The heart of this thriving village local is 16th-century and the bar is steeped in charm: old pews, a huge inglenook, horse brasses and a roaring fire. Peek through the window panel into the cellar to see the reclaimed Roman floor. Ale drinkers will note the gleaming brass beer engines of Adnams and Woodfordes, and there are guest beers, a long wine list and 26 gins. Food is seasonal, local and very good: meat from the next village and veg from the kitchen garden.
On sunny days you can spill onto the lawns for Friday barbecues or Shakespeare plays, festivals of music or beer. Return to thoroughly modern annexe bedrooms furnished in old and new pine with views to open countryside, and wake to generous breakfasts of fresh fruit, homemade muesli, full English (even veggie) or Lowestoft smoked kippers.
You’re 20 minutes from Aldeburgh and charming Southwold for pints of prawns and chilly dips in the North Sea.