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Want to enjoy the sun this weekend? Here are 16 of the best pub gardens in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 18:24 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 20:38 26 May 2017

Ramsholt Arms, on the banks of the Deben.   Picture: JANICE POULSON

Ramsholt Arms, on the banks of the Deben. Picture: JANICE POULSON

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As the weather heats up, it’s the perfect time to kick back and enjoy life in a pub garden. Here are some of the best in Suffolk - but tell us your favourite in the comments below.

The Crown at Stowupland

Immaculately kept and stylish, with plenty of seating - including deckchairs - this is the perfect spot for a drink in the sun. A wide range of drinks on offer too, and an exceptional ‘beer snacks’ menu to sample while you’re supping your bevvy. Dog friendly too, so bring the hound!

The Crown, Stowupland.The Crown, Stowupland.

Ramsholt Arms

Is there a better pub garden in Suffolk to watch the sun go down? This pub does great food and beer, and offers a beautiful setting on the banks of the Deben. It’s more than worth the journey.

Max and Polly Durrant , owners of The Ramsholt Arms.Max and Polly Durrant , owners of The Ramsholt Arms.

The Dog at Norton

Actually has two beer gardens to offer - a huge, open one with plenty of tables and space for the kids to run around, plus a more secluded one offering shade and private tables. Great selection of drinks, good pub grub and dog friendly too.

The Dog, NortonThe Dog, Norton

Turks Head, Hasketon

Apart from the fact it does nice food and has a good selection of drinks, it’s got a nice grassy are for the little ones to run around on and some lovely arty pieces for the adults to appreciate.

The Turks Head, Haskeston The Turks Head, Haskeston

The Crown, Hartest

It must be in the running for the largest pub garden in Suffolk. Its huge size means adults can enjoy a drink in the area nearest the pub while children are able to play far away but also within eyesight.

The Hartest Crown beer gardenThe Hartest Crown beer garden

The Cock at Brent Eleigh

At a glance it looks like a small cottage, but this is about as authentic as a Suffolk pub gets. A small beer garden, free parking and very, very uncommercial set with a very green backdrop.

The Cock, Brent EleighThe Cock, Brent Eleigh

Maybush, Waldringfield

Perched on the bank of the River Deben, the Maybush offers panoramic views across the water. Popular with the sailing community, it is a great spot to enjoy a summer’s afternoon watching the boats go by.

The Maybush at WaldringfieldThe Maybush at Waldringfield

Butt and Oyster, Pin Mill

With spectacular views across the Orwell, it’s a great place for families to watch the boats on the river. It’s also well known for its good food and beer. Families flock to the green just a few yards away from the pub.

The Butt & Oyster in Pinmill is included in a CAMRA publication.The Butt & Oyster in Pinmill is included in a CAMRA publication.

The Shipwreck, Shotley Gate

Beautiful industrial view of the docks at Felixstowe and you can watch the boats coming in through the lock. Good place to relax!

The Shipwreck, Shotley GateThe Shipwreck, Shotley Gate

Queens Head, Hawkedon

Tucked away in a quiet village with a great seasonal menu and great gardens and plenty of seating to the front. A favourite with the locals, cyclists and walkers, fresh food and great selection of beers and dog friendly.

The Queen's Head, HawkedonThe Queen's Head, Hawkedon

The Black Horse, Thorndon

The Black Horse is a real focal point in the village of Thorndon. Darren, the landlord, grows vegetables behind the beer garden, which lies to the front and side of the low-beamed pub. As soon as the sun comes out, regulars will sit out, listen to the house martins sing, and watch the world go by.

Henny Swan

This is on the Suffolk/Essex border, and the views at the front of the pub are of the River Stour. It’s believed Gainsborough painted some of his works from there and it was his local.

The Royal Oak, East Bergholt

Known locally as “the Dicky”, it boasts what must be one of the largest beer gardens in Suffolk. Surrounded by miles of open countryside, it is the embodiment of the traditional rural pub. With a large well-kept lawn, children’s play equipment and a petanque pitch, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Cretingham Bell

This Suffolk pink pub is set in a small village full of rural charm. The large garden catches the sun at most hours of the day and is a great place to grab a beer and watch the world go by. With a whole range of easy walks through the charming countryside and along the Deben, the Bell is a good place to start or finish a summer stroll.

The Cock Horse in Lavenham

Safe Childrens play area, Free Car Park, Large sun shades with heaters, ample benches, and a great view of the Church, good selection of beer and freshly prepared food!

The Castle Inn, Framlingham

Basking in the shadows of the Castle on the Hill, this busy pub garden is a great spot for a drink on a summer evening. Dogs are welcome, a great selection of Suffolk beers and ciders are on tap and if you’re peckish, the homemade pork scratchings are a must.

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