One of England’s oldest pubs can be found, perhaps surprisingly, close to Heathrow and minutes from the M25. Dating from 1106, the vast and rambling Ostrich oozes history. Some of its legends are particularly gruesome, as would befit the heavily timbered façade, cobbled courtyard, wonky oak beams, massive fireplaces and crooked stairs. Yet the interior has acquired a contemporary style, so expect glass doors, a steel bar, chunky furnishings and vibrant colours. The menu of pub food embraces crispy thyme charred polenta; rustic fish pie; and beef Wellington.