The list— No. 10

The Unruly Pig

Winsome, witty and warm, Suffolk’s Unruly Pig serves filling well-crafted pub food in an environment that reflects the owner’s personality. Lessee Brendan Padfield, as well as being a maverick, has completely transformed the former award-winning British Larder into the phenomenon that is Suffolk’s Unruly Pig and 2021’s Highest Climber.

Following a 36-year stint as a solicitor, Padfield left the law and leased the pub from Punch.

But he was hit with a big blow when, within just 12 weeks of opening, a devastating fire destroyed large parts of the building.

The pub was closed for six months during which time, Padfield made more changes to the structure and feel of the pub to make it more welcoming and accessible.

Named by the Michelin Guide as one of the top six food pubs in the east of England, the Unruly Pig was a newcomer to the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs list in 2017 and is now safely among the ranks.

The pub reinstalled its Inka grill in the recently refurbished kitchen to enhance the flavour and succulence of grilled meat and fish. Delicious!

Menus are changed at least monthly and every day has regularly changing specials and produce comes in fresh from the coats or from local suppliers.


The Unruly Pig is proud of its ‘free from’ menus and have gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options always available.

There are more than 60 wines/fizz available by the glass, Cask Marque-accredited and hand pulled beers alongside a range of bottled craft beers for the drinkers.

The pub also boasts home-made cordials as well as local, organic fruit juices.

During its brief time away from the Top 50 Gastropubs list, the Unruly Pig kept itself busy, being shortlisted for and winning prestigious awards such as the Great British Pub Awards.

The Unruly Pig / CHEF

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The Unruly Pig

Ordford Road
IP12 2PU

01394 460310


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