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.
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.
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
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!
Situated in the heart of Aldeburgh lies this fabulous independent, family owned and run restaurant. Serving delicious freshly prepared meals 7 days a week, with an emphasis on local produce.
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!
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
Pea Porridge is independently owned and has been open since 2009. This award winning restaurant is run by a couple who are passionate about food and drink, as you would hope! Offering an exceptional wine selection, delicious seasonal produce, and a laid back atmosphere.