Freston Boot named Best Pub in Suffolk at National Awards – .

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Freston Boot named Best Pub in Suffolk at National Awards – .


The owners of a popular pub near Ipswich are delighted to have received a national award.

The Freston Boot, between Ipswich and Woolverstone, was named Suffolk Pub of the Year at the National Pub and Bar Awards.

The popular pub, resuscitated in 2018 after years of closure, has been regularly praised for its delicious food and friendly, family-friendly atmosphere, with its own cinema.

The Freston barrel
– Credit: Sophie Fennell / Botte Freston

It claims to be the first completely cashless pub in the UK and has sought to continue to innovate in the face of the pandemic.

Damon Jeffrey, one of the pub owners, said he was delighted with this prestigious award.


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“We’re all really, really excited,” he said. “It came as a shock.


Cinema at the Freston Boot
– Credit: Sophie Fennell / Botte Freston

“It’s been such a struggle for the last year or so during Covid, to have won this with Freedom Day on the way is really good.

“It’s been a really tough year for the ads, but our team has done so well, everyone has come together and embraced it – the things we have been able to achieve are epic. “

Mr Jeffrey added that he believed the pub’s diversity as a restaurant and tasting location for a range of craft beers had helped it become so popular.


Rotonde Freston Boot

Roundhouse with Freston boot
– Credit: Sophie Fennell / Botte Freston

He said: “I wanted this pub to have everything I dreamed of in London but couldn’t do.

“We have so much to do – we have our own farm where we source vegetables for our meals, we get our eggs from our own chickens and honey from our bees for dessert.

“We are planning to have our own mini music festival and comedy nights in our tent, as well as outdoor yoga sessions.

“Ads have to do whatever they can to adapt these days and that’s exactly what we’ve done. “


Out at the Freston Boot in Suffolk

Freston Boot also has plenty to do outdoors
– Credit: Sophie Fennell / Botte Freston

Tristan O’Hana, editor of the Pub & Bar Magazine, which hosts the awards, said: “I have never been so proud of this industry.

“This year’s award nominations demonstrated the undeniable value communities place on their beloved pubs and bars.

“Being able to recognize the hard work and diligence of sites in 94 UK counties is an absolute privilege.

“These exceptional places deserve this recognition more than ever. “

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