Welcoming country pub with popular food, local ales, simple furnishings and seats in the garden; shepherd's huts
The good pub guide review
This attractive brick-built pub continues to win praise from our readers, not just for the creative food that it's known for but also for its devotion to the craft of hospitality in the round, from warm and engaged service to its contribution to village life. The open-plan rooms are simply decorated in modern country style with settles, built-in wall seats, grey-painted and cushioned dining chairs around rustic tables on stripped floorboards or quarry tiles, an open fire, a woodburning stove and a few wall prints. Three ales such as Adnams Ghost Ship, Earl Soham Brandeston Gold and Woodfordes Try-Umph on handpump, a dozen or so wines by the glass, fruit gins and home-made fruit cordials; background and occasional live music and board games. Community events include a Christmas crafts fair and autumn beer festival, and there's a deli and produce shop. Outside, teak tables and chairs sit among planter boxes on gravel. Their bell tent and two prettily furnished shepherd's huts are comfortable, warm and great fun as accommodation.
The good pub guide food review
Good food includes gourmet lunchtime sandwiches, own-made savoury snacks such as steak slices, and menus that use local and seasonal ingredients (some of it grown in the back garden) in simple but carefully conceived modern dishes. These might include Basque potato torta with mozzarella and piquillo peppers, black pudding scotch egg with apple and tamarind chutney, rump steak with braised short rib, duck-fat chips, wild mushrooms and cavolo nero, assorted burgers with fries, harbour catch with pink fir potatoes, courgette, capers and burnt butter, spanakopita with greek salad, hummus and tzatziki, and desserts such as apple pie and steamed marmalade pudding.