From historic tales to coastal retreats, a seafood paradise to city style by the sea and a former brewery. Suffolk’s pubs with rooms take the traditional concept to a whole new level with style, sophistication and award-winning dining alongside the traditional hallmarks of cosy hospitality and warm welcomes. Here the Good Hotel Guide shares their top gastro pubs with rooms in Suffolk…
The Bildeston Crown, Bildeston
This cosy restaurant with rooms in a former 15th century merchant’s inn has been welcoming visitors with open arms for more than 400 years. Today it’s known for its traditional but playful sense of style, as well as its sumptuous furnishings and excellent food. A warming environment, each room has its own style, often extravagant with four poster beds and rich soft furnishings. Meanwhile, food is locally sourced and traditional, plentiful and exquisitely English, but with a refinement that makes the experience feel extra special.
The Crown, Stoke by Nayland
Surrounded by landscaped gardens, this oldest of Suffolk pubs has been beautifully renovated to fuse historic style with contemporary additions and updates. The result is a light and refreshing environment offering glowing hospitality in the heart of Constable country. With the warmth of a traditional village inn and the style of a boutique hotel, The Crown provides exemplary service and high quality food, and in the summer months guests take great pleasure in dining alfresco as well.
The Swan, Southwold
A charmingly refurbished Georgian hotel, The Swan is a jewel on the south coast and brings London cool to timeless Southwold. From green velvet sofas to theatrical wallpaper, log fires to traditional British dishes, there is an unmistakeable sense of style and flair at this exquisite pub with rooms. There is also history of brewing on this site that dates back more than 600 years, and proprietors Adnams still have a brewery and distillery right on the doorstep. As such, there are references to brewing and distilling throughout the hotel, which merely add to its charm and bring new meaning to the traditional expectation of a pub with rooms.
The Ship at Dunwich, Dunwich
Once known as the haunt of smugglers, this red brick building is now a haven for dog walkers, bird watchers, nature lovers and four legged friends. A family friendly pub with rooms on the Suffolk coast, The Ship at Dunwich is surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach as well as the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery which tease as to the history of the region’s poetic and somewhat tragic history where a thriving ancient port was once claimed by a terrible storm. It’s a story that merely adds to the intrigue at this charming inn, a tale best told over a pint and a hearty meal of local seafood by the crackling fire.
The Crown, Woodbridge
A 16th century coaching in with cool and contemporary interiors, The Crown is known for its fusion of traditional hospitality and award-winning modern cuisine. Inside, the inn has been updated to offer light and elegant but cosy and comforting style, while a vibrant bar and celebrated menu brings hearty bur refined fare to breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a children’s menu and afternoon tea guaranteeing there’s something for everyone.
The Westleton Crown, Southwold
A 12th century coaching inn, The Westleton Crown sits by an RSPB nature reserve and offers a friendly atmosphere in beautiful surrounds. With 34 rooms that are stylishly and individually styled, this is no small pub with rooms, but a celebrated retreat offering style and sophistication. Meanwhile, the restaurant has two AA Rosettes for its feast of seafood, Sunday roasts and simple lunchtime snacks. It’s the sort of place that keeps people returning again and again.