A combination of hotel, leisure complex & conference centre, the former Georgian country home of Lord Mountbatten is just a 20-minute train ride from London. Not surprisingly there’s a range of eating options with the Restaurant at Sopwell House being the most formal. Brixham crab plate is one way to start, or there could be pigeon, duck & cured ham terrine with poached damsons ahead of red mullet with pressed tomato terrine, black olive & oregano, or halibut, smoked king prawn & ginger cannelloni. Summer berry & Pimm’s jelly with fromage frais sorbet is a refreshing finish. The superb wine collection is housed in an impressive wine wall where diners have plenty of choice from around the world.