An agreeable boozy hubbub fills the Boot’s ground-floor bar, but it’s the upstairs restaurant that everyone's talking about. Black & cream leather, cowhide & wood are mixed in with ethnic & Asian artefacts – smart surrounds for the modern European & Middle Eastern-influenced menu. A Greek sharing platter of taramasalata, red pepper hoummos, feta, olives & tzatziki with warm pitta bread makes a good start, or there might be lamb kofta with mint yoghurt, kohlrabi, cumin & carrot salad ahead of spit-roasted, free-range chicken with garliky lemon butter & fries. There are also appealing lunch & evening deals, & top marks go to the sensibly focused, keenly priced wine list. In all, there’s much to recommend at this well-heeled country hostelry.