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 roasted pheasant with honeyed parsnips and creamed cabbage, or pan-fried sea trout with fennel, sauerkraut and salsa verde. The trump card is a notable range of luxury steaks. 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.