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Pubs in Suffolk

As you'd expect from the county that brings you the UK's 2 largest beer producers (Adnams & Greene King), our love of the traditional British pub is unrivalled. Suffolk Pubs are often central to the local community, from the smallest village to the largest town, and offer a great atmosphere and friendly welcome. We've selected some of the best for you to try -

Food led pubs


Some pubs are more foodie than others so here we've selected our top picks of Suffolk's pubs that are food led -

Swan Inn Monks Eleigh Pub SUffolk

Imagine a picture postcard pretty, thatched pub on the Green in the middle of a stunning village offering the best local produce, and you have imagined The Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh. Close to Lavenham, this traditional country pub prides itself on its local, British & sustainable produce at the heart of their Farm to Fork philosophy. They also have a speciality Wine Cellar too! You can enjoy local specialities, some home smoked, in the outdoor seating and eating areas during the Summer months, or by the open fires during the Autumn and Winter. Find out more by clicking on the link above.

Fine dining at the Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
The Fox and Goose, in rural Fressingfield, has been awarded AA 2 Rosettes and is featured in Michelin, Harden's and Which food guides. Upstairs in the restaurant you can choose from their lunch menu or the very special a la Carte menu. Downstairs, the Fox & Goose retains its relaxed country pub atmosphere serving ales tapped straight from the barrel and a simpler, yet very tasty, menu with interesting specials. No matter where you choose to dine, everything is freshly made including the breads and ice creams. Excellent service and a friendly atmosphere makes this pub a great choice for a special meal.

Pubs in Suffolk



The Hadleigh Ram in the picture postcard town of Hadleigh is another 'must' for visitors. Stroll around the town and admire the Guildhall and many other treats, and work up an appetite for a first class pub meal at the Ram. This restaurant and bar, now owned by Stuart Inns, has a certain ‘Suffolk ale house’ charm and offers informal, yet comfortable dining areas. Open from 10am for Brunch, lunch and dinner, the Ram uses seasonal local ingredients to create ever changing delicious menus. Their 'Gin & Mix List' using artisan gins distilled throughout the UK is also well worth a try. See their latest deals here - The Hadleigh Ram



The Veggie Red Lion

The Red Lion in Great Bricett is East Anglia's first and only exclusively vegetarian pub restaurant. Created and controlled by the passionate proprietor, the Red Lion is the destination for all vegetarians and vegans county wide...and far beyond. Book now - The Veggie Red Lion

Coastal Pubs in Suffolk


Local delights at The Anchor in Walberswick
A village pub with a difference, the team at the Anchor are passionate about fresh, local produce. They offer a wide range of wines, over 150, as well as bio-dynamic and organic wines from some of the most inspired winemakers, plus delicious ales, and their seasonal, changing menu is packed full of local delights such as Red Poll Beef, Blythburgh Pork and Lowestoft fish. Dine in the garden during the summer months, only a stones throw away from the hugely popular Walberswick beach, or cosy up by the open fires in the winter. They also have first class accommodation.


Dolphin Inn

Situated in the middle of the unique seaside village of Thorpeness is the Dolphin Inn, one of the most popular and well known pub restaurants in the area. Offering great local ales, a relaxed, friendly service and delicious seasonal food, most of it sourced from the immediate area, plus a delicious roast dinner on a Sunday. There's a lovely big garden for the summer months and they have 3, four star bedrooms too so stay over at The Dolphin Inn, Thorpeness Find out more about the fascinating history of manmade Thorpeness




The Plough & Sail offers all you’d expect from a traditional country pub including a cosy bar for warming up those winter days, and outside seating for summer evenings and lazy Sunday lunchtimes. Located at Snape Maltings it is very convenient for a pre-concert drink or meal. Food is served in the Restaurant, or you can enjoy a more causal meal in the Bar area. Food is made using produce from Suffolk suppliers wherever possible and not forgetting a wide selection of draught lagers and ales and a fantastic wine list, so make sure you visit very soon The Plough and Sail, Snape

Pubs in Suffolk


Further down the River Alde, south of Aldeburgh is the attractive foodie town of Orford and here you'll find The Kings Head Inn, one of the foodie landmarks of the town. Serving good, home-made pub food for lunch and supper, including traditional favourites like pies & roasts, and locally caught fresh fish, all washed down with a pint of Adnams! There are comfortable rooms on site too so why not make a weekend of it and explore Orford?

Spoil yourself at the Westleton Crown!
One of Suffolk's leading pub-restaurant-Inns is The Crown in the small village of Westleton 2 miles from the Dunwich Coast, between Southwold and Aldeburgh. The Westleton Crown offers fine dining in its restaurant and conservatory area, and a less formal but equally fine bar menu in its dog friendly bar & outside terrace areas.

Lavenham Greyhound

The building which houses the Lavenham Greyhound has been restored to a very high standard. There are plenty of choices of places to eat locally so you can be assured that the food here is top notch. Serving stylish country food with imaginative twists on classic favourites, and sourcing local, seasonal ingredients, plus great beer and wine, a meal at the Lavenham Greyhound will be one of the highlights of your visit to this stunning Medieval Village.

Six bells Pub Preston St mary

The Six Bells in Preston St Mary is a charming, Grade II listed pub in the most peaceful of surroundings, about 4 miles from Lavenham. They serve lunch and dinner as well as traditional roasts all day on Sundays. The menu is full of British seasonal produce, sourced from local farms and suppliers including nearby Lavenham Butchers and day-boat fish from Leigh-on-Sea. There's an extensive wine list and selection of premium bottled lagers, cider and spirits, and a spacious garden from which you can enjoy them in the summer months. Plus events and special nights happening throughout the year.
Find out what's on at The Six Bells Preston St Mary

Pubs in Suffolk with accommodation


Suffolk Inns & Pubs with Accommodation
If you fancy staying in one of our great Inns for a cosy break, check out this Guide to the best Inns & Pubs with Rooms in Suffolk

Pubs in Suffolk



Pubs in Suffolk come in all shapes and sizes - the smallest is The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds (pictured above) - you can touch the back wall from the front door, but the quality of the pub makes up for it's lack of quantity!

Suffolk’s pleasant life and countryside encourages people to work here, and stay here, including prominent chefs and excellent staff. As you'd expect from us country loving folk you can take your hound to many Suffolk Pubs - but check out Dog Friendly Pubs in Suffolk first to make sure!

The Old Cannon Brewery

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bar, Brasserie and Bed & Breakfast is a privately owned, genuinely independent free house in Bury St Edmunds, and certainly the only brew pub in Suffolk where you can actually see beer in the making on a regular basis. Beers are made using East Anglian grown and malted barley, choice hops and the special house yeast. You can't get much more local than this! The Old Cannon Brewery

The Black Boy Public House is a traditional pub offering great value accommodation located just off the main square in this attractive medieval town - perfect for a short break to explore Bury St Edmunds.

The King


Family friendly country pubs in Suffolk



Kirtling Red Lion Pub

Awarded a Good Food Guide award in 2016, the Red Lion in Kirtling near Newmarket offers great value food that's locally sourced, seasonal & home cooked - what more could you want? There are special midweek deals and events on throughout the year and their traditional Sunday roast is very popular, so booking is essential. They have a large beer garden and welcome families, dogs and even horses (there are two tethers outside!) A friendly and traditional local pub. See The Kirtling Red Lion




The Star Inn, Wenhaston is a cosy, welcoming village Inn with open fires, a good selection of traditional bar games, great pub food, plus a large garden with a boules pitch and informal camping (by prior arrangement). It's also dog friendly and has open mic nights during the week so if you want a sing-a-long head to the very popular Star in Wenhaston near Halesworth.

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