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Local area and tourist attractions

The White Lion is the perfect base for a day trip or longer vacation. Just off the A12 between Woodbridge and Wickham Market and within easy striking distance of Suffolk’s celebrated Heritage Coast, this is an area with an abundance of local attractions, walks and cycle routes.

The village of Ufford itself boats one of Suffolk’s loveliest churches, St Mary’s, which dates back to the 11th century and houses a world-famous 15th-century font cover. The wealth of local history ranges from the famous Anglo-Saxon burial site at nearby Sutton Hoo, with its award-winning interpretation centre, to Norman castles at Orford and Framlingham and the more recent defences represented by Bawdsey Radar Museum and Bentwaters Cold War Museum.

For more information, a full list of local attractions and links go to:

https://www.visitsuffolk.com

History

Overlooking the ancient Saxon river crossing that gives the village of Ufford its name, there’s been an inn here for at least 400 years and probably far longer. The earliest written reference to “The White Lyon” is from 1618, when it was sold by Francis Ballett (whose father has a skeleton brass in nearby St Mary’s Church) for the princely sum of £180.

The Lion changed hands many times over succeeding years, adding to its roster the trades of victualer (1844), butcher (1874) and even builder (1900) according to the needs of the times, while always retaining its crucial role as the village inn. So too in the modern era. Since acquiring the pub in 2003 owners Stephen and Gaynor have strived to retain the pub’s unspoilt character while ensuring food and hospitality are kept very much up to 21st century standards.


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