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Maybush Inn, Waldringfield

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user reviews of the Maybush Inn, Waldringfield

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Once more staying locally, decided on a Breakfast with a View. On a Summer's Morning the River Deben is hard to beat, so a short walk to the Maybush to sample the breakfast menu. Available from 9am, and aimed at visiting Yachtsmen and Coastal Walkers this offers good basic fare. Full English £8.95, scrambled eggs £4.95. So you could say you certainly pay for the view. Chanced a look of the beer prices . Adnams bitter at £3.60, even higher than the nearby Newbourne Fox, owned by the same group. Other Ales and Lagers were well over the £4.00 mark. A large late model 4x4 with a personal plate indicated the licensee was on a visit. So all in all the mark of a successful , expanding business. Goodness knows what will happen when the recession ends properly and the economy is on the up. In summary a pleasant enough pub, but alas too pricey for me on a regular basis.
Ravenousdrythroat - 4 Aug 2014 20:26
I've known this establishment for some 40 years, and visited regularly over the years. Hard to believe, it was once just a struggling pub selling Tolly Cobbold ales from the barrel and the odd bag of Smith's Crisps. Now it aspires to be a restaurant that also sells beer. Our party of 8 was easily accommodated in comfort on a Tuesday Lunchtime, having reserved a table. The menu offered basic pub fare, with enough choice for most palates, plus more exotic, mainly seafood specials. Now there is no doubt it is a very well patronised pub, but for me it falls short on several counts, which is a shame, and I generally leave vowing never to return. Main courses currently range from 8.95 for a burger, to 16.45 for a rib eye steak, and the portions are adequate rather than huge. Now this is the market they are in, so it is to be expected. Quite unexpected was the beer price. All draught ales were at 3.60, except for Adnams Best at 3.30, which to my provincial experience seemed somewhat expensive. Otherwise the food order was right, the standard of cuisine excellent, the waiting staff efficient, focussed, stressed and devoid of humour. I felt as if I had been processed and my wallet efficiently emptied...not how I like a pub to be. So, The Maybush does some things right, some well, some badly. For me it never provides the pleasant experience that it's publicity promises. A slight realignment of pricing policy could have doubled my spend but I could not justify another pint: I'm sure other customers felt the same, judging by subdued behaviour out on the patio. Fo such a popular pub I find it strange there has been no review posted for almost 2 years.
Ravenousdrythroat - 27 Jul 2011 15:08
I had sunday lunch here last week. There were 10 off us . it's agreat setting, right on the river. There is a large car park

It's an Adnams pub, and the beer was great (although I don't really understand why people drink the "Spinaker" nitrokeg when the real stuff is available).

This pub is really a restaurant, although you could go for a drink, food seems to be it's main thing.

It was pretty crowded, and although the food was pretty good, the service was a bit slow, they seemed to forget about us after the main course so we had to chase them for pudding (which we'd pre-ordered) and coffee.

I would go there again.
mooseo - 25 Nov 2009 12:45
The previous reviewers have already captured most of the key points about The Maybush. But Ill try to embellish a little.
Excellent location with spectacular views across the Deben River. Nice interior decor with a lot of boat related ornaments, pictures , artefacts about the place. At least three large bay windows with window seats which give a good view of the river, but this is best enjoyed from the plentiful tables outside by the riverside.
It has an extensive food menu which is served quickly and efficiently to a decent quality and as they have a kids menu its attracts families.
Its an Adnams house and had all three standard ales (Adnams Bitter, Explorer and Broadside) on today when we visited.
The downside is that it gets rammed, especially in summer and isnt always a place for a relaxing pint.

Gann - 16 Apr 2009 20:19
Really nice place, but a foody pub, and not really so welcoming if you just want a few pints
mackerel - 31 Oct 2008 19:21
An excellent pub with excellent food. Service is great, although as another reviewer stated, the staff are very busy and so don't come across as being friendly. Highly recommended.
Smurfaroo - 9 May 2008 13:07
Lovely location on the bank of the River Deben. Unfortunately it suffers from that in the summer by being too popular. A great place to visit in the Spring & Autumn. Good beer. Good food. Pleasant staff.
macca56 - 19 Jan 2008 21:04
Excellent views but staff too busy I guess to be friendly, although efficent. I wouldn't visit too often due to this. Food ok but could be better
anonymous - 10 Jul 2007 20:32
Great pub. They've finally realised its potential.
anonymous - 18 Aug 2006 00:07
This pub is absolutely packed in the summer - if you want to eat here, get here early! Perhaps it's a bit too busy, but you can't knock success and the staff (and there are loads) try very hard.
nigel_cl_thomas - 4 Dec 2005 18:27
Excellent place to eat and drink all year round the food is always of high quality and well presented. The staff are great and always seem happy which is a good reflection on the business. I have eaten in the summer outside with friends and the children and also had romantic dinners inside in the winter snug by the roaring open fire. The atmosphere here is warm and friendly and hasnt changed over the ten years i have been visiting this establishment.
sbs - 28 Oct 2005 13:53
This pub does some of the best food I have ever had. Fantastic views over the River Deben. On a sunny day it is the best pub in Suffolk. On a Winters day??? I can't say, I have never been there in the Winter (don't want to be disappointed)
msharif - 3 Oct 2005 21:36

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