The family behind The Ebrington Arms has renovated this 17th-century inn, around the corner from Blenheim Palace, to its former glory with beautifully restored bedrooms too. Wood floors sweep from side bar to main bar to dining room, burners in brick fireplaces belt out heat and the set menu is a steal. Smiling staff ferry own-brewed Yubby Bitter, Goldie and Yawnie to locals, dog walkers and drinkers; the rest are here for the food: roast venison and faggot croquette with beetroot dauphinoise, kale and juniper; blackberry and frangipane tart. And the best chips in Oxfordshire! The pub won three stars from the Soil Association for its commitment to organic food but you’ll also find organic wine. There’s a nifty selection of malt whiskies, or try a pint of their home-brewed in the garden. Bedrooms are upstairs and down – all have original art, handmade sturdy beds and the softest linen. Muted tartan blankets keep you warm and there are organic toiletries and roll top baths.