Antony Worrall Thompson's home and smallholding is nearby, so you know where the Middle White pork and Ark chicken comes from. Beef is Scotch, well aged and, like most meat at his bucolic black and white inn, simply grilled.

Rotherfield Peppard, Oxon (0118 972 2227)

The Bell Inn

When Claude Bosi of Hibiscus in Ludlow insists his isn't a gastropub it doesn't mean his scampi come out of a freezer or the ploughman's comes with coleslaw. Simple and rustic, but done beautifully. Real ales and a big garden, too.

Yarpole, Herefordshire

(01568 780359)

King of Prussia

Phil Vickery is a Ready Steady Cook! regular, and king of puddings. So in his country pub it makes sense that venison burger with blue cheese and chocolate bread could be followed with egg custard tart, sticky toffee or rice puddings.

Farnham Royal, Berks (01753 643006)

Marco Pierre White's Yew Tree Inn

Yes, that's what it says on the front of the country pub, where MPW's mark on the menu means classical French dishes sit next to shepherd's and fish pies. And champignons sur toast offers the best of both worlds. Highclere, Newbury, Berks (01635 253360)