Tom Kerridge is a larger-than-life chef with a big personality, a passion for British produce and a refreshingly unpretentious way of doing things. He’s also become a big name on TV and has two Michelin stars under his belt, so it’s no surprise that tables are at a premium in his highly lauded flagship venue. Luckily, the bar has recently been extended, with four stools available on a first come, first served basis for those wanting to eat without frills. Although The Hand & Flowers looks and feels like a pub, the food suggests a cleverly reworked out-of-town restaurant (with prices to match) – think tenderloin of pork with pickled mustard leaf, malt-glazed cheek, garlic sausage and dauphinoise potato, beer-roast chicken with thyme-braised cabbage, garlic and black truffle, textbook blueberry soufflé and “the best chips in the world”. Set lunches are good value, chirpy staff know the ropes, and four desirable bedrooms are housed in two nearby cottages.