The nostalgia of the road-side inn with pub and rooms upstairs has come a long, long way.
The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, Oxfordshire, UK doesn’t conjure up tired, old rooms where pungent travellers rest their weary heads (after drinking and eating too much in the pub downstairs). Far from it.
Built in 1950, The Wild Rabbit was renovated last year to a high standard. With a very nice restaurant and traditional village pub attached, guest are welcome to stay in one of their 12 very comfortable rooms. Their rooms have sweet names such as the Hare, Otter and Mouse rooms.
Every room has a TV, iPod docking station, Nespresso, complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits, fridge, wi-fi, bathroom with powerful shower, dressing gowns and complimentary toiletries. Individually hand crafted beds, plush linen, stone walls, muted colours, sweet artwork. You’ll feel right at home…if your home happens to be as well styled as this.
I’m in love with their whole aesthetic. They really are the “whole package”. I could imagine a weekend away and not having to leave The Wild Rabbit building at all.
Unfortunately, being an English countryside restaurant, they do serve rabbit on the menu, but I am willing to overlook this.
Badger beers had a brand-wide redesign by starting with their Hopping Hare beer. The result is fresh while still being very English countryside. The typography is very playful with strong illustrated elements.
This redesign was done by UK advertising agency Brand Opus.
I’m quite fond of the branding for Shiner’s Wild Hare Pale Ale. The copy was clearly written by advanced lagomorph experts.
Lepus texianus hopus aleicus
STYLE: Classic American Pale Ale ABV: 5.5% IBU: 32
A mature individual stands 9.5 inches tall and weighs 12.0001 ounces. Renowned for its assertive temperament and hoppy characteristics. It has a distinguished heritage, being the product of high alpha Bravo and U.S. Golding hops, as well as two-row barley malt with a blend of Munich and caramel malts. Note the Wild Hare’s handsome red pelt and distinctive neck band, which helps distinguish it from others out in the wild. The beer enthusiast is its only known predator.
Check out this linocut design by artist Mark Hearld for St Jude.
The design is called “Harvest Hare” and the wallpaper is printed in the UK using water-based inks and paper from sustained forests. Available in blue slate, corn and chalk white. Also available in other colours as cushion covers and fabric.
I love how suddenly regal or gentlemanly this rabbit looks. I’ve been wearing a scarf most days, I hope I look this fancy. Tofu the bunny doesn’t wear a scarf, he has a nice fluffy dewlap the doubles as a scarf.
Hope you are keeping warm this winter!
The winter solstice happened upon us over the weekend and I’m very much looking forward to longer days. Walking to work in the dark feels so wrong.