Boxford

Boxford is listed by The Times Travel Magazine as one of the top ten villages in England

The Location

Boxford is surrounded by lovely Suffolk Countryside with tight little valleys leading down to the River Stour.

The River Box flows through the village and upstream from the village is the delightful Primrose Woods Nature reserve which runs along the river valley.

Boxford is a particularly pretty Medieval village and it is a joy to walk around and marvel at all the ancient houses.
 

About Boxford 

In the centre is the oldest shop in England which has a post office and a farm shop come deli in it, there is also a small garage selling petrol and some beautiful classic cars in the village, which claims to be the oldest Garage in Europe!

Boxford also has an excellent butchers, a small general stores and beauty clinic, 3 great pubs and a really excellent Coffee Shop with all kinds of home made cakes and tempting delicacies.

The official Cycle route passes through Boxford and if you are a real cycling enthusiast it also has a very active cycling club

The outstanding feature of this area is that it is so very rural and pretty with tiny medieval hamlets and small villages dotted along a spiderweb of single track lanes, that even the locals get lost in. It really is amazing that this beautiful region is just an hour and a half from London.

 

Pubs & Restaurants

One of the pubs which is called The Fleece has its own brewery, a lovely all weather pub garden and a very pretty William Morris styled tea room, the pub serves good food.

Just across the road is The White Hart, which also has a nice area outside to watch the world go by, the pub offers good food and has a very interesting history. 

A previous owner of The White Hart was Tornado Smith, England’s very first Wall of Death daredevil rider who performed this highly dangerous feat in the 1920’s and 30’s with his pet Lioness ‘Briton’ sitting in the passenger seat. In the day it was not uncommon for villagers to meet Tornado taking his Lion for a walk through the village, and when she sadly died she was buried under the entrance to the pub.

More recently Guy Martin’s (of TV fame) trainer Ken Fox will be re-creating a bit of history by celebrating ‘The Wall of Death’ act in the pub car park - more info is to be found on the pub website.

There is a third pub a short stroll out of the village called The Hare and Hounds which does a good trade in honest  pub food see website

 

... and there are very good Gastro Pubs and restaurants scattered all over the area: 

Nayland (5 miles): The Anchor on the banks of the river Stour

Stoke by Nayland (4 miles): The famous gastro pub The Crown - which got the Best Pub in England award for a pub with a wine cellar - and just across the road The Angel.

In Stoke-by-Nayland there is also an excellent pay and play pro golf course, with full health club facilities.

Assington (4 miles) - The Case restaurant

Lavenham (9 miles) - The Greyhound gastro pub, The Great House - a premier French restaurant - and not forgetting the famous and visually stunning inn The Swan Hotel

Long Melford (8 miles) - The Swan and The Black Lion are also very good places to eat out in.

 

The Suffolk Coast

Joanna Symons, Telegraph Travel Newspaper.

'Popular though the Lake District and West Country are as tourist destinations, they can be rather damp. If you want to reduce the risk of a rainy holiday, statistics show that you should head east.

Suffolk for instance, had only about a third as much rainfall as the Lake District last summer. It also happens to have one of the loveliest stretches of coastline in Britain.'

The Met office regional statistics per annum:

                        The Lake District             Suffolk

Rain fall:            2300 - 3900mm          600 - 660mm
 

 

  • Boxford Village centre
  • Boxford nestling in the Box River valley
  • Boxford is a pretty Medieval village
  • The Village post office and grocers
  • A Grocers, Deli and post office
  • Iya at the General Stores in Boxford
  • The lovely Coffee shop
  • yummy home made cakes
  • The Fleece pub in Boxford
  • The Fleece
  • You can have tea in The Fleece
  • A lovely Summer garden at The Fleece
  • Another good pub in Boxford
  • The village pub
  • Nearby Kersey - nothing has changed
  • The Village Nature Reserve
  • Lovely Bluebell woods just over the hill at Polstead
  • The Nature Reserve in Boxford
  • Primrose woods
  • The ford on the Box River
  • The Pilgrims Way
  • Lanes to explore
  • Kentwell Hall is a short drive away
  • Lovely country walks
  • An ideal getaway from City Life
  • Lovely walks around Boxford
  • Peace and quiet

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