The King’s Head in Laxfield is Britain’s best unspoilt pub

PUBLISHED: 11:31 06 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:53 06 February 2020

The King's Head in Laxfield (c) Adrian Cable, Geograph (CC BY 2.0)

The King's Head in Laxfield (c) Adrian Cable, Geograph (CC BY 2.0)


The pub has largely been unaltered for the past half a millennium and that effort to maintain its original features has been recognised by the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide

The King's Head - based on Laxfield's Gorams Mill Lane and known locally as The Low House - has been named by the Good Pub Guide as their Unspoilt Pub of the Year for 2020.

The pub took the podium position over other traditional locals in the guide's top ten that are as far north as Cheshire and as near as Norfolk.

"This is a lovely, unspoilt thatched pub owned for the community by a small group of residents," says the guide.

"There's an easy-going, genuinely friendly atmosphere and, unusually, no bar counter. Instead, the helpful staff potter in and out of a cellar tap bar to pour your pints.

"The interesting little chequer-tiled front room is dominated by a booth of high-backed settles next to an open fire topped by an old-fashioned stove, two other rooms have pews, old seats and scrubbed deal tables, and decorations consist of old prints and photographs."

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You'll be able to enjoy this historic interior while sipping on your choice of Adnams, Earl Soham Victoria, Green Jack Golden Best, Shorts Blondie and Timothy Taylors Landlord straight from the cask. There are also eight wines by the glass, ten malt whiskies and 16 gins.

As a community-run pub The King's Head puts any profits straight back into maintaining the original 15th century features for generations to come and this national recognition is a fitting reward for local efforts.

The Crown in Stoke-by-Nayland was also recognised in the guide as it was named the best all-round pub in Suffolk while also making the top ten wine pubs in the country.

To find out more and to book a stay at the pub, please visit this link.

Click here for more of Suffolk's pubs recommended by the guide.

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