As the UK is battered by howling gales and the country braces itself for sub-zero temperatures, it seems Jon Snow was right all along. Winter has come. This means it’s time to turn up the heating, wrap yourself in a duvet and book a wintery break to one of our holiday parks in Suffolk to cheer yourself up!
We have assembled a list of pubs in Suffolk that should not be missed this winter. The traditional Suffolk pub will have everything you need to face the cold, including traditional Suffolk ales, foods sourced from local areas and an open fire or wood-burner to warm you up and maximise cosiness. Our mix of establishments have been chosen on account of their suitability for winter visitors, ensuring warmth, atmosphere and food were prioritised.
Whether it’s a quiet drink you’re after or a first-class family feast, we’re sure these pubs can accommodate for any occasion. So why not wrap up warm and plan a leisurely wander through the rolling landscapes taking in the mysterious charm of the area, perhaps stumbling across a cosy little pub for lunch, before heading back for a well-earned nap.
So, in no particular order, here are our top 5 pubs to visit in Suffolk this winter:
The Six Bells, Preston St Mary
This traditional Suffolk country pub offers a fantastic range of locally-sourced produce on a diverse menu which changes almost daily to reflect the food that is in-season. The pub is renowned for having its own ale brewed, alongside a variety of other local tipples. Friendly staff, a crackling fire and a Sunday roast like no other, this grade 2 listed building possesses a certain charm and must be visited during your time in Suffolk.
The Brewery Tap, Ipswich
Nestled in the heart of the Ipswich docks close to the River Orwell, this pub is a fantastic find! Everything is kept in the spirit of a proper traditional pub, with an onsite brewery, smokery and even chickens, quails, ducks and guinea fowl roaming the gardens! The food is spectacular, including some unique dishes, notably the homemade pasta and Orwell reserve air-dried ham! Holywells Park is nearby, so why not take a walk to feed the ducks before indulging yourself?
The Ship at Dunwich
This pub, once a smugglers’ jaunt, is full of character and unparalleled in terms of location, right on the doorstep of Dunwich beach. Explore the wild and wonderful coastline of Suffolk, before turning in for some notorious fish and chips. A warm welcome is guaranteed, for you and your dog and the large back garden is host to a 300-year-old fig tree which is certainly worth a visit!
The Angel Inn, Stoke by Nayland
The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is without a doubt on the list of things to do for your time in Suffolk. Why not work up an appetite for lunch by exploring this reputable spot before taking in the local area, which may seem somewhat familiar. Stoke by Nayland was the inspiration for many of Constable’s Suffolk landscapes. Perfect for art and locally-sourced food enthusiasts alike, the menu is rotational to reflect in-season produce at its freshest, proving that decent quality food is of upmost importance.
The Sweffling White Horse
The East Anglia CAMRA Pub of the Year of 2015 does not disappoint those after a well-deserved pint or 5! The extensive range of local ales and ciders is never the same, as they experiment with new brews and old punter favourites. The establishment is traditional if nothing else, meaning the food offering is slightly limited, offering more snacks and small bites rather than a multi-course dinner. Dog-friendly, renowned for old games and a must visit for a quiet evening in front of the fire.
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