This January, get cosy in a country pub in the Waveney Valley
Beat the January blues by getting out in to the fresh air and then head to one of the many cosy country pubs we have in the Waveney Valley.
The festive leftovers have just about made their way out of the fridge and we’re well on the way to breaking our new year’s resolutions. The first weeks of January can sometimes seem a little bit flat. Or, perhaps you’re looking forward to enjoying some much needed calm after all of the partying. Either way, getting out into the fresh air in the Waveney Valley and stopping off at one of our many cosy pubs has got to be a great way to spend a few hours in January. Whether it’s a traditional Sunday lunch with the family, or alone with your favourite book by an open fire, there’s lots of choice.
Spend some time wandering around the historic streets of the market town of Eye. From the Norman motte and bailey castle, 15th century church, Victorian alms houses and Italianate Town Hall, it is a fusion of architectural delights. There were once more than 20 pubs in the market town of Eye. Now only one remains, The Queens Head, number one on Tripadvisor for restaurants in Eye. With mediaeval beams, open fires, real ales from the cask, brilliant food and a lovely garden in the heart of the town, it’s well worth a visit on any day, not just in January.
Head to The Swan Hotel in Harleston, an old coaching inn with its original 16th century beams, enormous inglenook fireplaces and arched courtyard, for a truly traditional feel. Enjoy a relaxed meal from the bar, or sample some of their finest Norfolk fare in the Hotel’s restaurant. Harleston is steeped in history and heritage. The town has its own Discovery Trail, filled with information for exploring its many distinctive buildings. Pick up a leaflet from the tourist information centre to read over lunch.
The Loddon Swan is an independent freehouse in the heart of Loddon, serving proper well-kept local ales and an eclectic wine list. Sitting opposite the 15th century Holy Trinity Church, they are just a stone’s throw from the River Chet, which lies within the Broads National Park. Wherryman’s Way is a meandering 37.5 mile walking trail running through Loddon, between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, accessible via the churchyard. If you don’t fancy 37 miles, there are many shorter circular walks from Loddon. Afterwards, head back to The Swan for some award winning food, with locally sourced meat, fish, vegetables and cheese on the menu.
Set in the very heart of Halesworth’s Thoroughfare, The Angel Hotel now serves as a hub for the town’s folk to meet and as a local information centre for visitors. It has been a traditional coaching inn since the early 16th Century and serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals throughout the day. Only 9 miles in land from Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, Halesworth is a charming market town surrounded by beautiful countryside and delightful villages. Halesworth’s Millennium Green is the largest single Millennium Green in the country. Stretching along the banks of the River Blyth, it is a haven for wildlife and flowers and provides two circular walks of up to two miles.
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The Waveney Inn, at the Waveney River Centre, is also a perfect destination or half-way point for a winter walk. With fabulous views across the Norfolk & Suffolk marshes you could just sit and relax over a bite to eat. Or, why not make use of the pedestrian ferry to the Angles Way and walk alongside the river, through Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve or into the nearby town of Oulton Broad.