Opposite the churchyard, this red-brick, former coaching inn is essentially 18th century, although some sources say its origins are considerably older. The RSPB’s Minsmere coastal nature reserve is about two miles away, and Suffolk’s glorious Heritage Coast is also within easy reach. The pub retains plenty of character and rustic charm, complemented by all the comforts of contemporary living. In addition to winter real log fires, you’ll find locally brewed ales, including Brandon Rusty Bucket and Adnams Southwold Bitter, as well as a good wine list, with 20 available by the glass. The ‘hearty’ and ‘sophisticated’ food, to quote the Crown, includes daily specials and classic dishes, freshly prepared from top local produce, all on the menu in the cosy, dog-friendly bar, the elegant dining room, and the garden room. Sandwiches are made with home-baked bread. A more substantial meal might comprise ham hock and chorizo terrine, sun blushed tomato and crisp bread; Emmerdale Farm 28-day hung sirloin steak with grilled tomato, flat cap mushroom, hand-cut chips and pepper sauce; or pan-fried cod fillet, garlic and thyme fondant potato, braised fennel, tempura fennel, roasted pepper and saffron coulis; followed perhaps by apricot bread and butter pudding with clotted cream ice cream. For vegetarians, perhaps goats cheese fritters with sweet and sour tomato relish, rocket and balsamic vinegar; or sweet chilli and soy glazed tofu, oriental vegetables, wild mushroom and miso broth and crispy wonton pastry. Retire to one of the 34 comfortably and individually styled bedrooms. Outside, the large terraced gardens are floodlit in the evening.