When the sun graces the beautiful county of Suffolk, there’s no better way to enjoy it than in one of its charming country pubs with a picturesque outdoor garden.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful spot to unwind, a scenic setting for a meal, or a lively atmosphere to enjoy with friends, these five pubs offer the perfect outdoor retreat.  Here are our top recommendations to help you seek out those beer gardens, terraces and all-weather marquees for an al fresco pint during the summer!

1. The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell

Nestled near the historic town of Woodbridge, The Unruly Pig is an award-winning gastropub known for its exceptional food and inviting atmosphere. Its outdoor garden is a delightful extension of its warm interior, featuring comfortable seating, lush greenery, and a relaxed ambiance. Whether you’re savouring a gourmet meal or enjoying a casual drink, the garden at The Unruly Pig offers a serene escape with a touch of elegance.

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2. The Duck, Campsea Ashe

A friendly welcome always awaits you… “walk in, waddle out” is their moto!!  The menu at The Duck is a highlight, featuring a range of classic pub dishes with a modern twist – all lovingly cooked by renowned local chef, Vernon Blackmore. Seasonal ingredients and local produce are prominently featured, ensuring fresh and flavourful offerings.

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3. The Bell Inn, Walberswick

Located in the picturesque coastal village of Walberswick, The Bell Inn is a quintessential English pub with a delightful, flower-filled garden that perfectly complements its seaside charm. The garden area is adorned with colourful flowers, rustic picnic tables, and a relaxed ambiance, making it an ideal spot to soak up the sun and enjoy fresh seafood dishes and local ales.

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4. The Anchor, Woodbridge

Set along the River Deben, The Anchor in Woodbridge offers a tranquil riverside garden that’s hard to beat. This historic pub’s outdoor space features well-spaced tables, vibrant greenery, and a peaceful river view. It’s the perfect setting for enjoying a hearty meal, a refreshing drink, or simply watching the boats drift by.

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5. The Lord Nelson, Southwold

When you ask any fan of Southwold which pub they head to first, you normally hear the cry of ‘The Nelly’!  This really is a gem of a drinking establishment, located a stone’s throw away from the golden sandy beach.  Enjoy your favourite tipple out the front, as the sun shines down and you hear the waves crashing nearby… or grab a table in the back garden, much loved for its sheltered space and awning roof, perfect for chillier evenings with all your favourites close by.

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6. The Crown, Stoke by Nayland

The Crown in Stoke by Nayland combines rustic charm with modern comforts. Its expansive outdoor terrace provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, making it an ideal spot to enjoy a meal or a drink in the fresh air. With ample seating and a family-friendly vibe, The Crown’s garden is perfect for a leisurely afternoon or a social evening with friends.

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7. The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill

Overlooking the River Orwell, The Butt & Oyster offers one of the most picturesque pub gardens in Suffolk. The riverside views, combined with a menu featuring fresh seafood and local ales, make it a top choice for anyone seeking a scenic dining experience.

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8. The White Horse, Easton

The White Horse in Easton boasts a large, well-kept garden that’s perfect for families and groups. With plenty of seating, a children’s play area, and a menu that caters to all tastes, it’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.

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9. The Ship Inn, Dunwich

A historic pub with a warm atmosphere, The Ship Inn features a lovely garden with views of the Suffolk coast. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a pint of local ale and some hearty pub fare after exploring the nearby Dunwich Heath and Beach.

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Suffolk’s pub gardens are as varied as they are beautiful, each offering a unique setting to enjoy good food, drink, and company. Whether you’re after a coastal view, a riverside retreat, or a peaceful village setting, there’s a pub garden in Suffolk that’s perfect for you. Get in touch with the Curious Retreats team today.  We are local through and through, and can recommend wonderful local pubs near all of our properties in our portfolio. Cheers!

Image credits: © The Unruly Pig | © The Bell Inn | © The Crown at Stoke by Nayland | © The White Horse at Easton | © The Packhorse at Moulton | © The Ship at Dunwich  |  All other images are our own.

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