The Swan Inn
“Thatched inn opposite the village green” - AA Inspector
MONKS ELEIGH, SUFFOLK
On a corner opposite the village green, this cream-washed inn is the only survivor from the four that were here a century ago. Lowish beams in the bar might catch any particularly tall guest distracted by thoughts of a pint of Brewers Gold, or Aspall cider. Traditional home-cooked meals sourced from local suppliers include Old Suffolk sausages with creamy mash, with banoffee pie or warm sticky toffee pudding to finish.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About the area
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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