Dog friendly pubs & Restaurants in Suffolk

Dog-friendly pub in Suffolk - The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington

Last Updated on March 30, 2022

Dog Friendly Pubs are quite common in Suffolk, 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.

Dog Friendly Pubs in Suffolk – some of our favourites

These Dog Friendly Pubs are listed 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 these pubs were dog friendly at the time of writing.

The Highwayman, Coddenham Green

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

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 – click here to see the Cretingham Bell website…

The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington

A real old country pub in the Suffolk Countryside, run by the wonderfully friendly Aaron and Gavin. 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. There’s a very nice restaurant area and an open fire in the bar.

In addition to wonderful beers, wine & spirits, they also offer a wide selection of fresh, good quality food dishes. Aaron and Gavin warmly welcome you to come and enjoy their homely pub.

The Shoulder of Mutton is just 26 miles from Woodfarm.  Find out more at

Scutchers Bistro, Long Melford

On the edge of the beautiful 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham

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

Even more dog friendly pubs

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 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 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.