The sun-trap garden of this striking Collyweston-stone inn slopes to a meander of the River Nene. Savvy boaters moor up here to join customers who drive miles to engage with a menu that has gained AA-Rosette recognition. Fires warm the interior in winter and you can dine alfresco on the patio. Settle into the comfy, beamed interior with a glass of Oakham JHB beer and contemplate a choice of invigorating classics exampled by Middlewhite belly pork with cider sauce, or sea bass fillets with ginger and chilli. The trump card is a notable range of luxury steaks, including Wagyu rib-eye and prime American USDA 150-day, corn-fed Black Angus sirloin. The Queen Head’s diary is always full and includes events such as seafood week and the Great British game week. Sumptuous accommodation is also available here.