The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire, opened by Lady Bamford of Daylesford Organics, has been named Pub of the Year in the 2015 edition of the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide.
Launched last year, the Cotswolds pub is described by the guide's editor Rebecca Burr as "a chocolate box delight" which is "stylish yet rustic, spacious yet cosy, it offers a convivial welcome, knock-out bedrooms and, of course, first-rate food."
Previously known as the Tollgate Inn, the creeper-clad pub has been transformed by Lady Bamford to create an understated, contemporary rural inn with flagged floors, log fires, leather sofas and vast expanses of wood and stone.
"The Daylesford ethos champions the self-sufficient, the sustainable and the organic," said Burr, "and it is this influence which is at the heart of the pub - and indeed at the core of the menu. The capable kitchen works with the best organic ingredients to produce seasonal cooking which is British at heart and full of flavour."
The bar menu offers light bites like goujons of sole, potted rabbit or crisp pig's head croquettes, while dishes on the main menu might include hare ravioli or a Gloucester Old Spot dish for two. Puddings range from chocolate mousse to rice pudding with prunes soaked in Armagnac.
"Like the pub itself, no expense has been spared when it comes to the bedrooms," added Burr. "They are beautifully appointed, with rugged wood flooring, stone walls, exposed beams and extras like cotton robes and homemade biscuits. Most are in the main house but there are also four garden rooms, ideal for those who've brought along their four-legged friends."
The new Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2015 recommends nearly 600 pubs, including 43 pubs which have been awarded a Bib Gourmand, denoting "great value cooking" and the 16 holders of a Michelin Star. Tom Kerridge's Hand and Flowers in Marlow is the only two-starred pub.
The guide is available from today, priced at £13.99.