A lovely place to stay, eat and relax, close to the Eden Valley. Part of the huge Lowther Estate, the village inn is owned by Charlie Lowther who is also behind nearby Askham Hall and The Queen’s Head Askham. Last summer a fire broke out here which has meant an extensive refurbishment. However, regulars have no need to worry. When the George and Dragon re-opens in early summer, it will still have the same authentic look and convivial feel. The rustic bar, with its wood-burning stoves and banquette seats strewn with kelim cushions, will be a delightful place to while away time. And on sunny days, there is still no better spot than at a chunky, weathered table in the courtyard. New menus are inspired by the estate-grown and reared produce. Head chef Gareth Webster creates just the sort of tasty, unfussy cooking one craves in the countryside. Speaking of which, anyone staying in one of the inn’s ten comfortable, renovated bedrooms should take advantage of its impressive fishing and stalking opportunities. Families and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1768 865381; georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk