THE TELEGRAPH, 'Hotel Hitsquad', 3 December 2018:
"Time for Thyme, hitherto under the radar, to shine. What makes it special is that it is owned and operated, unlike so many hotels these days, by one close-knit family."
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TATLER TRAVEL GUIDE 2021 - January 2021
"This enchanting family-run Cotswolds manor has been transformed from a warren of agricultural outbuildings into a slice of pastoral luxury."
GQ – Jonathan Heaf – December 2020
"So far as eating venues go the Ox Barn is near spiritual: a cavernous, lofty space with high, exposed beams that, despite the polished concrete floors and a modern glinting bar, is as comfy as it is cool. The food is shockingly good too: sophisticated and sourced as locally as possible, but by no means intimidating"
FOOD MAGAZINE - Abi Manning - December 2020
Sustainable Staycation: "The team’s love of local heritage, beauty and conservation permeates every element of this beautiful staycation spot."
THE TIMES - Susan D'Arcy - October 2020
"With its emphasis on reconnecting with nature, this bucolic luxury bubble outside Lechlade provides the apposite ingredients for a nourishing break."
THE TIMES - Tony Turnbull - Septmeber 2020
Thyme: the most stylish lunch in Britain A Cotswolds estate is the place to eat this season
OXFORDSHIRE LIVING – July 2020
‘we wanted to create something that embodies Thyme’s ethos and our celebration of nature’
HARPERS BAZAR– April 2020
‘At its heart is a postcard-perfect hotel with elegant stone buildings rising from clipped hedgerows’
PLATINUM MAGAZINE – April 2020
‘Join, head florist Sophie, to create beautiful bouquets of flowers, foliage, fragrant herbs and foraged ingredients that can all be found in and around the cutting gardens here. Never has a British break smelt so divine.’
IRISH TIMES, May 2020
“The Englsih California in Ox Barn is Hibbert's own thing - a menu of picked-that-day ingredients with Italy and a sunny disposition running through it. This sounds simple. It isn't. Some of the finest cooking is deceptive and disciplined, knowing how to coax an ingredient just enough to let it sing as much as possible without losing its character is hard. There is an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill and lack of ego required to make food this good."
TATLER – 13 March 2020
‘head to the botanical-inspired Meadow Spa to decompress, there is something about the space that makes one instantly relax.’
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, 25th February 2020
“The Most Beautiful Villages in the UK ... Book a room in the hotel (the Hollywood-style room comes with a home cinema), sign up for a class at the cookery school or tuck into a feasting menu to share (perhaps pumpkin and ricotta salad followed by a leg of lamb) at the estate’s pub, The Swan."
SHEERLUXE, 21st February 2020
“11 UK Spas Worth the Overnight Stay ... a “village within a village” feel, offering everything you’d expect from a country escape – characterful rooms, great food and a pub within walking distance ... Thyme's spa is an idyllic haven of peace and tranquillity, guests are actively encouraged to embrace the peace associated with country living’.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 2nd February 2020
'40 Most Romantic Hotels ... It is an other-worldly haven, composed of a former rectory, an old farmhouse, cottages and barns – all beautifully restyled”.
THE INDEPENDENT, 20th January 2020
'The Best Spa Hotels in the Cotswolds ... this easy-on-the-eye collection of 17th-century cottages, restaurants and pools is as cosy as they come; it’s the superlative Meadow Spa that’s the real draw here.’
LIVINGetc, January-February 2020
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HOUSE & GARDEN, 15th January 2020
'The spas to visit in the UK ... Thyme has something for everyone, from impressive gardens to its marvellous cookery classes’. Tthe spa does not disappoint, with an outdoor pool drawn from an underground spring, and seriously stylish interiors done out in soothing pale green, crisp white linen, and marble accents.’
CHRISTIE'S INTERNATIONAL, 6th January 2020
‘The Grandeur Scheme of Things ... Caryn Hibbert purchased 17th-century Southrop Manor in England’s Cotswolds countryside and, later, the derelict farmhouse and medieval barns adjacent to it to create Thyme’.
LUXURY RESTAURANT GUIDE, 4th January 2020
‘Discovering Great British Restaurants ... be cheered by [The Swan at Southrop's] peaceful country location, warm hospitality and extensive menu of simple, honest, highest quality sustainable food’.
TOWN & COUNTRY ONLINE, 2nd January 2020
'The hotel’s founder Caryn Hibbert is responsible for the elegant yet playful design of the hotel. Her beautiful illustrations can be found on the menus, lampshades and exquisite Bertioli by Thyme linen, also available to purchase in the Piggery – Thyme’s carefully curated shop selling handmade ceramics and one-off vintage antiques. Rooms are spread across the Lodge, the Farmhouse and the Cottages, each offering its own unique charm.'
VOGUE (CHINA), January 2020
“Getaway ... owner, Caryn Hibbert, described it as a “village within a village” and turned it into a dream paradise.’
BRITISH TRAVEL JOURNAL, January 2020
‘The large Cedar of Lebanon room features a stunning French bateau bath, from which you can indulgently soak away an afternoon, gazing out at the countryside and perfect lawns beyond’.
THE SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL MAGAZINE, January 2020
‘Thyme epitomises the classic Cotswolds with its honey-hued stone, fluffy sheep sculptures, botanical prints ... charming converted barns and cottages have got more to them than plush bedrooms rolltop baths and open fires’. ’Thyme is also foodie heaven, with a kitchen garden and cosy cookery school – perfect for honing your baking skills on chilly winter days.’
LUXURY RESTAURANT GUIDE, 20th December 2019
‘Great Club Discoveries 2019: Ox Barn on the Thyme estate is remote and understated but does sophisticated fine dining sublimely.’
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, 19th December 2019
'Postcard of the Day: The cookery school came first, along with a couple of cottages, swiftly followed by an exclusive-use manor house and a clutch of standalone rooms, beautifully furnished in a modern but country style with marble bathrooms and crackling fireplaces.’
INTERIOR STYLE HUNTER, 10th December 2019
‘Today the savvy traveller needs privacy, a sense of home and excellent service. This is packaged up and delivered effortlessly by the team at Thyme’
NET-A-PORTER, 6th December 2019
'Best Places to Travel in January' - ‘The historic manor house and farm in one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, Southrop, has just had a major revamp, including a new spa that uses Aurelia Probiotic Skincare products, and the launch of The Piggery, an exquisitely curated shop of linens and tableware.’
LUXURY RESTAURANT GUIDE, 6th December 2019
'A ‘‘village within a village" that epitomises the understated & natural beauty of the surrounding area – a collection of restored historic buildings in one peaceful hamlet which offers hotel rooms, cottages, cookery school classes, spa facilities, tithe barn dining for celebrations & corporate events, cocktail bar, restaurant, village pub and gardens’.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4th December 2019
‘Pretty courtyards, a conservatory filled with herbs grown in the kitchen garden, and views across the estate’s farmland are designed to encourage guests to slow down and appreciate mother nature - a theme that carries through to the sage-green interiors and herb-infused waters’.
IDEAL HOME, December 2019
“Somewhere for the weekend: come winter, Thyme becomes a celebratory hub of all things merry. December feasting and festive menus can be found in both the main Ox Barn restaurant and the snug Swan pub, while big New Year’s Eve Parties take over both spaces on the 31st with live music, dancing, and tempting foodie fare’.
HOUSE & GARDEN, December 2019
‘Taste Notes’ - 'Thyme’s Murano Glasses ... threaded with strands of gold or silver for a sparkling table.'
COTSWOLD LIFE, December 2019
‘Christmas Recipe’ share from The Cookery School 'Braised Venison, Walnuts, Prunes & Horseradish.'
VOGUE, 27th November 2019
“Unusual Christmas Gifts: 14 Unique Gift Ideas For 2019” - 'Interactive cookery classes at the Cookery School at Thyme ... a perfect gift for a loved one who is everything’.
GQ, 27th November 2019
'29 Delicious Food Gifts for Christmas' - ‘The cookery school at the glorious Cotswolds destination Thyme is now offering a veritable feast of different classes for those looking to learn, or refine, any number of skills: from bread making to the art of fermentation, there’s something for anyone.’
THE HANDBOOK, 12th November 2019
'15 Perfect UK Winter Getaways' - 'One of the best boutique hotels in the Cotswolds and beyond ... the perfect ‘chocolate box’ stereotype with its postcard-perfect stone-washed houses and interiors that are carefully created to be modern and stylish’.
LUXURY LONDON, November 2019
'Field To Fork ... in the corner of the Cotswolds is a village within a village with an aptly evergreen name: Thyme ... the bounty of the local land is at the heart of its existence’.
HARPERS BAZAAR, 30th October 2019
‘Culinary panache and modern-traditional milieux ... spectacularly-treated items such as soufflé, pumpkin, and pave ... a quintessential barn-dining ambiance and a gorgeous location in the English woods and wilds, Ox Barn manages to feel both straightforward and sumptuous in the same breath’.
EVENING STANDARD, 27th October 2019
'Thyme in the Cotswolds is always a good idea ... a quintessential countryside escape.’
SUNDAY TIMES, 13th October 2019
‘Best Hotel in Central England 2019 ...Best Places to Stay 2019’ Guide.
'An idyllic place to pass some time ... the collection of historic buildings, including dilapidated barns, cottages and a 19th-century rectory, has been turned into a gorgeous place to stay, with neatly clipped lawns, roses climbing the walls, giant alliums nodding in the borders and a vast cedar tree that’s been around since 1750 ... [The Ox Barn] set for a party of Gatsby proportions. Greedy portions of chips the size of roast potatoes to accompany lamb, peas and anchovy or cod with a creamy clam and fennel broth, freshly prepared by Thyme’s very own Charlie Hibbert ... Caryn’s paintings of rosehips, ferns and yellow roses printed on table linens that you can buy in the shop, and on the menus and lampshades.'
GOOP, 10th October 2019
'A long road populated with Black Welsh Mountain sheep leads up to a sprawling converted farmhouse - complete with an airy barn and all the nooks, crannies, and zigzagging corridors you could hope for ... the cocktails and homemade cordials - served in delicate coupes and tumblers - come garnished with herbs, petals, and dehydrated citrus. They’re almost too pretty to drink'.
SPECTATOR LIFE, 4th October 2019
'The best boutique country hotels to try this Autumn ... warming winter cocktails, fireside suppers in their own pub and [in November] a complimentary treatment in the spa.’
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, October 2019
'The Best Hotels for Christmas in the UK 2019 ... seriously smart country hotel ... a wholesome organic affair’
COUNTRY & TOWN HOUSE MAGAZINE, October 2019
Design Q&A Feature on Thyme's Founder, Caryn Hibbert featuring some of her 'favourite things.'
RED MAGAZINE, October 2019
'Things we loves this month ... The Piggery, selling a mix of hand-painted table cloths and handmade tableware.’
THE SPACES 30th September 2019
'Interior inspiration to kick start your week ... fuel your curiosity and maybe even influence your travel plans’.
GOOP, 20th September 2019
'A newish Cotswolds destination in tiny Southrop — wraps everything you could want into one tidy, Georgian-style bundle ... book a few master classes at Thyme’s superb cooking school to take a taste of the Gloucestershire countryside home with you.'
COUNTRY LIFE MAGAZINE, 18th September 2019
'Cotswold Cornucopia: the best interiors boutiques in the Cotswolds ... Thyme started life as a cookery school but has evolved into a country-house hotel set in 150-acres, with a restaurant, spa and pub.’
AIRMAIL, 18th September 2019
‘Caryn has sprinkled her fairy dust over the pub, the Swan, and several manor houses; restored the Ox Barn into a fabulous, healthy restaurant; planted vegetable and flower gardens; and created a charming spa, with a swimming pool worthy of Beverly Hills – without the vulgarity’.
OLIVE MAGAZINE, 11th September 2019
'Thyme is a family-run operation in the pretty Cotswolds village of Southrop that encompasses a 31-bedroom hotel, a spa, cookery school and a village pub ... former oxen house with striking archways and exposed beams, serves seasonal British dishes that make the most of a kitchen garden and eggs laid by Thyme’s own chickens.'
FT HOW TO SPEND IT, 7th September 2019
‘Thyme Immemorial: The haute rustique hospitality at Thyme amid the pastoral poetry of the Cotswolds extends to a splendid pub and Charlie Hibbert’s Ox Barn – where everything is delicious ... Wafer-thin crostini were loaded with shaved raw asparagus, sweetly crumbly ricotta and the salty kick of anchovy; more asparagus was served à la polonaise with sautéed crumbs and chopped egg, copiously flecked with parsley’.
THE INDEPENDENT, 5th September 2019
'Five minutes with ... Charlie Hibbert. Based in the sleepy Cotswold village of Southrop, one family has created a beautiful and sustainable hotel and restaurant. Lizzie Rivera meets the chef at the helm'
ABSOLUTELY KENSINGTON & CHELSEA, September 2019
'The Spa embodies the very essence of Thyme – a considered tranquillity inspired by and infused by nature ... rooms at Thyme combine traditional rural charm with contemporary comfort, ensuring everything stays elegantly upscale without veering into twee'.
COUNTRY & TOWN HOUSE MAGAZINE, September 2019
Thyme have added 'garden cottages, Ox Barn restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and the rustic yet-refined Meadow Spa. You enter it through a greenhouse and it’s a breath of fresh Aurelia Probiotic Skincare air ... this destination estate is a very personal family project’.
HOMES & GARDENS, September 2019
The Piggery is 'filled with one-off antique treasures and consciously sourced artisanal products inspired by Thyme’s land-loving ethos, you can now take away a fitting memento.'
LIVING etc, September 2019
'Thyme comprises just about everything your dream rural escape would have. A cosy boutique hotel, kitchen garden, village pub, endless gardens, and, now, a boutique crammed with covetable handcrafted products.'
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, 30 August 2019
‘The 15 Best Restaurants Serving Game in the UK: the Ox Barn .... set in the 19th-century former oxen house, the kitchen is overseen by Charlie Hibbert – son of owner Caryn, he got his classic British training in kitchens including Quo Vadis before heading back to the family fold’.
TATLER, 21 August 2019
'Thyme: It’s not a hotel, it’s an entire village ... a harmonious relationship with the countryside is at the heart of all things Thyme.'
THE TIMES, 17th August 2019
'It’s quirky and beautifully done out, with former lambing sheds turned into the cool Baa bar (featuring life size sheep seats) and a new restaurant in the large Ox Barn. Five garden rooms have been added to the existing 26 at the hotel, which is very environmentally friendly.'
EVENING STANDARD, 13 August 2019
‘This sprawling country pile leaves you with little inclination to venture beyond its 150-acre estate, save from a trip (or two) to its cosy pub The Swan. Its on-site farm, lush kitchen garden and tennis courts add to the outdoorsy charm, while those who have had their fill of fresh air will be rewarded by home-grown feasts at the Ox Barn restaurant and botanical cocktails at The Baa, complete with fluffy sheep seats.’
SUITCASE MAGAZINE, August 2019
'Ramble along the garden path to the Meadow Spa, passing over honeycombed pistachio-and-white tiling en route to Meadow Cottage’s treatment rooms. On entering the greenhouse reception, stop briefly at the water bar (for a sip of something with a cucumber twist) while you fill out your consultation form. Post-treatment, take a dip in the open-air, pure water swimming pool and a hot spring-water tub.'
THE ENGLISH HOME, August 2019
‘Tranquillity and harmony with nature can be found at Thyme, a welcoming countryside retreat nestled in the Cotswolds village of Southrop ... soothing natural colour palette blurs the boundary between outside and in, and a sustainable ethos permeates throughout.’
HOUSE & GARDEN, August 2019
‘Weekend Treats ’... ‘Thyme ticks all the boxes for a short break’
COUNTRY LIFE, 31 July 2019
‘The Piggery ... sells linens, handmade sheep seats and, soon to be launched, clothing. Fabrics, painted by Thyme’s founder and creative director Caryn Hibbert, depict the flora and fauna from the estate’s wild spaces, including Ferns and Wild Roses.'
COUNTRY HOMES & INTERIORS, July 2019
'A Weekend Away at Thyme’ ... ‘today the estate contains everything from a luxurious hotel and rustic spa, to a working farm, country pub and the cookery school, which is popular as ever ... the newest addition to Thyme is Ox Barn, a casual, contemporary dining room with low hanging beams and emerald-hued seating by Ochre’.
HOMES & ANTIQUES, July 2019:
‘Thyme is a must-visit retreat for those invested in beautiful countryside, delicious food and seriously stylish interiors.'
THE WEEK, 26 June 2019
Thyme Review: the Cotswolds, Perfected “Thyme offers the ultimate Cotswolds experience ... the quality of the on-site Ox Barn restaurant makes leaving Thyme in search of food an entirely redundant proposition’.
'Thyme is a postcard-pretty cluster of 17th century and ivy-coated buildings with the glorious Cotswolds as its backdrop.' 6 June 2019
'The Ox Barn sees chef Charlie Hibbert put his experience at London’s historic Quo Vadis to good use.’ 5 June 2019
ABSOLUTELY MAMA, June 2019:
‘Best for a Babymoon ... the vibe is one of quiet sophistication and rural tranquillity, with no children permitted – so it’s ideal for a babymoon or date break’.
MARIE CLARE, June 2019:
Lifestyle Envy's ‘favourite foodie boltholes’ ... 'at Thyme all the vegetables, herbs and eggs come straight from the kitchen garden and farm.’
BRIDES MAGAZINE, June 2019:
'Why book just a room when you can have an entire village at you fingertips ... '
THE INDEPENDENT, 21 May 2019:
'10 of the Best Cotswold Hotels' ...
ELLE WEDDING (Germany), Summer 2019:
‘Royal Retreats’ .... ‘sustainability and country love are the nuts and bolts at Thyme.’
VOGUE ONLINE, May 2019:
‘8 British Hotels That Are Too Luxurious To Leave' ...
SHEERLUXE MAGAZINE, 14 May 2019:
Thyme ‘has incorporated pastels, floral wallpapers, antique furniture and endless fireplaces giving the whole places an undeniably inviting and relaxed aurora ... [The Ox Barn] is very much ‘of the land’, the menu is small – four or five starters and mains but something for everyone all made from seasonal produce from their farm. Sitting under the glass roof with the sun pouring through you’ll appreciate what a triumph it is’.
THE GUARDIAN ONLINE, May 2019:
Anna Jones takes inspiration from the Ox Barn in her 'spring vegetables recipe round up' ... ‘the asparagus we ate was from Wye Valley and came with chef Charlie Hibbert’s riff on the classic French polonaise.’
COTSWOLD LIVING, May 2019:
'It is a way of living and an extension of our family home. It's really personal, it is our ‘village within a village’
GOODHOUSEKEEPING, May 2019:
‘Wild spaces are lovingly cared for to retain their character, and roses burst from doorways everywhere. The spa has a botanical feel – wander through the garden to the prettily tiled Greenhouse reception before being taken to Meadow Cottage for your bespoke treatment.’
WAITROSE HEALTH MAGAZINE, Spring/Summer:
Meadow Spa feature in ‘Restorative Travel' ... 'green is the colour, symbolises renewal, good luck and good health’
SPHERE MAGAZINE, Spring Edition:
'On the constant quest to find the perfect escape from London, Thyme might just be the perfect spot.'
LUXURY LONDON, April 2019:
'In a corner of the English countryside is a village within a village with the aptly evergreen name of Thyme; showcasing the bounty of the local land is at the heart of this hotel’s existence.'
BBC RADIO LONDON, 28th April 2019:
Juliet Kinsman ... ‘everything feels so considered.’
VOGUE ONLINE, 19th April 2019:
‘The Vogue Edit: What We’re Loving This Week’ ... ‘thoroughly jealous of the pictures of delicious morsels from the seasonal cooking classes.’
COUNTRY LIFE, 17 April 2019:
‘The Meadow spa, located in the hotel’s Greenhouse, is immediately calming – warm, but not stuffy, with fresh botanicals set around the room, instilling a lovely sense of tranquillity.'
THE HANDBOOK, 15 April 2019:
'7 Reasons To Visit Thyme’ ... ‘every square foot of the estate has been carefully designed and thought through, and what they have succeeded in doing so brilliantly here is creating a particularly welcoming and intimate vibe; a village within a village’.
REVE EN VERT, 13 April 2019:
'Thyme to Relax” ... interview with Caryn Hibbert exploring hte sustainable ethos behind our 'village within a village'
LIVING ETC MAGAZINE, 12 April 2019:
‘Each of the bedrooms has an individual feel and takes inspiration from the botanical names that they have been given such as Lemonbalm, Mallow and English Rose’.
SPECTATOR LIFE, 11 April 2019:
'[The Ox Barn] delivering a slightly more refined version of the British-Italian fare favoured by head chef and owners’ son Charlie Hibbert’
WILDFLOWER MAGAZINE, April 2019:
"Taking inspiration from the culinary herb - and paying tribute to the many hours that went into its creation - Thyme is a unique collection of historic buildings lovingly restored to create the ultimate English country destination".
TIMES MAGAZINE, Tony Turnbull, 30 March 2019:
"A huge, cathedral-like space opened up before us: soaring single-span beams, original herringbone ceiling, polished concrete floors, a separate seating area for drinks and a long bar and finishing kitchen down one side. It’s vast, vast, vast, big enough to accommodate a whole cast of Hollywood egos and still have room to spare, yet because of clever zoning, the 25 or so tables never feel lost in the space".
SHEERLUXE SUCCESS STORIES PODCAST, 25 March 2019:
"Caryn Hibbert ... the woman who left her career in medicine to live the dream and create one of the UK's loveliest hotels".
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, March 2019:
“ ... sustainability you can taste, in delightful surroundings”.
THE TIMES LUXX MAGAZINES, 11 March 2019:
" ... with extensive kitchen gardens, two flocks of sheep, chickens and ducks, [Charlie Hibbert] hopes to be largely self-sufficient for much of the year’.
VOGUE, March 2019:
"A collection of chocolate-box buildings in a Gloucestershire hamlet ...’
TRAVEL+LEISURE, March 2019:
"Chef Charlie Hibbert devises menus based on Thyme's abundant garden produce ... all of which had a complex array of flavours as layered and as appealing as Thyme itself."
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, March 2019:
"The Swan pub, an ivy-clad charmer that serves a magnificent chicken pie with buttered greens on Sundays.’
HOME & GARDENS, March 2019:
“The go-to Cotswolds bolthole for keen epicureans, Thyme started out as a cookery school but now better resembles a small British village.”
NET-A-PORTER, 20 February 2019:
“Thyme is the quintessential Cotswolds retreat, film-set perfect and cocooned in its own private hamlet”.
FORBES, February 2019:
“Much more than an English countryside hotel and spa ...”
ES MAGAZINE, 8 February 2019:
“Then there’s the fabulous new Ox Barn at Thyme in Southrop, run by ex-Quo Vadis chef Charlie Hibbert: expect uber-fresh ingredients and wicked puddings, such as quince and almond tart with cream and ice cream.”
DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4 February 2019:
“For an ultra-luxe country getaway with the potential for some celeb-spotting (Richard Madden was a recent guest), look to Thyme, and its recently renovated Ox Barn restaurant. Modern touches include a circular bar in the centre of the room and an impressive open kitchen, where head chef Charlie Hibbert and his team use the hotel’s home-grown vegetables to create seasonal British fare – think guinea fowl with braised radicchio and aioli rather than simple steak and chips.”
BOUTIQUE HOTELIER, February 2019:
“At a time when a hotel’s green credentials and approach to sustainability are in focus more than ever, Thyme is hitting a sweet spot with consumers. But this isn’t just a marketing ploy or following of a fad, Thyme’s commitment to plant-based produce and passion for the land have been building blocks for the business ever since its conception in 2002.”
RED MAGAZINE, February 2019:
“The cookery school is a hit with foodies, while the new Meadow Spa uses natural British brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. Inspired by nature and sunlight, the spa is housed in a gloriously chic glasshouse where guests are offered a home-grown-herb-infused ‘cocktail’ before every treatment.”
SUNDAY TIMES STYLE, 28 January 2019:
“A sprawling mass of beautiful 17th-century farm buildings ... it doesn’t get more quintessentially British than this: the ultimate “village within a village.”
THE STYLIST, 16 January 2019:
“Former home of the farm’s working oxen and now Thyme’s impressive new restaurant. Charlie Hibbert heads up its vast open kitchen, showing the mechanics behind local dishes such as roast Southrop lamb with braised beans and salsa verde.”
THE FINANCIAL TIMES, 'How to Spend It', 5 January 2019:
“[Thyme's] considered, entirely sustainable restoration has been their work of 15 years. The pièces de résistance are the exquisitely rehabilitated farm buildings, one of which holds Thyme’s restaurant, The Ox Barn – overseen by Hibbert’s son Charlie, who made his bones at Quo Vadis".
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER, January 2019:
“And now there’s bright-eyed restaurant the Ox Barn, where ex-Quo Vadis chef Charlie Hibbert, who trained under Jeremy Lee, serves he crispest modern British food with fruit and vegetables from the Peter Rabbit-perfect garden."
THE TELEGRAPH, 1 January 2019:
“For all the relaxing atmosphere there’s painstaking attention to detail, with exquisite results; fabulous flower arrangements from Thyme’s cutting garden; restaurant menus strikingly illustrated by Caryn; maps of Thyme, provided in each room, drawn by Jerry.”
SQUAREMEAL, 17 December 2018:
“The 19th-century former oxen house of luxury estate Thyme is now a 56-seater restaurant, aptly named Ox Barn. Part of a huge redevelopment of the Thyme estate, this is a worth-the-trip-from-London newcomer which gives the village of Southrop a serious destination restaurant from a team with impressive credentials.”
THE TELEGRAPH, 'Hotel Hitsquad', 3 December 2018:
THE SUNDAY TIMES, 2 December 2018:
“This cocoon of Cotswolds loveliness on the Southrop Manor estate has evolved from a field-to-fork cookery school into a swanky spa hotel.”
OLIVE MAGAZINE, November 2018:
"Sharing salads follow, one topped with smoky artichokes and silky slices of fatty pork that melts on the tongue, while the highlight for us was simply-dressed green leaves tossed with sweet, crisp slithers of yakon, nuggets of hazelnut and sweet dollops of quince jelly that broke through the salty, creamy chunks of stichelton that perched on top."
LUXURY RESTAURANT GUIDE, November 2018:
“An impressive, painstakingly restored 19th century oxen house, surrounded by its own land of homegrown fruits, vegetables and herbs; the menus are farm-based and plant-inspired, with dishes sourced within just metres of the kitchens.”
GET THE GLOSS, November 2018:
"Thyme feels a million miles away from city life, both physically but also metaphorically speaking, probably because its heart is the land it sits on. So often we’re told that the key to destressing is in getting back to nature and at Thyme there's an abundance of it."
HELLO MAGAZINE, 12 November 2018:
“Ramble-induced aches and pains can be kneaded away in a flash at Thyme’s lovely Meadow Spa” and “It’s a restorative green-welly getaway with a working farm and orchards thick with fruit, yet it’s polished in all the right places.”
BRIDES MAGAZINE, November 2018:
"From dreamy facials to manis and pedis, and ask the team to help plan your day – you won’t want to miss a dip in the new spring-water pool or a bike ride around the grounds.”
THE TIMES, 3 November 2018:
“Thyme has grown into a country destination, one woman’s vision of a village within a village, with 29 bedrooms in barns, bothies and dairies and a farm at its beating heart.”
EVENING STANDARD MAGAZINE, October 2018:
"Cotswolds calling ... heaven is clearly a spa in Southrop."
FASHION FOIS GRAS, 22 October 2018:
"It's worth it, occasionally, to take yourself out of the fast lane and just cruise for a while. Thyme allows that to happen. It should be a prescription for every big shot in the city ..."
ROBB REPORT, October 2018:
"Even if guests choose to spend their time lounging at the spa pool or hunkering down by the fire in one of the common areas, we’re willing to bet they’ll come away with some of that love-of-the-land feeling—the William Wordsworth–esque, English-countryside vistas are enough to do that on their own."
LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE, October 2018:
"The [Swan] once housed the village bakery has been sensitively restored, and here you’ll enjoy rustic cooking and a family-friendly ambience”.
THE TELEGRAPH & STELLA MAGAZINE, 30th September 2018:
"The food is great and rooms are comforting - think roll-top baths, sheepskin rugs and fluffy duvets ... this is a nurturing haven in which to step off life's treadmill for a few days".
LE FIGARO, September 2018:
"The fabulous vegetable garden provides for the restaurant and the cookery school. The fresh, healthy, local and homemade breakfast - from the henhouse eggs, homemade jams to the delicious granola - is a big hit. As is the spa, entrusted to Aurelia Probiotic Skincare."
SPECTATOR LIFE, September 2018:
"At Thyme’s most seamlessly integrated spa ... I am treated to a 90-minute massage and facial, so soothing and intense that I still feel impossibly like I am floating."
MATCHES FASHION, The Essential Spa Guide, Matches Fashion, August 2018:
"Expect soothing interiors, tranquil treatment rooms and a cutting-edge, chemical-free pool filled with spring water that flows from an adjacent meadow.”
THE TELEGRAPH, 18th August 2018:
“If Tiffany’s was Holly Golightly’s happy place, then Meadow Spa is mine.”
SUNDAY TIMES, Travel Magazine, David Gandy, July 2018:
"We stumbled upon Thyme ... which isn't the obvious Pig or Soho Farmhouse, but was fabulously cool."
THE INDEPENDENT, July 2018:
"The dishes are well paired, the food well cooked and you’ll leave feeling happy, content and probably rather pleased with yourself."
COTSWOLD LIVING, July 2018:
"The Swan is the perfect combination of great food served by charming staff, in an enviable Cotswold location."
SPHERE MAGAZINE, June 2018:
"For the ultimate field to fork dining ... set in the honey-hued Cotswold village of Southrop."
OXFORD TIMES, May 2018:
"... a less formal style of hospitality and a simpler, more rustic style of cooking, using the ever expanding vegetable gardens and farm at Thyme."
THE JACKAL MAGAZINE, May 2018:
"The Swan serves a tasty supper, with the added satisfaction of knowing you’re eating food that’s been created with sustainability and intelligent, local sourcing in mind."