It’s no surprise that our passion for traditional British pubs is unmatched, given that Suffolk is home to the country’s two largest beer producers (Adnams and Greene King). The quality of the welcome and atmosphere of Suffolk pubs is often what makes them so popular among locals and visitors alike. Here are some of our favourites to try—
Food led pubs
Some pubs in Suffolk are more food-focused than others, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite food-centric pubs.
The Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh, is the picture postcard pretty pub in the middle of the village, serving the finest local fare. This pub, which is near Lavenham, is renowned for serving local, British, and environmentally friendly food with Farm to Fork eating philosophy as its motto. In addition to the regular menu, you can dine al fresco or by the fires in the winter and autumn to savour local delicacies, some of which are home-smoked.
Coastal Pubs in Suffolk
Felixstowe has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for a fun seaside holiday or a more historical experience. Our favourite little pub, The White Horse, offers secure garden seating so you can meet up for a casual drink or dine on a variety of scrumptious homemade desserts and sizzling dishes. Children and pets are welcome, and the pub is just a short walk from the sea.
The Anchor pub is a unique village pub where the team is dedicated to serving fresh, local food. The pub offers a wide selection of wines, including bio-dynamic and organic varieties from some of the world’s most innovative vintners, in addition to delicious ales and a seasonal menu that changes daily and features local specialities such as Blythburgh Pork, Red Poll Beef, and Lowestoft Fish. During the summer months, you can dine right next to Walberswick Beach, one of the most popular in the region, or cosy up by the fires in the inn. They also offer excellent accommodation.
The Dolphin Inn, one of the area’s most well-known and popular pub restaurants, is located in the centre of the unique coastal village of Thorpeness. The pub serves excellent local beers, offers a welcoming environment, and serves mouthwatering seasonal fare. In addition to providing a magnificent Sunday dinner, the food is obtained exclusively from the immediate area. The Dolphin Inn offers three 4-star rated bedrooms for those wishing to stay over.
During winter days, Plough & Sail Pub provides all the comforts of a traditional country pub, and during summer nights and lazy Sunday dinners, outdoor seating is available. The Restaurant or Bar at Snape Maltings is a great spot to have a snack before the performance. It’s worth popping into The Plough and Sail very soon, as we try to source as much produce from local suppliers as possible, in addition to a fantastic wine list and a wide range of ales and draught lagers.
The Kings Head Inn, one of Orford’s foodie landmarks, is located down the River Alde, south of Aldeburgh. The pub serves pub food, including roasts and delicious pies, as well as locally caught fresh fish, for lunch and dinner. A cold Adnams is served to wash it all down! You will also find cosy rooms where you can stay a night or two and prolong the fun.
The Crown is a prominent pub-restaurant-Inn in Westleton, a small village two miles from the Dunwich Coast between Aldeburgh and Southwold. Westleton Crown provides excellent dining in its restaurant and conservatory, as well as an equally fine bar menu in its dog-friendly bar and outdoor terrace areas.
The Lavenham Greyhound is housed in a building that has been restored wonderfully. The Lavenham Greyhound offers excellent food thanks to its proximity to a number of excellent eateries. The country fare served here is both stylish and original, combining traditional favourites with imaginative twists. The excellent beer and wine, in addition to locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, will be one of the best parts of your trip to this picturesque Medieval village.
Lavenham is about 4 miles away from Preston St Mary, a charming, Grade II-listed pub that serves delicious lunches and dinners in addition to traditional Sunday roasts. All the food at The Six Bells is made using British ingredients, sourced from local butcher shops and day-boat fish providers. The restaurant provides an extensive wine list and a large outdoor area in which to enjoy premium bottled ciders, lagers, and spirits, as well as special evenings and events throughout the year.
Pubs in Suffolk with accommodation
Despite its diminutive size, The Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds is one of Suffolk’s finest pubs. Its small stature is compensated for by the excellent service and quality drinks.
There are plenty of reasons that people prefer to live in Suffolk, including the pleasant environment and lifestyle. If you’re a country person like me, you may bring your dog to many pubs in Suffolk (see Dog-Friendly Pubs in Suffolk for more information).
Being a privately owned and independent brewery, bar, brasserie, and bed and breakfast establishment in Bury St Edmunds, The Old Cannon Brewing Company is the sole pub in Suffolk where you can regularly witness beer being made. The house yeast and East Anglian malted barley, which is grown locally, are used to make our beers. This is as local as it gets!
Bury St Edmunds is an attractive medieval town, and the Black Boy Public House is an excellent pub offering reasonably priced accommodation. It is situated just off the main square.
Family-friendly country pubs in Suffolk
Wenhaston’s Star Inn is a welcoming, cosy village inn with open fires, a diverse selection of traditional bar games, excellent pub grub, and a large garden with a boules court and camping. Head to the very popular Star in Wenhaston near Halesworth if you’re up for a sing-a-long evening. It’s dog friendly, so your fluffy friend is welcome to join.