Daylesford Organic has become an institution, first starting life as a farm shop in the sleepy Costwold village of Kingham before expanding well beyond the confines of London – to as far a field as Tokyo, in fact, where they have a franchise store.
The Wild Rabbit is Lady B’s latest project that I made it to for lunch, not so long ago, on a gorgeous and somewhat rare English summer’s day.
A reinvention of a traditional English pub or, dare I say it, possibly one of the most overused words in the English language: gastropub. The Wild Rabbit has been open for a few years and she has done it up unsurprisingly brilliantly.
Poppy and Daffodil would have heartily approved of the jar of dog biscuits by the till…
We took refuge under a giant parasol outside at the front and ordered from their bar menu (the full menu is only possible if sitting inside or under the burning sun out the back).
The food was excellent: cucumber coolers upon arrival (their signature, non-alcoholic cocktail of sparkling water, cucumber and a dash of elderflower – we had windy post-lunch roads to negotiate), we then shared a Dorset crab and watermelon salad which was a not overly generous, but nonetheless beautiful, example of summer on a plate:
…as well as duck liver parfait with mustard fruits and sourdough toast (a big thumbs up) as well as a refreshingly sweet chilled pea soup, presented with a beautiful curling sweet pea tendril. In my unyielding pursuit of value for money you will be pleased to hear that, although technically a garnish, I ate that too.
Extra points for the fact that ingredients are organic, picked from their own garden no less, and that they also support local farmers and champion British produce. Hear, hear.
For more info, visit their website here.