A pretty coaching inn, The Fleece has not long been refurbished and the bar, lounge and restaurant are all scrubbed up and glowing. Open all day it has a good buzz. Drop by for coffee and egg on toast; choose a sharing platter at lunchtime with a pint of Thwaites. There are daily specials and Sunday roasts and the staff are charming, cheerful and smartly turned out.
The more spacious rooms, with their beamy, up-in-the-roof feeling are the best, but all are smart with new beds and jazzy wallpapers. Face the famous market square and watch the world go by or settle more quietly into a room at the back.
Set off into the Cotswolds for a hike with the dog, browse the antique shops then come back to the Fleece for the night – ask about parking before you arrive, and make sure you’ve booked for dinner; it can get busy.