Pubs are one of my favourite places to be. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at an alarming rate. There are, however, some great ones still out there and ready to welcome you in with great food and of course a lovely pint of what ever takes your fancy. Here’s a list of some of my favourite watering holes and other eateries that help to keep my energy up when birding.

Eel’s Foot Inn at Eastbridge

Right on the edge of Minsmere, the Eel’s Foot is perfectly situated for that celebratory pint after a successful birding trip plus the food is excellent even if you saw sod all.

Five Bells at Wrentham

I love this place. I just wish it was nearer to where I lived. The food is amazingly good pub grub with something to suit everyone from carnivores to vegetarians, kids to older ones…..situated just off the main drag between Wrentham and Southwold it is good place to stop off if you’re doing a bit of birding around Southwold, Covehithe or further afield towards Lowestoft. Personally I’d go there even if I wasn’t birding because the beer, the food and the whole pub is great 🙂

Queen’s Head at Blyford

Picturesque little pub situated between Halesworth and Southwold. It sits on it’s own apart from the Church and a farmhouse. Always popular so booking a table (particularly at weekends) is recommended. On a sunny day it’s great to sit outside in the beer garden overlooking the green and surrounding countryside. The food is all locally sourced…they even have their own pigs 🙂

Sail Loft, Southwold

Away from the main part of Southwold towards the harbour, the Sail Loft is handy if you’ve just finished a spot of sea-watching and fancy a coffee or something a bit more substantial

Harbour Inn, Southwold

The perfect watering hole if you’re birding around Southwold marshes or just over the bridge to Walberswick and Tinker’s marsh which often turn up some unusual birds. This pub does good Adnams’ beer and food….love their fish and chips 🙂

Jolly Sailor, Orford

Nice Adnam’s pub that’s handy for Orford Castle, the Quay and the Orford Ness Nature reserve. Well kept beer and a nice selection of food will keep you happy.


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