A lovably wacky eatery high up on Bledlow Ridge, the Napier has been a fixture of the Chiltern scene since the 1970s – finally picking up its first Michelin star in 2012. Whether you’re here for a dreamy repast under the pergolas or snug by the fire surrounded by surreal sculptures and crazy curios, a pleasurable time is guaranteed. The menu follows the seasons, with the kitchen taking a lively, contemporary approach to whatever comes its way: a rich haul of locally bagged game might yield grouse, partridge or woodcock, while Cornish fish could bring roast hake with langoustine, squid, wet garlic and parmesan gnocchi. Like everything else here, desserts such as gooseberry soufflé or chocolate, peanut and caramel terrine are “always a treat”; ripe cheeses whiff invitingly, and the seriously considered wine list is a real cracker. Service seems to have sharpened up of late – especially when it comes to jam-packed Sunday lunches.