Sibton White Horse
It was always Neil and Gill Mason’s dream to run a country pub, and around 12 years ago they finally managed it with the White Horse, which is a traditional country pub par excellence, with an atmosphere that couldn’t be cosier or a welcome warmer. Not only have they made it into a destination for food without alienating the regular drinkers, who still prop up the bar while everyone else tucks in. But they also have five cosy rooms in a separate block next door so you can linger a little longer after enjoying your dinner. These have been recently furnished in a contemporary country style and have decent-sized bathrooms, tea- and coffee-making facilities, biscuits, mineral water, Freeview TVs with DVD players and free wifi.
Outside, there's a small summer caravan site. They also play host to the odd beer and music festival, and feature a barbecue during summer months in the pub garden, where you can admire the well-tended kitchen plot, whose herbs, salad, fruit and veg all finds it way onto the restaurant menu. Neil and Gill are very proud that the pub has been awarded two AA rosettes, and the menu makes the most of the great produce that Suffolk provides, with classic pub grub at lunchtime and a more refined dinner menu that changes about a quarter of its dishes every week.
The inn makes an excellent base for visiting the nearby Suffolk Coast – Dunwich and the popular Minsmere RSPB reserve are nearby, Walberswick and Southwold not much further, and there are lots of opportunities for country walks not only to the coast but also to the picturesque neighbouring villages of Peasenhall and Yoxford (Neil and Gill can supply suggestions). All in all it's a very pleasant weekend retreat in the heart of the Suffolk countryside – perfect for walking enthusiasts, twitchers or just exhausted couples keen to escape the pace of city life for a few days.
Five guest rooms in a separate block next door to the pub, consisting of 4 doubles plus a twin with wet room that's accessible for disabled visitors.
Double rooms £80–£100 a night depending on time of year; two-night minimum stay during Easter–October. DB&B only on summer weekends, from £155 a night for 2 people.
Open all year.
From the A12, turn onto the A1120 at Yoxford, go through the village and continue for around 4 miles to Peasenhall; turn right opposite Creasey's butchers and continue along Pouy St for a mile; the pub is on the right. From the A14, leave at junction 50 and follow the A1120 for 30 miles until reaching Peasenhall; turn left opposite Creasey's butchers, and follow Pouy St to the pub.
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