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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...

Oakes Barn

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Oakes Barn is an independent, local business, where customers are made to feel welcome and can enjoy an atmosphere of a pub with values and a friendly team of staff.

Located just outside the historical medieval grid, their building is steeped in local history that they embrace.

Since opening in 2013, Oakes Barn have been featured in the Good Beer Guide and have been the winner of town pub, community pub from CAMRA and various other local awards.

The Masons Arms, Bury St Edmunds

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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

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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

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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 Queen's Head Hawkedon

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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

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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.

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