Interesting and thriving old inn with good food and drinks choice, friendly atmosphere and nice garden; cosy bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Walberswick is known for its crabbing, beach huts and low-key charm, and you'll find all of them in or near this characterful 600-year-old pub. The appealingly rambling bar has a chatty atmosphere, antique curved settles, cushioned pews and window seats, scrubbed tables and two huge fireplaces. The fine old flooring encompasses sagging ancient bricks, broad boards, flagstones and black and red tiles. Friendly staff serve good wines by the glass and Adnams Broadside, Southwold and Ghost Ship (apparently inspired by the shipwrecks along this stretch of coast, whose lost souls are said to haunt the Bell), along with a seasonal guest ale on handpump and Adnam's craft beers; darts. The Barn Café is open during the school holidays for light snacks, cakes, teas and so forth. A big, neatly planted, sheltered garden behind has picnic-sets and the rolling sand dunes are a stroll away. The seasonal rowing-boat ferry to Southwold is nearby (there's also a footbridge a bit further off). Bedrooms, some with sea or harbour views, are attractively decorated, and breakfasts are good.
The good pub guide food review
Satisfying food from a seasonal menu includes pan-fried cockles, clams and pancetta on sourdough toast, roasted cauliflower, pancetta and hazelnut quiche lorraine, chargrilled smoked aubergine steak with beetroot, feta cheese and quinoa salad and walnut sauce, hot-smoked salmon with sautéed wild mushrooms, butter beans, tenderstem broccoli and a soy and sesame dressing, harissa-spiced chicken with tomato, caper and chickpea couscous, and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and toffee fudge ice-cream and vegan rhubarb and ginger cheesecake with candied lemon.
Bell, Ferry Road, Walberswick, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6TN
Pub Group: Adnams