Particularly well run inn with nicely old-fashioned bar, good mix of customers, real ales and imaginative food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
At the junction of three country lanes in pretty little Sibton, surrounded by farmland, this inn with restaurant and rooms has a larder of local suppliers on hand to supply its highly rated kitchen, along with its own prolific kitchen garden. The food is good, then, but it's also a proper village pub with a strong local following and genuinely friendly, hands-on licensees. The appealing bar has a roaring log fire in a large inglenook fireplace, horsebrasses and tack on the walls and a red and black tiled floor, ales on handpump from regulars Adnams, Earl Soham and Green Jack plus guests, 17 wines by the glass and 20 malt whiskies served from an old oak-panelled counter. A viewing panel reveals the working cellar and its ancient floor, and they hold beer, theatre and music events during the summer. Steps lead up past an old, partly knocked-through timbered wall into a carpeted gallery, and there's also a smart dining room and a secluded (and popular) dining terrace. The big garden has plenty of seats and attractive planting. The five bedrooms, housed in a separate building next door, are warm, contemporary and well equipped and breakfasts are good. Disabled access but not to the loos.
The good pub guide food review
Impressive food, much of it made from scratch and with gluten-free options, includes sandwiches, a Friday night barbecue in summer and game in season. Dishes might include cured mackerel with fennel, grapefruit, pine nuts and rocket pesto, satay chicken with Asian salad and peanut sauce, roast salmon fillet with potato terrine, samphire and caper, lemon and crayfish butter, confit Gressingham duck breast with mustard gnocchi, bacon and red wine sauce, Suffolk chicken breast with chorizo, orzo pasta and pepperonata, vegetable curry with sweet potato bhaji, and puddings such as chocolate mousse with beetroot sponge, chocolate crèmeux, clotted-cream ice-cream and pear brunoise and whisky set cream with honeycomb, cranberry sorbet and oats.
White Horse, Halesworth Road, Sibton, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2JJ
Weekdays: 6.30-11 Mon; 12-3, 6.30-11 Tues-Thurs; 12-3, 6-11 Fri, Sat
Sunday: 12-4, 7-10.30