What could be better than enjoying a glass of the local tipple with some delicious food in a beer garden in Suffolk?! We know that eating out is an important part of any holiday. So we’ve put together a guide to outdoor dining in Suffolk. Below you will find a highlight of some wonderful pubs in locations across Suffolk that are open and have outdoor dining. All that’s left for you to do is book your stylish place to stay, and decide which pub you’ll be heading to first!
Aldeburgh is a wonderfully traditional seaside town on the Suffolk Coast with pastel-coloured 19th century villas lining the promenade and local fishermen selling their produce from their fishing huts on the pebble-strewn beach to the east.
The White Hart, Aldeburgh
A traditional pub, whose first licence was issued back in 1800, The White Hart located in the High Street, right next door to Aldeburgh’s famous fish and chip shop and only a short walk from the promenade. From Easter throughout the summer months they have a traditional wood-fired Italian Pizzeria in the beer garden, serving freshly cooked-to-order pizza, which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or a pint of your choice! Garden child and dog friendly too. View The White Hart website.
Dunwich is a wonderful place for a holiday at any time of the year, relaxed yet within easy reach of civilisation tucked between Aldeburgh and Southwold on the Suffolk Coast. You would hardly believe that the small unspoilt coastal village was once the capital of East Anglia around 1500 years ago, or that it was at the centre of the wool trade through the Middle Ages. Hundreds of years of coastal erosion mean that most of this is gone leaving behind a rural idyll.
The Ship, Dunwich
The Ship is relaxed, laid back and informal, it’s open to welcome hungry beachcombers from lunchtime and teatime to supper! Their covered and uncovered outdoor dining area is open for outdoor drinks and dining. Dogs and children welcome. Bookings are not being taken, so the tables go on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit The Ship website.
When most people think of Framlingham, they will probably think of this quaint market town as being famous for its 12th century castle. But this hidden gem is famous for so much more! From pop stars to TV show locations to sausage festivals, there is plenty to be discovered. What will you find?
Sitting between the Alde and Deben Valleys, Framlingham is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in East Suffolk, where you can find numerous foot and bridle paths to enjoy a long walk. A must is the Brownsord Way – a circular 11 mile walk that gives panoramic views of the town.
The Castle Inn, Framlingham
The Castle Inn stands on a very historic spot at the entrance to Framlingham Castle, and is the perfect stopping point to soak up the atmosphere of times gone by, historic characters, local folklore and legend. Welcoming children and dogs, plus tables at the front courtyard and in the beer garden at the back, there’s plenty of opportunity to pick up a pint! Visit the Castle Inn website.
Near RSPB Minsmere
RSPB Minsmere is a stunning nature reserve located on the Suffolk Coast. a holiday cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the stunning scenery that Minsmere has to offer. Not only do you have the fantastic opportunities to spot some of the birds that call it home, but there are also long walks to enjoy.
The Eels Foot Inn, Eastbridge
This wonderful country pub has re-opened for freshly cooked pizzas & burgers in the garden. The children’s play area will keep little ones entertained. Dogs welcome too. No need to book tables, you can just turn up but again, wrap up warm! Visit The Eels Foot Inn website.
A quintessentially English fishing village on the bank of the River Ore, Orford has something to offer to everyone from walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, gastronomists, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax.
The Jolly Sailor, Orford
The Jolly Sailor in Orford is a traditional village pub in close proximity to Orford Quay. The beer garden located at the back of the pub has a marquee/cover over some benches and is open12-6pm daily (closed Tuesdays). Best to book a table and wrap up warm. Children and dogs welcome! Visit The Jolly Sailor website.
The White Horse, Badingham
The White Horse at Badingham is an old 15th century coaching inn, with open fires, pan tiled floors and exposed oak beams. It is a delightful old village pub, which serves good-home cooked food outdoors. Dogs and children welcome. Visit The White Horse website.
The Duck, Campsea Ashe
The Duck in Campsea Ashe is a country dining pub easily accessible with a train stop just a short walk away. Situated seven miles from Woodbridge and close to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Duck has something to offer all ages and occasions. Relax and dine al fresco in their gardens. Visit The Duck website.
Situated a few miles inland from The Suffolk Coast, Snape is surrounded by miles of distinctive countryside, idyllic for walkers, birdwatchers and photographers with its golden reedbeds and gentle river, where visitors can spot seals and enjoy kayaking in summer.
The Plough and Sail, Snape
Their undercover pergola is complete, offering shelter and warmth for outdoor dining! Open for brunch from 9.30-11.30am and lunch and dinner from 12-7pm. View The Plough and Sail website.
Southwold is one of Suffolk’s most picturesque seaside towns. The elegant pier, the harbour, Adnams brewery, a lighthouse and more! With so many cafes, shops and restaurants to choose from, self-catering in Southwold couldn’t be easier.
The Harbour Inn, Southwold
It’s a tough choice from their terrace with views over the town marshes or the patio at the front overlooking Blackshore Harbour and the River Blyth! Outdoor tables are bookable from 12th April – 16th May inclusive online. When indoor dining resumes from 17 May, indoor tables must be booked and outdoor tables will operate on a first come, first served basis. Best to dress appropriately for the weather! Dogs and children welcome. View The Harbour Inn website.
Thorpeness has a unique fairy tale charm ideal for relaxation. Created by an eccentric Scottish barrister in the last century who then transformed it into a fantastical seaside village.
The Dolphin, Thorpeness
This picturesque pub has a wonderful beer garden with picnic benches and larger tables too. There’s a one-way system and waiter service to your table, plus a delicious selection of food and drink. Dogs and children welcome. There’s no outdoor heating or marquee/cover, so best to wrap up warm! Tables bookable online or over the phone. View The Dolphin website.
A picture-postcard holiday village on the Suffolk coast. This quaint seaside village has a glorious beach, and many hours can be spent crabbing along the harbour.
The Anchor, Walberswick
Lunch and dinner is served in their heated marquee on the back terrace. They still recommend wrapping up, particularly in the evenings! Book your table online or over the phone, but it is thoroughly recommended to avoid disappointment. Dogs and children welcome. View The Anchor website.
Woodbridge is a riverside market town brimming with character and history, and boasts some of the best pubs, restaurants and shops in the region. Woodbridge’s classic charm flows from the moment you wander around Market Hill, stopping at boutique and individual stores and cafes.
The Cherry Tree, Woodbridge
The Cherry Tree is an enchanting 17th Century Inn near the town centre of Woodbridge. Now re-open and serving delicious food and local drinks, their beer garden is proving popular. Best to book to avoid disappointment, and of course wrap up warm! Visit The Cherry Tree website.