Enthusiastically modernised, laid-back and “consistently good”, this slick, smart hotel is confidently pitched at the heart of Woodbridge, drawing a steady flow of custom throughout the day. Whether you fancy breakfast, morning coffee and the papers, a hearty brunch, afternoon tea or pre-dinner cocktails at the bar, this place delivers decent value and “well executed comfort food”. Suffolk produce takes centre stage, from carpaccio of locally sourced British beef with rocket, Parmesan and celeriac rémoulade to whole grilled Lowestoft plaice with new potatoes, Deben samphire, Southend cockle and watercress butter. Aged Red Poll steaks are popular, served with triple-cooked chips and green peppercorn sauce, while dessert could bring honey and lavender crème brûlée with biscotti. The decor is modish and quirkily cosmopolitan (note the rowing boat suspended above the bar), while drinks range from Adnams ales to well-chosen wines.