You'll find the bar at The Brownlow Arms buzzing at all times of the week attracting locals and tourists alike; with a terrace open in the summer and a welcoming fireplace in the winter. The Willoughbys, Lorraine - who's worked here since her teenage years - and Paul, have decorated each of the rooms in a sleek 'country-inn' style. The beds are the focal point and cannot fail to impress, ours featured an antique wooden mantle cleverly converted into a bedhead, while a gaudy red sofa and furnishings clash with the mute walls and bedspread.

When we visited the restaurant the food was sumptuous, the service was speedy and the atmosphere friendly, nothing could be faulted. Since our last visit Paul and Lorraine have renovated, and the restaurant now blends original 17thC features: wooden beams and exposed brick, with modern, clean colours and crisp white linen.

It's a bargain: a double room is just £98, but they could easily charge more.