Why go there?
This beautiful Cambridgeshire village has been settled since Roman times, and today still boasts many old buildings and shops from centuries past, including a striking 15th century church (which stands on the site of two earlier churches dating back to Norman times, and possibly earlier). The River Granta flows through Linton on its way to Cambridge, and boasts a number of picturesque walks along its banks.
Two local sites worth visiting are the Linton Zoological Gardens (www.lintonzoo.com) and Chilford Hall. Chilford boasts East Anglia’s largest vineyard and is hosting the Tastes of Anglia food festival this weekend (see www.feasteast.co.uk for details), where you’ll be able to sample produce from 80 local food producers.
Where to stay
The Crown Inn is a beautifully kept coaching inn dating back to the 18th Century, and features in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. Five on-suite bedrooms are available. It also boasts a Brassiere-style restaurant with lunchtime and evening menus, along with a narrow (but cosy) main bar.
01223 891759, www.crownatlinton.co.uk
Where to eat
Mallards Restaurant was opened in October 2008 as an extension to the homely Dog and Duck pub, and is situated on the banks of the Granta. It specialises in British and French Mediterranean fare, based on seasonal recipes. Expect to pay around £15 for a main course.
01223 891257, www.mallards-restaurant.co.uk
For years people heard tales of an old Elizabethan ghost who appeared to walk through The Bell pub (now-defunct) on his knees. The mystery was solved when – during renovations – it was discovered the pub’s original floor was 18 inches lower than the current one.