Tastes of Constable Country
Suffolk isn't called the Foodie County for nothing! From farmer’s markets, to award-winning pubs, excellent local producers and food festivals. Find out more about how to experience the tastes of the Constable Country with our guide below:
In the heart of the sleepy village of Dedham, on the Suffolk/Essex border is The Sun Inn. This excellent pub has been a watering hole for villagers and travellers alike for centuries. These days, it’s very much the same, an ideal spot to refresh yourself after exploring the sights of Constable Country, followed by a delicious food influenced by season and locally grown.
For a traditional pub with no frills, look no further than The Bell Inn. This 14th century pub is situated in the delightful, picture-postcard village of Kersey. Traditional home-cooked food is served in this old-fashioned style pub.
Whether it’s afternoon tea or a delicious evening meal. There are many excellent restaurants in this part of Suffolk. For arguably the best afternoon tea in Suffolk then look no further than The Swan Hotel at Lavenham. Beautifully presented and made with the finest ingredients, sit down and enjoy a range of classic pastries, finger sandwiches, savouries and cakes along with your choice of tea or coffee. The Swan also has two excellent restaurants, The Gallery which is considered one of the finest restaurants in Suffolk, and The Brasserie where they serve fresh British dishes in a relaxed environment with views of the gardens.
For a touch of luxury head to The Marquis at Layham, near to Hadleigh. With spectacular views across the valley and a seasonal British menu which is inspired by local produce. Book a taxi and try one of their delicious cocktails to finish off your evening!
Nethergate brewery has been brewing craft beers and ales in Long Melford since 1986. Many of their beers are award-winning including the popular Old Growler. They also offer brewery tours, events and brew days where you can make your own beer and take home your creation when its ready!
Browse lot of local produce all in one place at Ferguson’s Deli. Step inside the beautiful and historical building in the old market town of Hadleigh where there is an array of locally sourced produce as well as their own bread, cakes and pies. With a focus on cheese from local farmers there is so much to enjoy here ready for a delicious home-cooked meal or a picnic lunch for when you’re out discovering the rest of Constable Country.
On the Suffolk/Essex border lies the sleepy village of Boxted which is home to one of Suffolk’s excellent vineyards. The Dedham Vale Vineyard is must for any wine lovers out there and produces excellent white, red, rose and sparkling wines. Set in 40 acres of vines, woods and pasture on the edge of the Dedham Vale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There is a vineyard shop and tasting barn, which are open for refreshments and tours from March to November.
Many of the market towns in this area have regular farmer’s markets including Hadleigh and Clare. There are many food and drink festivals in this part of the county including the Taste of Sudbury festival in June. The streets of the historical wool town of Sudbury will be filled with many food and drink stalls from local producers. This annual food and drink festival is held in the centre of town at St Peter’s Church and is about celebrating, promoting and showcasing the excellent range of producers, restaurants and food industries. Plus, there is a demonstration area where some of the very best chefs from the area will have demonstrations for you to watch.