Welcome to a grand old pub in very pretty Wye run by “a couple of down to earth boys from the North” (their words). Mark and Scott have created an up-to-the-minute village pub where you’re as welcome to drop by for coffee and croissants as order a glass of Sicilian wine. Or a good meal… the lemon-baked chicken with sweet potato and red pepper mash went down a treat and the pie of the day was tip-top. This pub is a cool place to be – suave pendant lighting, purple feature wall, open fire – but not so cool that they don’t keep dog biscuits behind the bar (handmade by the chef). So settle into a leather wing back chair, rest your glasses on the vintage trunk and soak up the vibe. There’s a welcome for all, and if you’re going to hole up in the countryside, you’d do well to do it here. Bedrooms upstairs are simple and uncluttered with a sunny feel; reclaimed and repainted furniture mixes with new; buttercup-coloured lamps and blankets add a touch of colour, there’s robes to snuggle in, and bathrooms are stocked with nice toiletries and towels.