The beautiful oak-panelled dining room within this charming 17th-century hotel in Winchester has all the trimmings of grandeur – heavy leather chairs, well-dressed tables, and a lovely view of the lime tree-lined avenue after which it is named. As a counterbalance, excellent, friendly service makes the place approachable, giving it an elegant intimacy. The real reason to visit, however, is chef Olly Rouse’s cooking, which is completely market-led and ingredient-inspired. Calling on home-grown produce from the kitchen garden, as well as what’s available from the area, his menu may include a feisty sea bream with mushroom, black pudding and garden herbs, or duck with sweetcorn, shiitake, dandelion and pear. Presentation is pretty as a picture and the wine list designed to help while away a pleasurable afternoon or evening.