This 18th-century malthouse has an appealing flagged bar that steps down to a smouldering fire in the snug… the perfect spot to enjoy the papers. In summer, spill into the garden where the view reaches five miles. Walkers drop by for a drink or Sunday lunch; locals stay for acoustic evenings.
The food here is a real draw: the kitchen churns its butter and bakes its bread and the chefs take pride in their inventive menus. Spoil yourself with the three-course Nest menu, or the more relaxed bar menu; the sommelier has put together a superb wine list.
You’re looked after beautifully and the sense of comfort is enveloping; upstairs are four bedrooms to retreat to. Visit nearby Burford, with its medieval three-arched bridge and pretty little Stow-in-the-Wold.