Find this popular pub/hotel in the market place of this impressive timber-housed town. It's held a license since the early 15th century, so has seen much history and plenty of structural changes, but still has a pubby bar with lots of timbers and a large inglenook fireplace.
On the food front, you can eat in the bar, or more formal connecting restaurant the kitchen offering a seasonally-changing menu, using local produce when possible.
An early summer version brought 'Grilled Goats' Cheese with Mixed Leaves, Hazelnuts & Balsamic Dressing'; 'Smoked Salmon & Crayfish Salad' and 'Smoked Chicken, Pistachio & Wholegrain Mustard Salad' among the starters.
'Steak & Ale Pie'; 'Naturally-Smoked Poached Haddock Fillet with Spinach, Poached Egg & Tarragon Cream Sauce'; 'Orange & Rosemary Stuffed Loin of Lamb with Apricot Compote' and 'Red Mullet Fillets with Creamy Cannelloni Beans, Lemon & Dill' listed among the mains.
If you still have room, or would just like some pud, you might find 'Rhubarb Crumble'; 'Lemon & Lime Cheesecake' and Vanilla Terrine & Chocolate Marquise with Raspberry Coulis' there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.15; mains £9.75 to £16.95
- Dinner: all week 18.45-21.15; mains £9.75 to £16.95
- Seats: 100
- Wine: a well-chosen list, has plenty under the £20 mark and a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Sudbury Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes, but very limited
- Rooms available