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Excellent food and accommodation

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly

Here since the 16th century and still going strong. Stronger than ever, in fact, thanks to the creation of a new dining area in the listed barn, with an oak-panelled, high-vaulted ceiling, a bar with much better lighting than before and a tree-lined sandstone patio out front. The bar serves Adnams and Woodforde's East Anglian real ales and ciders, sandwiches, baguettes and hot meals like burgers, fish and chips, linguine puttanesca and home-made shortcrust pastry pies. Among dishes taken from a winter restaurant menu are braised shin of beef, mussel and black bean Asian dumplings, sesame spinach, soy sauce, and honey and thyme reduction; pan-roasted pork tenderloin rolled in sage crumbs, parsnip purée, parsnip crisps, prunes and whisky sauce; and mushroom and courgette cannelloni with marinated tomatoes and tarragon béchamel. Old favourites, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream, and lemon meringue tart appear as desserts. A south-facing beer garden awaits at the rear.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12-2, Friday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-8
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday to Saturday 6.30-9.30, Sunday 12-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Woodforde's Wherry, Adnams Southwold Bitter, Red & Black, Nethergate
  • Real ciders: Aspall and Harry Sparrow

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Contact pub for details


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From south: M11 junction 9, A11 towards Newmarket, follow Balsham signs. From north: M11 junction 10, A505 signed Newmarket (A11), onto A11, follow Balsham signs

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