The Gunton Arms’ many admirers swoon over its 1,000-acre deer park and handsomely quirky, country house-style interior. A relaxed vibe pervades the whole place and there’s certainly little to fault here. Brit food champion Mark Hix has a finger in this particular pie, with one of his chefs running the kitchen – so it’s no surprise that the food is defined by locally inspired, seasonal flavours and earthy rusticity. Whether you’re nibbling Middle White pork sausage rolls in the bar, sharing a rib of beef cooked over the open fire in the Elk Room, or sampling grilled mackerel with gooseberries, shaved fennel and cucumber salad, the cooking is Gunton’s main attraction. That said, eight bedrooms offer just the right degree of comfort and luxury (plus an excuse to indulge in the splendid wine list), while service pleases everyone with its naturalness and genuine hospitality.