Suffolk's Top 10 Cosy Pubs to Keep you Warm this Winter

Published: Thursday 15th Nov 2018

Written by: Chloe Baker.

With the colder weather upon us, we think it’s incredibly important to inform visitors to Suffolk on the best places to warm their toes and oil their joints. Suffolk has a wealth of excellent pubs, many serving delicious, local food and local drinks. Suffolk is a historic place, and we’re so lucky to have pubs dating as far back as the 12th century. With bundles of character, the pubs listed below are the cosiest of cosy and you’re guaranteed a warm Suffolk welcome.

The Four Horseshoes Inn

Awarded the Hidden Gem of the South East, The Four Horseshoes is a pub that sits pretty in pink in the South West Suffolk village of Eye. With plenty of traditional (and very) low beams, an inside well and a large open fireplace, this inn is full of charm and intrigue and makes any occasion feel intimate and relaxed. Why not pop in for The Four Horseshoes carvery which runs from 12 – 3 pm every Sunday.

The Turks Head

A real country pub serving perfectly kept local ales, great food, a fantastic array of gin and an extensive wine list. The Turks Head, not far from Woodbridge, is becoming more popular due to its amazing food and has won many awards for their restaurant over the past couple of years. With open log fires, the pub welcomes people and pups who both enjoy snuggling up after a walk in the beautiful surrounding Suffolk countryside. 

The Sail Loft

If you’re staying in or exploring Southwold for the day, head down towards the harbour and along Ferry Road you’ll find the charming The Sail Loft. Recently renovated, the rustic interiors are right on trend and the destination is second to none with views over the sand dunes, beach, sea and Southwold Common. Offering simple and good food, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome when entering The Sail Loft.

The Plough

Nestled just off the A12, The Plough in Wangford is easily accessible from many sought-after destinations in Suffolk and just a few miles from the coast. Relating to its title, the pub strives to offer good food with top-quality tasting ingredients from the extensive Suffolk farmland that surrounds it. Cosy up in the snug with a drink from their extensive choice of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

The White Horse

An incredibly pretty venue with a wealth of history, The White Horse was once an old 15th-century coaching inn which has kept its open fires, pan tiled floors and exposed beams for guests to enjoy. With immaculate grounds, you’ll want photographs of this picture perfect pub and its stunning garden. A hearty winter menu is sure to warm your cockles after being out and about, we recommend a choice from the ‘Curry, Spice (and all things nice)’ section. 

The Sweffling White Horse

Winning the Campaign for Real Ale award for three years in a row, it's no surprise that The Sweffling White Horse has an extensive and continuously changing range of local ales. Always on the hunt for new beers from small breweries, you’re guaranteed to try something new on every visit to this cosy pub. Heated entirely by wood, the lounge bar has a large woodburning stove, and the public bar is home to a lovely wood-fired range cooker which also heats the radiators. Dog-friendly, you the family and the pooch are invited to warm up at The Sweffling White Horse.

The Ship        

Surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, The Ship at Dunwich is the perfect pit stop when exploring this area of the Suffolk Coast. Once a haunt of smugglers, this pub is dripping in history and is gorgeous both inside and out. Traditionally decorated, you’ll experience a true English pub, and the restaurant offers traditional English and tasty food to go alongside it. 

The Dennington Queen

A 16th Century country pub, The Dennington Queen is super cosy with its huge fire and comfy seating. Set in the pretty village of Dennington, not far from Woodbridge, you’ll spot this pretty building with its sash windows and wonky roof, which adds to the charm, next to the church. Enjoy home-cooked meals at any time of the week from 12 – 2 pm and 6 – 9:30 pm (Sundays until 8). 

The Ferry Boat Inn

Tucked away in the quiet, timeless hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lays The Ferry Boat Inn. Originally built in the fifteenth century for the Ferry master, the pub has breathtaking views across the River Deben come rain or shine. Kick back with a pint of Cask Marque ale, a great book and a home cooked meal with the log burner glistening away in the background. Perfection…

The Westleton Crown

Nestled between Southwold and Aldeburgh you’ll find The Westleton Crown, a traditional Suffolk coaching inn dating back to the 12th century with all the charming features you’d expect to find in an establishment so old. Wooden beams, exposed bricks walls and a crackling log fire are enough to send you off into a relaxed state of slumber, whilst the pub offers some yummy food including a two-course Sunday lunch to die for. 

Suffolk Secrets have a hand-picked range of holiday cottages to suit all. Covering sought-after destinations in Suffolk, these fantastic pubs are never far from a Suffolk Secrets cottage, make sure to check the distance to a pub in our property descriptions. 

Chloe Baker.
Chloe Baker.


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