Rory McClean and Samantha Laye successfully run this character pub with its log-burning fires and cosy snug. Between Rugby and Lutterworth, in the pretty village of Shawell, the pub is just a few minutes from the M1, making it a perfect place to stop for a pint of local Dow Bridge Gladiator ale or Aspall cider. Chef Rory used to cook in some of London’s most notable restaurants and his modern British food is worth a detour. A starter of sesame marinated beef fillet with wasabi avocado mousse might precede cod loin with artichoke, runner beans and saffron cream. Finish with blackberry parfait or chocolate delice. The fixed-price lunch menu might feature lobster ravioli or braised beef, beetroot and horseradish mash.