, but find similar here), J Crew vest (I have about 10 of these, more than I should, but they're so handy - I wear at least 3 a week) and my AG jeans (these ones are actually new, more high waisted than usual and feel super stretchy - look at the campaign video with the girls doing ballet in them). Put it this way, after all the food I still felt slim in them!  



Topshop shirt / J Crew vest / Isabel Marant trainers (via Vestiaire Collective) / LK Bennett rucksack

I also had my ever faithful Isabel Marant sneakers on, bought spontaneously on the way home from a night out from Vestiaire Collective a few months ago... the dangers of being sent notifications to let you know they had come available for less than half their retail price, whilst drunk. I vowed never to join the bandwagon and get a pair of these, but then my sister did and they were so comfortable I decided to I needed to cave... I'd never seen the light blue colour before, I was hooked!


Topshop shirt / J Crew vest / Isabel Marant trainers (via Vestiaire Collective) / LK Bennett rucksack

After a little walk around the hotel grounds (via posing in some silly hats in the courtyard) to see the new dog friendly rooms (complete with a garden for Lopez to run riot in) and a great little dining space which you can rent out and have your own private chef.  All in all, a worthwhile trip - we got back to London for early evening and not needing dinner after the huge lunch, Lopez and I curled up on the sofa and went straight to sleep! I'm already planning a trip back to stay at the hotel and trying to tempt the girls away from the local pub for an afternoon to enjoy a country lunch, very doable from London!



Rooms at The Wild Rabbit start at £149, and lunches are around £40pp. 
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Andrea said...

The food looks delicious and the area seems really pretty. I'd love to visit the english countryside someday... i've only ever been to London :)
xo Andrea
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