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
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
Slate Cheese is a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen in Aldeburgh, this family business is led by Clare Jackson and her father John Ormerod. They have carefully curated a range of British and European artisan cheeses, all displayed as a magnificent wall of cheese!
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Lavenham host one of the best farmers markets in the county, visiting is a must during your stay in Suffolk!
All products at the market come from within a thirty mile radius, and are sold by the producers themselves, so you can be assured that you are trying some of the very best that Suffolk has to offer.
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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!
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
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
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
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
This charming antiques shop is housed in a beautiful Georgian-fronted EIizabethan building, situated in the medieval Suffolk village of Lavenham. J & J Baker is well worth a visit, you never know what treasures you might find.
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