You’ll be hard pushed to find a finer looking pub in a more gorgeous village. The National Trust’s Malham is a favourite with potholers (this part of Yorkshire is rich with caverns) but there are many surface pleasures to be had. Sitting on the edge of the village green, the 17th-century coaching inn was once home to the first Lord of Ribblesdale and very grand it looks too. Don’t stand on ceremony: inside are flagged floors, wood-burning stoves and well-kept local ales. Darren also puts an interesting menu together using mostly local produce. You could start with game galantine, and move onto blackened prawn and salmon stroganoff; if you have room, finish with rum soaked apple and sultana crumble. Staying the night? Choose a contemporary new room in the cottage, or head upstairs to one of the comfy bedrooms with calm colours, lovely linen and pristine bathrooms; many have views over the village green to the hills beyond. The newly opened barn has beautiful bedrooms, a shared lounge with a wood burner, and a warm welcome for dogs.