You can’t beat a traditional Suffolk village pub!
Pub food is a big deal in Suffolk. Many pubs take the ‘green mile’ seriously and will only use local meat, fish and vegetables to provide seasonal menus, which is great if you love your food fresh and flavoursome!
Watch out for opening times – most village pubs will close after lunch time service and reopen between 5 pm and 6 pm. Kitchens tend to stop serving by 9 pm at the latest so it’s always best to ring ahead and check.
A rural pub, close to town
Just over the fields, in Westerfield, is The Railway. Run by a couple who live in the village it has a real community feel despite being only 2 miles from Ipswich town centre. The garden at the back has giant Jenga and a petanque pitch where pub league games are played, as well as fantastic views over the surrounding fields. There is a bar area and a more formal restaurant and, as well as the garden, there is a heated, covered patio. Serving hearty pub classics as well as light lunches and of course, the Sunday Roast, the Railway is open 7 days a week and it’s dog friendly!
Dogs welcome too
Speaking of dogs… the Turks Head in Hasketon was named the best pub in Suffolk in 2016 by Pub and Bar Magazine – an award we think is well deserved. It reopened in late 2015 after a major refurb and nothing has been left to chance. The interior design, garden games and open fires make it a perfect place to sit and while away an afternoon or evening. Their tag line is that “dogs, muddy boots and muddy children are welcome” so why not head over and enjoy a walk over the fields before settling down in front of the fire, or outside in the garden.
Dining by the riverside
If you fancy a riverside pint, our two favourites are The Maybush at Waldringfield and The Butt and Oyster at Pin Mill. Both pubs are part of a small local chain but manage to retain an independent feel.
The village of Waldringfield is right on the Deben Estuary. The pub itself sits on the waterfront with a large tiered patio overlooking the boats. The Butt and Oyster is in the hamlet of Pin Mill and has been famous since smuggling days. It has lovely views over the Orwell estuary from inside and outside, and is great to visit during summer evenings and chilly winter days alike. Seafood is popular on both menus as you would expect alongside locally reared pork and other regional specialities.
Authentic, rustic charm
Further inland, near Stowmarket, is The Buxhall Crown. With exposed beams, open fires and rustic charm there is no doubt about of the age and heritage of the building which dates back to the 17th century. The garden is very pretty with views over the fields and the local windmill.
And finally, you don’t get much more authentic a village pub than The Victoria in Earl Soham – even down to the outside toilets. Housing its own brewery not only does it serve local food but local beers too! Relaxed and friendly, it’s a great one to visit for a local pint even if you don’t want to stay for dinner.
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