The Packhorse Inn
“Stylish country pub near Newmarket”
Those who seek out dining establishments with top notch food should head here, one of Suffolk’s most highly acclaimed. Former banker and founder of Chestnut Inns, Philip Turner owns it, having reopened it following a six-month renovation and changing its name from the Kings Head in homage to the adjacent medieval, pedestrian-only bridge across the River Kennet. Just two miles from Newmarket Racecourse, this smart, family-friendly country pub and restaurant attracts all – locals, out-of-town race-goers and everyone in between – to its large dining and bar area. The emphasis in the concise but appealing, regularly changing menus is on quality, locally sourced food and drink, including game from shoots, lamb from Moulton, beers from Woodforde’s and guest breweries, and Harry Sparrow cider from the Suffolk village of Aspall.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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