Kings head in Laxfield


Known locally as the Low House because it lies in a dip below the churchyard, the 600-year-old thatched pub is one of Suffolk's treasures. Little has changed in the last 100 years and its four rooms creak with character — all narrow passageways and low ceilings. The simple parlour is dominated by a three-sided, high-backed settle in front of an open fire and there's no bar — instead, impeccable Adnams ales are served from barrels in the tap room. In keeping with the timeless atmosphere, food is rustic, hearty and homemade, the short, daily-changing blackboard menu lists soup, sandwiches, hot dishes and puddings. It's the sort of place where traditional folk music often starts up spontaneously.

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