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FIVE SUFFOLK PRODUCERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Suffolk’s reputation as the foodie county is about so much more than its fantastic restaurants. In recent years it’s Suffolk’s independent producers that have come into their own, winning awards and critical acclaim, and attracting food lovers from all over the UK to spend a holiday sampling everything Suffolk has to offer. Of the countless producers to discover in the foodie county, we’ve picked just five to introduce you to this world of edible wonders:
Pump Street Bakery in OrfordPump Street Bakery even got a mention at 2015's Oscars
Photo (c) Pump Street Bakery

PUMP STREET BAKERY

Step inside the pink-washed walls of this family run bakery in the village of Orford and you’re immediately greeted by the warm, delicious smell of just-baked bread; but that’s not all this bakery has to offer. As well as countless handcrafted loaves, baguettes, buns, sourdoughs and pastries, the folks at Pump Street Bakery hand-make chocolate using cocoa beans sourced from family farms and cooperatives in Ecuador, Venezuela and Madagascar. It’s no wonder that these Suffolk producers have achieved national recognition, winning numerous awards including the 2012 BBC Food Award for Best Producer. The little Suffolk bakery was even mentioned at the 2015 Oscar's by Oscar winner Matt Kirby, who now gets free Pump Street doughnuts for life.

EMMETT'S OF PEASENHALL

This historic store and smokehouse has been on the same spot in the village of Peasenhall for almost 200 years. On the well-stocked shelves you’ll find all kinds of world foods from Spanish turróns to Sri Lankan curries; however the real stars of the show are Emmett’s smoked Suffolk hams and bacons. From black Suffolk bacon cured in spices and molasses to Suffolk ham infused with earl grey tea, these Suffolk producers have something to make every mouth water. And best of all, the pork Emmett’s use comes from Blythburgh Free Range Pork farm, just under 10 miles away.
Emmett's of Peasenhall hamDon't leave Suffolk without trying some Emmett's of Peasenhall smoked ham
Photo (c) Emmett's of Peasenhall

THE WILD MEAT COMPANY

Robert Gooch and Paul Denney set up the Wild Meat Company in 1999 with the aim of making natural, healthy game meat available to everyone. Their position in Woodbridge on the Suffolk coast means that they see great numbers of migratory birds passing through every year, as well as the venison, rabbit and native birds that thrive in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. All the game is caught on the Wild Meat Company’s neighbouring farms and estates, and you can get yours hands on it in several supermarkets, farm shops and markets. Alternatively you can have the Wild Meat Company’s superb products delivered fresh to your door by ordering online. We recommend trying the extravagant 3-bird roast for your next special occasion!
three-bird roast by the Wild Meat CompanyOne of the Wild Meat Company's succulent three-bird roasts
Photo (c) The Wild Meat Company

PINNEY'S OF ORFORD

At the end of the Second World War, Richard Pinney said goodbye to London life for good and headed for the Suffolk coast. Upon finding a derelict cottage next to Butley Creek near Orford, he moved in and set about restoring the creek’s old oyster beds, which had thrived for centuries before but fallen into disuse at the end of the 19th century. A keen fisherman, Pinney also caught some sea trout, and not knowing what to do with them, set about smoking them with his own experimental recipe. Almost 70 years later and the Pinney family’s restaurant, the Butley Orford Oysterage, is thriving, stocked with oysters from the creek and all manner of fish and seafood still smoked using Richard Pinney’s original recipe. All the Pinney’s products are sold in the family shop in Orford village centre, and can be sent to your doorstep via next day delivery.

ALDER CARR FARM

These lovely Suffolk producers work from their family farm in Creeting St Mary, and offer the very best in stalk-snappingly fresh, zero-food-miles produce. Strawberries, asparagus, carrots, pumpkins, rare-breed beef and lamb and free-range eggs are just some of the many things grown and reared on the farm by the Hardingham family. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try the award-winning Alder Tree fruit ice cream, handmade on site by the Hardingham’s daughter, Stephany, and her partner, Graham.

WHO'S YOUR FAVOURITE SUFFOLK PRODUCER?

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