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  • Woodbridge Shuck Festival 2016

Woodbridge Shuck is Bigger and Better than Ever!

The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, starting today and running until 2nd October, the festival brings together an exciting programme of foodie offers and events to celebrate local shellfish and other local produce. 

The festival’s organisers: Simpers Silver Harvest LLP, Somerleyton Private, The Crown at Woodbridge, The Tea Hut, The Bridge, The Anchor and Bubble & Squid bring together local produce, chefs, musicians and more to create a special celebration of the River Deben and the delicious produce found in and around it. Supported by sponsors, East of England Co-Op, Adnams, Gotelee and Infotex, this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The festival begins with a new event for 2016, The Pub Trawl, taking place today (29th September). Pubs in the area will be serving up Shuck themed beer & bar food and fizz & nibbles. The popular Shuck Shack, a pop up restaurant at The Tide Mill will take place on the evenings of Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. Catered by Stephen David and Rebecca Mackenzie of Somerleyton Private, diners will enjoy a beautifully prepared locally-inspired menu in this unique riverside landmark.

For a more casual yet equally tasty foodie experience, The Shuck Weekender takes place in and around The Tea Hut on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 11am until 6pm with live music all weekend by the Deben Collective and other artists. Visitors can feast on de-constructed moules frites, fresh fish from the Deben, Squid, Pasta and Paella while enjoying something cold from the bar. There will be ice creams and non-fishy options too such as Woodbridge 5th Sea Scouts who will be serving up burgers. For the kids there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend as well as a kids’ menu. 

New for this year, families can book children, aged 1 - 8 years old, onto one of the Splat Messy Play sessions, visit Suffolk Wildlife Trust for a Marine talk and family quizzes and join in with games and giggles at the various stands.

In a new twist, throughout the Shuck Weekender at The Tea Hut, there is the opportunity to buy freshly caught fish from Simpers and take it to The Crown’s adjoining stall to have it cooked to your liking right then and there. 

The celebration of local seafood spills from the river right through the historic market town, with Shuck Specials on the menus at the town's many restaurants, pubs and cafes. 

The Festival concludes with the highly anticipated annual ‘Safari Supper’ on Sunday 2nd October. Diners will meet at The Crown for drinks and canapes and go on to enjoy a three course meal. Moving between The Crown itself and the closely situated The Table and The Anchor. 

Jonathan Simper, co-founder of the Woodbridge Shuck, said: “It’s the fifth year of The Shuck and it will be the best yet. We have fabulous shellfish and other local produce prepared by top local chefs. If you’ve not been before, come along and have a look. There’s plenty for people who aren’t so keen on fish and shellfish. We hope as many people as possible will come along and enjoy great local food with friends and family.

Gotelee Senior Partner and Shuck Sponsor, Brian Morron, said: ‘Since our amalgamation with Margary and Miller in Woodbridge and Melton we have been keen to become involved with all aspects of the community. What better way to be involved than shucking shellfish!’

Michaela Woodley, from The Bridge - part of the organising team, added: “We are so excited about this event. It’s a whole weekend of foodie family fun right here in Woodbridge. There really is something for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to come down, chill out and appreciate everything that’s great about Woodbridge.”

The event continues to be supported fully by Choose Woodbridge, The Tide Mill Living Museum and this year has benefited from a grant from SCDC Economic Services through their Sustainable Town and Village Economies programme. 

For more information, menus and events follow the festival on Twitter @ShuckFestival or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShuckFestival or visit www.thewoodbridgeshuck.org.uk or text SHUCK to 66777.

The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is an official Fringe Event of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

Things to see and do


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge

Two beautiful heathland golf courses in an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

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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


Woodbridge - Tourist Information Point

Woodbridge - Tourist Information Point

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available within Woodbridge Library.

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events


Community Garden Market

Community Garden Market

Ipswich | Fri 14th Oct 2016

Head to Ipswich, Suffolk to enjoy the delights of this wonderful Community Garden Market on 14th October 2016.

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A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

Woodbridge | Fri 30th Sep - Sun 02nd Oct 2016

The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, from 30th September to 2nd October. 

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Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh Documentary Festival

Aldeburgh | Fri 04th - Sun 06th Nov 2016

The 22nd Aldeburgh Documentary Festival is a distinctive combination of world-class documentaries, illuminating discussions and debate which has seen audiences increase threefold over the past four years, making this weekend one of the most successful public-facing celebrations of the art and craft of documentary film making in Britain today.


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Woodbridge Vintage & Modern Market

Woodbridge Vintage & Modern Market

Woodbridge | Sat 01st Oct 2016

The Vintage & Modern Market returns to Woodbridge Shire Hall and Market Hill on Saturday 1st October from 9.30am to 4pm, bringing together the region’s leading vintage traders and local artisans, makers and craftspeople. 

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Curry Night at The Anchor

Curry Night at The Anchor

Walberswick | Fri 30th Sep 2016

Serving a selection of regional curries from India and throughout South-East Asia, sure to whet your appetite. 

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Salthouse Eaterie 

Salthouse Eaterie

The popularity of the waterside Eaterie makes it a destination for many Suffolk locals. The dishes are modern & always surprise with a curious twist of something deliciously different.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned them an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

Inside, the tearoom can seat 16 people comfortably, with far more seating available outside. Families and friends can also hire the venue for birthday parties, anniversaries, mother and toddler groups, small wedding parties, wakes and coach parties.

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The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Situated at the top of the bustling Thoroughfare, in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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Free wifi


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 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


The Ship Inn, Levington

The Ship Inn, Levington

Ipswich

Idyllic country pub situated on the banks of the River Orwell, with a delicious local menu and an excellent range of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Free wifi


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


The Sweffling White Horse

The Sweffling White Horse

A traditional pub in the village of Sweffling near Saxmundham and East Anglia Pub of the Year 2015

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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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where to stay


The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge offers all that is great about escaping to the country, with all that is good about staying in a wonderful market town. 

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Woodhall Manor 

Woodhall Manor

Woodhall Manor is the most romantic and exclusive setting for a truly memorable stay. The charming Elizabethan Manor House, dating back to 1566, sits within nine acres of immaculately landscaped grounds, near the stunning Suffolk Heritage Coast. 

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