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Buy your Festive Fayre!

When it comes to Christmas, luxurious food and drink come top of the list, and you can be sure to find the very best festive fayre right here on The Suffolk Coast!

From delightful delis and greengrocers to the finest butchers and bakeries (not forgetting local breweries and vineyards), we have it covered…

1. Delis

Articles - Festive Fayre - Suffolk Food Hall

Shopping for the best Christmas fayre can also be an excellent opportunity to explore some of the lovely towns, villages and countryside in Suffolk where the food and drink producers are based. However, if time is of the essence take a trip over to the Suffolk Food Hall where you’ll literally find everything you’re looking for (and probably much more!) under one roof.

Suffolk Food Hall is packed with quality butchers, a delicatessen, fishmonger, bakery, greengrocer, wine and beer merchant and even a chocolatier! After a morning of shopping, stop by the Cookhouse Restaurant for a delicious roast dinner or festive afternoon tea

At Snape Maltings, not only can you get all you need for your Christmas dinner, but whilst you're there, you can pick up a few last minute Christmas presents too. Selling a wide range of jams and marmalades, honey, chocolate, olives and pickles - perfect for your Boxing Day buffet! The Christmas Farmers Market on the 23rd December is also not to be missed, with some of Suffolk's finest food producers selling their festive wares including meats, breads, cheeses, Christmas puddings and fudge.

2. Fruit and Veg

Articles - Festive Fayre - Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens and Thompson Greengrocers of Bungay, will ensure that your turkey is accompanied by the highest quality locally produced seasonal vegetables. They also offer a weekly veg box scheme which can conveniently be picked up or delivered within the Bungay area. 

3. Cakes, Pastries and Bread

Articles - Festive Fayre - Two Magpies Bakery

There is nothing more seducing than the aroma of freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries. On The Suffolk Coast we are spoiled for choice with amazing bakeries…

The Two Magpies Bakery, located in Southwold’s High Street is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

The freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries on offer at the award winning Cake Shop Bakery, in the historic town of Woodbridge are baked in-store each morning. Treats include raspberry and creme patisserie brioche and steak and ales pies, plus you can buy a bag or two of freshly roasted coffee, courtesy of The Firestation Cafe, Bar and Coffee Roasters next door!  

Last but by no means least, be sure to stop by Pump Street Bakery; a small, family owned bakery & café in the village of Orford, in addition to the tinned breads, sourdough, buns and rolls, you can add a bar (or two!) of their mouth-watering chocolate to your basket!

4. Cheese, butters and cream

Articles - Festive Fayre - Fen Farm Dairy

For delicious dairy delights, look no further than Fen Farm Dairy!

Farmed for three generations by the Crickmore family, their herd of happy Montbeliarde and Friesian cows graze the beautiful marshlands of the Waveney River Valley in Suffolk and it’s here that their delicious raw milk is made into the finest cheese, raw cultured butter and raw cream – the perfect partner for rich sauces and desserts.

Produce is available to buy from the farm gate, or online at www.fenfarmdairy.co.uk

5. Seafood

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As you would expect, The Suffolk Coast is renowned for its fresh and smoked fish. Check out Pinney's of Orford for a tempting selection of smoked and prepared goodies...

Enjoy a delicious Christmas breakfast of smoked kippers, or treat your nearest and dearest to freshly caught oysters.

In their shop, located next to Butley Creek, you can also buy a range of crab cakes, potted crabs or angels on horseback plus pickles, chutneys, flavoured oils, jams, jellies and smoked olives - the perfect adornment to any festive feast!

6. Christmas Tipples

Articles - Festive Fayre - Adnams

And, to wash it all down there is none better than a glass of beer, wine or spirit from the famous Adnams Brewery who now have stores based in Southwold, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Felixstowe.

Along with your favourite festive tipple, the shops stock a wide range of kitchen and tablewares; everything you need to celebrate Christmas 2016 in style!

Things to see and do


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Wheelchair Accessible


Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.

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Free wifi Dog friendly

events


Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland |

Enjoy some festive fun at Africa Alive!

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Woodbridge Annual Carol Service

Woodbridge Annual Carol Service

Woodbridge | Wed 21st Dec 2016

The Rotary Club of Woodbridge host their annual Carol Service on Market Hill on Wednesday 21st December at 6:45 on Market Hill.

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Christmas Bread Workshop

Christmas Bread Workshop

Framlingham | Tue 20th Dec 2016

Join Sue Hudson on a wonderful Christmas bread-making workshop at The Food Hub Cookery School. She will teach you a range of Christmas baking treats for the festive season. Book early for this popular workshop!

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Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Sat 17th Dec 2016

The Food Hub Cookery School presents a day of Christmas flowers and foodie gifts with Naomi of Rose and Berry Flowers. This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations. 

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Santa’s Burger Night

Santa’s Burger Night

Ipswich | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to the Suffolk Food Hall for this fun seasonal event on 23rd December 2016.

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Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

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Lots of festive fun has been arranged for your little ones at the Suffolk Food Hall.  

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Santa Saves Christmas

Santa Saves Christmas

Felixstowe | Wed 21st Dec 2016

Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! On stage at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come and help us raise the roof as we sing a mix of carols and classic Christmas songs in the beautiful Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

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Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Bring the whole family to Snape for this wonderful festive spectacle as Father Christmas arrives at Snape Maltings by historic Thames sailing barge.


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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to Snape and come and enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest Christmas food markets, a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products.

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Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Felixstowe |

Bring the whole family along to Felixstowe and enjoy the festive late night shopping atmosphere.

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New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

Oulton Broad | Sat 31st Dec 2016

Come to Oulton Broad and celebrate the New Year with a delicious dinner and entertainment.

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Carols around the Fireplace

Carols around the Fireplace

Woodbridge |

Bring the whole family to Tranmere House at The National Trust Sutton Hoo site for a vintage Christmas experience. 

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Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Wickham Market | Thu 08th - Sat 17th Dec 2016

Head to Wickham Market for some festive Christmas shopping.

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Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Woodbridge | Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to The Table in Woodbridge for this special Christmas Street Food Sunday on 18th December.

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Christmas at Henham

Christmas at Henham

Southwold | Fri 16th - Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to Henham Barns for a perfect opportunity to grab those last minute presents on the weekend 17th - 18th December 2016.

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The Frolics Modern Vintage Christmas Concert

The Frolics Modern Vintage Christmas Concert

Woodbridge | Sat 17th Dec 2016

On Saturday 17th December, Woodbridge-based international DJ Tallulah Goodtimes, hosts The Frolics Modern Vintage Christmas Concert at the Woodbridge Community Hall.

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WHERE TO EAT


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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Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Two Magpies Bakery

Two Magpies Bakery

Southwold

Situated Southwold’s High Street, The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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Dog friendly