Your satnav may wobble en route, but it’s worth the trek to find this handsome inn with jaw-dropping views across Beatrix Potter country. The Brown Horse Inn recently underwent a face-lift & the interior is now an eclectic mix of distressed furniture with quirky artworks & a monumental candelabra. The kitchen makes the most of genuinely local ingredients – vegetables from the back garden, poultry from the owner’s smallholding & meat courtesy of the family farm across the road. Home-cured ham hock terrine with piccalilli & crispy flatbread is a suitably earthy starter, homemade black pudding comes with quails’ eggs, while a trio of Brown Horse Estate butcher’s sausages with bubble & squeak should set you up for the day. As a finale, try lemon meringue tart with sublime mint sorbet. You can stock up with goodies from the farm shop next door & the pub’s four spanking new bedrooms are pure theatre.