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The Black Lion is a stones throw from Kentwell Hall.  For full details go to www.kentwell.co.uk/events

Melford Hall dominates the village green and is also very close to the Black Lion.Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more details.

Coupled with the lovely shops and village atmosphere Long Melford is a world away from the hectic hustle of everyday life and a wonderful destination to step back and relax over a traditional cream tea, a pint of ale or a hearty meal at The Black Lion.


Long Melford is a village with a lot to offer to the visitor, whether you are interested in historic buildings, antiques, life-style shopping, good food or the latest fashions. There are a number of excellent restaurants and a collection of shops that are the envy of East Anglia.

Long Melford is in the heart of the valley of the Stour river. The scenery is something special, and two hundred years ago John Constable thought so too, using scenes from the river in many of his famous paintings as did Gainsbourgh in nearby Sudbury.

The countryside is dotted with ancient villages, never more than a few miles apart surrounded by beautiful English countryside.

We are fortunate in having two stately homes to entertain our visitors:

Kentwell, a romantic, moated Tudor mansion in a tranquil parkland setting. There are beautiful gardens, and historic farm buildings complete with rare breeds of animals.

An open-air theatre is the setting for plays and concerts during July and August (pre booking is essential).

Every year there are Re-Creations of everyday life in Tudor times, when Kentwell is inhabited by up to 250 men, women and children who live, act and dress as authentically as possible. The gentry, musicians, farm workers, pages, dairymaids, and cooks are all there, together with trades people such as spinners, blacksmiths, bakers and potters.

Melford Hall, the home of the Hyde Parker family, belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public. Opening days are: Easter week, weekends in April and October and then Wednesday to Sunday from May until the end of September. It is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays. Opening hours are from 13:30 - 17:00. (More information is available from http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk. There is an extensive events programme including walks and tours and special children's events, including the annual Beatrix Potter Fun Day in July.