29 Broad Street
Mon-Sat 11-3, 4.30-11 (11-11 Fri/Sat), Sun 12-3; 7
A rather plain pub from the outside, but don?t let that put you off venturing inside where a traditional bare floor boozer awaits you. This is the tap of the Green Dragon brewery, situated in the buildings in the courtyard. Both the public and lounge bars are similar in style, all dark wood furniture and panels. The bar itself is also dark wood with a 1920s feel. There are two rooms served by the same bar split by a small screen and archway. The Green Dragon serves three to four of the beers it brews itself in the rear courtyard which doubles as the brewery area. All the beers are served without sparkler and they taste great. It also serves a Belgian white beer on draught and bottle conditioned ales are also available. The decor throughout has a 1920s feel to it with coloured glass light fittings on both the ceiling and walls. The walls are only sparsely populated with pictures. These rooms have board or tile floors and a mixture of dark furniture. Seating is at a mixture of tables of different shapes and styles. Chairs have arms and look used and comfortable. In the 'public' bar - though there is a large opening between bars - there is a tile floor and the seating mentioned above plus a large window seat. There is also a fireplace though it looks unused, probably because the dartboard is above and they didn't want to set fire to their darts! The bar is a waist height affair in dark wood which has a few backed high stools. Above the bar is a shelf with old bottles on it. The 'lounge' bar is much the same with seating and 'fruit machine' but the fire works here. The beers on at the bar are from the brewery plus a guest usually. Food is only served weekday lunchtimes, but it does do speciality food nights - such as Wednesday curry night and Friday fish and chips night. To be honest this is a drinkers pub, but the food does its job. You can eat anywhere in the pub, but there is also a 'family' area that leads out to the secluded beer garden. This is part of the pub however, and so it's not a place to leave the children to play. Note the small nook seating under the stairs. Pictures adorn the walls here and tables are larger in keeping with the family theme. The beer garden catches the sun but suffers from road noise as the main road from the A143 is right outside. However, there is some grass and picnic benches that catch the sun. There is also a trellised area - with hop bines - and a well with artificial running water sounds created by a hose pipe and a watering can. The opening hours are very flexible depending on who is in or if the weather is nice. It does tend to be open all day Sunday in the summer if busy. For the winter there is a real fire to keep you warm. A very relaxed pub that is well worth the visit as it is not far from the St Peter?s brewery. Stop off and try some ale in this great Suffolk pub. No accommodation here but you can camp outside if you wish. Access for the disabled is not that good and so cant be recommended.
Green Dragon Chaucer Ale
Green Dragon Bridge Street Bitter
Green Dragon Gold
plus a guest.
35 Earsham Street, Bungay
from S:?40, D:?60