Dog-Friendly Pubs & Restaurants in Suffolk

We are very lucky in Suffolk to have so many superb, dog-friendly pubs; many with log-fires, wooden floorboards and great food, not to mention the range of fabulous local beer, cyder and wine from such brewers and vineyards as Adnams, Green King, Aspalls, The Earl Soham Brewery, St Peters, Hellhound, Calvors and Wyken & Shawsgate Vineyards to name but a few

These are in no particular order so have a good look through and please check their websites or call them prior to going in order to confirm opening times and the dog-friendly situation, as sometimes this can change. All dog-friendly at the time of writing

The Crown, Southwold

The Crown in Southwold. A dog-friendly pub near our Luxury, Self-catering Suffolk Holiday cottages

The Crown is just stones throw from the sea. They have a great snug ‘Back Bar’ where you can try out a range of fabulous Adnams famous beer, as well as a more formal restaurant, so you get the best of both worlds

The food is great and they have an extensive wine list, not to mention the well-known Adnams beers. 2014 saw them win Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year for the 2nd year in a row by The Good Pub Guide and a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (like us then!)

Just 29 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

 

The Highwayman, Coddenham Green

The Highwayman. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Warm, friendly family pub/ restaurant in a timber framed Suffolk building dating back to the 17th Century

Right on the A140, the Highwayman is owned and run by David & Olga Parry who have been there for over ten years. They specialise in good, home-cooked food courtesy of chef Olga and friendly welcome and a good selection of well kept real ales courtesy of David

Dogs just in the beer garden so sunny weather needed 🙂

Just 4  miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Bell, Cretingham

The Bell in Cretingham. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Real country pub serving fresh, home-cooked food

A traditional Free House with local ales, open fires, and locally sourced, home made food. What are you waiting for?

Just 6 miles from Woodfarm – No website but they are on Facebook here

 

The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington

The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages
 

A real old country pub in the Suffolk Countryside. You’ll find fresh seasonal food, much of which is from local suppliers. It’s a free house so they serve a selection of local ales and ciders. Restaurant area and an open fire in the bar

They have such faves on the menu as mixed grill, steaks, cajun chicken, scampi, fish n chips etc, all done well and served with chips or salad

Just 26 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

 

Scutchers Bistro, Long Melford

Scutchers Bistro in Long Melford. A dog-friendly restaurant near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

On the edge of the beautfiul green in picturesque Long Melford, sits this award-winning restaurant. They have a collection of Good Food Guide Awards as well as the Michelin Bib Gourmand so it’s worth checking out!

Owned and run by Nick & Di Barratt, they serve a mouth-watering a la carte menu. They are dog owners themselves and will allow small, well-behaved dogs to sit under the table. If you’re ‘borderline’ it’s best to phone but they are very accommodating

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Ramsholt Arms, near Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms, near Woodbridge. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Fabulous pub by the river, near Woodbridge on the Bawdsey peninsula. It’s miles from anywhere but worth the trip!

It was originally called the Ferry House and is around 350 years old. It has a large walled garden and the garden has great views of the River Deben. Very dog-friendly with a great menu including many fresh fish dishes and as well as offering the obligatory traditional Suffolk Adnams ales and they regularly have guest ales too

Just 21 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Regatta, Aldeburgh

The Regatta in Aldeburgh. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Superb, well-known restaurant in the heart of beautiful Aldeburgh

Co-owned for over 20 years by Robert, the head chef who trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche in London before heading to Suffolk to treat us to locally caught fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian, poultry and meat dishes. A popular destination with our guests

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

 

Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds

Pea Porridge in Bury St Edmunds. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

In the heart of residential Bury St Edmunds sits a quirky, award winning restaurant

Privately owned and run by a couple passionate about food as you would hope! It’s got three rooms, lots of old timber and brickwork and a really imaginative lunch and dinner menu, with influences from all over the place. As well as lunch and dinner they have a great set three course menu costing about £17 at the time of writing

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Red Lion – Veggie Pub/ Restaurant near Needham Market

The Red Lion, Veggie Pub near Needham Market . A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Fab pub in the countryside just outside Needham Market, the Red Lion is East Anglia’s first and only exclusively vegetarian pub

A great choice of homemade dishes using fresh, locally produced ingredients. Owner Jan Wise wanted to achieve her dream of serving quality, meat free food in a comfortable and relaxing surrounding and she has managed!

Just 11 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look a their website here

 

The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh

The Lighthouse in Aldeburgh. A dog-friendly restaurant near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Great restaurant smack bang by the beach in historic Aldeburgh

A real favourite with Suffolk’s visitors for years, including our guests at Woodfarm. Freshly cooked, local seasonal produce, nicely done with a great atmosphere. I had the excellent meze’ and a superb duck salad the last time we went, followed by a walk on the beach afterwards

Just 24 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

 

The Crown, Nayland

 
The Crown in Nayland. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages
 
Extremely popular pub/ restaurant in the heart of Suffolk. They change the menu every month or so and creatively use seasonal produce. They have a bar, restaurant and terrace, all of which are really relaxing. They have an extensive wine list and great beers, including that traditional Suffolk fave, Adnams

Superb food every time I’ve been, well worth a visit. A real favourite with guests at Woodfarm

Just 24 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill

The Butt & Oyster at Pin Mill. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Perhaps one of the most popular pubs in Suffolk; a real fave with Woodfarm guests

In the most stunning location, almost in the watre on the river Orwell and well known for great Adnams beers and superb home cooked food, all in a rustic, proper pub with bare oak floorboards, pints pulled directly from the keg and wonderful aromas wafting for the kitchen

Just 10 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Anchor in Nayland

The Anchor in Nayland. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Traditional countryside restaurant & inn, nestling in the stunning Stour Valley

Superb food and local beers, The Anchor sits on the river as you can see and I’ve arrived here several times in my Kayak as it’s very easy to pull up on the bank and stroll in for a bite to eat and a beer! In the heart of Constable Country

Just 20 miles from Woodfarm – Check out their website here

 

The Black Lion in Long Melford

The Black Lion in Long Melford. A dog-friendly restaurant and pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

One of my all-time favourite places to eat, drink and chill out. A wonderful old restaurant right on the village green in this picturesque, historic Suffolk village

Such a lovely, informal decor, you feel like you are in someones (very nice) home. Ideal palce for an elongated lunch or dinner. There’s also a great bar with comfy sofas and a roaring fire in the winter, with board games

Just 17 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Angel, Stoke-By-Nayland

The Angel in Stoke-By-Nayland. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

The Angel is lovely, 16th century timber-framed building that’s been selling beer and food since the 17th!

It’s still very much a traditional coach house in the heart of this gorgeous Suffolk village. It has a superb reputation for it’s food, as well as the range of local beers and an extensive wine list too

Just 20 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham. A dog-friendly pub near our Suffolk Holiday cottages

Reputedly the oldest pub in Suffolk, it’s certainly a firm favourite of mine and many of our guests at Woodfarm

Loads of old oak beams, thatched roof, quirky interior, local beers and freshly cooked home-made food from an extensive menu. What more do you need?

Only 9 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

Here are some more that I simply have had the time to feature as fully as I’d like yet but do check them out for yourself;

The Star Inn is a cosy and friendly pub in Wenhaston that welcomes well-behaved dogs. It has a large garden and serves good food

The Tollgate Inn is a lovely restaurant and bar in Bury St Edmunds and has a large garden and seating area where dogs are welcome.

The Queen’s Head, Bramfield is an award-wining pub and dogs are welcome in both the pub and the garden.

The Sorrell Horse Inn in Woodbridge are very pet-friendly and dogs are allowed in the pub and garden and the same goes for The White Horse at Tattingstone

The Bildeston Crown allows well behaved dogs in the pub and they have a lovely, dog-friendly, outdoor seating area.

The Kings Head Inn in Orford allows dogs in both the pub, as well as in their rooms and  The Cock Inn in Polstead allows dogs in the pub.

Dog friendly pubs in Dog friendly Suffolk at all our Luxury, Self-catering Holiday Cottages in the heart of the County  Dog friendly pubs in Dog friendly Suffolk at all our Luxury, Self-catering Holiday Cottages in the heart of the County

The Cherry Tree in Belchamp St. Paul and The George and Dragon in Long Melford, both allow dogs in their pubs, except when food is being served.

The George in Cavendish has a terrace/garden area where dogs are welcome, although they are not allowed inside the pub and the same goes for The Brantham Bull in Manningtree.

The Ship Inn in Woodbridge is dog-friendly, and so is The Angel Inn Wangford

Please do check with any of these pubs before you visit with your dog as their pet policies may change at any time.

I hope this Blog has been helpful. If you think we should add any other places, then please feel free to email with a little bit of a write-up, weblink and a photo if poss to;

carl@woodfarmbarns.com

2 Comments


  • You've forgotten the Golden Key at Snape, so dog-friendly they've got free dog biscuits! A collie-springer cross and a springer spaniel live there, dogs are welcome in all the bars and there are loads of fantastic walks starting at the front door. They do rooms too and dogs are welcome there as well.

  • There are two fabulous dog-friiendly pubs at the end of the Shotley Peninsula. https://shotleyrose.com The Rose is a good old locals pub that welcomes dogs in its front bar and children in the large back bar, which also serves as the restaurant. Great price-friendly pub food and a warm welcome guaranteed. There is also the Bristol Arms where dogs are welcome in the main bar, but not restaurant. They always have a dog bowl and there is an terrace outside. The added bonus is the beach is yards away and dogs love swimming in the river. Great food, many specials on offer but they do go quickly. https://www.bristolarms.com

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