Resplendent after a full refurbishment this 17th-century coaching inn is abuzz with enthusiasm. Inside, reclaimed floorboards have been artfully fitted together, a salvaged carved oak bar has its own little ‘Groucho snug’ at one end. Exposed stone and a real fire co-exist with a pretty Art Deco piano whose ivories are often tinkled. Cheery staff will pull you a pint of Uley or Stroud ale – or perhaps an Orchard Pig cider – and on certain days you can even mix your own Bloody Mary. Treats in store on the menu from head chef Richard Simms feature pub classics with a twist: sharing or small plates, hearty salads, ‘oak pots’ with a veggie or meat option served with crusty bread or brown rice and plenty of choice for vegans. Up in the roof beneath massive beams is a more formal restaurant with a spacious, calm atmosphere. Across the cobbled yard are six bedrooms – three are dog-friendly – with a restful elegance, dreamy beds and bathrooms to linger in. And if a special occasion is the reason for your visit then the Oak Lodge room will not fail to get things off to a very good start. Enjoy the view from the garden, glass of wine in hand.