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The Kings Head (The Low House)

Discover an authentic old pub with no bar

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Kids play area

This unspoilt thatched 16th-century alehouse is a rare Suffolk gem that oozes charm and character. Locals know it as the Low House because it lies in a dip below the churchyard. Tip-top ales are served straight from the cask in the original taproom – this is one of the few pubs in Britain without a bar. Typical dishes are roast black pudding with a soft poached egg; and panko-crumbed white crab and black tiger prawn fishcakes to start, followed by pan-fried skate wing, burnt caper and parsley butter with hand-cut chips; or grilled Cumberland sausages, bubble-and-squeak and caramelised onion gravy. Beer festivals in May and September are unforgettable occasions thanks to the beautiful situation of the pub overlooking the river; its grounds, with rose gardens and an arbour, were formerly the village bowling green.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Saturday 8am-11pm Sunday 8am-7pm)
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2, Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 8-4.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6-9, Saturday 8am-9pm

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Southwold Bitter, Broadside and Ghost Ship ales, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, May and September


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


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


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

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