An appealing flagged bar steps down to a smouldering fire… contemplate the menu as you sip a fine wine. In this epicurean heaven, chef Kuba’s inventiveness makes each mouthful a joy. In summer, spill into the garden where the view reaches five miles.
This 18th-century malthouse has been restored and transformed by enthusiastic owners who do nothing by halves. The sense of comfort is enveloping, the wines are wide-ranging, and the surrounding countryside is gorgeous. What’s more, the kitchen churns its butter and cures its charcuterie.
Burford, with its medieval three-arched bridge and wonderful church, lies five miles south; little Stow-in-the-Wold is three miles north. Visit tea shops, browse antique shops, and head for the prettiest street in the Cotswolds – or one of them: Arlington Row in Bibury.