Staycation: Sign of the Angel, Lacock, Wiltshire
Georgie Walton and best chum Hannah set off to the chocolate- box-pretty historic village of Lacock for a gastronomic girlie getaway.
The National Trust village of Lacock, near Chippenham, has had a starring role in TV shows such as Downton Abbey, but it’s the film of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince that must account for most of the tourists we see taking selfies. Country paths trail away from the cottages in the high street, with green fields waiting to be explored on foot, and there are plenty of antiques shops to keep browsers amused.
We loaded up with artisan loaves, Lacock lardies and cookies from the Lacock Bakery in Church Street and rummaged through the locals’ window boxes filled with bunches of lavender and jars of homemade marmalade, along with honesty boxes.
Our overnight stay was at the Sign Of The Angel, a characterful 15th-century coaching inn that’s all sloping ceilings, wonky floors and low beams you have to duck under to avoid a bump to the head. The oak- panelled sitting room is perfect for enjoying a pre-dinner drink and a game of Scrabble, and the two-AA Rosette restaurant uses local produce in comforting British classics with a twist.
It’s a casual and friendly space, and we tucked into sardine pâté and duck terrine, followed by tender steak and venison. The white chocolate parfait for pudding is not to be missed. We visited during a chilly spring weekend and took full advantage of the gorgeous log fire, but in summer it would be heaven to enjoy a cream tea in the beautiful garden next to the tumbling stream.
There are five gorgeous bedrooms decorated in stylish neutrals with the plumpest bedding imaginable. And whether you’re a history buff visiting Lacock Abbey or just looking for a comforting weekend away, it really is traditional English hospitality at its best.
Doubles from £110, including breakfast. Signoftheangel.co.uk.