The Black Lion

Long Melford, Suffolk
+44 (0)1787 312356

Classic good looks and bags of style at this friendly inn on the village green. Best local produce, big comfortable rooms


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.

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We think you'll love

  • The warm, welcoming atmosphere
  • The locally sourced food and drinks
  • The charm of this pretty part of Suffolk
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You should know

  • The number of stairs and doors may be challenging for those with mobility issues
  • There is some traffic noise from the road
  • Limited parking at the pub


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £8. Dinner from £14. Sunday lunch, 2 courses, £20.


Nightly price
from £89
7 Doubles
From £89
1 Suite for 2
From £165
2 Family rooms for 4
From £99



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The neighbourhood

Long Melford’s medieval status as a wealthy wool town is reflected in its architecture – tree-fringed lanes lined with thatched cottages and stately low-beamed inns. The surrounding villages of Cavendish, Clare, Hadleigh, Kersey and Lavenham – all within a half hour drive – are full of history, farmers’ markets and independent shops. If you can’t face another antique, you’re only 13 miles from Bury St Edmonds, East Anglia’s best shopping destination.

Local points of interest from Tori Dexter

  • Kentwell Hall is a magnificent Tudor mansion set in tranquil gardens and perfect for a family picnic.
  • Take a tour through Melford Hall, a National Trust property dating back to the mid-16th Century, the time of the Tudors.
  • Get utterly lost in antique hunting at Clare Antiques and Interiors, housing four floors of objects and collectables.
  • The medieval village of Lavenham, situated on a ridge is a short 12-minute drive from us. This picturesque village features some of Britain’s best-preserved timber framed buildings dating back to the 15th century.
  • The childhood home to Thomas Gainsborough, one of Britain’s most important portraitists and landscape painters has been converted into a museum showcasing the largest collection of his works.
  • Clare Castle Country Park bears an abundant heritage holding the 11th century Clare Castle at its centre. The castle features a motte and bailey structure which is still standing as well as the River Stour and Ponds.