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Smoked mackerel tails (c) Rod Edwards


Suffolk produce is so abundant, delicious and varied that it attracts thousands of visitors every year. What’s more, Suffolk produce is a favourite of many of the nation’s best chefs, such as Tom Kerridge, whose 2-Michelin-starred pub The Hand & Flowers uses only Suffolk chicken and pork. So, what would you be eating if you were a local? We think these are the 12 things you would eat all the time if you lived in Suffolk:
Aldeburgh fisherman with lobster (c) Visit EnglandFresh seafood is abundant on The Suffolk Coast
Photo (c) Visit England


It’s hard to overstate just how good fresh Suffolk seafood really is. There’s even a yearly festival, The Woodbridge Shuck, to celebrate the delicious morsels that come from the Suffolk coast. If you lived in Suffolk, you’d probably get your fresh fish from the fisherman’s huts on Aldeburgh beach, your freshwater oysters from Pinney’s of Orford, and your fish dishes from any of these seafood spots on the coast.
Emmett's of Peasenhall hamDon't leave Suffolk without trying some smoked Suffolk ham
Photo (c) Emmett's of Peasenhall


Suffolk pork is mouthwateringly good. If you love traditionally smoked hams and bacon, Emmett’s of Peasenhall is the place to be (Rick Stein agrees), and for free range pork of the highest quality Delia Smith would point you to Alistair Butler’s Blythburgh Free Range Pork.
Sausages are a Suffolk specialty; Newmarket sausages have been awarded Protected Geographical Indication status by the EU, putting them in the same category as Cornish pasties, Arbroath smokies and Plymouth Gin, and the original Musk’s Newmarket sausage has the Queen’s stamp of approval. And it’s not just the old classics garnering high praise: the Independent named the sausages from Jimmy’s Farm among the top 10 in the country. To revel in all this sausagey goodness, just visit Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer Festival in July, or the Framlingham Sausage Fest in October.
Chickens at Sutton Hoo Farm in Suffolk (c) Sutton Hoo FarmChickens have plenty of room to roam at Sutton Hoo Farm
Photo (c) Sutton Hoo Farm


Suffolk chickens, especially those from Sutton Hoo farm, are Tom Kerridge’s favourite. Raised by the Nash family, Sutton Hoo chickens roam freely over 40 acres of pasture by the ancient Sutton Hoo archeological site, and as the British chef says, “They taste as cool as they sound.”
StrawberriesSuffolk strawberries are a summer delicacy


Suffolk is famous for its strawberries and raspberries, which brighten up British summers with their juicy sweetness. You can pick your own at farms like Friday Street Farm in Saxmundham, Alder Carr Farm in Ipswich, and Wheldon’s Fruit Farm near Sudbury.
CheeseDiscover the special taste of Suffolk cheese


Suffolk doesn’t have a long tradition of cheese making, but the makers’ revolution in the UK brought many aspiring Suffolk cheese makers out of the woodwork. From Jason and Katherine Salisbury, the proud makers of Suffolk Gold and Suffolk Blue Farmhouse Cheeses, to Susan Richard, who makes cheese with milk from her family’s Ipswich dairy, the Suffolk cheese makers are a talented bunch, and they’re here to stay.
For your pick of Suffolk’s best cheeses, head to the Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead, officially known the Best Local Food Venue in the UK and Ireland!
The Penny Bun Bakehouse in LowestoftBread is a Suffolk speciality
Photo (c) The Penny Bun Bakehouse


Bread is a staple in most of our diets; however in Suffolk the humble loaf is revered, and bakers celebrated for the skilled producers they are. Two standout examples are Pump Street Bakery in Orford, winner of BBC Best Food Producer 2012; and The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge, winner of Britain’s Best Bakery 2014. If you’ve never believed bread could be the star of the show, just take a peek inside a Suffolk bakery.
St Peter's Brewery – the Suffolk beer guideSee how the magic happens at St Peter's Brewery in South Elham
Photo (c) St Peter's Brewery


Beer, spirits and cyder are neither things that you eat nor things that you should consume all the time, yet they deserve a place on our list because they are among the county’s most exported produce. The Greene King Brewery and Old Cannon Brewery in Bury St Edmunds demonstrate Suffolk’s brewing magic on a macro and micro scale, the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery in Southwold is both a beloved Suffolk brand and a household name, and St Peter’s Brewery in Bungay isn’t far behind. It’s lesser known that Adnams also produce spirits such as gin, vodka and whisky, which continue to rack up the awards on the world stage (you can even try making your own at the Adnams Copper House Distillery).
Then there’s Aspall’s cyder, made in the idyllic Suffolk countryside. (And in case you’re wondering why it’s cyder with a y, it’s all down to the quality: Aspall’s cyders were marked with a y to indicate they had been fermented twice, and were therefore stronger and tastier. Delycious.)


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