This elegant inn is a valued part of Long Melford life, with locals propping up the bar and families booked in for Sunday lunch in the popular restaurant. Whether you’re honeymooners or a holidaying clan, there’s a bedroom to suit you (ten to choose from), and The Black Lion team look after you very well. You can even bring your well-behaved dog.
Foodies will be in their element: local produce is the star here, from full Suffolk breakfasts, light lunches and pub classics to afternoon teas and a la carte dinners. Gin, beers and wines are often locally sourced too. Take over the conservatory if you come with a group.
A five-minute walk into the village reveals a main street lined with cafes, restaurants and shops, with a definite emphasis on antiques and interiors. Cult TV series Lovejoy was filmed in the area for good reason. The Tudor splendour of Melford Hall, just a hundred yards away, is open to the public most days and hosts regular Elizabethan pageants.