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What we do

The Wild Rabbit is part of Daylesford Organic farm, one of the most sustainable farms in the UK. The principles that have guided Daylesford farm for over 40 years are also at the heart of everything that we do at The Wild Rabbit. We are passionate about using the finest seasonal ingredients in our kitchens and we take pride in providing our guests with a memorable experience in a warm and welcoming place that feels like home.

Joining our team is an opportunity to experience the many roles within the hospitality business, gaining invaluable knowledge of food, drinks and service. We hire personality and a great attitude, we don’t believe in recruiting ‘waiters’, ‘housekeepers’ or ‘chefs’, and our organic approach to building our team means that you will find your calling in good time. Scroll down to meet our team and learn about their journey so far.

Our team
Q&A

5 Minutes with our General Manager

Ewan

What drew you to The Wild Rabbit?

As soon as I knew of the opportunity, the reputation of The Wild Rabbit and the ethos of Daylesford made this a dream opportunity. Once I met the team, I couldn’t wait to get started. The marriage of quality produce, sustainably and ethically sourced, is rare.

What makes The Wild Rabbit so unique? 

Without doubt, the link to a renowned organic farm like Daylesford is an incredible string to our bow. We also have wonderful partners including Léoube wines and olive oil, Bamford toiletries and Wootton’s wonderful livestock – it’s an incredible story of homegrown partnerships.

In a difficult marketplace, every decision we make is centred on providing quality and luxury, yet making it feel effortlessly relaxed. 

What has been your biggest learning at The Wild Rabbit so far?

Learning more about the seasonal cycle at the farm, and the awareness of the sustainable ethos has been a real eye-opener. To have ambassadors in the industry like Richard Smith and Tim Field is a real pleasure. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds.

Name one thing about The Wild Rabbit that would take someone by surprise

Sometimes the small day to day elements are taken as a given, such as breakfast – ours is fantastic! We feature our own breads, butter and eggs from the farm. It’s worth a visit for this alone.

What is your advice for someone who is looking for their first job in hospitality?

Always face the guest, scan a room at eye level, and never let anyone approach you – go to them!

What is your top memory at The Wild Rabbit?

The summer season was fantastic – having the “Bottoms Up” bar and grill in full swing, Jerry and the team ensuring the Léoube Rose was free-flowing, and looking forward to specials based around the latest wonders from the market garden was a joy. I am happiest when we are busy.

Notes from the kitchen with our Head Chef

Nathan

What drew you to The Wild Rabbit?

The moment our Food Director, John Hardwick, gave me the tour of the Daylesford farm, I was completely blown away. The possibility for a cook to use such amazing organic produce was an opportunity that any chef dreams of and one I was not going to allow out of my grasp!

What makes The Wild Rabbit so unique? 

The Wild Rabbit for me is a one-stop shop for everything you would want to get out of a Cotswolds experience. Roaring log fires in the colder months, to a sun-soaked terrace, perfect for sipping Léoube wine in the summer; it is a magnificent place to eat, dine and stay.

What is so special about the Market Garden at Daylesford?

First and foremost, it is the team. The Head of the Market Garden, Jez Taylor, and the team are so passionate about what they produce. We speak to the growers directly to get an understanding of what organic farming is all about and Jez understands how best to showcase his produce at The Wild Rabbit. The synergy between farmer and chef has never been at the forefront of a guest experience; it is up to us as custodians of the stoves and Jez as custodian of the field to make it happen and to tell the story of farm to plate as best we can.

What sums up a classic dish at The Wild Rabbit?

We are highly seasonal at The Wild Rabbit. Our Daylesford Market Garden Salad is on our menus all year round. It has staple components that will not change; for example, Daylesford’s Head Cheesemaker, Peter’s lactic Foscot cheese, Jez’s salad leaves and Head Baker Tibor’s bread for croutons. In the winter we salt bake root vegetables, and in the summer we use a lighter approach by serving market garden peas, dressed simply in a mint vinaigrette. I am very proud to serve this dish and am always excited to see the changes through the seasons.

What makes the team in the kitchen great?

Their dedication. I can honestly say my colleagues in our kitchen are first class and the best team I have ever worked with.

What are your favourite memories at The Wild Rabbit?

My first Christmas….it was a whirlwind!

Our benefits

Open Positions

You can apply to the open positions visible on our list or you can contact us to send your CV. We are always looking for passionate people to join our team!

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