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Delightful combination of village pub and boutique hotel

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
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 steamed Shetland mussels with saffron, white wine, chilli, herbs and toasted almonds; and potted Long Melford rabbit with carrot salad and walnut bread. Children are welcome but dining is for adults only after 8pm. Dinner might feature Jerusalem artichoke and feta tart, toasted hazelnuts and apple and watercress salad; or steak and Guinness pie with blue cheese and walnut mash. Finish with blood orange meringue pie or tiramisù cake. 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
  • Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Crouch Vale Brewers Gold, Woodforde's Wherry, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Main course from10
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • 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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