The Sorrel Horse Inn

Norwich Rd, Barham, Ipswich, IP6 0PG Directions

Why Choose Us?

Children Welcome
Traditional Atmosphere
Free Wifi Available

Business overview


Bridget, Matthew and Philip welcome you all to The Sorrel Horse Inn. The Sorrel Horse has been family run for 29 years, the freehouse itself is a traditional grade two listed building with separate accommodation block. It is situated just a short drive from Ipswich in the village of Barham, just outside Claydon and provides the ideal surroundings for a quiet drink and a top quality meal for couples, families, business customers and groups alike. We also offer modern furnished accommodation situated adjacent to the inn.

We offer traditional English food along with the many popular pub favourites. The extensive garden with large childrens play area is ideal for hungry customers in the warmer months. We offer a full a la carte menu with a home made specials board which changes daily.

At the Sorrel Horse we can cater for many types of function, whether it be a small group for drinks or a large party.

For more information, please call or visit our website....


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Products & Services

Pet Friendly

Disabled Facilities

Family Rooms

Free Parking



Vegetarian Food Available

sunday lunches

wheelchair accessible

traditional lunches


pub restaurants

child friendly

dog friendly

family pubs

home cooked food

free houses

real ales



My stay was great

I stayed at this lovely hotel when I visited my aunt who lives in Ipswich. Excellent service and wonderful food! I would definitely visit again.
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The Sorrel Horse

having been fairly regular to the pub over the last 20 years or so i would say i totally disagree with the other reports i think the food is lovely and great value yes you might have o wait fairly long on busy nights but it is well worth it
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My Ha'pennys worth

Been a customer of the "sorrel" since 1985 and live 1500 meters away so i know it quite well.
Food has been very up and down over the years, used to come here for lunch a lot but since I had to send chips back 3 times for not being cooked I gave up!
I was however there last week with a friend and he and his children did eat.
Food was ok, not dissimilar from the Hungry Horse mentioned (negatively?!) by the owner, the fish and chips I saw another customer have looked good however. The waiting staff were very friendly and efficient but the old boy behind the bar made me wait because he wanted to watch the cricket score on TV rather than serve!
Beer is good and well kept, the garden is looking nicer every year, maybe some new bar furniture needed as the solid wooden settles and chairs are really quite uncomfortable and after 25yrs maybe could do with replacement!
All in all, I will continue to visit the Sorrel occasionally but for cheap eats the "offer" at the Crown (Hungry Horse) in Claydon usually wins for consistency and price.
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Nice pub, very average grub

The Sorrel Horse is located just outside Ipswich on what was once-upon-a-time the main road to Norwich. This having been by-passed now by the A14. It is therefore a fairly quiet location but the pub remains fairly busy. The interior is everything you'd expect from a traditional Suffolk alehouse... low ceilings with chunky oak beams, an inglenook fireplace and a pametted floor. The choice of beers is good and their condition is excellent. The Adnams bitter and the Spitfire were absolutely stunning. Now onto the food... well, poor to average would be my overall assessment. One of my guests ordered a medium steak. It was listed on the menu as a 'sizzling' platter. For sizzling read burnt and very overcooked. The extremely naff and quite unnecessary theatricals of bringing food sizzling on a hot plate is not only passé but it also assures you of overcooked food and possibly a burnt mouth and fingers too.
I had the cod and chips. It was OK, but nothing to write home about. The fish was overcooked and greasy but the chips were quite good. As for price... well, for the quality of the food, it was poor value. A shame really, as it is a very charming pub.
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