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Thorpeness Emporium

Thorpeness Emporium Suffolk

The Thorpeness Emporium sits within the heart of village; it is a vintage, antiques, and collectibles market comprising many stalls, tables and cabinets. They have an ever-changing selection which has been collected together by over 30 traders.

Many treasures to be found include a lovely selection of jewellery and accessories, homewares and furniture, pictures and prints, clothes, ornaments, glassware, collectibles and so much more!

The Thorpeness Emporium is easily accessible and situated on one level, it is staffed by friendly traders, and is open 7 days a week.

Next door to the emporium is The Kitchen@Thorpeness, the perfect place to grab a light lunch, cake, cream tea or hot drink. 

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The Highwayman

Highwayman Suffolk

Warm and friendly pub/ restaurant in a 17th century timber framed Suffolk building

Right on the A140, the Highwayman is owned and run by David & Olga who have been there since 2004. They specialise in good, home-cooked food courtesy of chef Olga and friendly welcome and a good selection of well kept real ales courtesy of David

The main restaurant and galleries are abound with exposed oak timbers and the aroma of great food is always around you

Only a few miles from Woodfarm and a real hit with our guests

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Assington: Shoulder of Mutton

The Shoulder of Mutton is a real free house, set on the Suffolk & Essex border, in the charming village of Assington. They offer a superb range of wine, ales, and lagers, as well as award winning cider from across the county. 

They serve fresh seasonal food which is sourced, collected and delivered from local producers and merchants, and your meal can be enjoyed either in the restaurant or by the open flog fire in the comfortable bar.

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Scutchers Bistro in Long Melford

Scutchers Bistro Long Melford Suffolk

An award winning restaurant in picturesque Long Melford in Suffolk

They’ve been awarded several Good Food Guide Awards as well as the Michelin Bib Gourmand so it’s a little bit special. Owned and run by Nick & Di Barratt, they open Thursday, Friday & Saturday for lunch and dinner with a mouth-watering a la carte menu

They also specialise in special events, private parties and business functions and also offer outside catering services, as well as offering a number of their dishes to take away

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River Stour

River Stour Suffolk

My favourite river in Suffolk

The Stour stretches all the way from Sudbury, out through the meandering Suffolk countryside of Bures, Wormingford, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and then to Mistley and Manningtree where it heads out to the sea. Admittedly it’s now ventured across the border into Essex but it’s still beautiful. The river path is full of stunning landscapes and the river itself makes for some wonderful boating. This stretch is my favourite kayak route

Possibly the most breathtaking part of the journey and closest to Woodfarm is the bit between Dedham and Flatford, with beautiful scenery and old houses, culminating in the National Trust site at Flatford

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Richardsons Smokehouse

Richardsons Smokehouse Orford Suffolk

Superb traditional smokehouse by the quayside in Orford

They smoke two types of cheese for six days; mature English Cheddar and Long Clauson’s blue Stilton

Garlic Bulbs, locally made sausages, including Pork and Venison, Pork and Garlic and a very hot Chorizo, three different type’s of Pate, Salmon, Kipper and Mackerel as well as Salmon Fish Cakes

My personal favourite is their smoked Hock of Ham, which is phenomenal. They marinate them in a mixture of Cider and Black Treacle, boil them for hours, cover them in Brown Sugar and flash roast in the oven until they are black and crispy! Wow!

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Red Lion Veggie Pub

Red Lion Veggie Pub in Suffolk

Great country pub just outside Needham Market serving only Vegetarian food

Based in the little village of Great Bricett is East Anglia’s first and only exclusively vegetarian pub!

Vegetarians and Vegans come from far and wide to try their wares and as a meat eater myself I can vouch for the tasty menu!

A wide choice of homemade dishes using fresh and locally produced ingredients, proprietor Jan Wise aimed to realise her dream of providing top quality and varied meat free cuisine in a comfortable and relaxing surrounding. And she has done it!

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Ramsholt Arms

Ramsholt Arms - Suffolk

Great riverside pub near Woodbridge, re-opened in 2013

It’s out on the Bawdsey peninsula, miles from anywhere but worth the trip!

The building was originally called Ferry House and dates back around 350 years. It has a large walled garden and the garden has great views of the River Deben and across the adjacent peninsula to Felixstowe

They are very dog-friendly and have a great menu with many fresh fish dishes and as well as offering the obligatory traditional Suffolk Adnams ales they regularly have guest ales too. Main dishes average around a tenner and they also have a good wine selection