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6 Country Pubs for Summer

Soak up the summer sun and tuck into a plate of Suffolk's fine fayre at one of these country Pubs in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

The Masons Arms, Bury St Edmunds

The Masons Arms is located in Whiting Street, in the centre of one of the oldest parts of Bury St Edmunds and showcases fantastic ales and guest beers which are both affordable and local.

They also serve high quality food suitable for couples and the whole family and are proud of their variety of choice for children and vegetarians. All food is homemade using locally sourced fresh ingredients and suppliers and in addition to this mouth-watering menu, there is always a specials menu available too as well as a traditional Sunday roast (although you are advised to book if you want to try that out.)

With one of the best outdoor spaces available in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, free wi-fi, a dog-friendly environment and being chosen as the official flagship pub by Green King, a visit to the Mason’s Arms is a no-brainer! 

The Weeping Willow, Barrow

The Weeping Willow had been a loved establishment for over 500 years in Barrow until its closure for three years and since its refurbishment by the current owners, this looks set to continue for the foreseeable.

With a team at the helm made up of an architect, an award-winning florist and a fantastic chef, what could you expect but impeccable decoration and interiors, beautiful flower beds and sublime food but the Willow really deserve 5 star review they have received by their creation of an atmosphere – much more difficult to achieve, which welcomes everybody, including the family dog.

With a diverse range of drinks stocked from ales, beers, ciders, fruit cordials and champagne, accompanied by a menu suitable for any age or preference, the food is elegant but not fussy and never lets you forget you are in a country pub. Neither does the surroundings; from the welcoming exterior as you approach to the various areas of grounds which allow space for little ones to run around or just to sit and enjoy a drink or to find a secluded spot in the shade away from the heat.

The Kings Arms, Bury St Edmunds

The Kings Arms is a traditional community pub with a modern twist that promises to offer a warm welcome to the historic townhouse inn which is chock full of personality and stylish interior.

Visitors can choose from the in-house choice of 5 cask ales and craft beers - both bottled and draft as well as a selection of more unusual bottled ciders, which can be enjoyed inside or (during this weather!) in the great beer garden or al fresco dining area if you are hoping to catch a meal too.

The pub, proudly situated in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, serves traditional, delicious pub menu with a contemporary twist. Everything from light snacks, grazing and sharing plates for casual dining and sandwiches to burgers or mains including pub favourites, the Kings Arms are proud of the provenance of their food and ingredients.

With regular offers including free meals for children on Mondays, menu upgrade offers, a quiz on Sundays, live sports and regular live music, the Kings Arms states that anybody is welcome and serve coffee and food all day.

Bear Inn, Beyton

Situated in the picturesque village of Beyton, The Bear Inn is a traditional freehouse serving traditional British dishes with a contemporary twist. 

There's a selection of real ales from across East Anglia on tap, with house beers from Old Cannon Brewery in Bury St Edmunds, Best Bitter and Gunner's Daughter along with a growing wine list and a selection of takeaway beers; you can order 18 or 36 pints in a box with it's on self-dispensing tap.

The menu, which uses local produce includes delicious dishes such as beer battered fish & chips, Bear Burger, griddled halloumi burger, chefs curry and Suffolk sausages and creamy mash. Chargrilled items include salmon steak, chicken, pork and lamb kebab, marinated jerk chicken legs, fillet steak and Tomohawk steak. 

The Beehive, Horringer

Next up, a small country pub located in the beautiful village of Horringer, The Beehive was built in 1830 and became a pub in 1860. It earned its reputation as a “villagers pub” due to the warmth of the owners, in charge from around the beginning of World War One to the late 1980s – a staggering reign! It then became a destination pub from the 1990s until it was taken over as part of a “Save the Beehive” campaign that saw it reopen in order “not just the village but all of Suffolk may enjoy it”.

The pub is now a relaxing place that everyone can enjoy, whether adults, children, dogs or well-behaved owners and has a selection of tasty local beers including Adnams, Oakham Ales and Mouldons. Food is available at both lunch and dinnertime and is created using local ingredients and can be enjoyed on the patio in the well-manicured beer garden or inside in the warm, cosy and welcoming interior.

The Swan Inn, Lawshall

The Swan Inn has been described as everything that a country pub should be - an 18th-century timber-framed, thatched roof pub based in the village of Lawshall which is crammed full of period features that have been lovingly restored.

The Swan have home-grown beers on tap all year round, ales include Adnams and Woodfordes, Ales; Guinness, Strongbow, Birra Moretti, Carlsberg and Adnams Ghost Ship, an excellent selection of red and white wines and over 30 boutique Gins with a Lilley’s read cider pump coming soon!

The pub has recently been lovingly restored and still bears many original features, including coins nailed to the underside of the timber beams. During WWI, it was the custom of soldiers to nail up coins in this way so that they could reclaim them upon their return. Many of the coins were not reclaimed and so they remain reflecting the loss of 24 men from the village and honouring their service.

The menu contains all the traditional pub classics one might expect from a country pub with a few extra culinary delights using locally sourced fresh ingredients. The ever-changing menu guarantees something for every type of taste buds and with a large garden to enjoy dining and for children to play in and LaVazza coffee, what are you waiting for…