Bury St Edmunds' Best Country Pubs

After a relaxing walk through the Suffolk countryside, find a seat and sit in front of a roaring fire before tucking into a delicious plate of locally sourced food at one of these country Pubs in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

Make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment! 

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.

With a range of menus to suit all diets and members of the family, all food is homemade using locally sourced fresh ingredients and suppliers, and there's a traditional roast offered on Sundays too.

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 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 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.

The Fox Inn, Bury St Edmunds

The Fox Inn is a gorgeous 15th century Inn on historic Eastgate Street in Bury St Edmunds, offering relaxed dining in the cosy restaurant. 

Serving a hearty selection of pub classics including breaded garlic mushrooms, Scottish mussels, crispy salt & pepper squid and halloumi fries to start, followed by a delicious range of burgers, hand battered Atlantic cod, beef and pancetta lasagne, chicken tikka masala, gammon steak and Caesar salad plus a range of mouth watering pies and steaks.

Beyond Bury St Edmunds ...

The Black Lion, Long Melford

The Black Lion in Long Melford is a stylish 15th Century inn, serving an exciting menu of classic dishes with a modern twist alongside an offering of local ales and wines.

Set in the picturesque village of Long Melford in the heart of Suffolk, the menus include dishes such as sea bream fillet, pork schnitzel, confit duck leg, rare ribeye steak and parpardelle. 

On Sundays, you can enjoy a family roast dinner which includes a board of meats (with vegan alternatives on request), lots of seasonal vegetables and a few special extras such as like pigs in blankets and stuffing.

The Queen's Head Hawkedon

The Queen’s Head is an award-winning 15th Century Free House in the picturesque conservation village of Hawkedon, just 18 minutes from Bury St Edmunds. 

A former coaching inn it remains full of unique character and charm gloriously unaffected by the ravages of time, with low timbered ceilings, flagstone floors, scrubbed pine tables and inglenook fireplaces sporting blazing log fires. The atmosphere is relaxed with a lively local ambience.

There is a superb selection of cask conditioned ales, traditional ciders, an extensive fine wine list and an excellent and imaginative seasonal menu on offer. Please take a look at our web-site for the bar and restaurant opening hours. Although the menu changes daily and weekly we’ve listed examples of what you might expect to find if you visit under the headings Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter.

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 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.

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…

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