Best Pubs | East of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Ramsholt Arms, Suffolk

A popular riverside pub, situated on the scenic banks of the river Deben. The pub is located down a country lane and is a relaxing spot if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Dishes include favourites such as fish pie and slow cooked beef stew.

The Brisley Bell Inn, Norfolk

The Brisley Bell Inn is a 17th century pub which has been tastefully and sympathetically renovated to become a stunning destination pub. In addition to the bar area, there is a quiet dining room and a cosy snug kitted out with books and an open fire.

The Gunton Arms, Norfolk

The Gunton Arms is a unique pub located within a historic 1,000 acre deer park dating back to the 18th century. Art dealer, Ivor Braka bought the pub in 2009 and spent 2 years renovating which included selecting appropriate pieces from his art collection with works by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst now hung on the walls.

The Kings Head, Norfolk

The Kings Head in Letheringsett is nestled just outside the bustling Norfolk of Holt. Housed within a handsome Georgian Manor from 1808 that has no less than three fires to create the bona fide country pub atmosphere. Ceilings are vaulted, shelves are adorned with books and grandfather clocks chime in the background. All of these details combine to create a homely welcome.

The Lifeboat Inn, Norfolk

The Lifeboat Inn is a 16th century inn located on a beautiful section of the North Norfolk Coast. The pub is tucked away down a quiet country lane and so provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle. You will certainly be glad you made the trip once you have sampled their fish pie, so popular that they were asked to share the recipe in their local magazine.

The Plough, Bolnhurst

The Plough in Bolnhurst is situated in a 15th-century Medieval building which has been meticulously refurbished. This is an independent pub which is proud of its food and its ability to choose its favourite local producers to supply its seasonal menu.

The White Pheasant , Ely

Country dining is quite an experience at The White Pheasant in Ely. With a cosy open fire, stripped wooden floors and culinary excellence, the emphasis is on seasonal, locally sourced produce alongside award-winning wines. This is a family owned restaurant with a regional reputation.

The Flitch of Bacon, Dunmow

Tim Allen’s The Flitch of Bacon Inn supports farmers and artisan producers by combining local produce with the very best European larder, to create dishes celebrating traditional British cooking, with a contemporary twist.

The Rose and Crown, Norfolk

Dating back to the 14th century, The Rose and Crown in the village of Snettisham is a hidden gem with plenty of old-world character; from the low ceilings with their ancient beams to the pamment floors and roaring log fires. The menu makes use of the local ingredients from the mussels, oysters and samphire to the fresh herbs and local game.

The Fox at Willian, Hertfordshire

The Fox at Willian is a stylish and award-winning country pub and fine dining restaurant in the scenic village of Willian. With contemporary country interiors, The Fox overlooks the village pond, surrounded by weeping willows. The pub garden spills onto the village green for outside drinking on summer days.

The Chequers Inn, Thornham

The Chequers Inn in Thornham is a traditional, 16th-century pub with low beamed ceilings and a large open fireplace. This beautifully renovated former coaching inn on the North Norfolk coast offers daily specials in their contemporary dining room or out in the courtyard are two unique cedar wood pavilions, both perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.

The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

Overlooking some of North Norfolk’s finest marshland and beyond to the sea is the stylish White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. Lobster pots and oyster beds can be seen from the light and airy restaurant. Here you can sample some of Norfolk’s freshest seafood in their award-winning restaurant.

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe

The Duck Inn is an award-winning pub with a stripped back elegance, allowing the culinary talent to take centre stage. The ambience here is relaxed and sophisticated. Fresh flowers and candlelit tables sit against a backdrop of characterful brick walls and warming fires.

The Ingham Swan, Norfolk

The Ingham Swan is an award-winning, 14th-century coaching inn located within this pretty Norfolk hamlet to the North East of Norwich. The menu “strikes a balance between heritage and inventive cuisine” with dishes including chorizo roast sea bream and pan roast monkfish noisette.

The Westleton Crown, Suffolk

The Westleton Crown is a 12th-century coaching inn on the Suffolk Heritage coast. Situated within the picturesque village of Westleton, this pub has been serving the locals for over 800 years. There is a traditional bar area but also a large and bright dining room to the rear which opens up onto a courtyard garden.

Galvin Green Man, Great Waltham

The Galvin Green Man is said to be one of the oldest pubs in Essex, built in 1341. Today roaring fires and the timber-framed bar are beautiful reminders of the pub’s historic past. The pub is a return home for Michelin starred Essex-born brothers, Chris & Jeff Galvin.

The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship is located in the quiet, seaside village of Dunwich within walking distance of the long, shingle beach and a short drive from Aldeburgh and Southwold. This once thriving medieval port is now a quiet retreat being surrounded by nature reserves and monastic ruins.

The Queen, Brandeston

The Queen focuses on locally produced, beautifully cooked food. With their own kitchen garden harvesting an abundant array of vegetables and herbs throughout the year, the menu showcases these ingredients alongside other pub classics, always featuring the best local ingredients.

The Long Melford Swan

The Swan is a two AA rosette restaurant in the heart of Long Melford, a delightful Suffolk village less than two hours from London. The menu is modern English cuisine with dishes including dry-aged beef Wellington, skate wing with cockles and steak & kidney pudding.

The White Horse Inn, Badingham

The Swan is a two AA rosette restaurant in the heart of Long Melford, a delightful Suffolk village less than two hours from London. The menu is modern English cuisine with dishes including dry-aged beef Wellington, skate wing with cockles and steak & kidney pudding.

The Orange Tree, Thornham

Vibrant roses climb up the 400-year-old white stone walls of The Orange Tree, creating an idyllic approach as you arrive. The area is perfect for walks on the nearby sweeping sandy beaches and peaceful harbour where working fishing boats still bring in the daily catch.

The Victoria Inn, Holkham

Fresh, local and seasonal produce is the focus of the cuisine at The Victoria in Holkham. The quality of their ingredients is paramount, from the shellfish, fish or samphire from the north Norfolk coast to the beef from their farms on the Holkham Estate.

The Crown and Castle, Orford

The Crown and Castle is situated in the pretty village of Orford, on the banks of the river Ore and close to the town of Aldeburgh. With a multitude of local artisanal food producers, the restaurant places a high emphasis on food provenance and devotes much time to the art of sourcing the finest local and seasonal ingredients.
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