If you can’t place Breckland, it’s that region of gorse-covered sandy heath straddling south Norfolk and north Suffolk. Within its boundaries you’ll find this splendid, long and low, thatched 17th-century inn, and worth finding it is for its peaceful location and unspoilt charm. In the 18th century manorial courts were held here, dealing with rents, letting of land, and petty crime. It’s more fun here today. Beneath its steeply-raked thatch lies a series of low-ceilinged, interconnecting rooms served by a long bar at which the principal real ales are Adnams Southwold Bitter, Greene King IPA and Wolf Ale. The overall impression of the interior is of skew-whiff wall timbers, squat doorways, open log fires, rustic old furniture and farming implements. You’ll find picnic tables in the large rear garden, where dogs are welcome. The inn is an ideal base for walking the Peddars Way and the Great Eastern Pingo Trail - a string of lakelets (the pingos) left behind after the Ice Age.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 11-3 6-11 (Sunday all day)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday all day
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30-9, Sunday all day
Food and drink
Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Wolf Ale, Greene King IPA, Woodforde's Wherry