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Laxfield King's Head (The Low House)
Ranked #1 of 1 Laxfield B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“A very special pub.”
Reviewed 25 September 2012

'The Low' is simply one of England's great village pubs, oozing with character inside and out. The front parlour, with its low ceiling and rare horseshoe high back settle facing the small fire place, is worthy of 'The Hobbit'. Further in, two other charming small rooms lead to the open servery where the full range of Adnam's beers is dispensed, in prime condition, direct from the barrel. This is a beer lover's heaven.

The sizeable garden outside, with broad lawn, trailing plants and densely planted beds and summer house is equally enchanting.

The food has improved greatly in recent years, service is pleasant, helpful and informal. The accomodation, in three attractive double or twin rooms (option for self catering) just to the left of the pub, is very good indeed.

The location is idyllic and the pub a haven of peace and relaxation.

Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Stockelsdorf, Germany
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I would never have found this one, as there is no reaason to be passing through laxfield unless directed there. We had by friends that used to live there. This is a small village pub, but with a great big heart. It doesn't have a bar, but better has a tap room with keg upon keg of real ale. The food is absolutly smashing. The room was clean and in an annex adjacent to the main building, Bob the boss will cater for your every whim, I wanted kippers for breakfast and kippers is what I got! Thanks for a great stay

Room Tip: of the two rooms, the one with the church view is the most desirable. The shower could also do with...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

We spent a few days staying in the stables at the Low House - the rooms are clean, comfortable and attractive, nothing was too much trouble for Bob, the Landlord par excellence; the food at the pub was wonderful - locally produced food with village allotment holders bringing their produce to the kitchen - Linda's Full English Breakfast is highly recommended,and everything we ate was tasty and well prepared - rare roast beef sandwiches with horseradish were a real treat, as was the lovely roast beef we had for Sunday lunch. Plenty of choice too for vegetarians or when we fancied something lighter to eat. And of course wonderful ales - the Adnams bitter was superb straight from the cask and was all I wanted to drink - but there were also plenty of guest beers for my other half and friends to enjoy.
And the surroundings are lovely - waking in the morning to the sound of green woodpeckers calling from the old bowling green outside, and strolling up the hill to the allotments behind the pub and hearing Gt Spotted Woodpeckers drumming - why would anyone want to be anywhere else? We shall return!

Room Tip: The family room has a lovely view over the churchyard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

We stayed overnight in the Stables, nominally self-catering but we did it on a bed and breakfast basis. Can't fault it - clean, comfortable and spacious.

But it's the pub itself that really makes this place. It is as genuine a 'proper' pub as you'll see anywhere in the country. The food is good too - we had the belly pork and mash in the evening and the full monty for breakfast and both were excellent. Bob and Linda run it very well, though Bob told me they don't plan on staying as long as her great grandparents who ran it from 1882 to 1943.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2011

We stayed in the self catering accommodation at The Low House. Very clean room with spacious bathroom and kitchen facilities. Not that needed the kitchen - the food at The Low House was excellent. I had the Steak and Ale Pie with vegetables followed by sticky toffee pudding for evening meal and a full English breakfast the following morning..
The beer is wonderful with well kept Adnams served from barrels in the cellar. There is no bar. Friendly landlord and staff attended to all our needs.
The village is quiet and pretty with the pub being behind the church. A great base for exploring North Suffolk.
We cannot recommend this pub highly enough and we will be going back for a great value break.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

My wife and I always enjoy a visit to this unusual pub.There is no bar as such and you select your beer from the barrels in the tap room.I selected the Adnam's beer brewed locally in Southwold ,this is a very enjoyable drink.The atmosphere was warm and friendly and the food was excellent.Try their excellent pies.
The service was quick, efficient and friendly,The decor, beams, tap room,low lighting and open fire in the pub transports you in your imagination back in time to the 17th century.
We have spent many enjoyable evenings at the Low House.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Pro's: This pub building is unique in character and style. Thatched, with no bar and a blazing fire surrounded by wooden settles. If that wasn't enough the staff are even better. The welcome is always great, and Bob & Linda the landlord and lady make everyone very welcome. Some of the best customer service I've encountered anywhere. I'm quite a tough judge as I train people in Customer Care.
The curry nights on Tuesdays are as good as any Indian restaurant, and the regular pub grub is fantastic - traditional homemade English fayre, served to a very high standard at very reasonable prices. Extremely good value and something for everyone.
If you like good beer, this is the place. The ale is served directly from the barrel in the tap room. They have local Suffolk ales, and other guest beers from across the UK.
In the summer there is a beautiful beer garden at the rear, with regular events throughout the year.
Well worth a visit.

Con's: There aren't any negatives!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Laxfield King's Head (The Low House)
Address: Gorams Mill Lane, Laxfield IP13 8DW, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Laxfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Laxfield
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stepping into The King’s Head is like a journey back through time. We are a very traditional English pub, serving great beer straight from our tap room, quality food from local producers and peaceful accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set in the heart of the beautiful village of Laxfield, it's an ideal location for exploring the surrounding Suffolk countryside, and it’s many attractions. We are a dog friendly pub, so there is no need to travel without your best friend, and we are surrounded by fantastic walking routes and stunning scenery. ... more   less 
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