Suffolk has strong agricultural roots, so it is perhaps unsurprising that many of the pubs, cafes and restaurants across the county offer locally sourced food on their menus. With lots to see and do across our beautiful county, be sure to relax and enjoy a refreshing pint and good old fashioned pub grub to fuel your Suffolk explorations.
The Jolly Sailor
Sitting just shy of Orford Quay, The Jolly Sailor is a traditional village pub. The team is headed by mother and daughter Corinne Webber and Alex Wallis, who will give you a warm welcome to this charming establishment. In the summertime, enjoy the large patio and garden which has views across the surrounding marshes and over towards Orford Ness. In colder months, settle down beside a roaring log fire and wonder at the sailing memorabilia which decorates the interior of the pub.
Serving top quality Adnams Ales, wines and spirits, the menu showcases the best of seasonal ingredients and is sure to be delicious whatever the time of year. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, larger groups can be catered for, and the chef can even prepare a special menu. A child friendly pub, dogs are welcome too, making The Jolly Sailor an excellent stop for the whole family.
The Jolly Sailor is well placed for many of the walking routes in and around Orford. Walk off a pub lunch, or stop by for a pint on your way back from a ramble – or why not do both? The pub’s proximity to the Quay means you are within easy reach of a boat trip. Explore the River Alde, Havergate Island and Orford Ness, or stay at the Quay itself for a spot of crabbing.
The Kings Head Inn
Dating back to the thirteenth century, The Kings Head is a cosy, country pub which offers patrons excellent food and refreshing drinks. Run by landlords Ian and Suzanne Ballantine, the team at The Kings Head helps to maintain an inviting and pleasant atmosphere. With a varied wine list, great real ales – including popular Adnams ales such as Ghostship and Broadside – you will quickly find yourself comfortable. When the sun is out, take advantage of the decking and garden areas or snuggle up by a wood-burning stove if you’re feeling the cold.
Booking is essential for The Kings Head as the pub is very popular towards the latter end of the week and weekends. The scrumptious standard menu, which you can view online, is subject to change throughout the year due to the availability of seasonal ingredients. Locally sourced food goes into pies, casseroles, stews and curries. A dog friendly pub, bring along your pooch to enjoy all that Orford has to offer.
On Sundays tuck into a traditional Sunday Roast or stop by on a Wednesday for Curry Night. Stop by for live music with a range of local musicians performing throughout the year. With a full itinerary throughout the year, you’ll find yourself enjoying the food and drink and all kinds of entertainment.
More centrally located, The Kings Head is within easy reach of Orford Castle, Orford Church and the shops which encircle the market square. Escape the hustle and bustle and relax in the village’s calm atmosphere.