Close to the white chalk horse at Uffington – the walking is grand round here – is a beautiful red-brick pub on the quiet road that winds through Letcombe Regis. The new owners have kept the fine old windows and the irresistible fireplaces and have added a garden at the back, a bright, cheerful décor, and a diamond of a chef in Phil Currie. Whether you go for guinea fowl with truffle, choux gnocchi and consommé, or battered haddock and chips and salad, this is cooking of a high order. Our two-course ‘Midweek Fix’ was a steal: a cheddar and leek tart followed by new season lamb chunk steak, both delicious. If the pub is Georgian on the outside, it’s country-trendy within; racing scenes adorn the walls, dog biscuits beautify the bar, and up the carpeted stairs are eight sympathetically, tastefully refurbished rooms. Our favourite is the family suite under the eaves (beams, sloping ceiling, simple country antiques, turquoise roll top tub). Beds are Hypnos, cushions are plush, bathrooms luxurious, breakfasts a treat. You can pop in for a latte, a well-kept pint, or a hedonistic meal: it’s the sort of place we all love.