May's Suffolk Hidden Gem

Published: Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Written by: Aimee Anderson

The Suffolk countryside is vast and varied and there are still a few gems that remain relatively untouched and unknown.

Luckily, the Suffolk Cottage Holidays team know the Suffolk countryside like the back of their hand. This month our CRM and Insights Manager, Victoria Cole, is going to divulge her Suffolk Hidden Gem with you…

Image removed.Victoria Says "Without a doubt one of Suffolk’s hidden gems is Bungay – a beautiful little market town on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, and a place I am lucky enough to call our home.

“Bungay definitely provides the best of both worlds – offering the welcoming amenities of a local town, alongside the beautiful, relaxing open spaces of the countryside!  

“The picturesque Outney Common is a matter of minutes from the centre of Bungay – and offers an ideal place to stroll along the river with friends and family, or take your dog for a nice long walk!  If you prefer longer walks, you can follow the path of The Bigod Way which takes you from Bungay, through Earsham and across the scenic and historic Bath Hills.  Or why not rent a canoe from the Outney Common Caravan Park and see Bath Hills from a different perspective?  This is definitely on my list for this Summer!

“The end of the walk leaves you a stone’s throw away from the quaint Earsham Street – full of independent shops, restaurants and cafes. Earsham Street Café offers delicious coffee and cake – and a lovely covered courtyard which means you can make the most of any weather, whilst staying dry under their glass roof.  If you have a dog with you, the courtyard provides a great place for you all to relax – with complementary dog blankets and treats for them to enjoy whilst you eat your cake or cream tea!  

Image removed.“A few doors down from the Earsham Street Café you will find some beautiful homeware shops including Aurina and Bells of Suffolk and a number of clothes shops to ensure you are looking your best for your time in Suffolk.  If you are a ‘foodie’ like me – Earsham Street provides the best food shops – with the Instagram worthy Earsham Street Deli, the very trendy Giddens & Thompson Greengrocer, and fresh fish from the Earsham Street Fish Company.

“As night falls, the charm of Bungay continues – with a vast array of pubs and restaurants offering food ranging from the moreish stone-baked pizzas at the Suffolk Stonehouse, to Cambodian and Thai dishes from The Three Cooks (where you must try the Cambodian Rice Pudding…).  If a traditional meal is more your style, I would thoroughly recommend a trip to my favourite pub The Fleece Inn – which offers a delicious menu, warm welcome and great company every night of the week! 

“A great place to call home, if only for the day…”



What's your hidden gem? We will be sharing a Suffolk Hidden Gem with you each month - why not sure share yours too?

Simply share a picture of your hidden gem on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, tag us in your post and use the hashtag #suffolkhiddengem.

Aimee Anderson
Aimee Anderson


Marketing Assistant

Suffolk Cottage Holidays - The Suffolk Countryside Specialists



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