Eating and Drinking

Pub lunches, afternoon teas and fine dining - there is something to suit all culinary tastes in the towns and villages around Clay Hall House B&B 

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Our local the Crown Acton is 12 minutes’ walk, serving  real ales and pub grub

Long Melford (2.5 miles)

The Hare Inn opposite Kentwell Hall serves very good quality home-cooked food at medium price and excellent real ales. Large pleasant garden.

Also try The Cock and Bell, The Crown  and The Bull

Newton Green (2.5 miles)

The Saracens Head is  a free house serving excellent real ales. Home cooked menu and small beer garden

Great Henny  (6.5 miles)

The Henny Swan is a  riverside pub serving real ales and good quality food.  At weekends (April-end of October) you can book a lunchtime boat trip from Sudbury to the pub  

Preston St Mary (5 miles)

The Six Bells is a lovely old freehouse dating from 1416. Good food and real ales

Kersey (10.5 miles)

The Bell Inn dates from the 14th Century  and with a lovely sunny beer garden. Good menu and hand-pulled ales


Lavenham (3.5 miles)

Number 10  serves bistro food using locally sourced ingredients. For haute cuisine, try The Great House and for good Indian fayre, visit Memsaab 

Also try The Angel Hotel 

Long Melford (2.5 miles)

Scutcher's  serves classic dishes with modern twists

For Indian food, try Cafe Massala and Melford Valley Tandoori. 

Gigi's Trattoria is a rustic Italian. Also try The Melford Swan Bistro


French fine dining at The Secret Garden


Tea Rooms

Lavenham has numerous tea shops, including the National Trust Tea Rooms at The Guildhall  which has lovely patio garden at the back and Munnings Tea Rooms in a quirky and ancient timber-framed building

In Sudbury, Painters, opposite Gainsborough’s House has a patio garden and serves good home-cooked food. Also try The Secret Garden Cafe  

In Long Melford, there are several tea rooms to choose from, all in Hall Street 

Breweries and Vineyards


This independent Suffolk brewery is home to the famous Old Growler and a huge variety of fresh beers and craft ales. Its Rodbridge site is barely three miles from Clay Hall House and visitors can sample the beers and tour the brewery 


Sudbury-based micro brewery famous for its Black Adder stout. The brewery's own pub in Sudbury less than 3 miles from Clay Hall House where you can sample all its beers


You can also visit Adnams in Southwold and Greene King in Bury St Edmunds

Dedham Vale Vineyard produces several styles of award-winning wines, and the Estate offers vineyard tours, while Giffords Hall vineyard in the village of Hartest produces a range of English wines and offers winery tours 


Live Music

The live music scene is really buzzing in the area with many pubs featuring regular weekly gigs to suit all musical tastes. Check out what’s on in Sudbury and  nearby Colchester 


The region has several larger concert venues: The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and Charter Hall in Colchester

Beer tastings and brewery tours

Quality restaurants

Scrumptious afternoon teas

Live music to suit all tastes

Visit vineyards near Clay Hall House B&B

We've eaten in many of the places in the area, so are delighted to help you make your dining choice
- Simon and Angela


Email:     Telephone: 01787 827506 

Clay Hall House • Clay Hall Lane • Acton • Sudbury • Suffolk • CO10 0AQ

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