Find this deservedly-popular pub, on the town's market square, just a short walk from the quay. It can trace its roots back to the 13th century and its history includes smuggling connections. Nowadays, although you'll still find timbered beams, bare wooden tables and an open fireplace real ales and top-quality pub-style food is also on offer.
Lunchtime brings everything from freshly-cut Sandwiches & various Ploughman's to more substantial dishes such as 'Sausages, Creamed Potatoes & Grain Mustard Sauce'; 'Fish Pie' and 'Bubble & Suffolk Ham with Free-Range Fried Egg'.
In the evening the menu expands to include the likes of 'Half or Whole Pint of Prawns with Mayonnaise with Granary Bread & Butter'; 'Duck Liver, Pork & Date Paté with Pear Chutney'; 'Orford Smoked Mackerel with Horseradish Cream & Mustard Sauce' and 'Baked Goats' Cheese, Chicory & Roast Beetroot Salad with Walnut Oil Dressing' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with White Wine Fish Sauce & Buttered Spinach'; 'Pan-Seared Loin of Venison with Celeriac Gratin, Red Currant & Pepper Jus'; 'Seared Calf's Liver, Caramelised Onion Mash, Crisp Alsace Bacon & Red Wine Jus' and 'Roast Breast of Chicken, Wilted Baby Gem Lettuce, Chicken Broth with Chorizo & Black Pudding' listed among the mains.
Those with a sweet tooth might find it hard to resist 'Honey & Ginger Crème Brulée, with Bramble Compote & Chocolate Florentines'; 'Treacle Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream' or 'Warm Bread & Butter Pudding with Custard' which might also be there to tempt you.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-15.00; mains £7.95 to £10.50
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.00, Sun 19.00-21.00; mains £9.50 to £11.50
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Nearest station: Wickham Market Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Rooms available