Welcome to the Fleece

Since the 15th century, the Fleece has been providing a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. This became a little too warm in the Great Fire of 1688, which destroyed much of the town and was stopped at the edge of what is now the main dining room.

In 2015, the Fleece became a Free House, and then closed for major restoration after a period of neglect. The entire ground floor was restored (including modernising the kitchen and toilets) using the most approved processes to expose and enhance its original beams and other features.

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8-10 St. Mary’s Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1AX
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  • About Bungay
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  • About The Fleece Part 1

    Since the 15th century, the Fleece has been providing a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. This became a little too warm in the Great Fire of 1688, which destroyed much of the town and was stopped at the edge of what is now the main dining room.

    In 2015, the Fleece became a Free House, and then closed for major restoration after a period of neglect. The entire ground floor was restored (including modernising the kitchen and toilets) using the most approved processes to expose and enhance its original beams and other features.

    The layout of this beautiful building is a jumble of interconnecting spaces -warm, inviting nooks and crannies with large, beautiful leaded windows looking out over the imposing church opposite.

  • About The Fleece Part 2

    There are two dining rooms; the first is large and airy the second is cosier and more casual. There is also a comfortable Snug and a bar area with a warm fire during the winter months. Dogs are welcome in every room save the large dining room and there are high chairs and toys for children.

    Upstairs the large attractive function room has its own bar and is available for conferences, parties, weddings, and funerals or club meetings.

    Come and join us for a drink, a chat, or something good to eat. Specialty teas and coffees, a selection of delicious, well-priced wines, and an exciting selection of local ales can be enjoyed in the rear courtyard on sunny days or by the roaring fire in the bar when frost has nipped your toes. Day and night, all are welcome – workers and walkers, shoppers and talkers, friends, families and those just looking for a pint and the paper.

  • About Bungay

    The Fleece Inn sits at the heart of the medieval market town of Bungay opposite the ancient parish church of St. Mary’s and the ruins of a former Benedictine priory. Bungay’s origins are known to date back to early Saxon times (hence the original name of Bunincga-hay). When the Vikings arrived they found a small settlement on what was then an island with direct access to the sea. This was ideal for their purposes, so Bungay was developed into a fortified port. In the 1160s, the ever-rebellious Earl Hugh Bigod then built a large stone castle whose considerable ruins can be visited.

    Today Bungay rises high above the water meadows in a loop in the Waveney River, which marks the Suffolk-Norfolk border. There is good road access off the A143. The historic city of Norwich lies 15 miles to the North with Lowestoft, Beccles and Yarmouth to the East (also accessible by river). Access from the West and South is from the A140.

    Situated in a very rural area at the edge of the Broads, Bungay has long been an important meeting place - there have been fairs and markets at the Buttercross for more than eight centuries. This tradition continues with the independent, boutique shops in Earsham Street, their colourful frontages and pantiled roofs providing a backdrop to frequent garden, antique and Christmas street markets. The Fleece is an ideal start or finish for the many cycle and walking routes around Bungay. It is also a good base for anglers and bird-watchers - who enjoy the surrounding woods, marshes and river.

  • Our People

    Graeme the manager and his deputies Chloe, Hannah and Louise head a wonderful team of enthusiastic and friendly staff who are always ready with a smile and a warm welcome and on special days, the six-finger Norfolk handshake. All staff are knowledgeable about the menu and drinks on offer and are happy to provide advice and recommendations.


Our food & drink

Our experienced international Head Chef Jed takes great pride in using seasonal produce to create menus where the familiar and the comforting are offered alongside many creative and exciting dishes. All these are prepared on site and whenever possible we try to use the plethora of local suppliers who can offer a wide range of fresh foodstuffs. Hence our homemade dishes are made from the finest possible seasonal ingredients, complemented by delicious little extras: such as fresh bread from The Penny Bun in Lowestoft; Aldeburgh ice cream in a range of delicious, unusual flavours; local Fen Farm butter; and even tomato ketchup supplied by Stokes.

Children are also well provided for and we are proud of our children’s menu, which offers – with as few tweaks as possible – the same delicious, home cooked food as for adults.

Download the latest menu Download our light lunch menu Download our functions menu

KIDS EAT FREE!

Every Sunday and Monday between 18:00 and 19:00 hrs. Up to three courses – an adult also having a meal must accompany each child.

Bar Opening Times

Monday-Saturday 11:00 – 23:00 // Sundays 12:00 – 22:00

Kitchen Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 21:00 (Fridays 21:30)
Saturdays: 12:00-21:30 // Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 20:00

We serve food 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day except for visiting Kings)


Book a table

To avoid delay or disappointment please telephone 01986 897 079 or email us at welcome@thefleece.pub

PLEASE NOTE – You must leave a contact number so reservations can be confirmed.


Other information

Separate parties in the upstairs function room can choose their own menus suitable for the event.
There is ample car parking to the rear of the Fleece and good wheelchair access to the entire ground floor.


What’s on in Bungay?

Bungay Open Air Market – every Thursday

The Fisher Theatre is only 250 yards away. We offer pre -theatre meals and drinks if you are going to a play at this much-acclaimed Theatre.
For programme times see - www.fishertheatre.org

For the Bungay Museum and other events in the area visit www.bungay-suffolk.co.uk

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News and Reviews

"LOVE this place!"

12 Mar 2016
We had a great dinner here on the recommendation of our taxi driver! Excellent dinner. Choose the Pork! Also recommended by the cab driver! Absolute perfection. The surroundings have been perfectly renovated. I asked who the builder was. Staff are switched on and fun. We felt we'd made friends quickly. We even got a lift home at closing time! What could be more perfect?!

"Lunch Time Treat"

18 Feb 2016
My wife and I had been anticipating our visit to the newly refurbished Fleece Inn since it reopened two weeks ago and it more than met our expectations! The waiting staff made us feel welcome straight away and made sure that we were comfortable at our table. The menu was a varied choice of pub favourites and dishes that you would associate with high class restaurant. I chose the Duo of Blythburgh Pork and my wife decided upon a Prime British Beef Burger. Both our meals were excellent. We then went onto the desert menu for a Bread and Butter Pudding with Ice Cream for me and a Chocolate Brownie, again with Ice Cream, for my better half. Again excellent. Bungay is blessed with many fine eating establishments and The Fleece Inn rates as an equal with the best of them. For an exceptional dining experience, give The Fleece Inn a try. It will be a decision that you won't regret. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

"Sunday lunch”

September 2016
Visited on bank holiday Sunday, but open all day so no problem getting a table. Really nice inside, chunky pine farmhouse tables & chairs. Very light & airy. & Very clean. Friendly, efficient staff. Lovely roast beef, really excellent, and not expensive. Could take the dogs in too. Would definitely recommend.

"Taken the spot for best place to eat in Bungay"

August 2016
I love the re-newly refurbished fleece. From a dingy dark pub, it has been resurrected into a beautifully light airy and incredibly friendly restaurant and bar. Menu is superb and great value for money. I love the fact they support local produce by changing their menu with the seasons. There is a lot of fish dishes on the menu which are cooked to perfection - tiger prawns were absolute beautiful, more like small lobsters! The fish and chips should be called whale and chips. Lovely tidy little beer garden out back. The new owners have certainly done themselves proud.

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