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Delightful combination of village pub and boutique hotel

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Garden
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

Slap bang in the heart of Constable Country and handy for the timeless villages of Lavenham, Kersey and Long Melford, this 16th-century free house sits above the Stour and Box Valleys on the Suffolk and Essex border. The stylish dining areas are informal, and there’s a great choice of local ales in the contemporary bar. These are matched by an award-winning cellar of some 250 bins; over 30 of them can be bought by the glass. Tasty seasonal and local produce underpins a modern British menu. Typical starters are curried pumpkin, crispy kale, toasted seeds; and roasted quail with lemon and herb stuffing. Children are welcome but dining is for adults only after 8pm. Dinner might feature roasted squash and chard quiche with salsa verde; or steak and kidney suet pudding with root vegetable crisps. Finish with dark chocolate mousse or lemon meringue pie. Eleven luxury en suite bedrooms complete the jewels in this crown.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 7.30am–11pm (Sunday 8am–10.30pm)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–9
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9.30, Friday to Saturday 6–10, Sunday 12–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Accessibility

  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Exit A12 signed Stratford St Mary and Dedham. Through Stratford St Mary 0.5 mile, left, follow signs to Higham. At village green left, left again, 2 miles, pub on right.

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