Investigate the bar here for its range of bottled beers, and ales from the Grainstore brewery in nearby Oakham. Note the unusual nurdling chair – used for an archaic pub game when coins are thrown into a hole in the seat – just one of a range of artefacts enriching the interior of this one-time terrace of farm workers’ cottages. The pub’s name originated when a local squire made a peace offering by opening the inn in 1890 after closing another in the village. Chef and co-owner Sean Hope has earned two AA Rosettes for his well-balanced, fiercely local menus. There might be starters like pan-fried fillet of red mullet with bouillabasse dressing, balsamic tomato and rouille croutons; or roast loin of rabbit, rabbit leg fritter, carrot, pannacotta and coriander; followed by smoked haddock, kedgeree arancini, poached duck egg and soy glazed pak choi; or roast haunch of venison, faggot, potato terrine, honey roast parsnips and poached crab apple. Finish with a Sussex pond pudding with lemon verbena ice cream.