As prim and proper as a Victorian schoolmistress on the outside, as stylish as Beau Brummell within: the sandblasted brick walls of this famously dog-friendly old school house rise to raftered, vaulted ceilings and large windows pull natural light into every corner. Shelves of gin hover above fat radiators, cartoons and photos nestle amongst old sporting paraphernalia, and oriental rugs sprawl beneath an auction lot of tables, pews and chairs. The glorious carved oak bar dominates the main hall and apart from the malted charms of Cholmondeley Best Bitter and other local cask ales; a staggering 366 varieties of ruinously good gin to discover, with the aid of a well-thumbed guide or one of the charming staff. Study the menus on antique blackboards or opt for sharing a seafood trawler board followed by their legendary steak and kidney pie. Rooms in the old headmaster’s house behind are calm and civilised with all the comfort you need. There’s an annual Gin Fest, and Juniper Berry Music Festival in July. Weddings can be held in the grounds. Seldom has going back to school been this much fun.