The lovely 300-year-old Mole, with stripped beams, solid white walls, terracotta floors and leather sofas is a true destination pub for those homing in on its Hook Norton real ales and house specials, notably spicy fishcakes, made from daily-delivered fish, and Thai shredded duck. Steaks are hung for a minimum of 28 days, lamb is local, and free-range, rare-breed Blythburgh pigs produce the pork. Venison and game come from various estates and local shoots. Vegetarians will head for shallot tarte Tatin with chicory, candied walnuts and cheese fondue perhaps. Go into the landscaped gardens – it's well worthwhile. To answer the obvious question about the village name, ‘toot’ was Old English for a look-out place.