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Harrison Recommends: Our Top 5 Gastropub’s in Suffolk near Cakes & Ale

Harrison Recommends: Our Top 5 Gastropub’s in Suffolk near Cakes & Ale

  1. The Bildeston Crown

The Bildeston Crown is an enchanting GastroPub nestled in the heart of the picturesque Suffolk village it’s named after, just a stone’s throw from Ipswich and a short drive from Cakes & Ale.

Boasting a vibrant menu to delights and satisfy every palate, The Bildeston Crown prioritises top-notch, locally sourced produce to craft culinary masterpieces. From scrumptious vegetarian dishes and fantastic seafood selections to hearty options for meat lovers, there’s something special for everyone. Their menus change regularly, so every visit promises a new gastronomy experience.

Sat Nav Postcode: IP7 7EB

Distance from Cakes & Ale: 34 miles (50 min drive)

Closest dog friendly walk: Bildeston is nestled amidst the stunning Suffolk Countryside, and we’ve got the perfect dog friendly walk to let you discover its beauty – The Bildeston to Chelsworth circular walk will take you around 1.5 hrs at a manageable distance of 3.35 miles for the little ones. Get the route here

Great nearby things to do with the kids: Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park, located in Suffolk, is a multi-award-winning destination that includes a wildlife park, rare breeds farm, restaurant, and wedding venue. Owned by TV presenter and conservationist Jimmy Doherty, this park boasts top-tier attractions like Europe’s largest polar bear reserve.


  1. The Crown, Woodridge

The Crown is a charming Gastropub, perfectly situated in the vibrant centre of Woodbridge in Suffolk. It’s a hidden gem on the fringe of the stunning Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and conveniently close to the coast, making it the ideal spot for a getaway when you’re staying with us at Cakes & Ale.

The menu is a celebration of classic British cuisine, with a focus on the finest locally sourced ingredients and the freshest seasonal produce. Dive into pub classics like the beloved fish and chips or explore mouth-watering dishes such as the slow-cooked Beef Cheek, shin & brisket stew, and Pan-Roasted Bream. With daily specials and delightful vegetarian options, there’s always something new and exciting to try at The Crown.

Sat Nav Postcode:    IP12 1AD

Distance from Cakes & Ale: 17 miles (29 min drive)

Closest dog friendly walk:   Explore the breath-taking Rendlesham Forest, covering 1500 hectares of mixed woodland. The forest offers picnic areas where BBQs are permitted, and two circular walks to suit different levels of adventurers: the accessible blue trail at 1.2km (0.75 miles) and the more extensive red trail at 5km (3 miles). See the different routes here

Great nearby things to do with the kids: The Riverside Cinema, Woodridge provides a great family activity if you find yourself here on a rare rainy day.


  1. The Ship at Dunwich

Located ideally for guests at our Cakes & Ale Holiday Park, The Ship at Dunwich is a must-visit spot, offering an exceptional blend of location, ambiance, and gourmet delights. Situated in the quaint coastal village of Dunwich in Suffolk, it’s a leisurely stroll from the beach, boasting cosy open log fires for the winter months and inviting outdoor spaces for spring & summer enjoyment.

The Ship’s culinary philosophy emphasises simplicity and quality, with a focus on locally sourced, skilfully prepared dishes. The seasonal menu features the best of land and sea, ensuring a dining experience that perfectly complements your stay with us.

Sat Nav Postcode:    IP17 3DT

Distance from Cakes & Ale: 7.3 miles (15 min drive)

Closest dog friendly walk:   The village of Dunwich is a natural tourist attraction due to its beauty, fabulous dog-friendly beach and the plethora of wildlife that make it their home. You’ll notice that Dunwich also doesn’t have any streetlighting, making it a wonderful spot to stargaze. There are some fantastic circulars straight from the door. Get the routes here

Great things to do nearby with the kids: Visit Adventure Island Play Park in Lowestoft for a day of fun. Themed around pirates, kids will have a blast exploring Pirate Pete’s Ship or Polly Palm’s Island, offering three levels of adventure! Plus, there’s a dedicated area just for the under 2s.


  1. The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown is ideally located on the edge of a quintessential Suffolk village green. Perfectly placed for a pint, a glass of wine, or supper with your family and friends, on their landscaped terraces that provide a delightful al fresco eating and drinking spot.

Head Chef, Alex Henshaw and his team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus. Their restaurant offers a hearty breakfast, a simple lunchtime snack, a relaxed meal with friends, a celebration meal, or a traditional Sunday roast, all prepared and presented with thought and care.

Sat Nav Postcode:  IP17 3AD

Distance from Cakes & Ale: 4.5 miles ( 9 min drive)

Closest dog friendly walk:  Embark on a scenic 6.5-mile loop that starts and ends in Aldeburgh, leading you to the enchanting village of Thorpeness and back. This route offers a coastal trail adorned with iconic landmarks, including the Scallop, Martello Tower, and the House in the Clouds. Your return trip to Aldeburgh follows the path of the former railway line.

Great things to do nearby with the kids:  Aldeburgh beach is literally a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurant’s doors. So grab a bucket and a spade and enjoy some free family time on Aldeburgh’s beautiful golden sandy shores.


  1. The Bell Inn, Rickinghall

Located in Rickinghall, Suffolk, The Bell Inn is a historic pub that began as a coaching inn in the 17th century. Today, it’s an award-winning Gastropub with rooms, offering a variety of dishes including sandwiches, light bites, and pub classics such as fish and chips, steak, and burgers.

The Bell Inn is considered one of the best country pubs that North Suffolk has to offer, committed to offering a diverse menu, emphasising locally sourced ingredients, highlighting the best that our countryside provides, focusing on sustainable suppliers, local farmers, and producers.

Sat Nav Postcode:    IP22 1BN

Distance from Cakes & Ale: 31 miles (50 min drive)

Closest dog friendly walks: Rickinghall Inferior and Rickinghall Superior is a stroll through the history of three old Suffolk villages. See the routes you can take here

Great things to do nearby with the kids: Banham Zoo is home to thousands of animals from the around the world, set in acres of beautiful open parkland, it’s the perfect place to connect the kids with nature.


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