The Doberman – Framsden

A great local pub. The Woodfarm Barns team had a great Saturday night out to celebrate the finishing of the development

It was long overdue but we’d been so busy it just hadn’t happened. We were definitely ready to have a good night though and the Doberman certainly delivered!

Formerly the Greyhound, this pretty country pub was renamed by its proprietor Sue, a prominent breeder and judge of Dobermans. The thatched roofing, gnarled beams, open fire and assorted furniture reflect its 16th-century origins. With a selection of Adnams ales on offer and Mauldons Dickens bitter, food ranges from sandwiches, hearty ploughman’s and salads to main courses featuring plenty of fish and vegetarian choices

It’s such a warm, cosy atmosphere and with its low flying beams and stone fireplace, along with a friendly welcome from Sue, we immediately relaxed into a huddle of comfy sofas with our drinks. I was again asked whether I wanted a straight glass or a tankard, which I hadn’t been asked for years until the same week! (I don’t spend alll my time in pubs) It’s worth warning you that Sue has a sharp wit, combined with a steady poker face. A deadly combination in a woman

The girls studying the menus by lamplight!

Fierce concentration as the girls hunt for their dinner!

We all enjoyed a 3 course home-cooked meal, which left us feeling very stuffed and very satisfied. I had filo-wrapped king prawns, a great fillet steak, cooked perfectly and then some heavenly chocolate thing whose name now escapes me but it was amazing! They serve great beer and wine as well as a mean meal

The Doberman is way off the beaten track but well worth a visit, just round the corner from Helmingham Hall and only ten minutes from Woodfarm House & Barns; it’s also a regular haunt for our guests

The Doberman Inn

Framsden

IP14 6HG

01473 890461