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The Best Pubs with Rooms in Suffolk

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Suffolk is the kind of England international visitors often want to see. Green, charming with a bit of a roll to it and some seriously beautiful historic towns and villages full of warmth and character. Think vast churches and perfect green, bordered by a combination of half-timbered houses and thatched cottages. Cosy and bucolic, with a pleasant climate, Suffolk also offers the breeze of the ocean for a little bit of excitement. Suffolk is also a pretty quiet county, which helps with the unspoiled feeling. And makes it ripe for experiencing with a bit of local advice. Which you’ll find is always on offer if you stay at one of the best pubs with rooms in Suffolk!

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Our Gurus and our guests have been coming to the conclusion that the old fashioned way of travelling around the country, enjoying the hospitality of its wonderful old pubs and coaching inns, is one of the best ways to see the Home Counties. In Suffolk's best examples you’ll find the food, drink and comfort travellers have always needed, plus the friendly welcome and, in some of our Guru’s recommendations for the best pubs with rooms in Suffolk, a lot more. Some regions do pubs with rooms, or old coaching inns, better than others, and Suffolk had some great old highways, so is certainly a good place to find some of the finest pubs with rooms in the UK.

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You’ll find many of the best pubs with rooms in Suffolk dotted along the old highways passing through the picture-postcard villages, like medieval Lavenham and Constable’s Dedham, and a few in the busier centres, like historic Bury St. Edmunds and horse-y capital Newmarket. But you’ll find them on smaller roads and in more rural spots.

The Best Pubs with Rooms in Suffolk

For a romantic stay

The Swan at Lavenham

  • The Swan at Lavenham is a famous old coaching inn dating from around 1400 - so expect black and white Tudor beams and plenty of original details and walls and floors which are definitely not straight! There are 43 ancient, low beamed rooms, and it’s a popular spot for people looking for an historic experience. Not your classic pub with rooms, but coaching inns certainly qualify!
  • The Westleton Crown has won several culinary awards, so it's safe to say it provides more than just gastropub fare, expect the cuisine to be a bit fancier. You can assume the same about the rooms of this converted 12th century coaching inn - and there are 35, which is a lot more than most pubs with rooms, with extra rooms in the outbuildings and old stables. There’s Egyptian linen and duck down duvets and pillows and bathrooms by Fired Earth. It’s romantic, but also family friendly.

For Walkers

The Sun Inn

  • The Sun Inn is a charming old coaching inn in Constable’s village of Dedham, a typically idyllic English country village. The inn is just across the road from the church where he painted. It has seven rooms, some with four poster beds and all of them with nice views. Peaceful and quite romantic.
  • Just two miles from Sutton Hoo, The Crown at Woodbridge is a chic gastropub in a charming Suffolk village. As well as having great food - especially seafood - the pub is known for its Suffolk ales. There are ten simple, yet rather luxurious, rooms in cool, modern shades of pale grey.

The Best Restaurants with Rooms in Suffolk

The Great House

  • The Great House in the pretty, medieval village of Lavenham, is a delightful restaurant and small, luxurious hotel. It has a 3 AA Rosette rating, and just five bedrooms. Think French chic meets quintessential English charm.
  • Sutherland House is an excellent family-run seafood restaurant in an historic building in the centre of Southwold. It has four comfortable, spacious rooms and some really nice original features - some dating back to the 1450s!
  • Once a pub, The Mistley Thorn in Mistley on the Stour Estuary, is a popular restaurant with seven simple, yet comfortable rooms, which are great value - especially if you include eating in the restaurant, which you’ll want to.
  • The Crown, Stoke by Nayland is a popular restaurant with 11 boutique rooms - some with French doors opening out onto a terrace - and great views across the countryside. This is a great spot for walkers, close to quaint Lavernham and the picturesque Dedham Vale.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best pubs with rooms in Suffolk on our Guru’s list you could:

The Best Pubs with Rooms in Suffolk

  • The Swan at Lavenham 43 rooms from £195


    A famous old coaching inn (1400) in a classic medieval town, with 45 ancient rooms done up in 20th century luxury style. Touristy but an experience.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore Lavenham one of the UK's finest mediaeval towns.
    Cooking classes  -  Culinary masterclasses available.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • The Westleton Crown 34 rooms from £125


    With several culinary awards The Westleton Crown provides more than the usual country inn, Gastropub affair. Think jasmine tea-smoked duck breast accompanied by a fine wine. Rooms are bright and clutter free decorated in shades of magnolia and feature immaculate bathrooms, some with roll-top baths.

    Exclusive offer  -  Up to 50% off
    Sights nearby  -  The 12th century fortress, Framlingham Castle, is still an impressive sight today.
    Birdwatching  -  An impressive variety of birdlife can be spotted at Minsmere RSPB Bird Reserve.
    Great walks  -  See website for plenty of scenic walks from the hotel.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • The Sun Inn 7 rooms from £105


    Charming old coaching inn in Constable's village of Dedham, opposite the church he used to paint. Just seven rooms, beautifully appointed, some with four posters.

    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Crown at Woodbridge 10 rooms from £125


    Well known, chic Woodbridge gastropub with rooms, close to Sutton Hoo, in a charming Suffolk village of cafes and boutiques. Good food and local ales.

    Restaurant  -  Gastropub food
    Sights nearby  -  Sutton Hoo treasures are two miles away
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Great House 5 rooms from £95


    In the heart of one of Suffolk’s most perfect and peaceful medieval villages is Lavenham, and the delightful Great House restaurant and small luxury hotel. French chic meets quintessential English charm; the combination is pretty special.

    Exclusive offer  -  Autumn Midweek Escape for Two
    Foodies  -  The restaurant has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the heart of medieval Lavenham
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Sutherland House 4 rooms from £100

    Southwold (Suffolk and Essex)

    Family-run restaurant in a historic building in the centre of Southwold offers four spacious, comfortable rooms with modern bathrooms. The excellent seafood restaurant has been awards two AA rosettes and makes for a great base to stay in the charming seaside village.

    Foodies  -  Fantastic seafood based restaurant where everything down to the black pudding is made in house, and you taste the difference.
    Full of character  -  Many original features including pargetted ceilings and foot wide elm floorboards dating back to the 1450s!
    Fishing  -  Fishing is a popular past time with the locals, head out on the seas and try and catch your dinner.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the local Adnams Brewery, learn about brewing and sample some of the produce.
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  • The Mistley Thorn 7 rooms from £90

    Mistley, Essex

    Popular restaurant with rooms on the Stour Estuary with great food and good local walking. The Mistily Thorn has simple rooms but offers good value, especially with dinner.

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Some rooms have views of the River Stour
    Birdwatching  -  Bird sanctuary nearby
    Great walks  -  Lovely estuary walks
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Crown, Stoke by Nayland 11 rooms from £125

    Nr Colchester, Suffolk

    Popular restaurant in the stunning Constable country, with separate boutique accommodation. Light and airy rooms some with french doors opening onto a terrace. Great views across open countryside. Excellent food, wines and walking. The perfect escape from city life.

    Hideaway  -  An early morning walk through the Dedham Vale, followed by a long afternoon by the fire and a hearty evening meal.
    Foodies  -  Exceptional local cuisine straight from the boat or farm accompanied by wonderful wines.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the quintessantially quaint Lavenham with it's 15th-century church and crooked medieval houses.
    Great walks  -  Venture into the Suffolk countryside and explore the local villages, dales and valleys.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 20th April 2017
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