Celebrate the refurbishment of this gloriously handsome inn with a pint of Brakspear Best Bitter at the long bar that gleams with speciality gins and wonderful wines. Slap-bang in the centre of pretty Shipston, the new-look George is a treat of a place to eat, drink and be merry. Full of snug corners to settle and private spaces (free to book) for family gatherings, you’ll struggle to find a more cheering spot so close to Stratford and the Cotswolds. Find deep blue velvet banquettes and mustard yellow velvet chairs, colourful rugs on the flagstones and a choice of log burners to sit beside as you tuck into menus that make the most of local suppliers (pork and beef from the award-winning Todenham Manor Farm; artisan bread). Our Welsh rarebit with roasted tomato was excellent, topped up with a hearty mug of potato and leek soup, but you might fancy wild mushroom and tarragon risotto with spring onions and truffled crispy egg, or the locals’ favourite fishcakes. Bedrooms are above – some cosy, others spacious – all with kingsize beds, Feather & Black mattresses and blackout blinds to ensure a good night’s sleep. The Cotswolds Distillery is nearby, as is the Wychwood Brewery. Smashing.