The Suffolk Coast
  • The Ship at Dunwich - (c) Emily Fae Photography

Cosy Country Pubs

As the days turn cooler and the nights draw in, it's time for walks in the countryside followed by a plate of tasty food as you sit by a roaring fire. 

This autumn, make time to visit these cosy country pubs on The Suffolk Coast.

1. The Westleton Crown

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After a day exploring the nearby nature reserves of RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Heath, head to The Westleton Crown and find a table in the cosy bar or in the restaurant, which opens out into the garden when the weather is warm.

The restaurant has an AA 2 Rosette Award and is featured in the Good Pub Guide 2018, serving a wide variety of imaginative dishes on their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The pub serves a delicious Sunday lunch too, and afternoon tea available Monday to Saturday from 3pm - 5pm. 

2. The Oyster Inn

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The Oyster Inn has been at the heart of the waterside village of Butley since the 17th century; a traditional village pub, it has oak beams, a cosy fire and a menu of hearty pub grub.

Located next to Rendleham Forest, it's the ideal place to warm up with a hearty meal and a pint of ale after a long walk or bike ride and dogs are welcome too!

3. The Bell Inn Walberswick

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In the summer months, the coastal village of Walberswick is a popular visiting spot for tourists, but as the weather turns, it's a place to get away from it all; with windswept beaches, winding country lanes and two traditional pubs. 

The Bell Inn is packed with character features such as beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. The menu uses a range of Suffolk produce offering home-cooked lunchtime and evening meals. After a bracing walk along the beach, it's the ideal place settle down by the fire in the dining room and sip on a pint of Adnams.

4. The Sweffling White Horse

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The Sweffling White Horse is a traditional Suffolk pub serving draught real ales straight from the cask and hearty pub grub. The pub is unique in that there isn't an actual bar, but you can sample real ales from small, local breweries as you sit by one of the open fires and play the traditional pub games on offer.

A simple food menu is served in the evenings, with the winter menu including Farmcafe handmade pies cooked in the wood-fired range oven in the bar! If pies are low in stock, alternatives include batches of Smokey Bean Stew or Vegetable Chilli, and the tasty 'Hot Cheesey Huffer' (local cheese melted onto Huffer bread and topped with either smoked paprika or onion relish) is also a popular winter offering.

6. The Ufford Crown

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A Michelin recommended family pub nestled in the quiet village of Ufford near Woodbridge, The Ufford Crown features a spacious restaurant boasting an impressive menu, a cosy bar where you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine and a stylish lounge. 

The daily changing menu is hearty, wholesome British pub food with a French influence made with fresh, local ingredients (booking is advisable in the restaurant). Dogs are welcome too and can enjoy treats and a bowl of water in the bar as you try out some of the hand-picked local ales. 

7. The Ramsholt Arms

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Situated on the banks of the River Deben, The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub recommended in the Michelin guide. There are some great dog walks nearby and dogs are welcome to join you as you enjoy a meal of freshly caught, local seafood, sharing platters and pub classics.

9. The Ship at Dunwich

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Discover the remote village of Dunwich; once the haunt of smugglers, this thriving medieval port was lost into the sea during a terrible storm. Today it's the perfect place to experience the raw beauty of the Suffolk coast - with coastal, heathland and woodland walks a'plenty. After you've worked up an appetite, find a table at The Ship Inn. Sit by the nautically themed bar next to the crackling fire, in the dining room or the conservatory and choose from the menu a delicious plate of hearty pub food, washed down with a pint of real ale.

Dogs are also welcome here and will be greeted with treats and water! 

10. The Sorrel Horse

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A quintessential country pub, The Sorrel Horse is a Suffolk pink thatched building with rustic tiled floors and an original bar billiards table in the village of Shottisham on the Deben Peninsula. 

The community-owned pub serves lunch and evening meals and on Sundays breakfast and brunch too, so you can fill your boots before setting off on a morning walk to nearby Shotley. Dogs are welcomed as are horses, who can be tethered by corral in the Pightle whilst you enjoy a pint!

11. The Alderton Swan

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Having undergone a refurbishment a couple of years ago, The Alderton Swan is a stylish country pub and restaurant serving an eclectic mix of dishes, fine wines and cocktails in this charming historic grade two listed building.

In Spring, Summer & Autumn it is open seven days a week, welcoming families, dog walkers and cyclists from the many walking and cycling routes that surround the village. 

The Swan serves both an a la carte menu alongside a bar menu, both featuring local produce from the 'Garden', 'Sea' and Land'. 

12. The Unruly Pig

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Nestled in the village of Bromeswell near Woodbridge, The Unruly Pig is a 16th century Suffolk Inn with cosy log burners, original oak beams, sloping ceilings and an eclectic mix of pop and local art decorating the walls.

The pub comes recommended by Michelin, Harden’s, The Sunday Times and Financial Times and achieved the highest local rating in The Good Food Guide 2018. Here you can enjoy great food, wine and craft beers. The a la carte and daily set menu are changed often to reflect the seasons and to make the most of the abundance of fantastic food and drink producers on their doorstep.

To accompany your food, or if you fancy a few drinks in the bar, there are fifty wines and cocktails to choose from plus hand-pulled pints of Adnams Bitter, Mosiac IPA, Birra Moretti and local Aspalls Cyder.

13. The Ship Inn, Levington

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Nestled in the heart of Levington village, The Ship Inn is a small, thatched pub that boasts a roaring fire and beams galore. This quaint and cosy pub dates back to the 13th Century and oozes character - you can still see some of the original ship timbers from which the pub was built and gave it its name. 

The bar serves an interesting range of cask ales, wines and artisan spirits. If you're feeling peckish, the menu boasts a range of freshly cooked meals made with local produce along with lighter options and sandwiches and a daily specials board.

Dogs are also welcome - in fact you may have to compete with them for a spot in front of the fire!



WHERE TO EAT

The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned them an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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The Oyster Inn

The Oyster Inn

A traditional village pub serving real ale and home-style food, The Oyster Inn has been at the heart of Butley since at least the 17th Century. 

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Dog friendly

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

The Bell offers no shortage of Suffolk character with beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. Well known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, The Bell is a perfect all year round destination. 

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The Ship Inn Levington

The Ship Inn Levington

Ipswich

Idyllic country pub situated on the banks of the River Orwell, with a delicious local menu and an excellent range of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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The Sweffling White Horse

The Sweffling White Horse

A traditional pub in the village of Sweffling near Saxmundham and East Anglia Pub of the Year 2015

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The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig is a 16th century Suffolk Inn offering exceptional food, great wines, craft beers and really friendly service in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

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The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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The Sorrel Horse

The Sorrel Horse

The Sorrel Horse is a community-owned quintessential English country pub with tap drawn cask ales, thatched roof, tiled floors and an original bar billiards table.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

The Alderton Swan

The Alderton Swan

The Swan has been completely refurbished in the last couple of years and offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly