As much as I love London, I also love a weekend away. And if I wasn’t heading down to beautiful Devon for Easter I’d make a beeline for The Wild Duck Inn. Located just outside Cirencester, this cosy country bolthole is nestled in the quiet, rural village of Ewen, serves amazing food and has twelve lovely, characterful bedrooms to choose from. There’s also a lively bar where locals come to drink, which makes the Wild Duck far more atmospheric than your average hotel or B&B. I love the restaurant, which feels like a big country kitchen, furnished with well-worn pine tables and mismatched chairs. Its walls are painted in a warm red hue and hung with oil paintings, and its ceilings are strung with hops and cartwheels.
Perhaps I’m getting boring in my old age, but I really can’t think of anything more enjoyable than a weekend spent getting lost in the countryside, eating posh gastro grub, drinking too much red wine and passing out in a big, comfy four-poster bed.
Double rooms start from £110
Drakes Island, Ewen, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. GL7 6BY
Telephone: 01285 770310