In Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Wessex novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called this pretty, 16th-century inn the ‘Sow and Acorn’. He’d still recognise it, especially its unusual porch, old beams, low ceilings, oak panelling, flagstone floors and carved Hamstone fireplaces. Run by Richard and Natalie Legg, the inn is a big draw locally, with two lively bars stocking real ales from Devon and Dorset breweries and brewpubs, local cider and an impressive stock of 28 gins. There are quiz nights and occasional yard-of-ale-drinking challenges too. In the softly lit restaurant, you’ll find sustainability, localness and seasonality govern the modern British menu. A fish specials board changes daily, while lunch and bar menus offer sandwiches, a charcuterie sharing platter, honey and mustard ham with egg and triple-cooked chips, burgers and ploughman’s. The pub also features a lovely old skittle alley and a beer garden.