The Freston Boot is a lovingly restored gem of a pub in a beautiful countryside setting.

With a kitchen garden providing seasonal produce for our dedicated kitchen brigade, you can always expect delicious food using locally sourced game, meat and seafood. We make sure that we make or produce everything we possibly can. So, for example, all of our bread and ice-cream is home-made and our resident hens and apple yard ducks supply us with fresh eggs.

But there's even more to The Boot experience than wonderful, fresh, home-grown food and an ever-changing selection of ales. We have an animal farm trail for the kids, our very own native bees, wedding paddock, a roundhouse and a retro mini cinema. 

Booking by phone (01473 780722) is advised, especially if a reservation is required for the same day, otherwise please email.

We will be open from Monday 12th April for outdoor service

Assuming that the government timelines don't change, we are delighted to be able to welcome our guests back to The Boot from Monday 12th April for outdoor service. It's been a tough year for everyone, but we hope you're looking forward to a pint and a meal as much as we are to having you all back!

We'll be moving our professional kitchen outside as we did last summer for the enjoyment of our guests and the safety of everyone. Our popular tipi will also be back from the 12th April, so if you'd like to secure a table under canvas next to the fire, please book now!

The rule of 6 or 2 households will apply, This means that we'll be taking bookings for any number of people from a maximum of 2 households or up to 6 people from more than 2 households. So, for example, we could take a booking for a table of 10 from 2 households or a table of 6 from 4 different households. 

We will have the same 'covid-secure' procedures in place as we did last year, including our one way system, sanitiser stations, regular cleaning regimes etc and, of course, face coverings must be worn when guests are not seated.

We have plenty of covered outdoor seating available -  two marquees in the patio area, The Roundhouse, the Sail and, of course, our Giant Tipi at the back of the garden. The Roundhouse can be booked for private dining at a cost of £50 with the same conditions as the rule of 6 or 2 households. All food and drink ordered will be brought to the table by one of our team members. The marquees and the tipi will have some or all of their sides raised and The Roundhouse is designed as a partially open building, as you can see in the photo below. They will be heated by outside gas heaters if needed or, in the tipi, by the open firepit.


We'll be serving our ever-popular roast lunches and dinners from the outside kitchen, along with our Kids Menu. We're in the process of updating all of the menus, so please bear with us, but rest assured that we still have our great head chef and so the quality of the food will be at least as good as it was last year!


The 'New-look' Boot. Our heated Aviary Marquee, Roundhouse and heated Patio Area


Here are a few key points :

  • In accordance with government regulations, we have introduced a full table service, including for drinks. You will be shown to a table upon arrival. Please note, face coverings must be worn at all times other than when seated at your table.

  • Please use the hand sanitiser upon arrival.

  • We've put in place a 'one-way' system to avoid pinch-points and our tables are well-spaced to allow plenty of safe social distancing.

  • We've placed lots of signage and notices inside and outside the pub outlining all of the procedures. These will also be explained to you by a member of staff (observing social distancing) when you enter the building who will then show you to your table. We don't want to make things overly complicated. We just want to keep everyone safe and happy!

  • You will need to either email your contact details to trace@thefrestonboot.co.uk or check in upon arrival using our QR code which is displayed on the window by the main entrance and by the bar.

  • We would encourage all diners to book a table in advance.


12 noon-10pm

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch  10am-11am

Full Menu  12:30pm-9pm

Christmas opening times

Call or email:

01473 780722


Find us:

The Boot, Freston Street, Freston, Suffolk, IP9 1AB


We only accept card payments. We were cashless even prior to covid-19. To find out why we decided to make The Boot cashless, click here.

Please take a look at these videos if you'd like to know more about the pub.

from the ground.......

....and from above