Off the beaten track in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, yet, it’s just five minutes from the A12 at Yoxford and 10 miles from the coast. This rustic 16th-century inn retains much of its Tudor charm and incorporates stone floors, exposed brickwork and ships’ timbers believed to have come from Woodbridge shipyard. A free house, the bar with its raised gallery is the place to enjoy a pint of Adnams Southwold, Green Jack Trawlerboys or Woodforde’s Once Bittern. There is a choice of dining areas to sample the award-winning food, while the secluded courtyard has a Mediterranean feel when the sun comes out. Owners Neil and Gill Mason are committed to producing high-quality food from fresh local ingredients – and to prove it they grow many of their own vegetables behind the pub. At lunch, you can order from the menu or from the selection of light bites and sandwiches while dinner offers restaurant fare. Children’s portions are available at lunchtime, and six-year-olds and over are permitted in the evening.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Main course from: £13
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Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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