An award-winning Suffolk gastropub has become the only inn in the village, having recently opened five individually-designed guest rooms.

The Lion Brasserie in East Bergholt is hoping to become an asset the village "can be proud of" after opening the new accommodation. 

The much-loved pub was named as the best pub in the 2022/23 East of England Tourism Awards and now owner Jonathan Peachey says he’s ready to take the business into its second phase.

East Anglian Daily Times: The Lion Brasserie in East BergholtThe Lion Brasserie in East Bergholt (Image: CopyTaste/SLB Photography)

“We’ve shown that our food and customer service are robust. What I want now is to make this a 360-degree destination, bringing accommodation and breakfasts into the fold, adding a new dimension to our offering,” he said.

Mr Peachey has been heavily involved in the design of each of the bedrooms, sourcing bespoke-made furniture and soft furnishings, as well as antique pieces to bring a sense of individuality to each space.

Comfort was paramount throughout the project, with a heavy investment made in the pocket-sprung mattresses and beds from And So To Bed.

Mr Peachey added: "The whole point of being away from home is to be looked after, and to be able to get a decent night’s sleep. A lot of thought and care has gone into choosing the beds and linens so our guests feel cosy.

"Boutique and personal touches matter to me. 

"Personalisation matters in hospitality. Everything we’ve done here is to create a warm, welcoming place that delights our guests, while paying attention to the loveliness of this old building. We have given the pub new life.

"It’s an asset the village can be proud of.”

Rooms begin at £165 including a hearty breakfast, from platters of locally-sourced cured meats, fresh fruits and granola, to the Cub’s Full English, freshly-made pancakes, and chargrilled flat iron steak with poached egg and fries.

Lunch and dinner are also available each day, alongside pre-bookable picnic hampers for guests to enjoy alongside the River Stour at Flatford.