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Shepherd & Dog

Shepherd and Dog Suffolk

A fine gastro pub in mid Suffolk serving some excellent food

Taken over and re-furbed in 2013, it now has a really nice interior with very comfy surroundings

A great menu, whether it’s a snack or a full on dinner, they have some imaginative food ideas and I’ve always enjoyed it in there. It’s not cheap but then they are not trying to attract that market!

They have a Bar, lounge and a contemporary eaterie. Check their website for full food temptations

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The Beauty Barn Suffolk

Beauty Barn Suffolk

Exactly what you think this is! Beauty stuff. In a barn

Literally round the corner from Woodfarm, they have very kindly put together some packages just for our guests!

Debbie, the owner has had a good nose around Woodfarm to get a feel for what experience our guests have here, so she can understand what they would want from her and has put together some great ideas for those that love a bit of pampering (see below)

It’s even in our Take the Dog section as your pooch can sit and watch if they are well behaved!

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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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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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River Orwell

River Orwell Suffolk

From its source river, the Gipping, Orwell heads out to the sea on the Suffolk coast

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour. The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell (the barn next door!), and also hooks up with the river Stour

Charles Dickens wrote about the Gipping and Orwell rivers and the latter is where the writer Eric Blair took his pen name ‘George Orwell’ from after his love of the river and the area

 

 

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River Gipping

River Gipping at Sproughton Suffolk

The River Gipping is the name given to the River Orwell above its tidal limit

The River Gipping flows through Stowmarket to Stoke Bridge in Ipswich via Needham Market, around 4 miles from Woodfarm

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour. The River Gipping is the source river for the River Orwell (the barn next door!), starting in nearby Mendlesham Green and was altered with the addition of 15 locks between Ipswich and Stowmarket. In recent years the navigation, as this section was known, has undergone restoration and offers a great walk known as ‘The Gipping Way’, which uses the towpath for most of its route

Charles Dickens wrote about the rivers Gipping and Orwell

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River Deben

River Deben at Woodbridge Suffolk

The river Deben gives nearby Debenham its name, where it starts its journey through 25 miles of Suffolk to the sea near Woodbridge

Debenham is a quaint little village and a popular place to visit, as many of our guests do. And yes, it is where the department store gets its name as the founder lived here before setting off some 300 years ago to London to set up his high class haberdashery. He did quite well!

We have named all the barns in the meadow after local Suffolk rivers; Alde, Deben, Gipping, Orwell and Stour

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Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest Suffolk

A great back to nature walk near the Suffolk coast

Miles and miles of footpaths through a fabulous forest as well as lots of ‘off-piste’ rambling

You can even follow the UFO trail! In December 1980 several sightings of a UFO were reported and there is much specualation and controversy surrounding this story. Many people think these ‘mysterious’ events are the most significant UFO incident in the UK. Unbelievably there is no actual evidence but check out the trail and decide for yourself!

I’m no expert but there is an old air force base next door. Hmmmm?

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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!