Five minutes’ drive out of Cirencester will bring you to this 16th-century former coaching inn; it overlooks a cricket green, and Ampney Brook meanders past its lawns. Its name is derived from the ‘crucis’ or ancient cross in the churchyard. Although modernised, the interior still feels old, and the traditional beams and log fires create a warm, friendly atmosphere. Atlantic and Wickwar are among the real ales, along with some 17 wines served by the glass. Sandwiches, salads, pastas and grills are served from midday, while in the evening the restaurant’s dinner menu proffers popular pub dishes such as starters of breaded whitebait with salad and tartare sauce; or smoked mackerel pâté with toasted home-made brioche. Move on to a special of herb-crusted cod loin with spring onion and pea risotto and tomato salsa; or a dish from the chargrill stove: pan-fried calves’ liver with crispy bacon, bubble-and-squeak cake and Madeira sauce.