Did you know that Suffolk is known as the 'foodie county'? And with good reason too. Filled with some of the finest eateries in Britain, it's the place to be for food fanatics!
To help you discover the best, we've selected five of our favourite food spots for you to try, each offering delicious local delicacies that will truly tickle your taste buds. From delightful artisan bakeries and cafes to a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant, there's something everyone will enjoy. Bon Appetit!
On the Wyken estate, discover the Leaping Hare restaurant tucked away in a 400-year-old barn. A Michelin Bib Gourmand for 23 years which serves delightful European dishes, created using sustainably sourced local ingredients. We recommend sipping on a glass of Wyken Bacchus while pursuing the menu.
During lockdown, the Moonshine Cafe was also built on the estate where you'll find the most amazing wood fired pizzas. Each made on organic sourdough bases and topped with ingredients from the Wyken kitchen garden, estate and local area. Enjoy these al fresco under the trees, with fire chimneys and heaters to keep you warm.
While you're on the estate, make sure to also walk the glorious gardens, take a guided tour of the vineyards, and check out their country store with Scottish wool throws, English design-led pottery and more.
An artisan bakery and intimate magical cafe with great music, cool arty interior and of course, amazing pastries, breads and sweet treats, all made from high quality ingredients, with the loaves featuring their sourdough culture for depth of flavour. The stone bake sourdough pizzas are a must try, and don't miss their wide range of delicate celebration cakes. We assure you, they taste as delicious as they look!
Find their other bakeries in Aldeburgh, Norwich and Darsham (beside A12), where they have their popular Bake School where you can learn to make sourdough, doughnuts, bagels and more.
In a setting that's all location, location, location (at the end of a dead-end lane, right beside a tidal beach overlooking the River Deben), this former farmhouse, ferryman's cottage and smugglers' inn is the place to be on a warm summer's evening. Watch the setting sun over the water and listen to the plaintive call of the curlew across the marshes, while you sup a pint of Adnams ale on the terrace, accompanied by a plate of locally landed seafood. We highly recommend the open fish pie and south Indian curry with basmati rice.
A modern independent British coffee and all-day brunch spot, with two cafes in different Suffolk locations that both celebrate a relaxed, laid-back vibe. Chefs use locally sourced ingredients from artisan suppliers to create mouth-watering sandwiches and delicious cakes daily. Think smoked salmon and scrambled egg on sourdough, confit duck wrap and filled baps, crispy sausage rolls, millionaire shortcake oozing with golden caramel... Heaven in a cafe!
An oasis on the A12, a few miles from Woodbridge, the Farm Cafe has been serving quality, locally produced food since 2001. The cafe has built a reputation as a destination for good, honest, mouth-watering breakfasts and lunches, not to mention their famous homemade scones! Don't miss their excellent Farm Shop next door where you can buy anything on the menu you really enjoyed and cook it at home yourself.