Main Street, BRANDON, CV8 3FW
Set in 17 acres of green-and-pleasant Warwickshire countryside, Brandon Hall is a smartly revamped 19th-century manor that has something for everyone. Tones of chocolate and green dominate in the smart, contemporary-styled Clarendon restaurant, while service is as keen as mustard and the kitchen follows the seasons. Whipped goats' cheese might star in a first course with gingerbread and golden and purple beetroots, while main courses run to rib-eye steak with Jenga chips and onion rings, or cod fillet with Dorset crab risotto and lobster sauce. Among desserts, a retro-style rhubarb and custard trifle comes in a glass jar with some mini doughnuts.
A45 towards Coventry S. After Peugeot-Citroen garage on left, at island take 5th exit to M1 South/London (back onto A45). After 200yds, immediately after Texaco garage, left into Brandon Ln, hotel after 2.5m
Nearest station: Birmingham, Coventry