Food Adventures ~ Below are just some of the local businesses that are part of the Alde Valley and Suffolk Coast’s extraordinary local food economy. We suggest you take some time out to explore them with your own DIY Alde Valley Food Adventure, be it an evening out, a weekend break or a seasonal holiday. Or come and join us with your own supply of locally bought foods for the annual Big Spring Picnic on what we think is the World’s Longest Oak Picnic Table!
Snape & District
The Crown Inn ~www.snape-crown.co.uk ~ 01728 688324 ~ Bridge Road, IP17 1SL ~ Adnams C.15th Smugglers Inn serving home reared meats and produce from their allotment.
Snape Maltings Cafes' and Restaurant ~www.snapemaltings.co.uk/eat/ ~ Snape Maltings Concert Hall, IP17 1SP ~ One café is above the food hall, another is next door. The concert hall café and restaurant have a stunning view of the landscape. The Wild Meat Company ~ www.wildmeat.co.uk ~ "Healthy natural meat from the Suffolk countryside direct to your home."
Railway Farm Shop ~ 01728 605 793 ~ Main Rd, Benhall, IP17 1HZ ~ Smallholding with bantams, goats and other small animals selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, along with home-produced eggs, honey, chutneys and jams.
Middleton Farm Shop ~ 01728 648 936 ~ Rackford Roost, Middleton, Saxmundham, IP17 3NS ~ Mini restaurant/cafe/food store with local and home grown produce.
Peak Hill Farm Shop ~www.peakhillfarm.co.uk ~ Organic farm with pasture fed beef, caravan club, weddings and host to Maui Waui Festival; a family friendly gypsy swing weekend http://www.mauiwauievents.co.uk
Maple Farm Shop ~www.maplefarmkelsale.co.uk ~ 01728 652000 ~ Maple Farm, Kelsale, IP17 2PL ~ Visit the pigs, have a free guided farm walk, purchase locally milled organic flours among other lovely local organic produce.
Friday Street Farm Shop and Café [A12]~ www.fridaystfarm.co.uk ~ 01728 602783 ~ Friday St, Farnham, IP17 1JX ~ Selling own strawberries, biscuits and other food from near and far plus butchery, café, a vintage/reclamation barn and a wonderful fish shack on the same site.
Emmerdale Farm Shop and Butchery ~www.emmerdalefarmshop.co.uk ~ 01728 668648 ~ Whestleton Rd, Darsham, IP17 3BP ~ Butchery, frozen produce, farm market, garden and pets, red poll tearooms.
The Bistro ~www.thebistroatsax.co.uk ~ 01728 605607 The Bistro at the Deli 26a High Street, IP17 1AJ ~ Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The White Horse, Rendham ~www.whitehorserendham.co.uk ~ 01728663497 ~ Bruisyard Rd, Rendham, IP17 2AF ~ Homemade food with local ingredients and real ales.
The Sweffling White Horse ~www.swefflingwhitehorse.co.uk Low Road, Sweffling, IP17 2BB 01728 664178 email@example.com Locally brewed ales and ciders, organic and fairtrade wines, small selection of local foods. Accommodation in Badger Cottage and Alde Garden campsite and yurts.
North of Saxmundham, South of Southwold and Further Inland:
Darsham Nurseries Shop and Café ~www.darshamnurseries.co.uk~ 01728 667022 ~ Main Rd, Darsham, IP17 3PW ~ Café, shop and nursery. Included in the National Restaurant Awards 2016 top 100 list. The Darsham Hamper ~ 01986 784679 ~ London Road, Darsham, IP17 3QR ~ Flagship co-op shop selling only local produce plus cafe. Focus Organic, Halesworth ~www.focusorganic.co.uk ~ 14 Thoroughfare, Halesworth, IP19 8AH ~ 01986872899 ~ Café, Deli and Shop selling a wide variety of healthy, ethical and organic products from near and far. Emmett's of Peasenhall ~www.ebacon.co.uk ~ 01728 660250 ~ Peasenhall, IP17 2HJ ~ Store, café and smokehouse awarded 'The Best Independently-Owned Shop 2012' by GourmetBritain.com Parravani's Ice Cream ~www.parravanis.co.uk/~ 01502 715970 ~ Unit 8, George Westwood Way, Beccles, NR34 9BN ~ Locally sourced dairy and ingredients used to make original family recipes of ice creams and sorbets in Suffolk since 1898. Palfrey & Hall ~www.palfreyandhall.co.uk ~ 01728 861862 ~ The Food Hub, Kenton Hall Estate, Bellwell Lane, Debenham, Stowmarket, IP14 6JX ~ Bespoke butchers, curing and smoking, smallholder cutting. Aspall Cider ~www.aspall.co.uk ~ 01728 860510 ~ The Cyder House, Aspall Hall, Debenham, IP14 6PD ~ Crafting fine Suffolk cyder since 1728. The Kings Head ~www.kingsheadyoxford.com~ 01728 668871 ~ Brook St, Yoxford, IP17 3EX ~ Serving local fresh produce and game from 11am onwards. Satis House ~www.satishouse.co.uk ~ 01728 668221 ~ A12 Main Rd, IP17 3EX ~ Modern English cuisine in a Georgian manor house. RSPB Minsmere ~Reserve with a café, events, walks, learning, and play ~ 01728 648281~ Minsmere, Saxumunham, IP17 3BY ~ www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/m/minsmere/index.aspx
Nichols Family Butcher ~01728 830 559 ~ 30 Sizewell Rd, Leiston IP16 4AB Simply Delicious Delicatessen ~www.simplydelicioussuffolk.co.uk ~ 01728833078 ~ 70 High Street, IP16 4BZ ~ Homemade cakes, preserves, chutneys, vegetarian deli counter with vegan options. Platts Greengrocers ~ 01728 830362 ~ 43 High St, Leiston, IP16 4EL. Gracie's Kitchen ~ 01728 833552 ~ 69 High Street, Leiston, IP16 4BX ~ Cakes and meals, opposite the cinema. The Parrot and Punchbowl ~ 01728 830221 ~ Aldringham Lane, Aldringham, IP16 4PY ~ 16th Centuary Smugglers Inn. The Eel's Foot Inn ~www.theeelsfootinn.co.uk ~ 01728 830154 ~ Eastbridge, Leiston, IP16 4SN ~ Adnams food and drink with local specialties, folk music, bird watching, rooms and caravan hook-up. Sizewell Tea ~ Sizewell Gap, Sizewell, IP16 4UH ~ Tea shack near the beach. Elmwood Nurseries ~ 01728 830 797 ~ Leiston Rd, Knodishall, Saxmundham IP17 1UQ ~ Garden Centre.
Framlingham & District
The Dolphin Inn and Village Stores ~www.thorpenessdolphin.com ~ Locally supplied village store, rooms, and restaurant with seasonal a la carte menu and summer bbqs.
Golf Club and Hotel Thorpness ~www.thorpeness.co.uk ~ 01728 453266 ~ Dining is open to all for breakfast, lunch and dinner, local ingredients.
The Kitchen @ Thorpeness ~www.thekitchenthorpeness.co.uk ~ Remembrance Road, Thorpeness, IP16 4NW ~ Seasonal and local food attached to the Emporium vintage market stalls.
Meare Shop and Tearooms ~ 01728 452156 ~ Thorpeness Meare, IP16 4NW ~ Watch the boats from tables on the waterfront and feed the swans.
The Aldeburgh Market ~www.thealdeburghmarket.co.uk ~ 01728452520 ~ 170-172 Aldeburgh High Street, IP15 5AQ ~ Market café and shop selling local fresh fish, fruit and veg, good food.
Munchies ~www.aldeburghmunchies.co.uk ~ 0172845456 ~ 163 to 165 High Street, IP15 5AN ~ Freshly made local food to eat in or take away for a picnic.
Lawsons Delicatessen ~www.lawsonsdelicatessen.co.uk ~ 01728454052 ~ 138 High St, IP15 5AQ ~ "Carefully sourced food including artisan cheese, charcuterie, olives and chutneys."
Salters & King Craft Butchers ~www.salterandking.co.uk ~ 01728 452758 ~ 107-109 High St, IP15 5AR ~ "Pasture-fed, slow-grown meat."
Marc 1 Wines ~www.facebook.com/marc1wines ~ 01728 453977 ~ 161A High St, Aldeburgh IP15 5AN ~ Fine wines, beers and spirits selected from Suffolk to Sydney.
Slaughden Wines ~www.richardkihl.ltd.uk ~ 01728 454455 ~ Slaughden House, 140-144 High Street, IP15 5AQ ~ Trading fine wines since 1969.
Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop / The Golden Galleon ~ www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk ~ Sister fish and chips shops at either end of the High St.
Beach Fish Shacks ~ Fishermen huts selling their daily catches straight from their nets and smoked specialties.
Ice Cream Hut ~ Selling wonderful flavors and gelati. Find it on the beach front near fish huts and high street, next to the water where you can sail toy boats.
Ives Ice Cream Parlour and Coffee Bar ~www.ivesices.co.uk ~ 01728 452264 ~ 160 High Street, IP15 5AQ ~ Passionate about British Ice cream.
The Lighthouse ~www.lighthouserestaurant.co.uk ~ 01728453377 ~ 77 High St, IP15 5AU ~ "Restaurant open for morning coffee/lunch/dinner, with outdoor tables and an emphasis on local fish."
Regatta Restaurant ~www.regattaaldeburgh.com 01728452011 171 High Street, IP15 5AN ~ Seaside/nautical family run restaurant with a focus on local seafood and own smokehouse.
The Wentworth Hotel ~www.wentworth-aldeburgh.com 01728352312 Wentworth Rd IP15 5BD ~ Country house hotel and restaurant with sea views.
The Ice Creamery ~www.theicecreamery.co.uk ~ 128 High Street, IP15 5AU ~ Ice cream is locally sourced from Marybelle; a small local family dairy. Using locally sourced organic ingredients they also make homemade waffles, cookies and brownies.
Ash Smoked Fishes ~ Crag Path, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BT ~ Fish hut with own smoked fish.
East Coast Café ~www.eastcoastcafeandstore.com ~ 01728 454 524 ~ 152 High St, IP15 5AQ ~ Restaurant, bar, café, and store. Simple seasonal menu and locally sourced ingredients.
Thai Street Café ~ www.thaistreetcafealdeburgh.com 01728453530 106-108 High St, IP15 5AB Pop-up restaurant serving fresh authentic Thai street food with a combo of local and Thai ingredients. In the yard behind DP's bar, near the beach. Take away or eat in at DP's bar.
DP's Bar ~ www.dpsbar.co.uk 01728453530 106-108 High St, IP15 5AB Refurbished old chemist with art deco bar, serving the Thai street café food and real ales.
The White Heart ~ 222 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AJ [map] [gmap]Tel: 0871 951 1000 Pub serving real ales at the bottom of the high street with a pizza shack in the garden.
The Brudenell Hotel ~www.brudenellhotel.co.uk 01728 452071 The Parade, Aldeburgh IP15 5BU Contemporary rooms and a seafood and grill restaurant with panoramic sea views. Serving food all day with fresh, local ingredients.
The White Lion ~www.whitelion.co.uk 01728 452720 Market Cross Pl, Aldeburgh IP15 5BJ Contemporary hotel with bar and 'Brasserie Bleue' menu serving locally caught fresh fish.
Butley Oysterage ~http://www.pinneysoforford.co.uk/the-restaurant/ ~ 01394 450277 ~ Market Hill, IP12 2LH ~ "Long-running, no-frills eatery with its own smokehouse, offering local oysters and freshly caught seafood." firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinney's of Orford ~http://www.pinneysoforford.co.uk/ 01394 459183 The Old Warehouse, Quay St, IP12 2NU email@example.com Shop, traditional smoke house, freshly caught fish daily and oysters they've been growing at Butley Creek since the 1950s.
Pump Street Bakery ~www.pumpstreetbakery.com ~ 01394 459829 ~ 1 Pump St, IP12 2LZ ~ Multi award winning locally hand made chocolate, coffee, artisan breads, sourdoughs, pastries and a café. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Crown and Castle ~www.crownandcastle.co.uk ~ 01394 450205 ~ IP12 2LJ ~ Passionate about local, fresh ingredients. Winner for best food; Sawdays British Hotel Awards 2017. email@example.com
Orford Village Stores ~www.orfordgeneralstore.com ~ 01394 450204 ~ Front St, IP12 2LN ~ Tiny community hub with bare essentials, locally grown grocery, Palfrey and Hall bespoke local meats, cheeses etc.
RiversideTearoom ~ 01394 459797 ~ Orford Quay, IP12 2NU ~ Teas, coffees, light food, in a big fisherman's hut with a view of the water and boats.
The Jolly Sailor ~www.jollysailororford.co.uk ~ 01394 450243 ~ Quay St, IP12 2NU ~ "Traditional pub with rooms in a circa 400-year-old building, with free breakfast and a garden."
Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant ~www.lady-florence.co.uk~ Orford Quay, Suffolk IP12 9LU ~ 01473 558712 ~ "Former fishing boat for intimate brunch, lunch and dinner river cruises, with seasonal British menu."
Orford Ice Cream Shack in the Quay ~ carpark and sometimes at the castle; run by a local couple with kids. They supply blankets to sit on the grass and due to demand, they may even sell a new ice cream flavour specially for dogs!
The Froize (Chillesford) ~www.froize.co.uk ~ The Street, Chillesford, IP12 3PU ~ 01394 450282 ~ A homemade, homegrown, freehouse restaurant, passionate about fresh local produce.
Woodbridge Farmers Market ~www.woodbridgefarmersmarket.co.uk ~ 01394 383128 ~ Woodbridge Community Centre, Station Rd, IP12 4AU Locally produced food and drink market held monthly.
Honey and Harvey Café ~www.honeyandharvey.co.uk ~ 01394 548161 ~ 56 Thoroughfare, IP12 1AL ~ Artisan coffee house and bar.
The Firestation ~www.firestationcoffee.co.uk ~ 01394 389674 ~ 21B Thoroughfare, IP12 1AA ~ Freshley roasted house coffee, cakes and lunches, veggie and vegan options, weekend cocktail bar with live music.
The Cake Shop Bakery ~www.cakeshopbakery.co.uk ~ 01394382515 ~ 19 The Thoroughfare, Suffolk, IP12 1AA ~ Hand crafted bread and cakes since 1946, recipes passed down through the family.
The Crown Hotel ~www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk/ ~ 01394 384242 ~ Thoroughfare, IP12 1AD ~ Award winning restaurant serving 'the best of Suffolk,' bar, boutique rooms, spa, jazz nights.
The Unruly Pig ~www.theunrulypig.co.uk ~ 01394 460310 ~ Orford Rd, Bromeswell, IP12 2PU ~ "Beamed, rustic restaurant putting an emphasis on seasonal, local produce in a creative, modern menu."
The Riverside ~www.theriverside.co.uk~ 01394 382174 ~ Quayside, IP12 1BH ~ "Airy dining space and bar serving local produce, plus a charming cinema."
The Galley ~www.galley.uk.com~ 01394 380055 ~ 21 Market Hill, IP12 4LX ~ "Restaurant in pretty, old building with modern English-continental food created by Turkish patron."
The Old Mariner ~www.theoldmariner.co.uk ~ 01394 382679 ~ The Old Mariner, 26 New Street, IP12 1DX ~ A 'hub of good food,' local and homemade, plus local music.
Christine’s Patisserie and Tearoom ~www.christinescakeshop.com ~ 01394 385013 ~ 74 Beresford House, Throughfare, IP12 1AL ~ Sweet and savory options using locally sourced ingredients, also a variety of workshops and classes.
The Red Lion ~www.facebook.com/thelionwoodbridge ~ 01394 549962 ~ The Red Lion, 90 Thoroughfare, IP12 1AL ~ "This vibrant and warming pub offers a wide selection of dishes on their menu, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options."
Sole Bay Fish Company ~www.solebayfishco.co.uk ~ 01502 724241 ~ Shed 22e, Blackshore, IP18 6ND ~ Restaurant, smokehouse, deli and fresh fish counters with catches straight from their boats, all in a harbor-side converted fisherman's hut.
Mr T's Fish and Chips ~01502 724709 ~ 1 Blackshore Cottage, Southwold IP18 6TA ~ Fish and chips served from a fisherman's hut in the harbor.
The Harbour Inn ~www.harbourinnsouthwold.co.uk ~ 01502722381 ~ Black Shore, Southwold IP18 6TA ~ Traditional fisherman's pub on the edge of the water.
The Sail Loft ~www.sailloftsouthwold.uk~ 01502725713 ~ 53 Ferry Road, Southwold IP18 6HQ ~ Renovated and relaxed café / bar / restaurant near the beach with artisan food and drinks.
The Little Fish and Chip Shop ~01502 218120 ~ 2 East St, Southwold IP18 6EH ~ Relatively new to Southwold, a wonderful fresh fish counter and fish and chip shop.
The Lord Nelson ~www.thelordnelsonsouthwold.co.uk ~ 01502 72207 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org 42 East Street, IP18 6EJ ~ 'Beer by the sea.' Seasonal food. Dogs welcome.
The Two Magpies' Bakerywww.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk 01502 726120 88 High St, Southwold IP18 6DP ~ Award winning artisan bakery (winners of world bread awards among others) cakes, daily bread, sourdough pizza, café. Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store ~ www.cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk/page/southwold-adnams-cellar-and-kitchen-store ~ 01502 725612 ~ 4 Drayman Square, Victoria Street, IP18 6GB ~ Café, kitchen and drinks shop specializing in Adnams drinks brewed and made in Southwold.
The Crown Hotel ~www.adnams.co.uk/hotels/the-crown ~ 01502 722275 ~ 90 High St, Southwold IP18 6DP ~ Fresh local food served in bustling Adnams pub and hotel. Cafe/ice cream huts on the beach ~ 1 is near the high street, 1 is by the beach huts and 1 by the lifeboats and harbor.
Southwold Pier ~www.southwoldpier.co.uk ~ 01502 722105, N Parade, IP18 6BN ~ Boardwalk restaurant, clockhouse café, beach café and ice creams.
Wangford Farm Shop ~www.wangfordfarmshop.co.uk ~ 01502578246 Rj.email@example.com ~ Hillside Farm, Wangford, NR34 8AS ~ Selling their own home grown potatoes and veg along with other locally produced milk, fruit juice, cakes, ice creams, preserves, oils, flowers and pet products.
The Anchor ~www.anchoratwalberswick.com ~ 01502722112 ~ The St, Walberswick IP18 6UA ~ Championing local producers and food, a green, dog friendly pub with accommodation and their own allotment.
The Bell Inn ~www.bellinnwalberswick.co.uk ~ 01502 723109 ~ Ferry Rd, Walberswick, IP18 6TN ~ A 600 year old pub with home cooked, locally sourced food, Adnams ales and rooms overlooking the sea.
Snape ~ River trips, cycling, walking, discover nature, books, art and visit what is known as "one of the world’s leading centres of music, where you'll find inspiring concerts and festivals throughout the year, from the flagship Aldeburgh Festival to the folk, world and jazz of the Snape Proms" https://snapemaltings.co.uk
Maui Waui Festival ~http://www.mauiwauievents.co.uk ~ End of August each year at 25 Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk. IP16 4TG ~ World and local music with a gypsy folk twist, circus, art, comedy, workshops, stalls, food and camping for families and all ages.
The Suffolk Food Hall ~ (Near the Orwell Bridge, Ipswich) ~ http://www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/ ~ Foodhall of entirely local produce, includes a 7 meter counter of fresh locally caught fish. Also has café and shop, open 7 days.
Articles About Food in Suffolk (A few of the many)
Trains ~ Fast trains run regularly from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich. From Ipswich trains pass through Westerfield, Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham, Halesworth, Brampton, Beccles, Oulton and Lowestoft. ~ Saxmundham is the closest to Aldeburgh, Leiston and Thorpeness. Darsham or Halesworth are the best stop for Walberswick and Southwold. Alternatively you can take the Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich and alight at Ipswich.