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Suffolk - Eating and sleeping
With the Suffolk Heritage Coast providing the freshest of fish and the grazing meadows of its hinterland producing excellent meat it is no wonder that the county is enthusiastic about promoting its culinary heritage. Suffolk is, in fact, awash with farmers’ markets, delicatessens and farm shops that specialise in locally produced food. A memorable meal is never that far away either: liberally scattered throughout the county are restaurants and characterful gastro pubs that serve up delicious platters of the finest Suffolk has to offer.
The coast, in particular, has a wide variety of places to eat that range from simple fish restaurants to fine dining in elegant surroundings. In Aldeburgh, even the high street fish and chip shop is considered by cognoscenti to be one of the very best in the whole country. Such high-quality food needs celebrating and this is done with great aplomb at the annual Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, which takes place in Aldeburgh and also at nearby Snape Maltings where a complex of Victorian riverside buildings have been converted to art galleries, craft shops, cafés and delicatessens.
Suffolk is no slouch when it comes to producing drink either, and the county even has a few vineyards to call its own, like Willow House Vineyard at Fressingfield, Shawsgate Vineyard near Framlingham, Wyken Vineyards and Giffords Hall Vineyard in the west of the county. Not to be outdone by the fruits of the vine, Suffolk also has a fine, long-established brewing tradition with several well-regarded independent breweries, mostly notably that of Adnams of Southwold.
For our author’s selection of recommended places to eat see Slow Travel: Suffolk.
The following places to stay in Suffolk are extracted from Slow Travel: Suffolk. They have been selected for their good location and because they embrace the Slow mindset, either in terms of their overall feel or because they embody a ‘green’ approach.
Angel Hotel 3 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LT; 01284 714007; www.theangel.co.uk. Bury’s best-known hotel – both Charles Dickens and Angelina Jolie have stayed here in the past. Located in the heart of the town’s historic centre, this combines comfort and exotic grandeur and offers a wide range of accommodation that includes suites and family rooms as well as better-value classic rooms.
The Crown and Castle Market Hill, Orford IP12 2LJ; 01394 450205; www.crownandcastle.co.uk. A smart and stylish hotel with a gorgeous location in Orford, this is probably best known for its excellent Trinity restaurant. The Crown and Castle has 21 very comfortable rooms with plenty of style; the ten luxurious garden rooms each have their own terrace.
Arch House Aldeburgh Rd, Aldringham IP16 4QF; 01728 832615; www.archhousealdeburgh.com. Close to Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings, this has colourful stylish bedrooms and a drawing room with a log fire in winter. There’s a sunny outdoor terrace for summer use. Dinner from organic locally sourced produce can be provided on request.
Buckland House Halesworth Rd, Ilketshall St Lawrence NR34 8LB; 01986 781413; www.buckland-house.co.uk. A homely B&B hidden away in the Saints country south of Bungay, this 18th-century cottage was once a Methodist meeting room. Modern, individually styled rooms and an extensive breakfast menu made with local produce.
Church Farm Church Rd, Kettleburgh, Woodbridge IP13 7LF; 01728 723532; www.churchfarmkettleburgh.co.uk. This 450-year-old farmhouse in an idyllic setting overlooking the Deben Valley has just four rooms. Excellent breakfasts include local honey, sausages and fish and home-produced eggs.
Martello Tower Y Bawdsey, near Woodbridge; 01394 389189; www.suffolkcottageholidays.com. Very expensive but undoubtedly a unique experience, this converted tower is completely refurbished and comes with all mod cons. Sleeps five.
The Balancing Barn Near Walberswick; www.living-architecture.co.uk. A highly unusual modern building that appears to defy gravity. Accommodating up to eight people, this has ultra-modern interior decoration and a top-of-the-range kitchen.
The Barns at Belle Grove Bell Grove Farm, Halesworth IP19 8QU; 01986 873124; www.belle-grove.com. Five converted barns, each with a different character, fitted out with sumptuous textiles, rugs and reclaimed wooden fixtures. With wood-burning stoves and under-floor heating powered by solar panels, each barn has its own private garden area.
Suffolk Yurt Holidays Ufford Rd, Bredfield, Woodbridge IP13 6AR; 07907 964890; www.suffolkyurtholidays.co.uk. Five spacious hand-crafted yurts set in wildflower meadows surrounded by ancient trees. Each yurt has a fridge and wood stove and can accommodate either four adults or two adults and up to four children. Separate eco-friendly shower block, kitchen and safari-style eating area.
The Orchard Campsite 28 Spring Lane, Wickham Market IP13 0SJ; 01728 746170; www.orchardcampsite.co.uk. A friendly family campsite with a relaxed atmosphere and a good choice of tent pitches – in woodland, next to a pond or in a meadow. There’s a landscaped barbecue area and a campsite shop with an off-licence. Open fires are encouraged and firewood can be provided. Pre-erected tents are also available, and there’s a Gypsy caravan for hire too.