Step through the door of an unassuming pub and prepare for a surprise. The heart of this thriving village local is 16th-century and the bar is steeped in character: old pews, huge inglenook, horsebrasses on blackened beams, wonky walls, a fire in winter. (Take a peek through the window panel into the cellar to see a reclaimed Roman floor.) Ale drinkers will note the gleaming brass beer engines on the old oak servery and settle in for pints of Adnams and Woodforde’s, or a weekly guest beer. Food is seasonal, with local game, meat from the next village and veg from the kitchen garden. There’s chicken, tomato and herb terrine with tomato chutney; roast breast and confit leg of duck with wild mushroom jus; sticky toffee pudding. The bread is homemade, it’s all delicious, and on sunny days you can spill onto the lawns. Thoroughly modern annexe bedrooms are furnished in old and new pine; beds are comfy; bathrooms fresh; views are to open countryside. You are 20 minutes from Aldeburgh and charming Southwold: enjoy beach cricket, a pint of prawns, a dip in the North Sea.