The Angel Inn, Stoke-by-Nayland

Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk
+44 (0)756 835 5953
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£180 - £210
per night

A lovely coaching inn with a 500-year-old history, now a very swish but understated place to eat and stay with an important art collection


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

£180 - £210 per night

The Experience

A small bar area with adjoining lounge is a good spot for a pre-lunch or dinner drink – the wine list is impressive, with varieties from all over the world and some hidden gems. Exposed brick walls, wooden floors and tables, beams and fireplaces are reassuringly traditional but the feel is relaxed and informal. The Well Room restaurant is magnificent with a high vaulted ceiling and much art to gaze at – from old masters to Graham Sutherland. You eat well: talented head chef Reuben Aguilar Bel produces modern British dishes with a Spanish accent, service is impeccable.

Retire to beautiful bedrooms, some in the main building, others in an equally attractive conversion through the garden. All have warm heritage colours, rich fabrics, Smart TVs, underfloor heating and some stunning original art; bathrooms are attractive.

On warm days you can sit in the newly-designed garden, well away from the road, or head off on glorious walks.

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We think you'll love

  • Eating sublime food, always sourced as locally as possible and cooked to perfection. Breakfast will set you up for anything
  • Examining the art on the walls - it's an impressive collection and all original
  • Walking in Constable country, the wonderful Dedham Vale
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You should know

  • Closed Monday to Wednesday
  • One ground floor room is dog friendly, £50 extra charge, but dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant or the courtyard garden after 6pm
  • At the moment there is no bar food, so you choose between a small or large tasting menu or full à la carte


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £180
11 Twin/doubles
From £180


Booking information

Check in
Check out
Monday to Wednesday,
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Suffolk Country Inns lavished money on restoring this heritage building in 2020, creating a fabulous fine dining village inn with contemporary-smart bedrooms, five in the beautifully renovated former Stables next door. Expect sublime, Spanish influenced cooking, impressive artwork and a relaxed atmosphere in the rambling dining rooms and a gorgeous courtyard garden for summer alfresco meals.

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The neighbourhood

You're on the edge of an historic village surrounded by gently rolling countryside with some good circular walks. It's an easy drive to Dedham for the Art and Craft centre or a lazy picnic by the river. Colchester is eight miles for shops and restaurants and a visit to the nearby wonderful Beth Chatto gardens with a tea room. Explore medieval Lavenham or visit Melford Hall, an impressive Tudor house.

Local points of interest from Conor Fletcher

  • Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe’s best wetland sites and is just half an hour North of Stoke by Nayland. It’s a lovely day-trip for couples or families.
  • Bourne Mill was originally built for banquets by the Elizabethans and was then converted into a mill in the 19th century. Set in peaceful surrounds and just a 20 minute drive from Stoke By Nayland Resort, this National Trust site is next to a millpond and a bubbling stream.
  • High Woods Country Park is a beautiful location for nature-lovers. Woodland, lake, marshland and wildflower meadows, the Country Park is home to intriguing nature walks, and a popular location for hikers and cyclists, too.
  • If you’re popping into Colchester yet craving a bout of sunny nature, this lush and expansive park and gardens is a bit of a town centre oasis. Often the park is host to events, music concerts and festivals, it’s also a lovely retreat for couples or families.


Conor Fletcher

The inn is independently owned by Suffolk Country Inns, who also own the Anchor in Nayland. They bought the inn in 2020 and a £2m refurbishment followed. They've restored the heritage building beautifully, added some of their own art collection and have created a super destination hotel/restaurant with rooms. You are very nicely looked after by a well-trained team of staff.