Heston Blumenthal’s original pub venture, over the road from The Fat Duck, offers fuss-free decor and expanses of dark wood alongside a straightforward menu of gutsy Brit-themed food. A particular must-try is the oxtail and kidney pudding, although the rib-eye steak with bone-marrow sauce and triple-cooked chips (an old favourite from the Fat Duck’s early days) is an unmitigated joy. Other dishes are viewed through a contemporary lens – a brûlée of chicken liver parfait, perhaps, or fillet of bream with crushed Jerusalem artichokes and a shrimp and tarragon butter sauce. As for dessert, quaking pudding is a perennial hit. Prices may be high for a pub, but the unpretentious crowd and chilled-out staff make this a destination for every occasion. Real ales and a good selection of wines (including decent Champagne by the glass) help fuel the atmosphere in the bar.