The Plough

Kimbolton Road, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire, tel: 01234 376 274

This rural pub has legions of fans, thanks to Martin Lee's inventive, French-driven cooking and impressive 120-strong wine list, with a generous 17 wines by the glass


65 Rosendale Road, London SE21, tel: 020 8670 0812

After performing miracles at Battersea's Greyhound, Mark van der Groot strikes again with his cooking, while the sheer scope of the wine cellar is dangerous

The Bell at Skenfrith

Skenfrith, Monmouthshire, tel: 01600 750 235

One of Wales's most celebrated inns. The kitchen makes the most of local produce, while the wine list, compiled by landlord William Hutchings, is worth a detour