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A Grade II listed Suffolk brewery has reopened as an exciting new gastropub in Preston St Mary, near Lavenham.  The Six Bells, a stunning boutique pub and dining room set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, has received a makeover by London operator ETM Group (The Gun, The Jugged Hare, The Botanist) and its oak beams, exposed brickwork and restored fireplaces mingle happily with up-cycled interior touches, creating the perfect backdrop for cosy lunches, a swift drink, long leisurely suppers or private dining in selected areas for up to 60 guests.

Six Bells, Preston St Mary, Suffolk (web)

Outside, five acres of unspoiled countryside provides opportunities for al fresco dining, as well as an ever-evolving programme of summer events. A self-supporting farm will provide The Six Bells with home-grown produce and livestock and accommodation provision is also on the cards in the near future.

Open from midday, six days a week, The Six Bells is set to be a destination countryside dining spot, whatever the occasion, offering menus with an emphasis on seasonal produce, new recipes and modern takes on established classics.

One of ETM Group’s most talented chefs, John Tremayne, has upped sticks from City favourite The White Swan, Fetter Lane, to lead The Six Bells’ kitchen. A chef who cut his teeth at London’s Salt Yard and Michelin-starred restaurant Arbutus, John procures the finest produce from his newfound local larder including meat from Lavenham Butchers, game from shoots right on the doorstep, and the freshest catch direct from day-boats at Leigh-On-Sea.

Interior, Six Bells, Preston St Mary, Suffolk (web)

Starters include new season Norfolk asparagus with crisp pheasant’s egg and country-style venison terrine with pear chutney. Mains centre on sustainable fish and meats supported by a bounty of local vegetables in signature dishes of grilled Leigh-On-Sea slip soles with seaweed butter and new potatoes; pork collar with garden vegetables and herb dumplings and a sublime 35-day aged, rare breed rump steak served with Béarnaise and hand-cut chips.

Puddings are modern yet comfortingly familiar: cep and burnt white chocolate cheesecake with blackberries; dark chocolate pave with salted caramel ice-cream; rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb ice cream and shortbread and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream.

With brewing in its heritage, The Six Bells will rely on local opinion when it comes to deciding what gets pride of place at its pumps. Drinkers are given the power to vote and have their say on the guest ales they want to see on draught each month. A special Six Bells ale brewed especially for the pub will also be on tap alongside local bitters, a premium beer offering and an extensive wine list.

The Six Bells, The Street, Preston St Mary, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9NG | T: 01787 247 440 | www.thesixbellspreston.com

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