There’s something about pub grub that we all love – it could be the good quality, home cooked food, the 'gastro pub' experience or the convivial atmosphere of a country pub.
With a thatched roof, tap-drawn cask ales, tiled floor and billiards table, it doesn't get much more country pub than The Sorrel Horse in Shottisham. During Spring, Summer and Autumn, the pub is open seven days a week serving lunch and evening meals and on Sundays breakfast/brunch too. There's a garden at the front and rear of the pub as well as the Pightle, complete with corral for tethering your horse!
Head to the seaside town of Southwold and you're spoilt for choice when it comes to great pub grub! Enjoy a walk on the common and marshes and head towards the harbour to The Harbour Inn. Find a table inside or out and order from the daily menu which showcases the freshest and finest local seafood including shrimps, sardines, monkfish, herring milts, with other pub classics too.
Walking from the town along Ferry Road, you will find The Sail Loft; open for lunch, dinner, Sunday lunch, brunch and afternoon tea, the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for families and casual dining. Using local ingredients the menu includes lobster bisque risotto, smoked haddock & leek chowder, Texan steak burger, Cajun pulled lamb wrap, Adnams beer-battered cod fillet and roasted, line-caught hake fillet.
Alternatively, if you're exploring the historic town of Saxmundham, you can enjoy the all-day menu, plus afternoon tea and Sunday brunch at The Sail Loft's sister pub The Bell at Sax. Dishes typically include crisp suckling pig escalope, roast seabass, dressed local crab and summer truffle, green pea & mozzarella risotto.
Situated on the village green in Walberswick, The Bell Inn is perfect for a hearty meal after a day crabbing or on the beach. Packed with Suffolk charm the historic pub features beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. The menu captures the best of Suffolk produce, offering a choice of delicious freshly prepared, locally sourced and home-cooked lunchtime and evening meals. There are a variety of nooks and rooms to dine in, from the informal and relaxed bar area, by the fire in the dining room, or outside in the garden looking out to sea.
Another Adnams pub for you to try is The Five Bells Inn at Wrentham. Serving a range of home-cooked classics at lunch and dinner alongside a good selection of Adnams beers, spirits and wines to accompany meals which include confit rabbit with pickled carrots, radish & tarragon, Adnams Copper House gin-cured salmon with red onion and parsley salad & soda bread and grilled Blythburgh free-range bacon chop.
The 16th century Queen's Head at Bramfield is ideal for a family dinner after a country walk (dogs are welcome too!). Serving food all day, the menu which is predominantly British with a twist and is well known for a vast selection of gluten-free dishes and offer a great choice for coeliacs.
A historic, grade II listed pub in the heart of Aldeburgh, The Cross Keys serves delicious locally-sourced dishes and an award-winning range of Adnams beers, spirits and wines.
Serving everything from a quick drink to a 3-course meal, The Parrot in Aldringham oozes character with solid oak beams, open fire, wonky walls and low ceilings. The menu uses local ingredients including meat direct from Salter and King butchers in Aldeburgh, fruit and vegetables from the greengrocer in Leiston, fish from sustainable stock in Lowestoft and other goodies from John Westrup in Thorpeness - a truly Suffolk menu!
After a day spent messing about in boats on the Meare, find a table at The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness. A small, family-owned pub which serves great food alongside a varied selection of Adnams ales, gins and Aspalls cider. The Dolphin has a varied evening menu using fresh local ingredients from local suppliers in dishes such as grilled seabass fillet, grilled fillet of cod, chilled Buddha bowl with summer vegetables, cous cous, sweet potato wedges and tahini dressing and 10oz Salter & King ribeye steak. At lunch, you can order from the BBQ menu with beef burger, Cumberland sausage ring, baked red mullet, charred minute-steak and spicy harissa & chickpea burger to choose from.