Proper pub serving good, hearty, wholesome food. They’ve even won awards!
It’s a 16 Century free house, which means they have a great selection of local ales from breweries such as Woodfordes, Wolf, Nethergate and Buffys
Wandering in one cold evening to meet a mate for a beer I was greeted by a very nice barmaid who asked a question I haven’t heard for years; “Would you like a straight glass or a tankard”! So shocked was I that I went for a straight glass and when my mate arrived he opted for the tankard. As the other chap at the bar also had a tankard they ganged up on me and my beer was swiftly and cheerily decanted into a tankard. It’s tough out here in the country but that’s the sort of circles I move in and the decisions I have to make. Anyway, my pint of Dapper Dog was lovely
The Four Horseshoes is a traditional old Suffolk pub, serving freshly cooked food alongside a wide selection of beers and wines. They also have two pet friendly rooms, so the perfect place for our Woodfarm Barns guests to stop by for something to eat!
Continue reading Thornham: The Four Horseshoes
Beautiful river walk with Tea Rooms & Museum – Dedham to Flatford or vice versa. In the heart of Constable Country
Ok, just about dipping our toes into Essex but it still feels like Suffolk and it’s only 20 minutes down the road from Woodfarm Barns and a real hit with many of our holiday cottage guests
Flatford Mill is accessible by road and has a car park. It’s owned by the National Trust so if you’re not a member, it’s about £3 to park. It’s also accessible by foot along the river from Dedham, which is a gorgeous 25 minute walk (pay & display)
Wine Tasting with DJ Wines – A Suffolk Winery
DJ Wines is a small, intimate winery set in an idyllic rural location overlooking the historic village church at Monk Soham, just 15 minutes from Woodfarm Barns. Here you will find Derek Jones making delicious hand crafted wines and liqueurs from local fruits. Edged by an avenue of cherry trees the building is only about the size of a tennis court, but he produces 10,000 bottles per year!
Being a winery only, no rows of vine will be found here as all fruit is bought in, mostly from local growers. He will take you step by step through the process to making his delicious range of seven wines, seven liqueurs and my Monks Mead. He uses a combination of traditional and modern techniques, many of which a home brewer will recognise, but on a much larger scale. The small on site laboratory helps Derek control quality. During the visit he will also share some of the more humorous moments and the many trials and tribulations of setting up, what many people claim, is a dream business
One of the last remaining timber-framed Churches in Suffolk, this is well worth a look as it is just down the lane from our holiday cottages at Woodfarm Barns!
Continue reading Stonham Aspal: Crowfield Church
Alder Carr Farm has been established since 1981, and is home to a fantastic farm shop, cafe, plus several gift, arts, and craft stores.
Continue reading Creeting St Mary: Alder Carr Farm
Baylham House Farm is set in acres of Suffolk farmland, owned by the Storer family since 1985. They are passionate about breeding traditional varieties of farm animals, to protect them against the detrimental effect of commercial pressures on the industry.
Continue reading Baylham: Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
Number Ten Wine Bar & Kitchen is found in a lovely 15th century house, in the charming medieval village of Lavenham. Run by Rod and Jo who grew up in the village, they serve delicious home cooked food and excellent wine with passion and enthusiasm.
Continue reading Lavenham: Number Ten Wine Bar & Kitchen
Such a good pub they gave it two names! A proper old dog-friendly Suffolk Country Pub with fabulous garden. The Low House is one of the very few pubs left in Britain that has no bar-counter. You go in the tap room at the back. Beer drinkers survey the array of barrels and request whatever takes the fancy, drawn straight from the barrel! How good is that?
Continue reading Laxfield: The Kings Head (The Low House)
One of my favourite local places; formerly The Queens Head it is now very much more a restaurant than a pub. It’s only 20 minutes from our holiday cottages so is a popular stop-off for many of our guests.
Continue reading Dennington: The Dennington Queen