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Best Cafés and Coffee Shops on The Suffolk Coast

Whether you're want to read the paper, while away an hour or two or get a caffeine kick to fuel a busy day, here on The Suffolk Coast, we roast our own, grind our own and serve some seriously good ristrettos!

We’ve rounded up the best cafés and coffee purveyors across The Suffolk Coast;  so the only thing you have to decide upon, is your order; cappuccino, latte or cafetiere?

In no particular order, here's 10 of our favourites!

1. The Firestation, Woodbridge

The Fires Station- Front Exterior window Coffee Roasters

A small café located on Woodbridge’s historic Thoroughfare, The Firestation Cafe serves a wide range of single origin coffees from around the world, which have been roasted on site behind the café in their own ‘roastery’. You can also choose from a delicious range of baked goods, provided by The Cake Shop Bakery, which is located next door to accompany your drink. 

And if you stay long enough, you can see the café transform into a cocktail serving, live music playing bar in the evening!

2. Twyfords, Beccles

Serving locally roasted coffee from Harris & James, Twyfords is a popular café and patisserie in the centre of historic Beccles. It’s a tough choice choosing from the delectable selection of cakes  to accompany your Viennoise, Cappucino, Latte, Mocha or Americano.

There’s an impressive choice of teas on offer too; plus breakfasts (including The Big Local which features 2 Suffolk sausages, locally smoked bacon, 2 free range eggs with fried local bread, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, hash brown and a baked bean basket) and lunches.

3. Pump Street Bakery, Orford

Pump Street Bakery and Cafe Orford - Photography by Emily Fae

Whilst primarily a bakery, the café in the Pump Street Bakery, is located within the quintessential Suffolk village of Orford and serves a delicious range of coffees made by their Italian La Marzocco machine named Percy. If you’re a bit peckish, check out the daily specials featuring dishes made from local produce and award-winning cakes and pastries. 

And before you leave, make sure you add a few bars of their handmade chocolate – made from beans imported direct from family-farms and co-operatives around the world!

4. Coconut Loft, Lowestoft

Just a stone’s throw from the glorious golden sands of Lowestoft beach, The Coconut Loft is a unique café combining steaming hot beverages and art. Once you’ve ordered from the coffee menu which boasts a range of coffees made with Piacetto Espresso, settle down in one of the beach huts or take a stroll around the gallery to peruse the works of local artists.

There’s a range of wholesome dishes to delve into too, including Thai Green Curry, Chicken and Butternut Squash Tagine and Mexican Chicken with 5 bean Quinoa.

5. The Tea Hut, Woodbridge

F&D - The Tea Hut - View of hut and lake

You’d be hard pressed to find a café in such tranquil surroundings as The Tea Hut. Situated on the banks of the River Deben in Woodbridge, The Tea Hut serves teas, coffees and cakes alongside a daily lunch menu. 

There's a large deck outside, where dogs are welcome to join you as you watch the model boats sail on the pond. Wrap up warm, sit back, and watch the world go by!

6. Earsham Street Café, Bungay

A quaint café serving a wide variety of coffees and teas alongside a daily specials menu, and impressive counter of cakes! The coffee menu includes organic fairtrade, cappuccino, latte, mocha with flavoured shots such as vanilla, hazelnut and bitter orange. 

Teas include Egyptian mint, citrus chamomile and ‘Wild Encounter’ plus the expected breakfast and Earl Grey blends.

The 17th century building is set on the town’s historic Earsham Street, where just a short walk along the road, you will find the Earsham Street Deli; a real feast for the eyes and senses, the shop stocks some of Suffolk’s finest food and drink fayre!

7. Beccles Station Cafe

FD - Beccles Station Cafe - Cakes

You needn't be taking a trip to treat yourself to a steaming hot cup of coffee at Beccles Station Cafe!

The Café serves locally ground and roasted coffee from Paddy & Scotts, and to accompany your drink; breakfast including bacon rolls and toast made with homemade bread, lunches including toasties, sandwiches and soups and cakes such as rocky road, scones, and, if you've not had enough coffee, coffee sponge! 

8. Urban Jungle, Beccles

Be transported to the wilds of India as you sit amongst the palms and tropical vines at the Urban Jungle Café near Beccles. Grab a seat on one of the super comfy, throw adorned sofas, or head upstairs and snuggle up on the cushions in your own mezzanine snug!

It's a tough choice choosing from the extensive coffee menu; with roasts including Fazenda Pantano from Brazil, Rocko Mountain Natural from Ethiopia and Santa Lucia from Guatamala. Tea lovers are in for a treat too with Ceylon BOP Pomegranate and Blackberry, Mango Sencha Darjeeling Pandam and Mancotta Assam BOP Winter Blend on the menu. 

There's a range of delectable dishes available, including a Vegan pie made with shortcrust pastry filled with root vegetables and curry sauce, plus soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches, and the chocolate brownie is to die for!

9. View Point Café, Felixstowe

FD - View Point Cafe - View of Ships

Views don't get much better than this! Located on the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe, you can sit and watch the huge cargo ships come into port whilst sipping your cappucino at the View Point Café. There's a large terrace which so if you're looking for a way to blow away the cobwebs, you're sure to do it here! 

The café is open every day except Christmas day too, so it's a fantastic place to get away from it all and escape the hustle and bustle; whatever the time of year.

10. Farm Café & Shop, Marlesford

FD - Farm Cafe and Shop - Sign

Sitting alongside the farm shop which sells an array of Suffolk grown and made produce is a delightful café serving Fairtrade filter coffee, cappuccinos, flat whites and machiattos plus a range of teas including earl grey and assam.

There's a delicious breakfast and lunch menu too, with healthy options including granola, Suffolk Meadow Greek yoghurt, muesli and croissants, plus a new vegan menu of salads, jacket potatoes, pittas and sandwiches alongside non vegan options such as bangers and mash and Farm Café steak and mushroom pie. 


For more food and drink inspiration, check out The Suffolk Coast's food & drink guide!

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The Cake Shop Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery

Woodbridge

Award-winning family run bakery set in the historical town of Woodbridge baking fresh bread and creating beautiful cakes using the best ingredients available and designing cakes that are visually stunning and taste delicious.

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The Riverside Restaurant & Theatre

The Riverside Restaurant & Theatre

The Riverside Restaurant in Woodbridge is a privately owned restaurant (since 1985) with an independent cinema. Renowned for the fashionable trendy style and daily written menus, as quoted by The Financial Times "The right side of casual". Whether you choose to dine or combine a cinema ticket, you will enjoy your experience!

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

Woodbridge

A small cafe and bar serving delicious coffee, cocktails, snacks and rather impressively roasting their own coffee!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast.

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The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut cafe/restaurant sits on the banks of the beautiful River Deben in Woodbridge. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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Free wifi


Café Bencotto

Café Bencotto

Offering Mediterranean style fayre, Café Bencotto's sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

Offering panoramic sea views, The Alex has a fabulous seafront setting just across from the promenade in Felixstowe where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying great food and drink!

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


Beccles Station Cafe and Community Rooms

Beccles Station Cafe and Community Rooms

Beccles station cafe and community rooms are under the umbrella of the Beccles and District Regeneration Company which is a charity being run by volunteers for the community. The station buildings include a cafe, offices and community rooms to rent out.

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