In the leafy suburb of Richmond, with a church and Sheen Common as neighbours, this long-established pub has been transformed by Greg Bellamy and Paul Merret. Find wooden floors, open brickwork, and sofas to flop on as you check out the menu for long, leisurely meals in the conservatory. Here, foodies and families tuck into crisp-battered Cornish squid with tomato, mint, chilli and lime; pan-roasted guinea fowl with spiced pastilla and smoked aubergine; pecan and walnut baklava with nectarine and honey ice cream. Beef comes from a small butcher in Devon, mussels from Norfolk and there’s a forager for the elderflower and mushrooms! The wine list bursts with passion and helpful notes: a shame not to allow yourself to be led. The atmosphere is friendly, purposeful and fun, so stay a while: in the back wing are seven bedrooms in contemporary style, with iPod docks and WiFi; the quietest are at the top and the breakfasts are great. You are within striking distance of a cycle ride through Richmond Park, and ten minutes from Twickenham if rugby is your passion. And there’s a play garden for children.