A lovely old pub that has upped its game hugely (sound-proofed bedrooms, fine dining) yet still has a proper bar and an authentic snug for snoozing over the daily papers. Staff are fresh-faced, well-trained and cheery. Outside, there’s a terraced beer garden, and a wood fired pizza cabin that does a roaring trade in the summer.
Head chef Charles Bradley conjures memorable dishes from carefully sourced food: breakfasts are posh but not small and if you’re planning to walk all day just the ticket; lunchtime pub classics have been given a tasty twist; evening menus are a tour de force.
Sample one of the forty gins, a hand-pumped ale from the Wye Valley Brewery or something from the thoughtful wine list. Choose between subtly luxurious bedrooms with plush bathrooms in the main building or the annexe.