With its smartly renovated interiors and happy team at the helm, the Blacksmiths has a top-notch reputation for the quality of its local, seasonal food. Expect to be tempted by the likes of beetroot and truffle goats cheese salad with basil oil and rye bread tuile, followed by beef shin pie with oyster mayonnaise, creamed leeks and smoked mash. Leave room for orange and whiskey bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise. Cosy up in front of the log burner in the spacious, stone-floored bar, dine at reclaimed wooden tables in the award-winning restaurant or sip a pint of real ale in the walled garden. There’s a great selection of wines, too. Why not come for the weekend and book one of the stylish rooms in the gorgeous barn conversion; all have comfy beds, snow white linen and quirky, spotless bathrooms with Cowshed smellies. For a longer stay, book the airy studio apartment with its revolving TV and fire, a nice space for a family of four. Fashionable, poised, self-assured, re-invigorated: The Blacksmiths is designed to please.