The views over the Evenlode Valley from this old malthouse in picturesque Nether Westcote on the Gloucestershire-Oxfordshire border are marvellous. Thoughtfully designed, the inn retains its original character, especially in the log-fired bar, where rotating local real ales – maybe Severn Vale’s Nibley, or Prescott’s Hill Climb – can be found. Local produce forms the backbone of the menus, with herbs and vegetables grown in the kitchen garden. Kuba Winkowski’s award winning, modern British cuisine brings a daily set lunch menu for relaxed eating in the bar, or on the sycamore tree-shaded garden terrace. The seasonal carte’s modern take on classic combinations includes salmon with beetroot, black garlic and dill; chicken, girolles, sweetcorn and almond; sticky toffee, clotted cream, lemon and pecans. Afternoon tea and Sunday lunch are also served. Individually decorated bedrooms with comfortable beds and antiques are available; the pub makes an excellent base from which to explore the quaint and charming villages nearby. Look out for enjoyable events that run throughout the year, including jazz evenings, flower workshops and a vintage car rally.