Tastes of The Waveney Valley
You and your palate will be spoilt in the Waveney Valley. It’s diverse landscape allows for production of a variety of local food and drinks. Here’s just a few highlights.
Valley Farm Vineyard
Established in 1987 and now under the careful ownership of Elaine Heeler and Vanessa Tucker, Valley Farm Vineyards is located between Halesworth and Bungay in rolling countryside and specialises in producing quality grapes for still white and rosé wines, along with a delightful English sparkling wine. Their still, white Madeleine Angevine 2015 has been awarded a Gold Medal at the United Kingdom Vineyard Association's Competition.
Tours of this beautiful 8-acre vineyard are available as a 'Holiday Extra' with Suffolk Cottage Holidays.
St Peter’s Brewery
If you like to 'hail the ale' St Peters Brewery is the place for you. This rural brewery in St. Peter South Elmham was built in 1996, housed in listed former farm buildings. It sits adjacent to the picturesque 13th Century St Peters Hall, which is now a restaurant complete with outside terrace, lawned garden and moat.
The brewery produces (83,000 pints per week, to be exact) a wide selection of bottle, keg and cask beers including non-alcoholic, gluten-free ranges and fruit beers.
Tours of St Peters Brewery are available on Saturdays and Sundays between Easter and December each year and come highly recommended.
Baron Bigod Cheese, Fen Farm Dairy
Fen Farm Dairy, near Bungay is owned by Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore and, as well as making the most glorious raw butter, produces one of Suffolk's most well-known cheeses - the great Baron Bigod. This mouth-watering creation is the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK - even the French would be jealous!
Jonny and Dulcies love of their cows, passion for greener farming and quality produce is truly special. You shouldn't leave Suffolk without a taste of real butter, or indeed the great Baron!
There’s something rather indulgent about afternoon tea. Tea in china cups, proper leaf tea, delicate finger sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes and scones. Of course there are many places in the Waveney Valley to enjoy this treat, but we particularly like Tally-Ho Tearooms, Mettingham, between Bungay and Beccles.
A former public house for some 200 years, this historic building was converted to a Victorian style tearoom in 2010.
Earsham Street Deli
Whether picking up something for supper in your holiday cottage or choosing some tasty treats to take home with you, a visit to Earsham Street Delicatessen in Bungay has to be on your list of foodie places to go! This award winning culinary treasure trove celebrates foods from the local area and beyond. Everything from cheeses, hams and pates, to chocolates, chutneys and ice creams is selected for its taste and provenance.
Photo: Credit Fen Farm Dairy