Records going back over 400 years testify to The Castle Inn’s roots as an alehouse – even if its name has changed several times. Since buying the pub in 2007, Mark and Tanya Hougham have made a great success of things due to their hard work and enthusiasm. Today The Castle Inn is known for simply cooked food based on fresh locally-sourced ingredients, and Suffolk ales from Earl Soham and Cliff Quay. Mussels in one form or another are likely to appear among the starters during the winter months, while the concise list of main courses will include well-aged beef, and perhaps a twice-baked brie soufflé with a spinach and nutmeg cream and dauphinoise potatoes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £10
- Closed: false
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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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