Suffolk scenery + Pub = a good Sunday!
We are lucky to have some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK here in Suffolk and you can’t beat a good weekend walk in the country or by the coast. Well, unless you can combine a good country walk with a visit to a brilliant pub. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Adnams Brewery produced a great little pack of Pub Walk Guides and we did the first one last Sunday at Pin Mill.
Not only did we have a delightful 4 mile walk along the river bank and through woodland that we might not otherwise have known about, but we also popped into the lovely Butt and Oyster pub right on the estuary of the river Orwell. The old bar is everything you want from an English coastal pub – a roaring fire, mismatched wooden tables and chairs, beautifully worn and dog friendly tiled floors and the Adnams is served straight from the barrels. Beer heaven! Food was pretty good too. I can’t wait to go back one morning and have the bacon breakfast special.
You can get your copy of the guides here. You can download them as pdfs but send away for the pack. It only costs £2.50 plus £1.50 postage, they send it really quickly and the profits from the pack will support conservation in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. How much more virtuous do you want to feel? The pack is really attractive and nicely produced too so it could make a great Christmas stocking gift for the man in your life who you may be finding it difficult it to buy for!
The guides cover these beautiful places Pin Mill, Levington, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Butley, Orford, Snape, Aldeburgh, Eastebridge, Westleton, Eastbridge, Walberswick, Southwold, Wrentham and Blythburgh. The pubs include the Lord Nelson (my fave in Southwold), The Bell (my fave in Walberswick) and many other gems.
Each individual booklet explains the walk and all the bits of local history and maps too. On the Pin Mill walk, it points out Cat House, built in 1793 and it is said that the owner, who was sympathetic to local smugglers, would place a stuffed white cat in the window to indicate that no customs boats were patrolling!
Thanks to my neighbour Lynne who put me on to the guides – good call!