Suffolk Pubs near Woodfarm Barns

There are lots of Suffolk Pubs and one of the most commonly asked questions we get is, “What pubs would you recommend near Woodfarm Barns?”

Whether you fancy nipping in for a quick pint, a dog-friendly place to eat, or you’re looking for a romantic meal, there are some great Suffolk pubs. We have written extensively about loads of them all over the county so check our other blog posts and our own Tourist Guide website Where Do We? for places to eat & drink. But here are our favourites near here in no particular order:

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The Crown, Stowupland – Ten minutes from Woodfarm / Dog-friendly / IP14 4BQ

Refurbed very nicely in 2015, the Crown is a very dog-friendly pub restaurant, with not one but several extensive menus! The new owners describe it as a traditional Suffolk pub with a twist. Complete with a new thatched roof and wonderful slate floors, it’s now a great Suffolk country pub with freshly prepared food and they’ve also incorporated the spectacle of a stonebake pizza oven, where you can watch your dinner cooking.

Open all day, seven days a week, food is served lunchtimes and evenings from Tuesday to Saturday, as well as Sunday lunchtimes. No food on Mondays (it’s a Suffolk thing).

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham – 15 minutes from Woodfarm / Dog-friendly / IP23 8HD

An example of great proper old Suffolk Pubs/Restaurants, serving freshly cooked food and a great selection of beers and wines.

The Four Horseshoes is a beautiful 12th Century pub, set in the pretty Suffolk village of Thornham Magna, with lots of original features and a roaring log fire. 

Open every day, with food served every lunchtime and evening. There’s an awesome carvery on a Sunday lunchtime, and there is a great forest walk nearby called Thornham Walks so you can burn the calories off!

The Black Horse, Thorndon – 15 minutes from Woodfarm / Dog-friendly / IP23 7JR

Another traditional country pub with a beer garden overlooking their own allotment! Great pub food and local beers. The Chef/owner has a love of Asian food inspired by his travelling days but they still feature classic British pub dishes including his fab Local Steak & Adnams Ale Pie.

Sunday Carvery featuring three joints of local meat and all the trimmings and they even offer a takeaway service for many of their dishes too!

A very beamy old building with bags of character.

The Kings Head, Laxfield – 30 minutes from Woodfarm / Dog-friendly / IP13 8DW

A fabulous old pub without a bar! Yes, you heard me, no bar. This is one of the last pubs left with the original ‘Tap room’, pulling pints directly from the barrels. Lots of little snugs, this is such a cosy place, with old quarry tiled and wooden floors. Very dog-friendly and they do fabulous food.

This is a great place to work into your schedule when you’re heading off to the Heritage Coast; a great day out!

Open and serving food seven days a week.

The Highwayman, Coddenham Green – 10 minutes from Woodfarm / IP6 8PD / 4.5 mile walk from Woodfarm Barns

Suffolk Pubs near Woodfarm Barns - The Highwayman


A great pub near Woodfarm Barns but not dog-friendly inside. Dogs are welcome in the garden though.

One of the closest pubs to us, you’ll get a very warm welcome from owner David who, along with his wife Olga handling all things kitchen, has been feeding Woodfarm guests since we started. Superb home-cooked food using as many local ingredients as possible, often with a Ukranian twist from Olga’s homeland.

Closed on Mondays but open every other day. Sundays are lunchtime only. Food served every lunchtime and evening other than the Monday and Sunday thing.

 The Victoria, Earl Soham – 10 minutes from Woodfarm / Dog-friendly / IP13 7RL

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This is a great old pub on the A1120. Old wooden floors and mish-mash of antique furniture, with a roaring fire going if it’s a bit chilly outside. It’s only a little place but they have their own micro-brewery, brewing Victoria and – yes you’ve guessed it – Albert ales.

They do simple home-cooked food, with meat coming from the butchers just around the corner, as well as a selection of veggies too, and it has a very friendly ‘little local’ atmosphere.

Open every day and serving food every lunchtime and evening. Very dog-friendly. Ideal for a hearty lunch on your way to the coast.


The Walnut Tree, Thwaite – 10 minutes from Woodfarm / Veggie Pub! / IP23 7ED

Very excited by this one. The owners built a fabulous reputation with the first Veggie Pub in the area, The Red Lion in Great Bricett. This was 25 minutes away and well worth the short drive, but now they’ve moved to bigger, better premises just 10 minutes away! We have had several staff meals at the Red Lion and my carnivorous colleagues were sceptical. Until they ate the food! I’ve dined here with guests too.

They have an amazing menu, with incredible flavours. And no meat! The added bonus is that they make a wonderful range of frozen redi-meals for about £4 a pop! They’re all vegan and gluten free and if you have a day out in Norwich they can also be purchased at their sister restaurant, River Green in Trowse, Norwich and at The Little Shop of Vegans, in Magdalen Street, Norwich.

We also have some great Suffolk pubs and restaurants near our Barges in Snape and Woodbridge too.

Read about the Suffolk pubs near our barges.


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