Hercules Revived

in Leicestershire

One of the joys of travelling through the Midlands is chancing upon a picture-perfect country pub serving top-tier food. And this one, in a 17th-century coaching inn, is just 1.2 miles east of Bosworth Battlefield. Inspired starters (crab-and-prawn tian) precede mains such as seared duck breast in wild-blackberry sauce; there's a wood-fired pizza oven in the sunny picnic-table-filled garden.