The much anticipated Ox Barn is the newest addition to the recently restored Thyme manor and farm in the Cotswolds. Opening in November under the careful guidance of head chef and owner Charlie Hibbert, the restaurant will serve modern British countryside inspired cuisine created with passion for the local land an entertaining.
The 56 seater restaurant was originally built to house oxen on the farm in 1843 and was considered state of the art in agricultural architecture with the roof featuring 65ft beams, each hewn for Douglas fir shipped from Canada. The space has now been lovingly renovated to create a space that celebrated its heritage as well as the surrounding landscape filled with homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs that are celebrated in a farm-based and plant-inspired menu that not only looks good but makes you feel good too.
“From a young age, the kitchen was always my favourite place to be – usually muddied up to my waist after uncovering my latest garden treasures. I grew up amongst a family of hosts, entertainers and cooks and it is incredible to see how food can shape an atmosphere and mood. I am so excited by the opportunity to return to my home and to cook traditional and delicious recipes from our gardens and farm. As a family we have a genuine love of the land and I hope that our guests will experience a real connection to the Thyme estate and the seasons through our carefully curated menus” – Charlie Hibbert.
The signature dishes that have to be tried at the Ox Barn include: leeks with fried Wiltshire truffled egg, roast southrop Lamb with braised beans and salsa Verde and hazelnut cake with poached pears and cream – all of which has been sourced within just metres of the kitchens. As well as serving a traditional à la carte menu, the evenings will also include a set menu with optional wine-pairing to enhance your meal.
This impressive newly restored barn has been the final building block at Thyme, complimented with the exciting arrival of the Meadow Spa in the summer of 2018, the new rooms at the Georgian rectory and the Ox Barn each of which have their very own secret garden transforming Thyme into a ‘village within a village’ that is well worth exploring.
Thyme will be taking reservations from Friday 16th November and will be open Wednesday evenings for dinner from 6pm – 10.30pm and open all day Thursday to Saturday serving lunch from 12pm – 3pm and dinner from 6pm – 10.30pm. Brunch will also be served from 8am – 4pm on Sundays. For more information on the Ox Barn and the Thyme hotel or to make a reservation visit the website here.
Images kindly supplied by Thyme.