The family behind the Ebrington Arms has renovated this 17th-century inn, around the corner from Blenheim Palace, to its former glory with beautifully restored bedrooms too. Wood floors sweep from side bar to main bar to dining room, burners in brick fireplaces belt out heat and the set menu is a steal. Smiling staff ferry own-brewed Yubby Bitter, Goldie and Yawnie to locals, dog walkers and drinkers; the rest are here for the food: roast venison and faggot croquette with beetroot dauphinoise, kale and juniper; blackberry and frangipane tart. And the best chips in Oxfordshire! Famous for their real ales, the focus is on small brewers; wines showcase independent makers; there’s a nifty selection of malt whiskies, or try a pint of their home-brewed in the big beer garden. Oh, and the bedrooms! Some upstairs, some down, all with handpicked art, handmade sturdy beds and the softest linen. Muted tartan blankets keep you warm on winter nights, roll top baths sit on patterned tiled floors and there’s a complementary decanter of sherry to start you off. Glorious.