Places to eat

Constable Holiday Lodges, beautiful self catering eco friendly lodges in the heart of Constable Country on the Suffolk / Essex border in the village of East Bergholt and with so many beautiful places to eat, many on the door step, go on, treat yourself


East Bergholt

The village itself has a host of pubs and tea rooms.

ORANGES & LEMONS tea rooms, perfect for homemade cakes and lunches and just a 5-minute walk from the lodges

The LION BRASSERIE in the village centre, with beautiful manicured lawns set within a large walled garden, offering locally sourced gourmet food

The CARRIERS ARMS, a dog friendly Grade 2 listed pub & restaurant, with a large beautiful garden and cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

The HARE & HOUNDS, a 16th century dog friendly pub, serving traditional meals in the bar and large garden.

Head up to the East End part of the village for FIELDS FARMSHOP & CAFÉ, with its rustic vibe, producing delicious food including an outdoor menu and picnic options.  Dog friendly, with gorgeous farm animals and a tractor themed play area.

The ROYAL OAK, known locally as ‘The Dicky’ great for top drinks, tasty bar food with great character.

For a special treat on Tuesday evenings you will find ‘BARRY’S FISH & CHIP VAN’ in the car park at ‘Oranges & Lemons’ between 18.25-18.35, to avoid missing out you can prebook your fish meal with Barry on 07710 338414 (Barry has been serving East Bergholt with his mobile van for over 30 years)

Take a meander down to Flatford to enjoy lunch or a drink by the river at the NATIONAL TRUST TEA ROOMS

Walk over to Dedham (2-miles) which hosts two great pubs, The MARLBOROUGH HEAD , THE SUN INN or the BOATYARD EATERY, or enjoy tea and cake in the many tea rooms along the high street.

Or walk towards Manningtree to enjoy the café at CONSTABLE PARK with its stunning river views towards Cattawade and Flatford Mill.


Just a 10-20 minute car drive you will find some excellent places to eat out.

HADLEIGH High Street with its host of tea rooms, an amazing Chinese THE DYNASTY ORIENTAL CUISINE (eat in or take out) and THE KINGS HEAD PUB, a 16th century inn with a traditional menu and in the summer months cooks from its outdoor pizza oven in the garden

Midway between East Bergholt and Hadleigh is The Marquis, a restored rural farmhouse with chic restaurant and cosy bar or travel through Hadleigh out to Bilderston you will find THE BILDERSTON CROWN, a modern British pub/ restaurant with rustic-chic bar, cosy lounge and outdoor terrace.

Between Stratford and Dedham and just a 10 minute drive offers LE TOLLBOOTH , an idyllic riverside restaurant with outside dining and its sister pub/restaurant MILSOMS just over the river towards Dedham, an informal and contemporary bar/brassiere

Manningtree has a host of takeaway options including THE MOGUL, a popular indian restaurant in a 16th century building in the heart of the town, great to eat in or take out (and they deliver)

Further up the high street is Lucca’s an authentic Italian enoteca restaurant with the fun and bustle of a trattoria , enjoy a take out pizza from THE PIZZA PLACE  or travel toward Mistley where you will find THE MISTLEY THORN that specialise in seafood and is certainly worth a try.


A little further afield but certainly worth the drive to the hamlet of Pin Mill on the River Orwell is THE BUTT & OYSTER offering great views and good old fashioned traditional food in a relaxed dog-friendly environment, and on the opposite bank of the Orwell THE SHIP INN at Levington, a 13th century thatched pub with woodburning stoves and beams galore.

Neptune Marina in Ipswich, often referred to as just ‘The Waterfront’ is a modern dock originally constructed in the 1840’s and a mix of classical and postmodern architecture including bars, cafes and restaurants such as THE BISTRO ON THE QUAY Eaterie in THE SALTHOUSE HARBOUR HOTEL , and The Mariners a classic brasserie on a renovated 1899 wooden boat.