Keith and Nicola Braidwood both cook - the bread's hers, the desserts are his. Then when the 24 customers come she keeps the Michelin-starred restaurant running smoothly, he mans the stove.

Drumastle Mill Cottage, Dalry, Ayr

(01294 833544)

Hand & Flowers

If only all gastropubs had such a talented pair of owners. Tom (he cooks) and Beth (she sculpts and runs the show) Kerridge do it all beautifully, from making the sausages to making everyone welcome.

126 West Street, Marlow, Bucks

(01628 482277)

Harry's Place

It's really Harry and Caroline's place; the Hallams run their 10-seat restaurant together. Highly skilled, meticulously sourced and precision food wows Michelin and the lucky few diners.

17 High Street, Great Gonerby, Lincs

(01476 561780)

Mason's Arms

After 18 years with Michel Roux at the Waterside Inn, Mark Dodson and his wife Sarah have their own thatched inn. Locals in the bar; local produce cooked with savoir faire, and served by Sarah in the restaurant.

Knowstone, Devon

(01398 341231)