Leyburn is lovely, a fine old market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. As for the Sandpiper, this 17th-century stone inn sits peacefully on the square. Inside, cosy interiors have low ceilings, the odd beam and the best food in town. Jonathan, a Roux scholar, has cooked for presidents and prime ministers, robust food that elates. In the bar, locals put the world to rights over pints of Black Sheep while contemplating irresistible menus: salted squid or roasted chorizo if you fancy Yorkshire tapas; battered haddock or omelette Arnold Bennett if you want to explore the bar menu; or the full works in an attractive dining room, perhaps cheese soufflé, Swinton venison, dark chocolate marquise with white chocolate ice cream. Whisky lovers will appreciate the large collection of malts behind the bar. Upstairs, two simple bedrooms have a warm country feel with robes and good showers in the bathrooms. The Dales is one of the most beautiful places in England. Don’t miss the roast rib of beef for Sunday lunch or the market in the square on Fridays.