Located in a pretty village, the tile-hung, Edwardian-era Swan, run by an enthusiastic team, has a lively bar with comfy leather armchairs that make you feel instantly at home, as does the eating area, where the big French doors can be thrown open to the garden. Peer through the feature window into the kitchen to watch the chefs preparing dishes from the best, locally supplied or own-grown ingredients. Sandwiches, snacks and deli boards are available throughout the day. The pub has its own smokehouse so the likes of home-smoked pork loin and home-smoked mackerel appear on the deli boards. Main courses include pumpkin and Swiss chard pancake with gruyère sauce; bangers and mash with sage and onion gravy; or slow-cooked venison bourguignon with parsnip and thyme purée. Puddings are very tempting – who could resist iced apple parfait and warm cinnamon fritter? The restored barn with a large central dining table can be used for a private dinner.