Hop on the train from London (1 hour 20 minutes) for a lazy couple of days pottering around this buzzy town. Hunt for antiques, browse through boutiques, explore the lively Saturday morning food market.
At the pub, a straightforward brick exterior gives way to cool, colourful interiors with a relaxed feel. Find a comfy lounge with an open fire and an eclectic mix of mid-century furniture – just the spot to read a book or sip a cocktail. Bag a seat on a velvet banquette for supper. Rachel O’Sullivan, of Polpo fame, heads up the kitchen. Expect British classics and comfort food with a twist. Breakfast is generous too – pair it with an excellent Bloody Mary.
Behind the velvet curtain, spread over two floors, are eight gorgeous bedrooms. Each different, some overlooking the high street, others the courtyard and church. Flick through the vinyl and pop on a record – you’ll unwind here.