The Wild Rabbit
It may been branded "Britain's poshest pub", partly due its owner (Lady Bamford, of nearby Daylesford Organic fame) and partly due to its wildly pricey chips, but the Wild Rabbit is an excellent example of dog-friendly Cotswold country pub. With great organic food, cosy rooms and plenty of exhilarating walks nearby.
Eat: With its connection to Lady Bamford and the local organic champions Daylesford, its fair to say that there are expectations that the Wild Rabbit will be able to offer a pretty high quality of food and drink. And within the context of a country pub, it doesn't fail those expectations. The offerings are all organic, where possible, all predictably tasty and, in fairness, all a little on the expensive side (still, you get what you pay for). Expect lots of artisan breads, nose to tail cuts and heritage breed meat. It is consistently excellent, particularly the apt potted rabbit starter, organic lamb rack with sweetbreads and tongue, and the absurdly tempting range of desserts.
Sleep: The rooms are almost frighteningly neat and crisp (for a dog-owner), so make sure you're OK with keeping your pooch on a fairly tight leash. All rooms are impeccably fashioned, with lots of bleached wood, tasteful taupe colour palettes and brilliant white bed linen. All of the garden courtyard rooms are open to guests with dogs. They are external to the main building to minimise disruption, and there are plentiful treats at the bar as well as a “dog parking” area to tie your dog up to in the front garden, plus big, freshly filled water bowls in the public areas.
Walk: Walks abound nearby. A particularly popular one is more of a light cross-country stroll, to Daylesford itself (which is a must-visit, even if only for browsing). This takes around 35 minutes and runs along a farm track rather than the road so your dog can be let off the lead. Another pretty route loops from the farm shop up through fields and woods to the village of Oddington and back, and takes around 1.5 hours, or you can have a nose around the privately owned Daylesford estate, across walled gardens and through lovely woods.
South West England
SP 25958 23894
Q: Can I leave my dog alone in the bedroom?
A: Yes, but it's not encouraged
Q: Where else are dogs allowed?
A: In the bar area and the front and rear garden, not the main dining area
Q: Can my dog come with me when I go to eat?
A: Yes (and a la carte menu is available in the bar)
Q: Are there any extra charges for dogs?
A: £15 a night. Includes a comfy dog basket and a water bowl. There's a jar full of dog biscuits on the bar.