Hidden down a maze of lanes in peaceful countryside between Basingstoke and Newbury is the stylish ‘Welly’, once used as a hunting lodge by the Duke of Wellington. Inside are wooden tables, tiled floors and attractively patterned curtains and blinds. Since arriving here over a decade ago, Jason King and Simon Page have never looked back. Their ethos is simple: local, well-priced and delicious food. Jason’s award-winning, daily chalkboard menus offer plenty of interest and imagination and much of the produce is organic and local or home grown, since they are dedicated to keeping down the food miles. Salad leaves, herbs and vegetables are grown in the pub’s polytunnel and raised vegetable beds, free-range eggs come from their rare-breed and rescue hens, and there are also pedigree Jacob sheep, Tamworth pigs and five beehives. The dining room is rather small so booking is certainly advisable. The well-tended garden acts as an extension for diners when the sun shines; if the weather is on the chilly side, ask to borrow a warm mohair rug.