CLIFFORD'S MESNE, Newent, GL18 1JS
You may need to rely on the Sat Nav to find this former cider press tucked away down a little lane. It's on the slopes of May Hill (National Trust), Gloucestershire's highest point, from which the Welsh mountains, the Malvern Hills and the River Severn can all be seen on a clear day. The pub has a quarry-tiled floor warmed by log fires in winter. A good choice of real ales from breweries like Gloucester and Sharp's is backed by an excellent range of ciders. As for the food, the emphasis is on tasty home cooking using seasonal local produce, with daily-changing menus and specials. Starters could include hot crab pot with warm toast; and goujons of pheasant with redcurrant dip. House specialities are beef Wellington; and a seafood skillet comprising salmon, tuna, sea bass, tiger prawns and mussels served with savoury rice and hand-cut chips. Puddings such as treacle and pecan tart are home made. Beer and cider festival in October.