This is one of those lovely places that sits in beautiful country, serves delicious food and looks after guests without the slightest hint of pomposity. It’s an 18th-century inn that doubles as a hub for village life, and it comes with a small shop full of local produce. It ticks to its own beat, locals pop in to chat, cyclists and walkers drop in for coffee, dogs are very welcome. The big draw is Martin’s food and the restaurant is busy for lunch and dinner most days, no mean feat for a country inn. Whatever can be is sourced locally and the seven-course tasting menu is a steal; highlights include mackerel with cucumber, beef with horseradish, a sinful pistachio soufflé. You can walk it all off from the front door; the place takes its name from a nearby hill, where big views wait at the top. Back at the inn, spotless rooms are both warmly stylish and nicely priced. A couple are bigger, all have comfy beds, crisp linen and good bathrooms. One has a Juliet balcony, those at the back have country views, all have fresh flowers, local art and smart TVs. Shrewsbury is close. An affordable treat.