10 Cosy Suffolk Pubs to Warm Up in This Winter

Nothing says winter like a cosy pub complete with a roaring fire and an endless supply of mulled wine. Even better if it’s a dog-friendly pub and one that you can visit when staying at one of our Barns for rent in Suffolk. In the past, we’ve championed the cosy and compiled a reliable list of the best warm and cosy restaurants to visit in Suffolk, but thought it would be well worth extending this cosy remit to pubs now that winter is upon us. In no particular order, here are 10 that we highly recommend you pay a visit to when staying with us this winter:

The Dog and Partridge, Bury St Edmunds

A traditional 17th-century English pub that proudly features a “ye olde” sign above its name, the Dog and Partridge in Bury St Edmunds has all the hallmarks of a cosy retreat. Namely, oak beams running through a quaint interior and real ales on tap. The perfect spot to top up on refreshments and hearty meals when visiting the similarly historic town on its doorstep, you’ll certainly be charmed by the Dog and Partridge.  

The Weeping Willow, Barrow

Receiving an impressive and comprehensive restoration in recent years, the Weeping Willow in Barrow is in many ways the quintessential countryside pub. Complete with a roaring fire, various inviting nooks to cosy up in, and totally dog friendly, this is the ideal Suffolk pub to sit down to a meal or drink after a day exploring the countryside.  

The Cross Keys, Aldeburgh 

A fantastic choice for those traversing the Suffolk coast during their holiday, the Cross Keys in Aldeburgh brings together the finest flavours of the nearby Adnams brewery and an impressive lunch and dinner selection. When it comes to warming up after a refreshing walk along the beach and town of Aldeburgh, you’ll find few places as inviting as the Cross Keys. 

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham

The Four Horseshoes in Thornham has the unique ability to be as inviting in winter as it is in summer. Indeed, whilst the expansive beer garden is unlikely to arrest your attention in December, there can be little doubt that its warm, cosy interior will have you under its spell. Easily accessible from various towns and villages in Suffolk, it’s easy to make a visit to the Four Horseshoes part of your itinerary when staying at Woodfarm Barns and Barges.

The Highwayman, Coddenham Green

A Grade II listed building. Built in the 17th century. Timber framed and extended. Need we say more? Well, we will anyway. We’ll say that the friendly welcome on offer in this cosy Suffolk pub, along with its fantastic selection of hot and homemade meals, makes it a necessary place to visit when staying at one of our nearby Barns for rent. Oh, they also stock a fantastic selection of real ales, too!

The Walnut Tree, Thwaite

Providing some of the finest vegetarian and vegan dishes in Suffolk, the Walnut Tree in Thwaite also boasts a remarkably cosy interior. Crowned by a large open fire, the Grade II listed pub is furnished with comfortable sofas and even features an enclosed, heated beer garden to allow guests to enjoy a drink outdoors in even the chilliest of months.

The Cock Horse, Lavenham

Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque villages in Suffolk, it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Lavenham has a decidedly cosy pub that it calls its own. Hosting regular events and treating guests to warming dishes throughout the winter, we highly recommend a visit here after walking its uniquely beautiful streets. 

Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham 

Whilst this one might be a little further than our Barns for rent in Suffolk than other cosy pubs on this list, and it may even be creeping more into the Cambridgeshire border than our own, it deserves a loud mention. Situated amidst the countryside, the Hole in the Wall takes its name from the farm workers who used to return their glasses through the aforementioned hole when returning to work.

To visit one, or indeed all of these cosy pubs in Suffolk during a holiday, be sure to take a look at the availability of our Barns and Barges for rent.

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