While still a Suffolk pub, the raisin d'étre most customers visit this 15th century coaching inn is the excellent food on offer.
Although there are two bars where you can drink or enjoy their selection of sandwiches, the plush dining room surroundings - with classic paintings on the walls, old beams and classically-laid tables are joined by ambitious menu offerings.
Starters such as 'Brandade of Salt Cod with Seared Fillet & Cockle Chowder'; 'White Bean Soup with Ham Hock Ravioli'; 'Duck Liver Terrine with Brioche' and 'Herring Roes on Toast' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Breast of Suffolk Chicken with Confit Leg & Poached Lobster'; 'Calves Sweetbreads with Savoy Cabbage'; 'Breast of local Pigeon with Morel Mash & Spring Greens' and 'Roast duck Breast with Foie Gras, Confit Legmeat, Apple Galette & Pain d'Épice'.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Peach Crumble & Tart Tatin with Iced Custard'; 'Dark Chocolate Fondant with Baked Banana & Columba Ice Cream' or 'Strawberry & Champagne Jelly with Crème Fraiche Sorbet'.
If you have the foresight you could stay overnight in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-15.00; mains from £14.00; set L from £22 (3 courses); set Sun L £17 (1 course), £22 (2 courses), £27 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-22.00 (Sun 21.30); set D Mon-Thurs from £22 to £45, mains £14.00 to £24.00; Tasting Menu £70
- Seats: 80, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a list of around 100 bins, kicks off at around the £20 mark, and offers an excellent selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Ipswich or Stowmarket Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating