Delightful combination of village pub and boutique hotel
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
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.