Handily located for the off-duty Chipping Norton set, recently renovated Dormy House is a 17th-century farmhouse hotel near Broadway in the Cotswolds; all flagstone floors, log fires and cosy nooks with lush hilly views
The hotel has two restaurants overseen by innovative chef Jon Ingram.
At the Garden Room, I ate caramelised Jerusalem artichoke soup with nutmeg dumplings, and for my main, 12-hour braised octopus and Rioja risotto topped with seared sea bass.
I rounded off a great meal with a Dormy cheeseboard and a glass of tawny port. Ingram has curated a selection of top-notch cheeses, including Alchester sloe – a soft cheese washed in sloe gin – and local Cotswold blue, a soft blue-veined brie.
The relaxing bubble of Dormy House is a perfect antidote to this hectic modern world.
Helena Lang is editor of Sainsbury’s magazine
Helena Lang is a member of IoD Central London