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Smugglers Walk

28th October


Button up and brace yourself for what Autumn can throw at you. Join Bill Crow on his Smugglers Charity Walk.

Start at The Dolphin at 10am with bacon baps then get that step counter ready as you take a scenic route down to our sister pub, The Parrot, for some warming soup before heading back in to Thorpeness from the otherside of the road this time.

It is an easy walk for all including your four-legged friends so please bring them along too.

Please make all enquires to Bill – places are limited

An evening with Iestyn Edwards

28th October

We are so lucky to have the wonderful Iestyn Edwards entertain us for the evening. He brings his world famous act right to us here in The Dolphin. Join Iestyn and his Tutu for an evening entertainment plus a meal in the restaurant. Iestyn has taken his act to Iraq four times to entertain our troops out there as they do an amazing job and with fans such as Joanna Lumley you can’t really go wrong.

Please make all booking to The Dolphin stating you wish to join us for this spectacle.

A nights entertainment and food – £25


28th-31st October

This year we have decided to dip our toe in the witches cauldron that is Halloween

From Saturday 28th October until the day itself, 31st October we will be featuring some Spine-shivering specials on our black board. The ghosts and ghouls (i mean the staff) will be serving up a treat for this last weekend of the school holidays. Please come and “Trick or Treat” – we have tasty treats for those that do. If you fancy it then maybe come and enjoy your meal in fancy dress…. I dare you!!

Watch out for those glowing pumpkins they might just come and get you when no one is looking!!

Inter-Estuary Pub Quiz

23rd November

The Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership has organised a fantastic evening of pub quizzes from Thorpeness to Orford. 15 Pubs are taking part in what is sure to be a hugely popular event. It has all been organised to raise money to help build defences against the wrath of the rivers and sea. We all know that over recent years that many homes and businesses have been affected by flooding so it’s time that we did something about it.

Every pub has their own local celeb to be the MC for the night – We are lucky enough to have former BBC Breakfast TV presenter Bill Turnbull hosting our quiz at The Dolphin.

Booking in advance is a must and must be done so in person at the pub of your choice. Teams of a maximum of 8 people at £5 per person.

Check the Alde and Ore Estuary Parntership website for more details

Although snacks are provided on the evening we will be offering our Prix Fixe menu, to those who have booked, after the quiz has finished.

Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017


Christmas is back!!!

Once again we have a host of events over the Christmas period to keep you in that festive spirit.

25th Novemeber – Thorpeness Christmas Fair

A whole day filled with Christmas goodness. There’ll be cakes and puddings, mince pies and chutneys, cards and gifts, arts and crafts, mulled wine and of course… Santa him self will take his place in his Grotto.

8th December – Thorpeness Village Christmas Party

Open to all of the villagers to get you in the mood for Christmas. Not only is there a three course meal on offer but those that signed up will have their Secret Santa presents delivered… Also, because it’s Christmas, we are hoping that lots of you will come in fancy dress.. an elf, a reindeer, Mary Christmas or even the big man himself..Surprise us!!

Village Party menu

14th December – Christmas Quiz

Book your team in to thrash it out over John’s famous Christmas Quiz. I’m told the mince pie tasting will be back again. Teams no bigger than 6, £5 per person, snack will be provided, prizes for winners, booby prizes for losers.

15th December – Christmas Party Night with live music

A special night with live music. Join in the fun as Julia Maclusky  fills the restaurant with the sounds of Christmas. Please check tonight menu here

24th December – Christmas Eve Bash

We have become somewhat famed for our bash on Christmas Eve. So why change something if it isn’t broken? The mulled wine will be steaming in the bar, chestnuts will be cracking and the smell of pulled pork will fill the garden as the hog is carved to keep that hunger at bay until the big day. Of course Santa will make time for us in his busy schedule again to dish out some presents to the kids. With carol singing from 6pm too there’s plenty to keep you busy.

25th December – Christmas Day

I’m really sorry but our restaurant is already full for Christmas Day and the waiting list was getting long at the end of August. You might have to wait a whole year… take a peek at the menu anyway.

Christmas Day menu

26th December – Boxing Day

We are open for lunch today to help fill that hole that you might have after Christmas. Who actually is hungry on Boxing Day? We eat because it’s Christmas and it’s what we have to do of course!! Maybe just a sloe gin at the bar to warm the cockles after a bracing Boxing Day walk

31st December – New Years Eve

Our theme this year is “Celebrating Broadway”. See in 2018 (that’s right, 2018!!) with a menu straight from the streets of Broadway. Dig out your glad rags and dress to impress. Our fantastic band will having you dancing to see in the New Year.

New Years Eve Menu

Opening Hours


Tue – Fri: 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm
Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 11am – close


Mon – Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 11am – 10:30pm

We are currently open Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am-11pm

The Dolphin Inn is closed between 3.00pm and 6.00pm for check ins unless by prior arrangement.

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