This characterful foodie pub with rooms, partly dating back to the 17th century, was reputedly once a meeting place for smugglers.
It's now both the centre of the fishing community and an excellent base from which bird watchers and walkers can operate.
A basic seasonally-changing menu offers something for everyone with starters ranging from 'Pan-Fried Pigeon Breast with Roast Beetroot, Pancetta & Puy Lentil Dressing'; 'Grilled Sardine Fillets with Fennel Slaw & Sauce Vierge'; 'Wild Mushroom & Spinach Tart with Potatoes & Spring Onion Salad' and 'Soup of the Day' (much enjoyed 'Watercress, Pea & Rocket' on one inspection visit).
'Deep-Fried Cod in Beer Batter with Chips & Mushy or Garden Peas'; 'Homemade Cheese & Bacon Burger with Courgette, Pickles & Chips'; 'Pan-Fried Rib Eye Steak with Creamed Potatoes, Roast Root Veg & Rosemary Gravy' might follow.
Blackboard specials are where many of the best goodies lie - with perhaps 'Steamed Mussels with White Wine & Garlic'; 'Seared Scallops with Parma Ham, Rocket & Parmesan Salad'; 'Bangers, Mash & Gravy'; 'Pan-Fried Calves Liver & Bacon with Lyonnaise Potatoes & Fine Beans' or 'Lemon Sole with New Potatoes & Salad' on their listings.
Perhaps finish with 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Warm Chocolate & Walnut Brownie' or 'Bread & Butter Pudding with Chantilly Cream'.
Service is friendly and helpful.
If you live nearby, a useful Fish & Chip take-away service operates on Friday, between 18.00-19.00.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-15.00; mains about £10 to £18
- Dinner: Mon-Fri & Sun 18.30-20.30, Sat 18.00-21.00; mains about £10 to £18
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: 3 steep downward steps at entrance
- Nearest station: Woodbridge Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Pay & Display Parking Opposite
- Outside eating