An inviting village pub with a smart and stylish interior, The Allanton Inn scores well for atmosphere, warmth and unpretentious home cooking. Ingredients come from local farms wherever possible, with some cured in the pub’s own garden smokehouse. A lunchtime visit might take in Shetland mussels with white wine, garlic and cream, ahead of free-range chicken breast with Chainbridge honey-mustard cream sauce, while dinners continue in the same hearty vein – maybe home-smoked duck breast with orange and beetroot salad followed by local organic lamb shank with creamy mash, leeks and rich port jus. Desserts include favourites such as crème brûlée with berry compote and homemade shortbread or fruit crumble with vanilla ice cream. The pub is warmed by fires in winter; on sunny days, trade the smart interior for the spacious garden with views over open fields.