Dining pubs in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 10:04 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 23 January 2018

The Queen, Brandeston

The Queen, Brandeston


From local watering holes to top-notch gastro pubs, Suffolk is full of fantastic places for delicious lunches and suppers. We pick 8 of the best dining pubs in our region to enjoy a meal out

1. The Bell Inn, Kersey

This cosy village pub can be found in the heart of picturesque Kersey in the Babergh district of Suffolk. Surrounded by miles upon miles of rolling countryside, it’s a lovely pub to while away an afternoon in front of the fire with a hearty plate of food on the table. Think casual pub classics; sausage and mash with fried onions and gravy, Fisherman’s pie and Suffolk ham with eggs and chunky chips.

Not to be missed: There are a selection of delicious homemade pies on the menu, served with a generous portion of seasonal veg and lashings of gravy; the perfect winter warmer on a cold and rainy day.

2. The Angel, Lavenham

The Angel has all of the historic characteristics of a traditional Suffolk building. Inside you’ll find exposed timber beams, roaring open fires and plenty of East Anglian charm. The menu is home cooked, freshly made and comprises lots of locally-sourced ingredients. The choice changes quarterly but the quality never wavers. We loved the battered catch of the day or the melt-in-your-mouth rump steak.

Not to be missed: If you’re visiting with friends, the grazing boards are a brilliant way to start the meal. Choose from a British cured board with lots of local meats, olives and bread, or the seafood board with smoked mackerel pate, spiced white bait and half a pint of prawns. Both priced at a very reasonable £14.

3. The George, Cavendish

With it’s spacious and stylish setting, atmospheric lighting and relaxing ambience, the restaurant at The George is the perfect location for a romantic meal for two, or an evening catch up over supper with friends. The restaurant is 2-rossette awarded from the AA and absolutely everything is made in-house, even the bread. There are plenty of gastro-pub favourites on the menu to sate any appetite. From roasted sea bass to braised lamp chump, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Not to be missed: The set menu at The George is great value for money at just £15 for three mouth-watering dishes. There are some really tasty options on the menu; we love the crab mousse to start, followed by the pea and mint risotto for mains and chocolate brownie for dessert (if you can squeeze it in!).

4. The Sorrel Horse, Shottisham

The Sorrel Horse is hard to miss with its pretty pink exterior, manicured front lawn and thatched roof, and the inside of the pub doesn’t disappoint either. The dining area is lit up with an inviting open fire and the menu has plenty of choice for the whole family. In the summer months, the garden is a wonderful spot for lunch in the sunshine. Meals are served seven days a week and the newly appointed Head Chef is happy to cater for dietary requirements with advance notice (the veggie options are delicious).

Not to be missed: The pub holds food themed evenings but the best day to visit is on a Sunday for a yummy roast dinner with an impressive choice of meats and all of the trimmings.

5. The One Bull, Bury St Edmunds

Whether you’re after a casual lunch with friends or an adult-only meal in the evening, The One Bull has plenty on the menu to suit any affair. Lunches include all of the usual favourites; ploughman’s lunch, salads and freshly made sandwiches.

In the evening, diners can enjoy meaty mains (beef short rib, braised pork shoulder and 28 day-aged Suffolk beef), or something a little lighter (wild mushroom risotto or pull-apart hake fillet with minted peas). If you’ve got room for more, the sticky toffee pudding is perfect for sharing.

Not to be missed: To accompany your meal, The One Bull has a sensational wine list to suit all tastes and is great value for money.

6. The Woolpack, Ipswich

Behind the doors of one of Ipswich’s oldest inns is a cosy dining pub with a bonhomie atmosphere and a hunger-inducing menu. Take a seat in the comfy dining area and have a glance at the menu – it won’t be long before your tummy will be rumbling at the thought of tasty home cooked food.

There’s a mixture of British staples and Asian dishes on the menu. Whether you fancy a traditional fish and chip supper or something with a little more spice (curry of the day perhaps?), you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds.

Not to be missed: This pub doesn’t just cook up light lunches and wholesome dinners; the breakfast menu is irresistible too. We think the full English with sauté potatoes and dripping toast is a great way to kick-start the day.

7. The Queen, Brandeston

High quality food, a warm welcome and an inviting village pub atmosphere are all part and parcel of a visit to The Queen in Brandeston. Not just your average local pub, the restaurant has plenty of unique and unusual choices on the menu. Prepare to experiment and venture outside of your comfort zone – you wont be disappointed.

Expect quirky interpretations of traditional gastro pub dishes; venison pot pies, beef brisket and lots of locally sourced fish. On Sundays, tempting roast lunches are served alongside the normal menu.

Not to be missed: No evening meal is complete without cheese, biscuits and wine to finish. The Queen has a fantastic selection of local cheeses and it really is quite impossible to choose. Luckily there is the option of three for £6 or five for £9. The chef makes the biscuits and chutneys in-house and they are perfectly complemented with a fine glass of red from the wine list. Bliss…

8. The Anchor, Woodbridge

This cool quayside pub has flagstone floors and wooden beams galore. Snuggle up fireside with friends and family and tuck into one of the many tasty options on the menu. Take your pick from traditional English cuisine; sausage and mash, slow roast pork belly or seasonal root veg pies. Or, if you’re feeling a slightly more adventurous, indulge in something a little fiery – the Malaysian chicken curry is a wholesome supper on a cold and rainy evening. This truly is a destination pub for foodies.

Not to be missed: If, like us, you have a ‘pudding stomach’, you’ll always have room for something sweet. The rum and raisin cheesecake is the best way to finish the meal (and it’s certainly not for sharing!).

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