The Boot's first occupant in the 17th century was a cobbler who hung a boot outside to attract customers; while mending their footwear he'd offer them a glass of ale. Today there's no point bringing your shoes in for new soles, but ale is most certainly still offered – Clod Hopper, Tuffer's Old porter and Golden Boot are all brewed on site in the inn’s micro-brewery. The Boot makes a good choice for a drink, a meal and overnight luxury accommodation, if you’re looking to stay in this lovely part of the country. The team provide first-class meals, beginning with a champagne breakfast. There’s a beer festival in August.