Beautiful Sussex downland provides a backcloth to this very English inn close to Chichester. Long, low and whitewashed, it dates from 1768 and was once a staging post; now it’s the perfect place for foodies and wine buffs to be fed and watered in style. The relaxing timbered bar and dining room combines contemporary-smart with traditional charm: blazing wood-burners, heritage hues, fat candles on scrubbed tables, rugs on upholstered benches. There are serious wines (flick through the ‘Red Book’) and a delicious monthly menu – fishfinger sandwiches, oxtail linguini, venison and mustard ragù, whole lemon sole, rhubarb and almond crumble. A secluded courtyard and spacious garden rooms blend rustic-chic with modern design, featuring steamer trunks, architectural four-poster beds, striking wall coverings, posh linen, sheepskin rugs and iconic retro furnishings. Bathrooms are swish; two have hot tubs on private patios. Glorious Goodwood draws the racing set, while stunning downland rambles radiate from the front door.