The glorious gardens at Hidcote Manor and Kiftsgate Court are a ramble across fields from the Ebrington Arms, lovingly restored and revived by Claire and Jim. Little has changed in the 17th-century bar, hub of the community and beloved by locals and tourists alike, cosy with low beams and roaring fires. Bag a seat on the settle and share own-brewed Yubby, Goldie or Yawnie with the regulars, or seek out the fun dining room next door. Worn stone floors, fresh flowers and a delightful mishmash of tables set the scene for some terrific pub food cooked from mostly local produce. Dishes are simple yet full of flavour, so dive in to scallops with celeriac purée and black pudding; calves’ liver with garlic mash and caramelised onions; and apple, strawberry and ginger crumble. No need to negotiate the route home when you can bed down here; bedrooms (up steepish stairs) are full of charm, with chunky wooden beds, colourful throws, plump pillows, smart bathrooms and deep window seats with village or country views. Stratford-upon-Avon is close, too. A properly unpretentious inn, run by the nicest people. One of the best.