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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed yesterday

As always our fave pub in the kesgrave/ martlesham area. We've been coming here since summer 2023 Amazing friendly staff, beautiful fresh food and fab atmosphere. We always feel welcome and the locals are lovely wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Plus the history of douglas bader...is fascinatingMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The second time we been here and like the first time the food and service was excellent food was nice hot. All eight of us had a lovely time . As it was Saturday we booked a table and on arrival our table was ready...….no waiting time . Thank you for a lovely evening.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had an amazing meal today, staff were friendly and helpful. Asked about allergy’s first when ordering food without us having to tell them. The food came out really fast and was delicious. There’s toys and high chairs available for children to play with and sit...in, my son loved it. Not too expensive, for 3 adults and 1 child with mains and desserts was under £70. Overall great experience and will definitely be back again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This spot is good. The Lady owner is racist. This is my first pub in England so I am bit attach to it. But experience on New year eve was appalling.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 18 January 2024

Not very busy, male member of staff indifferent regarding quality of steak suet pudding, so ordered fish & chips. Wife ordered chicken pie. Fish & chips were excellent, but not a huge portion. Wife's meal was a real pie - well filled and tasty. Two...meals plus orange and coffee came to just over £20. I would guess that nothing is cooked from scratch on the premises. However, it is what it is if you don't want a fine dining experience. Good quality, excellent value, friendly service. Will visit again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

Best pub food around! Steak and ribs combo was amazing - Steak had a perfect sear and cooked to perfection! Ribs meal was really good, lots of flavour on the meat! Kids meal was great and staff was so friendly Chef was very friendly and...asked how I would like my steak cooked! the way staff was really friendly aswellMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

Warm & Comfortable Inn easily accessible. Invited to dine twice now and high standard of food is drawing me back. Today i chose Chargrilled Chicken and Streaky Bacon Wrap on Mixed Salad with a kind special side order of Grated Cheese. The serving was a...piled high choice selection of succulent meats and the freshest of Salad. Top Notch. A big thank you to the staff. I highly it recommend it.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 December 2023

Have been here in years passed for pre Christmas meal with family Just back from the meal, very disappointing and will not being going back, the cutlery was dirty and glasses to, food was basic and not good at all, the starters you could tell...had been set out before we arrived and was not good Once finished the starters we were rushed for the mains like 10 mins The steak was dry plates where the only thing that was hot after a while everything was cold and you could tell this had been waiting again for us. Then we told the waiter that we wanted to wait 15mins for the afters and on the dod they came out The restaurant was cold Tables sticky Place look run down No Christmas feeling at all Place could do with a big face lift Would not be going back As know places where you don't pay so much and get a better standard but though we would go here as last year's was good Never againMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

I went for a ‘ladies’ lunch’ with a friend and was shocked and disappointed by both the quality of the food and the service, which was rude and unhelpful. My friend ordered a steak and kidney pudding, one of her favourite meals. When it arrived,...the ‘pudding’ was crisp and hard. When we queried this with a young waitress, she shrugged and said that was their pudding. My friend then tried to eat the meal. The filling was satisfactory but the pudding case was literally inedible. We called over the young man behind the bar, Ben, who said quite aggressively, ‘What do you expect me to do about it?’ I demonstrated that I could not get my fork through the casing and asked if he would be able to eat this. His reply: ‘I don’t eat the food here.’ He did then offer a refund. There was no hint of an apology for a disappointing meal. Staff surliness and lack of courtesy mean we are unlikely to revisit.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely evening. Callum and his staff looked after us well. The buffet was lovely and good value for money. I had brought a cake along and they kindly stored it, brought it out and provided further plates and napkins. I have also...visited this pub a number of times over the past few months and the food has always been good and the staff really helpful. Thank you 😊More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 August 2023

We decided to just have our evening meal out and saw the sign for Douglas Bader. It’s a lovely friendly pub that allows dogs. Nice seating area outside. Very wide choice of food on the menu. Our meal was served quite quickly and was lovely...too. I didn’t catch the names of the staff but they were all friendly. Well worth a visit. We will be going backMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

A lovely, family - friendly, pub restaurant. Great choice of light snacks to full on meals. My wife, mother, and I had very nice mains and desserts. Our only problem was deciding what to have from such a wide selection.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

Booked a table for 5 of us for a family meal out. We all had a great evening and staff couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. Food is good quality and there is plenty of choice as well as the drinks. Pub including toilets...was clean and tidy. It won't be too long before we're back again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Lovely Sunday roast lunch enjoyed by 3 ladies. Beef was tender, good selection of veggies. Really nice staff, thank you!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023

We were all really impressed with the amount of choice on the menu and the service we received. The prices were very reasonable. Everyone really enjoyed their food, it arrived lovely and hot and the roast dinners tasted very fresh. As an added bonus, the...kids also loved the fact they were able to go and play with a football on the massive green outside. We all agreed we would definitely come back again!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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That’s correct, We are dog friendly with dog water bow outside and treats behind the bar, but we do ask that our K9 companions are kept on the hard floor areas, and can also supply dog blankets for the floor if required... More
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The Douglas Bader is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5