My favourite place to eat...
My current favourite place to eat is The Table.
Owned and run by the charismatic Vernon Blackmore it combines brilliant food with a lovely, informal bistro atmosphere.
As a coffee shop, I enjoy Honey+Harvey on the Thoroughfare. It made the Sunday Times top 25 coffee shops last year and has a steady stream of visitors enjoying lunch, cake, coffee and sandwiches throughout the day.
My favourite place to go for a drink...
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs in Woodbridge but my current favorite is The Angel just off the Market Square.
The ancient building is one of the oldest pubs in Suffolk dating back to 1153, when its job was to collect the toll for the town market. It is now an independent free house and serves a range of 200 varieties of gin.
Most Woodbridge pubs are dog friendly. Indeed, it is a dog-friendly town and in September we celebrate Woofbridge – our annual dog show in Elmhurst Park.
My favourite independent shop...
There is a brilliant deli on New Street. It is family-run by David Gitsham and his wife selling a wonderful and exotic range of cheese’s and other lovely deli products.
On the Market Square, there is Chenevix Jewellery, run by the wonderful Susannah Chenevix-Trench who is a qualified gemmologist and designer with many years’ experience in bespoke, re-design and remodelling jewellery.
If you have come by train why not take back flowers from a brilliant florist at The Station, Patti of Lilac Thyme. Patti invites you to tell her what you want or leave it to her imagination.
Your must-see in Woodbridge...
Woodbridge is a beautiful, bustling, and vivid town at the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and eight miles from the coast.
Highlights include our riverside paths, the architectural delights which incorporate the special Suffolk combo of wonky beams and wild colour.
The most obvious must-see choice is the Tidemill which is one of the first tide mills in the country. It has a host of interactive activities, unique computer-generated imagery and children’s activities which help you discover how the grain and ultimately the flour move around the Mill. Most days you can even see the huge oak water wheel turning.
Where to stay in Woodbridge...
If you want to stay right in the heart of Woodbridge, The Crown in the Thoroughfare is ideal. It is a quality, boutique hotel boasting 10 bedrooms which ooze contemporary style all with a welcoming warmth. It also has a bustling inside bar and a terrace as well as a good restaurant.