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The Ship

Dunwich IP17 3DT

Dunwich has an end of the road feel that's quite in keeping with the fact that most of what was once a thriving medieval port now lies under the sea, just a few yards from this old smugglers' haunt; in fact, they say, in a tone guaranteed to have you hooked, you can still hear the sound of the church bells from the saloon bar. Well, church bells or not, the pub had a successful and extensive refurb a couple of years ago (its sister establishment is the excellent Crown in nearby Westleton), but retains the feels of a cosy traditional pub right in the heart of the village. They serves ales from Adnams and the Humpty Dumpty brewery in Reedham, Norfolk, and good, well-priced food made with locally sourced pork, lamb and fish. Try their fish and chips, fried in their secret-recipe batter (and including sustainable alternatives like hake and whiting), or the slow-cooked and sumptuous Blythburgh pork belly. They also have accommodation, and it's as peaceful a place to stay as you'll find, although the rooms themselves are a bit rudimentary.

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