You land in the middle of Oxford at this quirky restaurant with rooms and find yourself surrounded by ancient colleges, with the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library both close. Interiors come in canteen style, with waitresses buzzing about, an open kitchen on display, a cool, shabby chic feel and happy chatter from people in for breakfast, lunch and dinner – this is a very popular community hub. Local food is sourced ethically and the menu changes twice a day, perhaps spiced carrot soup, steak and kidney pie, blood orange and vanilla cheesecake. There’s WiFi throughout, the daily papers, a first-floor sitting room straight out of a student house. It’s fun, easy going, a place for all. It’s also a social enterprise, with profits going to charity, as they do 50 paces around the corner at Tower House Rooms, a terraced house with a difference: the old city wall runs through it with a 16th-century watch tower attached. Some rooms are small and share a bathroom, others are big, perhaps with a claw-foot bath. Expect good beds, smart colours, white linen, pretty throws. It’s a peaceful spot, too.