The Bull & Swan
'Magnificently renovated in 2010, this ancient inn stands a short stroll from glorious Stamford and the gates to Burghley House,' says David. 'In the classic bar, the raft of local ales, the splendid wines and the food - venison scotch eggs, game pie, sticky toffee pudding - are impossible to resist. Gorgeous country-house-style bedrooms with super-funky bathrooms await upstairs.'
Where St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LJ (01780 766412; www.thebullandswan.co.uk)