Styling itself as a 'boutique hotel', this converted 17th century inn houses a good eaterie catering for everything from a quick snack to a full three-course meal.
All seems centred around the hub of the rear glass-roofed bar - with a memorable clinker boat hanging along its length.
From here, a series of dining rooms - each decorated in a shade of green - is laid out in a brasserie-style, with dramatic black tables and crisp white napery.
On the food front, the kitchen offers carefully-prepared modern dishes designed to offer customers complete flexibilty. These range from Lite Bites/Starters such as 'Devilled Lambs Kidneys on Toast with Suffolk Trencher & Watercess'; Deep-Fried Crab Cakes with Escabeche of Fennel & Soy Dressing'; 'Warm Pigeon Breast with Black Pudding, Roasted Garlic& Beetroot' and 'Grilled Butley Creek Oysters with Chorizo' to a wide assortment of main courses listings.
'Suffolk Red Poll Burger with Melted Cheddar, Tomato Chutney & Triple-Cooked Chips'; 'Seared Loin of local Rabbit, Black Pudding, Apples & Savoy Cabbage' and 'Pan-Fried Seabass, Squid Ink Gnocchi, Jerusalem Artichokes, Wilted Spinach & Salsa Verde' set the style.
Various items from the Grill come with 'The Works' (field mushroom, grilled tomato, onion rings, chips & watercress) these include the likes of 'Seared Yellow Fin Tuna'; 'Dingley Dell Pork Cutlet' and 'Rib-Eye Steak' - vegetarians also have plenty of interesting choice.
Those with a sweet tooth will find 'Warm Chocolate Brownie with Brownie Ice Cream' and 'Iced Nougatine Parfait & Tuile' hard to resist - while 'Suffolk Gold Rarebit (sic) should satisfy those with a more savoury craving.
Service, from an enthusiastic young team, is friendly and efficient.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.15; mains about £13 to £25; set L £18.50 (2 courses), £23.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.15-21.00; mains about £13 to £25; set L £18.50 (2 courses), £23.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 80, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a well chosen list has something for everyone, and a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: When possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Woodbridge Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, but very limited
- Closed: 25th Dec
- Outside eating
- Rooms available