The Double Red Duke – Clanfield, Cotswolds
This honey-hued, wisteria-clad ancient coaching inn close to Oxford is the latest addition to Sam and Georgie Pearman’s Country Creatures collection of rural restaurants and inns (it also includes The Swan in Ascott-under-Wychwood and The Chequers in Churchill). Guests can hunker down in one of the cosy sitting rooms for drinks before heading through to the open-plan bar and garden room for – the biggest draw – the food. Richard Turner and Richard Sandiford (of Hawksmoor and Pitt Cue Co fame) are experts in live-fire cooking: think BBQ charred monkfish, crispy wood roast pork belly ribs, and chocolate peanut butter tart for dessert. Upstairs, comfortable rooms (the biggest sleep a family of four) with original wooden beams shine a spotlight on British artisans. Upholstered furniture is designed by George Smith, fabrics are from Fermoie and wallpaper is by Rapture and Wright. There is also a shepherd’s hut in the herb garden for relaxing massages using all-natural, botanical 100 Acres products. The garden room for up to 40 and a 12-seater feasting room can both be hired for parties.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0) 1367 810222; countrycreatures.com