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Charming coaching inn in Constable Country

At a glance

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

This substantial old inn has served the sublime village of gabled colour-washed houses and tall, slim chimneys since well before local lad John Constable put brush to canvas to capture the beauty of deepest rural Suffolk. Careful modernisation, like the air-conditioned conservatory, patio and sun terrace, harmonise happily with the ancient charm of The Angel's beamed bars, log fires and snug areas. The Well Room restaurant area, with its lofty, timbered ceiling and 52-ft deep well, is an astonishing centrepiece. Modern dishes and robust classics share billing on the seasonally-inspired menu which has gained head chef Mark Allen an AA Rosette. From the à la carte, consider chargrilled swordfish; pan-fried calves' liver and bacon; or warm caramelised onion and goats' cheese tart. There is a choice of grills cooked over oak and chicory on their Big Green Egg. Luxurious accommodation here offers scope for extended exploration of the scenic Stour Valley.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 11-10.30)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-3.30, Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-9
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6-9.30, Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Greene King, Nethergate, 2 guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall, Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Colchester take A134 towards Sudbury, 5 miles to Nayland. Or from A12 between junctions 30 and 31 take B1068, then B1087 to Nayland

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