The Greenstocks have pulled off the nigh-on impossible, running a pub with rooms that keeps locals and tourists happy in equal measure. The Horse & Groom sits atop Bourton’s eponymous hill, overlooking some fine Cotswold golden stone buildings and the verdant fields beyond. In such rural surroundings, you can expect the country set – chaps come in a rainbows’ array of chinos and ladies are immaculately presented, but we scruffy Bristolians were made to feel equally welcome by brothers Tom and Will. After a fabulous dinner we retired to our room with a giant bed and a bath deep enough to disappear in, somehow still salivating at the thought of more food to come. The breakfast menu is left in your room the night before, and it’s a well-chosen list of traditional fare: muselis and cereals, followed by organic bacon and eggs or fresh fish, cafetieres of coffee or lashings of tea. We were up early (goodness knows why) and ate to the sultry sounds of the hoover, but the food was well seasoned, freshly made and generously portioned. Much of what they cook comes from their own veg patch and kitchen garden, and the chefs look mighty pleased to be here.
Price: double rooms from £120 per night (including breakfast).