The delightful sight of several firkins of East Anglian beer stillaged enticingly behind the bar welcomes drinkers to this 400-year-old free house in the Suffolk countryside. Diners, too, relish the prospect of indulging in home-cooked specials such as steamed venison suet pudding with buttered new potatoes and red cabbage; or wild garlic and herb sausages, creamy mash and onion gravy. In times gone by the pub was reputedly a staging post for the dispatch of convicts to Australia, and the records at Ipswich Assizes do indeed show that a previous landlord was deported for stealing two ducks and a pig. Today’s guests are able to linger longer in the colourful, cottagey interior or the fragrant rose garden here.
Open all year
Days closed: Sunday evening and Monday
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday lunch
Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–2.30
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30–9
Main course from10.95
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
Take B1077 (Westerfield road) from Ipswich. Approximately 6 miles, right to Swilland.