• Pinney's of Orford Hampers

Festive Hampers – made on the Suffolk Coast

There’s no denying that the countdown to December 25th has begun…

Christmas TV adverts are in full flow, all of them enticing us to buy the latest ‘must have’ gadgets and celebrity perfumes for our nearest and dearest.

But, if you’re struggling with gift ideas this festive season and fancy giving the obligatory socks and slippers options a miss, why not try creating a rather special and very bespoke present in the form of a goodie-filled hamper packed with local produce from The Suffolk Coast?!

We've picked a few of our favourite festive foodie establishments that will be sure to provide you with all you need to make a hamper that's bound to impress come Christmas morning!

1. Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers, Bungay


Main shop

Say it with fruit! When the stodge of Christmas pudds and mince pies are taking their toll, it’s refreshing to tuck into a fruity feast. Giddens and Thompson Greengrocers are purveyors of high-quality fruit and vegetables located in the historic market town of Bungay. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced produce to make a super fruity hamper, bursting with colour and flavour!

2. Pinneys of Orford

Pinneys of Orford Hampers

The beautiful range of luxury hampers from Pinneys make the perfect gift for any occasion. The hampers are packed with a wonderful selection of their favourite smoked products as well as tasty treats from local artisan producers. If you are looking for a personal gift then you can create a bespoke hamper and fill it with your very own choice of luxury items.

The new 'Pinney’s Suffolk Hamper', is filled with a wonderful selection of delicious goodies from well-known Suffolk producers, including their own Pinney’s Smoked Salmon and Mackerel Fillets, Stokes sauces, Suffolk Salami Company Chorizo and the fabulous Pump Street Bakery Chocolate. A perfect present for anyone missing this gastronomic corner of East Anglia! Buy yours at https://www.pinneysoforford.co.uk/product/pinneys-suffolk-hamper/

3. Thorpeness Village Store

FD - Thorpeness Village Store - Sign

Situated in the picturesque seaside village of Thorpeness, the Village Store has all you need to create a hamper that showcases The Suffolk Coast. Their 'build your own hamper' offer is ideal for the festive season; the deli counter boasts a range of products from Aldeburgh butcher, Salter & King, and you can fill your basket with mouthwatering goodies such as bread, jams, preserves, Suffolk ham and cheeses as well as postcards, greetings cards and stamps. 

4. Adnams 

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Put together a gift hamper of Adnams fine beers, wine and handcrafted spirits and we’ll guarantee that you’ll win over even the grumpiest of relatives! With stores located in Southwold, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge shopping is made easy. 

Ale lovers will appreciate a few bottles of their famous 'Ghost Ship', or for those who prefer a stronger tipple, there's the Single Malt Whiskey or the Copper House Gin gift packs. If you can't choose which to pop in the basket, then the 'Little Box of Gin-Dulgence', or the 'Whiskey Trio' boxes are ideal. 

Of course, you could always push the boat out a little and throw in a tour of the famous Suffolk brewery or distillery for an extra special gift. 

5. Suffolk Food Hall 

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Take a trip over to The Suffolk Food Hall, just south of Ipswich. This place is sheer heaven for ‘foodies’ having not only a delicatessen but a grocer, bakery, fishmonger and a chocolatier... Which means the only problem you may have is what to choose! Alternatively, they offer an array of beautifully packaged ready-made hampers to make your decision just that bit easier! And you're still to buy your tree, you can buy a locally grown, freshly cut tree here too!

6. Flint Vineyard

FD - Flint Vineyard - 15 mile hamper

Overlooking the Waveney Valley, Flint Vineyard produces a range of award-winning wines - the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas Lunch or Boxing Day buffet!

Choose from the Bacchus 2018, Silex Blanc 2018, Pinot Noir Precoce or Charmat Rose 2018 to accompany your other goodies, or why not take the stress out of sourcing products and buy Flint's '15 Mile Hamper' - featuring the elements of the vineyard's 15-mile lunch menu, including  a bottle of Flint's Bacchus 2018, a Baby Baron Bigod Brie from Fen Farm Dairy, a rosemary and garlic salami from Marsh Pig Charcuterie and a Medlar Jelly from Eastgate Larder - presented within a beautiful wicker basket.

Buy yours at https://flintvineyard.com/product/15-mile-hamper/

7. Fen Farm Dairy

FD - Fen Farm Dairy - Baron Bigod

Situated just outside Bungay, Fen Farm Dairy can produce a delicious range of raw milk products including milk, cream, buttermilk, cultured butter and their famous Baron Bigod Cheese (which was served at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle!). Stop by the farm's vending machine to stock up for your Christmas or Boxing Day feasts but make sure you call ahead if you want to buy a whole round of cheese, as they don't fit in the machine!

8. Emmett's

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On Boxing Day, tuck into a mouth-watering ham from Emmett's; the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK. Famous for its Suffolk black ham, which was a favourite with many including The Queen Mother, Delia Smith and Rick Stein, the store also produces many other flavours plus a range of deli items including Spanish and Italian meats, Spanish almonds, figs and turrons, cheeses, olives and tapenades. 

9. Pump Street Bakery & Chocolate

Pump Street Chocolate

It wouldn't be Christmas without over-indulging with chocolate, and we can't think of a better bar to do it with than those from Pump Street Chocolate. With flavours including Madagascan Milk, Rye Crumb, Milk & Seasalt, Sourdough & Seasalt and Madagascar White and Bread & Butter - you will struggle to choose just one for your hamper! So it's good news that there's a range of gift boxes available to buy online at https://pumpstreetchocolate.com/, from their bakery in Orford or at Snape Maltings or in many delis and shops across The Suffolk Coast. 

10. Food Hall & Fresh Pantry at Snape Maltings 

FD - Snape Maltings - Christmas Food

Not only can you buy everything you need for a delicious hamper at Snape Maltings, but you could also pretty much get all of your Christmas shopping completed here with the range of shops dotted throughout the famous complex.

In the Food Hall & Fresh Pantry, you can buy delicious locally-produced, seasonal food - many of which are made and grown just a few miles away from the Maltings. Fill your basket with the best Suffolk sausages, the perfect Italian arborio rice, Panettone, Stollen, confectionary, jams, chutneys and crackers, plus a fine selection of wines and spirits. 

If you're lucky enough to be here on the 21st December, then a stop by the Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers Market is a must! Here you can buy delicious festive fayre from some of Suffolk's finest food & drinks producers - a one stop shop for all your Christmas hamper and feasting requirements!

For more information on The Suffolk Coast's fantastic food producers, visit our Food and Drink guide!



Things to see and do

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly

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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Events

Christmas Garland & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Garland & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Wed 11th Dec 2019

Join us on 11th December at The Food Hub Cookery School on Kenton Hall Estate for our Christmas garland and foodie gifts course. It is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations.

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Christmas Farmers Market at Snape Maltings

Christmas Farmers Market at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 21st Dec 2019

Join us on 21st December 2019 for our Farmers' Market at Snape Maltings. The market has a wonderful bustling atmosphere and provides easy access for people to buy high quality, local foods and treats for Christmas direct from Suffolk’s artisan producers located at a world class music venue.

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Flint Vineyard Christmas Shopping Day - Bungay

Flint Vineyard Christmas Shopping Day - Bungay

Bungay | Sat 30th Nov 2019

Join us on 30th November 2019 for the Flint Vineyard Christmas Shopping Day in the tasting room from 11am-4pm.

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WHERE TO EAT

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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Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard

Flint Vineyard is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Waveney Valley, close to the bustling market town of Bungay.

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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

The Cafe at Urban Jungle

The Cafe at Urban Jungle

The Café at Urban Jungle is quite unlike any other cafe you’ve ever been to. The food is bold, colourful and tasty, just like the surroundings! Filled with luxuriant plants which will whisk you away to the tropics.

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Free wifi

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

Emmett's is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Fen Farm Dairy 

Fen Farm Dairy

Beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.


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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 Briarbank Bar & Brewery

The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

Whether you're looking to find out more about the beer brewing process, sample some local beer or simply have a relaxing drink and a bite to eat with friends and family, look no further than the Briarbank Bar and Brewery in Ipswich.

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Free wifi

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables in the pretty market town of Bungay.

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Free wifi