Tastes of Heart of Suffolk
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 Heart of Suffolk with our guide below.
There are many excellent pubs in this area. For a real treat, head down to the pretty village of Brandeston, close to Framlingham. Whether you fancy lunch or dinner they offer a superb selection of beautifully cooked food with a focus on simplicity and local produce. This dog friendly pub has their own kitchen garden which the vegetables, herbs and garnishes feature heavily on the menu. Sit in the well-maintained garden on a sunny day and watch the world go by. They also host a very popular beer festival in June every year.
The Bildeston Crown, just outside Lavenham, is another ‘must’ if you appreciate good food! The eclectic menu focuses on use excellent quality, local and seasonal produce wherever possible. The menu changes regularly but will they and feature regular favourites. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try the tasting menu for the ultimate dining experience?
With so many local producers to choose from, the foodies in your group will be thoroughly spoilt! If you love cheese, then you need to try Suffolk Gold and Suffolk Blue by Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses. This family run business is based in Creeting St Mary, north of Needham Market, where they have a small herd of 80 award-winning Guernsey cows. They also have their own home-reared meat also produced on the farm.
If you're looking for the best quality local produce, then Emmett’s at Peasenhall is the place for you. A family run business, which was established in 1820, is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK. It may look unassuming from the outside but inside you can find an incredible selection of locally produced and artisan produce including the award-winning Suffolk Black Ham. If you can't wait to take your shopping home, then you can sample some more delights in the cafe!
The tiny hamlet of Aspall, just outside Debenham, is home to this well-known Suffolk Cyder. The cyder making business was first established here in 1728 and continues to thrive today. You can't visit Suffolk without tasting this delicious drink - particularly refreshing on a hot summer's day! With 15 different varieties of cyder and 12 types of cyder vinegar available, this is a true taste of Suffolk in a bottle!
If cyder isn’t your things then why not try a local beer instead? In the sleepy village of Coddenham, just outside Needham Market, is a craft beer revolution. Calvors have been making craft beers since 2008 using traditional methods using only quality ingredients including locally malted barley and no nasties! You can sample their range of lagers and ales at The Rampant Horse pub in Needham Market.
Ed Sheeran’s Favourite Cafe
You can't visit the Heart of Suffolk without a visit to Ed Sheeran hometown Framlingham and if you do you must stop at his favourite café, The Dancing Goat! Arguably the best panini you'll ever have and with a wonderful selection of cakes and other yummy sweet things. Inside the café is small in size but you can spill out onto the streets, where you enjoy a coffee in the sun in the warmer months.
English wine is increasing in popularity and Suffolk has some excellent vineyards, including Shawsgate Vineyard just outside Framlingham. Shawsgate is one of the oldest commercial vineyards in East Anglia and produce a range of award-winning white, red, rose and sparkling wines. Book a vineyard tour and tasting session or simply visit the shop to stock up on local wine.
A Festival of Sausages
For something a bit different why not celebrate the great British 'banger' at the Great Framlingham Sausage Festival in October. This unique festival is growing in popularity every year and features sausage makers from the whole of the town. In addition to some delicious food you'll have to chance to take part in workshops, as well as many other activities including family entertainment and shopping stalls.