image for Public House item typeThe Six Bells

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Public House, free entry


The Street,
Preston St Mary,
Nr Lavenham,
CO10 9NG


Open Monday - Sunday, The Six Bells is a destination countryside dining spot, offering menus to impress with an emphasis on seasonal produce, unique recipes and modern takes on established classics.

Head Chef John Tremayne procures the finest produce from his newfound local larder including meat from Lavenham Butchers, game from shoots right on the doorstep and the freshest catch direct from day-boats at Leigh-On-Sea.

Starters include new season Norfolk asparagus with crisp pheasant egg and country-style venison terrine with pear chutney. Mains centre on sustainable fish and meats supported by a bounty of local vegetables in signature dishes of grilled Leigh-On-Sea slip soles with seaweed butter and new potatoes; pork collar with garden vegetables and herb dumplings and a sublime 35-day aged, rare breed rump steak served with Béarnaise and hand-cut chips. Puddings are modern yet comfortingly familiar: cep and burnt white chocolate cheesecake with blackberries; dark chocolate pave with salted caramel ice-cream; rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb ice cream and shortbread and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream.

Satisfying bar snacks ¬– crackling and apple sauce, black pudding croquettes with brown sauce, devilled whitebait, and ‘Large Black’ pork scotched egg with piccalilli – draw in locals and travellers alike for a pit stop with a pint.

Come the weekend, The Six Bells is the perfect spot for a slap-up Sunday roast. Joints served with all the trimmings include Chelsworth Red Poll beef rump with horseradish cream, and roast belly of Southwold pork with apple sauce, satisfying those looking for a welcome excuse to while away the weekend in the most pleasant of surroundings.

With brewing in its blood (there was previously a small brewery on site), The Six Bells welcomes local opinion when it comes to deciding what gets pride of place at its pumps. Drinkers are given the power to vote and have their say on the guest ales they want to see on draught each month. A special Six Bells ale brewed especially for the pub will also be on tap alongside local bitters, a premium beer offering and an extensive wine list.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Accepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12pm – 11pm
Thursday 12pm – 11pm
Friday 12pm – 11pm
Saturday 12pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm (Last food orders at 5pm)


Free entry

Starters from £6 - £8
Mains from £11 - £18
Desserts £5


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Map reference: TL 944504  Lat: 52.11791 Long: 0.83807

By car: Just 30 minutes from Newmarket, 40 minutes from Cambridge, 1 hour from Stansted, 1 hour 20 minutes from Norwich and circa 2 hours 10 minutes (76.1 mi) via M11 from London.

By train: Catch the train from London Liverpool Street – Stowmarket (approximately 90 mins) followed by a short 20 minute taxi journey.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 10.5 miles from Stowmarket station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesGravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesFlat (ie without steps)


  • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit