Dating from 1585, the famous old Spaniards Inn is a must for literary buffs: John Keats was a local, Shelley sometimes dropped by and the boozer even gets a name-check in Dickens’ Pickwick Papers. Scrubbed up and rejuvenated for 2013, it’s now a mix of gleaming oak-panelled walls, chandeliers, beams and log fires, with a new menu served in the beamed bar and the restored upstairs dining room: expect the likes of smoked sea trout with violet potatoes, beetroot and crème fraîche ahead of, say, pork belly confit with shallot purée and heritage carrots or wing rib of beef to share. Pub standards also have their say, and the extended drinks list features British cask ales, international beers, global wines and some esoteric spirits. Weekend brunch is a fillip for the heath-walking brigade, and the outdoor area is perfect for BBQs.
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