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Foodie Breaks on The Suffolk Coast

The playwright George Bernard Shaw reckons ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’…

If this is the case, then we’re certainly all loved up on The Suffolk Coast! Check out this handy guide to planning a 'foodie break!'. 

Weekenders and day trippers can look forward to indulging their appetites in some amazing eateries - cosy cafés, tearooms that tantalise the taste buds and fabulous fine dining restaurants…

Beccles

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Take a trip to the pretty market town of Beccles which nestles the beautiful River Waveney – here you’ll find unique and rather quirky little shops and eateries to satisfy both shopaholics and foodies!

Tywfords Café is always a favourite haunt for shoppers to rest their weary feet and recharge with a steaming Latte and perhaps a cheeky cream cake!

Be sure you stop off at the highly acclaimed Baileys Deli in the town centre before spoiling yourselves with a dinner at Oakfired at The Royal Oak, the popular Wine Vaults or gastronomic Graze restaurant.

Aldeburgh

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Traditional fish and chips will always be a favourite dish of The Suffolk Coast – and that’s because we do it so well, especially in Aldeburgh!

If you spot a throng of people lining the High Street in this quaint seaside town, the chances are they are queuing up at Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop!

Not only is this takeaway renowned for being one of the best fish and chips shops on The Suffolk Coast, but in the whole of the UK too. For some reason, they always taste so much better when eaten in the sea air along the prom…

Seafood lovers will not be disappointed with the delights of the beachside located Seafood Bar & Grill at The Brudenell, a slap-up meal in Brasserie Bleue at The White Lion or the seafood/Indian fusion restaurant, Sea Spice. 

Southwold

Southwold is well known as the quintessentially English seaside town of The Suffolk Coast. Home to a close residential community, visitors and the odd celebrity or two – so it comes as no surprise that there are some rather exceptional eateries here too!

After a walk along the blue-flag beach, enjoy lunch at The Sail Loft or take a stroll out to sea along the Pier, stopping off in the Clockhouse Restaurant for a delectable range of freshly cooked meals made with local produce, including their famous fish & chips!

We challenge you to walk past the High Street based Two Magpies Bakery and Café without succumbing to the wafts of their award winning, freshly baked bread. But, make sure you leave space for a dinner at The Crown gastro pub or the award-winning Swan Hotel.

Woodbridge

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Recommended in the Michelin Guide, make sure you book a table at The Crown at Woodbridge. Start off the evening with a contemporary cocktail followed by a meal in stylish restaurant which focusses on using quality ingredients. Whether its local shellfish sourced from the River Deben or foraged herbs from surrounding hedgerows, head chef Luke Bailey and his team offer locals and visitors to the area a hearty taste of modern British cooking.

Venture just outside Woodbridge to the village of Bromeswell and you will find The Unruly Pig; a gastropub which has been listed in The Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide and the Estrella Damn Top 50 Gastropubs. The 16th century inn serves an a la carte menu featuring fresh, seasonal produce; sit inside in front of the roaring fire in winter, or sit out and soak up the sun in their beautiful garden (you won't find many pub gardens as stunning as this!). 

Situated in the charming village of Ufford, The Ufford Crown is the perfect place to take the family for Sunday lunch. The pub, which is dog-friendly too, serves a cracking roast with a choice of Sirloin of Ketley Beef, chicken breast, Dingley Dell pork belly, duck leg or New Yorker rib of beef, accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, carrots, kale, green beans & gravy. The weekday lunch and supper menus are just as delicious, and there's an extensive wine list to accompany your meal too!

Sample The Suffolk Coast

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Learn to cook and perfect your culinary skills at The Food Hub Cookery School and indulge in some seriously good local food shopping at Suffolk Food Hall and Snape Maltings.

If you've not eaten enough during your stay, then stop by some of the award-winning delis dotted along the coast;  for fresh and locally grown fruit and veg stop by Giddens & Thompson Bungay, fill your basket with bread, meat, chutneys and chocolate at Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead and grab a mouth-watering pie and a freshly baked loaf from the Farm Cafe + Shop at Marlesford.

Stock up on Orford's famous oysters at Pinneys of Orford, and whilst there stop by the delightful Pump Street Bakery for mouth-watering baked goods, steaming hot coffee and their own chocolate!

Make sure you sample Suffolk Black Ham from Emmetts - the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK and Fen Farm Dairy for delicious milk, cream and Baron Bigod Cheese rounds made from raw milk.

Not forgetting a bottle of wine from Flint Vineyard in the Waveney Valley or some of Adnams famous beers from the Adnams Shop in Southwold.

What are you waiting for? Pay us a visit and tuck into some great food here on The Suffolk Coast!

Check out all our wonderful foodie experiences below!




Things to see and do

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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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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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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Orwell Lady River Cruises

Orwell Lady River Cruises

Ipswich

From April to October each year, Orwell Lady cruises up and down the beautiful and historic River Orwell, offering passengers a choice of trips and experiences whilst taking in the beautiful wooded stretches of the river, local wildlife and points of local and historical interest.

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WHERE TO EAT

The Bell at Sax

The Bell at Sax

Good food at a good price is what The Bell at Sax is known for! A welcoming restaurant where you can relax, whatever the occasion and not break the bank. A well-loved 'flexible friend', offering somewhere to celebrate with family and friends or equally, providing a bolthole to grab a bite to eat and escape the washing-up at home! 

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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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The Sail Loft Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

The Sail Loft Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

The Sail Loft is all about simple, good food and the welcome of a great neighbourhood restaurant offering tasty food and drink worth travelling for. That means local, seasonal ingredients, an emphasis on taste and a relaxed, hearty menu!

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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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Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous sea view venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.


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Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

Inside, the tearoom can seat 40 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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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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The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

The Bell offers no shortage of Suffolk character with beamed ceilings, open fires, quirky snugs, hidden alcoves and worn flagstones floors. Well known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, The Bell is a perfect all year round destination. 

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The Harbour Inn

The Harbour Inn

Right on the water’s edge, The Harbour Inn in Southwold is a proper old Fisherman’s pub - warm, workmen-like and wonderfully buzzy, with nautical charm in abundance. 

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Cleone's Italian Restaurant

Cleone's Italian Restaurant

Cleone's Italian Restaurant - named after the original Maitre D' - was established at The Angel in Halesworth in the Spring of 1995. From the outset, the aim has been to offer seasonal menus featuring classic dishes from Italy's extremely varied culinary regions - but most importantly, to prepare every dish in the typical 'home style' Italian way.

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Emmett's Stores

Emmett's Stores

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

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Sea Spice

Sea Spice

Taking lead from the ancient Spice Route and Aldeburgh’s historic role as a valued Tudor port, Sea Spice unites local Suffolk produce with classic Indian flavours originating over 4,000 miles away. 

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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant 

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Orford

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast and a la carte lunch, supper and dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk.


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MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel

MarkG Seafood Restaurant at The Tramway Hotel

Located at Lowestoft’s The Tramway Hotel MarkG Seafood Restaurant and Bar opened its doors in the winter of 2015 and has not looked back!

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The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel currently has various dining options from formal to bar snacks or afternoon tea.


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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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Froize 

Froize

A rustic, rural restaurant close to the historic town of Woodbridge and delightful village of Orford, Froize is David Grimwood's delightful freehouse restaurant.

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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 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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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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Oakfired at the Royal Oak

Oakfired at the Royal Oak

‘Your taste buds won’t regret it’ - EDP review October, 2017. Award winning bar and restaurant in Beccles serving authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in front of you from their wood fired oven.

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Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant 

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast and a la carte lunch, sunset supper or candlelit Dinner cruises. 

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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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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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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner  *Sawday’s Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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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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The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig is a 16th century Suffolk Inn offering exceptional food, great wines, craft beers and really friendly service in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

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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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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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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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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 Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

The Adnams Crown Hotel is situated in The High Street, in the heart of Southwold. The atmosphere is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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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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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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Ufford Park Woodbridge

Ufford Park Woodbridge

At Ufford Park, the experienced, well-trained chefs place great emphasis on quality local ingredients, always insisting on organically grown fruit and vegetables, beef, lamb, chicken, pork and game. 

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Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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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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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 Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

World-class food & drink: Guests and non-residents can enjoy world-class food and award winning beer, wine and spirits, with rising star Ross Bott as Head Chef (formerly at One Canada Square) serving dishes championing local produce, with coastal charm. 

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where to stay

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall has 23 bedrooms, all individual in size, décor and style ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (think bathtubs in rooms and huge walk in showers).

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