Take one look at this restaurant’s menu and you’ll know immediately that you’re in for a pretty special meal. Starters such as fresh Cornish crab with home-smoked salmon and chive cream, poached egg cocotte with asparagus and Stilton cream, and ham hock rillette with homemade piccalilli banish any thoughts you had of going straight to the main course. Impatience is understandable though, as mains include the likes of venison fillet with pheasant caillette and Cumberland jus, and poached wild cod with braised Savoy cabbage and a parsley marinière sauce. With such a menu, The Nags Head’s AA rosette for culinary excellence hardly comes as a surprise. Similarly, with its idyllic setting, rustic 15th-century interior and cosy guest rooms, titles of Food Pub of the Year and Accommodation Pub of the Year, as well as a place in Countryfile magazine’s ‘top 55 cosiest country pubs in Britain’, are all well earned.