Everything feels right on the money at this suitably gorgeous take on a country pub. From the elegant rustic-chic interior (note the old apple press now functioning as a pair of tables) to the well-respected real ales, homemade flavoured vodkas, retro bar snacks and appealing carte, there’s no arguing with the all-round appeal. Top shouts in the dining room include local game (wild rabbit ravioli or pot-roast roe deer with heritage carrots, sweet cicely and blackberries), deep-fried cod cheeks, fantastic home-baked milk bread and ‘whatchamacallit’ – a chocoholic’s dream incorporating cobnut, caramel and damson sorbet. The pub is now owned by the family behind Baylis & Harding, so expect lovely bedrooms kitted out with their gorgeous beauty products. Readers talk about ‘originality, exclusivity and quality’ – no wonder the place is a ‘guilty pleasure’ for locals and a perfect package for savvy travellers.