From a Michelin Bib Gourmand on a vineyard close to Bury St Edmunds and one of the finest cocktail bars in Ipswich to a riverside pub which dishes up some of the freshest seafood around, we've unearthed five enticing eateries in Suffolk to add to your must-try list.
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Ipswich's finest cocktail bar is housed in a Grade I and II* listed building just off Neptune Marina. As well as serving expert-crafted drinks plus a carefully curated selection of global wines and local beers, The Gallery turns out interesting plant-based pairing plates - you might find oyster mushroom chorizo and roasted red pepper tartlets or panic cauliflower wings in bao buns on the menu.
Richard Pinney opened Butley Orford Oysterage in the 1960s for people to taste his freshly caught oysters from nearby Butley Creek. Some 60 years later and this little family operated restaurant in the historic village of Orford still serves some of the best oysters in Suffolk, plus other exquisite seafood like grilled Dover sole and oak-smoked sea trout caught off Orford beach.
The Leaping Hare Restaurant, tucked away in a 400 year old converted barn at Wyken Vineyards close to Bury St Edmunds, has been a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide for 23 years. Its European-style dishes - maybe wyken asparagus and pea risotto or pistachio crusted cannon of lamb - celebrate the best of British produce, most of which are grown at Wyken or within five miles of the estate.
Lovers of great coffee and freshly baked treats should make a beeline for Two Magpies Bakery in the pretty seaside town of Southwold. Grab a table in the cafe and order the syrupy bacon and blueberry French toast or the homemade pesto, spinach and gruyere baked eggs on Magpie sourdough - plus on Saturday nights, they serve a brilliant selection of stone-baked sourdough pizzas.
Perched atop the bank of the River Deben outside the twee village of Ramsholt is the cream-coloured Ramsholt Arms - the only south-facing pub on the river which dishes up some of the freshest seafood around. Book an evening table on the waterside terrace and watch the sunset over the water whilst tucking into plates of smoked haddock and salmon fish pie or a 'plateau de fruits de mer' with cockles, crevettes and prawns.
Last updated 29.06.22