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Lavenham

Lavenham

One of the most beautiful, historic villages in England, let alone Suffolk!

Jam-packed with quirky, wonky timber-framed buildings, antique shops, craft shops, art galleries, tea rooms and pubs, it’s a really popular tourist destination for all visitors to Suffolk and still a regular for us locals too!

Owning a wonky old timber-framed Suffolk house, you think I’d tire of the sight but I don’t! I stare at the Crooked House every time I go past it

There are lots of places in Lavenham covered on here so have a good root around

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Marlesford Farm Cafe’

Farm Cafe Marlesford

Excellent farm shop and cafe’ right on the A12 so easy to get to for anyone visiting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast

The owner sources the best ingredients and strive to produce the best roadside food possible. It’s had high praise in many national newspapers including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and many others. They use fresh, local produce, using over 100 local suppliers

Not only a great stop off for a cuppa or to pick up some food for supper, they also sell a range of gifts here too

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Lawson’s Deli

Lawsons Deli

An award winning deli in historic Aldeburgh on the beautiful Suffolk coast. It’s a deli, it’s won a bucket load of awards. it’s in Aldeburgh. What are you waiting for?

Owned and run by Richard Lawson and Claire Bruce-Clayton and team of knowledgeable staff selling carefully sourced and delicious foodstuffs

Many of the products stocked in the shop are sourced from within Suffolk, which has a rich and diverse network of artisan food producers as you’ll see from our other posts. Expect seasonal local game terrines, asparagus tarts, salads, soups and sweet pastries

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Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmys Farm

You know what this is surely? It’s been all over the telly for years now. However, if you’ve never been you are in for a treat!

Superb farm shop, restaurant, butchery, clothes & gift shops and farm trail

Famous for being a mate of Jamie Oliver, Jimmy has built a phenomenal empire here, attracting hundreds of visitors to Suffolk every day

You must eat in the restaurant whilst you are there because a) It’s good and b) My nephew is one of the chefs!

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Ickworth House & Gardens

Ickworth House

Ickworth is a National Trust property; an amazing house set in 1800 acres of stunning woodland

The origins date back to 1253 with a timber house that no longer exists. What is here now is an impressive house dating back 100 years, with its centre-piece, the incredible ‘Rotunda’ providing an imposing sight as you approach

This in 2012 from our first of many visits;

We toured the house, starting in the basement, which is ‘staged’ as it would have originally been, with the finishing kitchens, the pump rooms and some of the servants’ quarters. It’s very life-like, giving us a real sense of how life was 100 years ago for the working classes

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Hollow Trees Farm Shop & Trail

Hollow Trees

Fabulous Farm Shop, Farm Trail and Plant Centre in Mid Suffolk

I use to live round the corner and remember this place as a big old shed selling a small range of farm produce. It then grew organically (scuse the pun) into  what it is today, which is a triumph of rural business development/ agricultural diversity

A brand spanking new, purpose built complex selling a range of local produce, including much of their own, as well as a huge range of other locally sourced products. The food is always of a superb quality and not overly priced at all!

They have a great little cafe’ / restaurant in there too, as well as a really interactive farm trail, which is a big hit with kids

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Helmingham Hall

Helmingham Hall

A stunning country estate in the heart of Suffolk

Grade 1 listed moated hall with beautiful gardens, open from the beginning of May to the end of September every year. The historic home of the Tollemache family for over 500 years

Regular events throughout the season including walks, music, classic car shows and the home of the Suffolk Dog Day

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Hall Farm

Hall Farm

Brilliant Farm Shop on the Essex/ Suffolk border

If you are visiting any of our recommended places around Dedham Vale, the heart of Constable Country, then you must pop into Hall Farm for coffee or lunch and have a browse around their great farm shop

An interactive experience as there are always a handful of animals running around, from chickens and goats to pigs and rabbits

Fabulous cakes, fresh cooked breakfast and lunches and a great courtyard to soak up the sun in the kinder weather. Just a stones throw from the A12

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J & J Baker Antiques

J&J Baker Antiques near our luxury holiday cottages

Antiques shop housed in a beautiful Georgian-fronted EIizabethan building in the medieval Suffolk village of Lavenham, J & J Baker is well worth a visit

Established for over forty years their reputation is built on knowledge, experience, attention to detail and the consistently high quality of the wide range of items handled and at price levels to suit all pockets