Local Eateries

Suffolk is fast gaining a reputation for artisan food and drink .  We are well served by local pubs and restaurants and there’s lots of information once you arrive.  Below is just a selection of local eateries.

 Local Take Aways (Halesworth) include Fish & Chips/Chinese/Thai/Indian/Turkish/Italian but do note: no home deliveries hereabouts!  

Although there’s lots of eateries around and about, Halesworth punches above its weight in terms of  variety, catering for every need from fine dining to casual snacking.

    • www.boardinghousehalesworth.com, Halesworth (2 miles)  – Proper chef-run restaurant -using local produce.  Attracts excellent reviews and very popular with our guests.
    • de Argenteins at lovely old Ancient house, Halesworth. A Gin / Wine Bar with Mediterranean cuisine in small dishes for sharing. Good for vegan & vegetarian. Coffees & lunches every day except Sunday. Evening meals Fri & Sat only.
    • Cleones at The Angel. Halesworth. User-friendly Italian Restaurant.  (2 miles). Casual dining, reliable food,  always buzzy and fun.
    • The closest PUB, within walking distance (18 mins), is The Racehorse in Westhall village. Whilst not a gastropub, it does good unpretentious fairly-priced food (dog friendly too). UPDATE: Unhappily this has closed but there are plans to make this a Community Owned pub .
    • The Star Inn at Wenhaston (4 miles)  is achieving a ‘starry’ reputation for food and atmosphere and CAMRA approved beer!
    • The White Horse, Sibton. Deservedly popular for consistent Award Winning  food. (6 – 7 miles)
    • Suffolk Stonehouse, Bungay – (6 miles). Reputedly the best pizzas in East Anglia!
    • The Castle Inn, Bungay – (6 miles). They had a 4* review by AA Gill no less!
    • The Queen’s Head, Bramfield. A past Award Winning pub that has now changed hands so feedback awaited.  (5 miles).
    • The Queen’s Head, Blyford – more eating place than pub especially for vegetarians and vegans but consistently excellent reports. Pretty place / large beer garden.  (3 miles).  
    • Waveney House Hotel, Beccles – (9 miles). Charmingly situate by the River Waveney this is a lovely spot for a drink or a meal. Good enjoyable food.
    • The Anchor, Walberswick. Popular & fashionable cheffy pub dining although popularity can perhaps lead to inconsistency.   (7 miles)
    • The Crown, Southwold.  London crowd/good food. Good for lunches in the bar (our favourite) or proper restaurant  (7 miles).
    • The Sail Loft – an informal eating place on Harbour Lane, Southwold. On trend decor and modern menu. (7 miles)
    • The Harbour Inn Southwold is a lovely place to eat at any time of the year.  Large grassed area with picnic tables out at the back; lots of quirky rooms inside.
    • The Eel’s Foot at Eastbridge is a good local pub if you are visiting RSPB Minsmere – good walks from there (into Minsmere and across to the beach and heath at Dunwich).  
    •  Dingle Hill Tea Rooms and nursery at Dunwich.  Lots of outdoor seating,  child-friendly and a beautiful spot to start or finish a walk around Dingle Marshes and Dunwich.  
    • The Ship at Dunwich has good locally sourced seasonal produce in a great ‘pub’ interior – lovely open fire in autumn and a terraced garden.
    • Upstairs at Baileys, Beccles. Fine dining Spanish style on Friday & Saturday nights only so booking essential.  (8 miles)
    • ‘A taste of Italy’ at The Olive Tree, Ellingham. (9 miles)
    • Elegant quality dining at The Randolph Hotel, Reydon
    • There’s plenty of excellent places further afield such as in Aldeburgh (try The Lighthouse or  Regatta) and Fressingfield (Fox & Goose).  Lots more information in the  properties including info on Take-Aways in nearby Bungay & Halesworth.
    • Note: a good place to stop on the A12 is the Farmcafe at Marlesfor

A handy link to Suffolk Pubs is here

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