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Best Places for Breakfast and Brunch in Suffolk

It's said to be the most important meal of the day, so here are our best places for brunch and breakfast in a snapshot. They include a diverse range of high quality food and drink producers; artisan bread-makers, fish smokers and coffee brewers, housed in intimate cafés and independent eateries.

 

Bay Tree Café, Bury St Edmunds

Located on St John’s Street in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, you will find the Bay Tree Café, nestled between a range of shops offering boutique clothing and homeware as well as restaurants. This independent café offers freshly prepared bistro food and an impressive coffee and speciality tea menu.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am and includes, as you'd expect, a Big Breakfast, the Not So Big Breakfast and the Whopper Brekkie Bap. For the lighter appetite, options include scrambled eggs on toast, avocado and eggs on toast, American style pancakes with your choice of maple syrup and bacon. For the sweet tooth, blueberry compote comes complete with ice cream. Perfect options to set you up for the day ahead.

The Bay Tree, Bury St EdmundsBay Tree Café, Bury St Edmunds

Café Nini, Lavenham

Quite possibly the most beautiful town in Suffolk (and probably one of the most instagrammed), Lavenham is the perfect location for a day trip, and boasting a wide selection of places to eat and drink as well as award-winning accommodation. Set in the heart of the village is Café Nini, ideally situated for a breakfast stop during a day's exploration. Breakfast is served from 9.30am weekdays and 9am weekends (closed on Monday) until 2.30pm.

Their signature dish the “Huffer” (a large triangular roll) is filled with bacon, sausage, fried egg and mushroom. If you’re more of a traditionalist you can opt for a cooked breakfast (options for meat-eaters and vegetarians).

Those with a sweet tooth might prefer the English or American style pancakes, or for a lighter option, go for the breakfast omelette or toast with a selection of toppings.

 

Edmundo Lounge, Bury St Edmunds

Edmundo Lounge is set within an historic building dating back to 1791 and located in the epi-centre of historic Bury St Edmunds. The dog friendly restaurant is open from 9am, seven days a week and focuses its efforts on distinct food groups such as gluten-free, kids and vegan. Relax in the privacy of your own nook, in a comfy chair, whilst browsing the wonderful sumptuous breakfast options, served throughout the day.

Choose from the Lounge Breakfast (including smoked back bacon and a sausage patty), the vegetarian breakfast (with halloumi and sweetcorn fritters and wood-roasted peppers), the sweet potato waffles with black beans, avocado, lime, coriander and Greek yoghurt, or delicious breakfast muffins and triple-stacked buttermilk pancakes.

Edmundo Lounge, Bury St EdmundsEdmundo Lounge, Bury St Edmunds

Cosy Club, Ipswich

Ipswich’s Cosy Club is located within the Buttermarket Shopping Centre in the centre of Ipswich, and is a great way to ward of hunger ahead of a day spent shopping. Enjoy an informal and lazy brunch which features a rather eccentric interior; eras and styles clash in an eclectic fantasia with a mixture of random dining tables, battered old club chairs and sleek vintage 1930’s sofas.

Mouthwatering brunch options include the Cosy Club Breakfast, Avocado Brunch (with lime, chilli, coriander topped with a poached egg on Puccia bread), Ham Hock Hash, Cosy Eggs and Triple Stack Pancakes. If you want to really push the boat out, then opt for the ‘How the other half brunch’, which includes lobster tail with creamed, scrambled eggs, fire-roasted tomatoes and spinach on toasted Puccia bread.

There’s an unusually diverse range for vegans and vegetarians too; The Vegetarian Breakfast includes Halloumi & Sweetcorn Fritters, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, beans and poached egg. For vegans, there’s a cooked breakfast with falafel, frilled tomato, mushrooms, wood-roasted peppers and spinach.

 

Farm Café + Shop, Marlesford

Whether you’re looking for some hearty food or breakfast on-the-go options as you head off on your exploration around Suffolk, the Farm Café in Marlesford couldn’t be more convenient. Located just off the A12, north of Woodbridge, it has been described as “The best farm café I’ve been to by a country mile” by the Independent on Sunday.

Serving breakfast from 7am, the café has a south-facing veranda overlooking a large garden, perfect for alfresco dining during spring and summer, and if you visit during winter you’ll be greeted with a log fire in the café.

You'll find a selection of health-kicking dishes, as well as the more hearty affairs to start the day including cereals, pastries and toasts, smoked kippers, as well as the traditional cooked breakfast. Here's a round-up: the Suffolk Free Range (including dry-cured back bacon, sausages and free range eggs), Pinneys of Orford smoked kippers, toast with eggs, smoked salmon, Bonallack Muesli, pastries and preserves. There’s a vegan and vegetarian menu too with oats and muesli, accompanied by soya or almond milk, and a vegan cooked breakfast. The Farm Café takes pride in its relationships with over a hundred local suppliers, delivering delicious produce for an ambitious menu.

Farm Cafe and Shop at MartleshamFarm Café + Shop, Marlesford

Urban Jungle Café, Beccles

The Urban Jungle Café and Nursery is not your ordinary garden centre. The rise in popularity of more exotic plants has taken hold in this thriving, exotic oasis, just outside Beccles in Weston. 

Situated within the Urban Jungle Nursery, the café is built almost entirely from reclaimed and up-cycled materials, and opts for organic and free-range ingredients in the Café.

The Edible Jungle has also been created with the intention to grow all vegetables for the Café organically, with minimal food miles involved. You'll discover the ‘Cactus house’, dedicated to all things spiky, and a super cosy mezzanine snug called 'The Nest'.

Their breakfast dishes are adventurous and daringly exotic (you might have to ask a few questions!) and include Shakshuka, buttermilk pancakes and artisan toast with your choice of eggs. There are new dishes being added to the main menu, too, including vegan Jungle Curry and Mezze Charcuterie and Vegetarian Platters.

Urban Jungle CafeUrban Jungle Café, Beccles

Pump Street Bakery, Orford

Possibly the most Instagrammable bakery in the UK, Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and café in the village of Orford - a pretty quayside town in Suffolk (it has a castle, too!). It prides itself in offering outstanding bread and handmade pastries, all made daily in the village.

The bakery, which made The Guardian’s top 50 UK restaurants, serves a range of artisanal tea and coffees - with coffee roasted by Monmouth in London, and made into your choice of drink by an in-house handsome Italian La Marzocco coffee machine and offering a selection of delicate loose-leaf teas from the Rare Tea Company.

Weekend brunch features buttermilk pancakes with poached pear, pair & maple syrup, French toast with banana, bacon & maple syrup, skillet eggs and sourdough toast, overnight oats, toasted almond and maple granola with apple sauce and Greek yoghurt, maple rosemary sausage and egg brioche bun, and of course a wide variety of toast and pastries.
Pump Street Bakery in OrfordPump Street Bakery, Orford

Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich

An impressive 8,000 square foot food hall, (we defy you to leave without a basketful of goodies!), Suffolk Food Hall is located within a converted cattle barn, selling an array of locally grown and produced food and drink just outside Ipswich. Seek expert advice at well-presented deli counters from a butcher, grocer, delicatessen, fishmonger, greengrocer and baker to a wine & beer merchant and chocolatier.

Before you fill your trolley, pay a visit to the Clockhouse Restaurant and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Orwell Bridge and the River Orwell. The menu changes seasonally to showcase food at its prime and to include daily specials. Standards on the menu include the Farmer’s Breakfast (with two Dingley Dell sausages, two rashes of Bramfield cured bacon, two fried eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, sauté potatoes and baked beans served with toast); Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale; French toast with fruit compote, crème fraiche and maple syrup; mushrooms on toast with crème fraiche and poached egg; banana, sultana and syrup porridge; and croissants and pain au chocolat.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am but booking is advisable!

Suffolk Food Hall near IpswichSuffolk Food Hall, near Ipswich

The Greyhound, Ipswich

Before a day exploring the waterfront town of Ipswich, start with a hearty breakfast at The Greyhound on the outskirts of the town centre.

The Adnams pub is opposite Christchurch Park and Christchurch Mansion, which houses the largest collection of masterpieces by Constable and Gainsborough outside of London, and within walking distance of Ipswich Museum, the New Wolsey Theatre and Portman Road, home to Ipswich Town Football Club. All food is made on the premises with fresh ingredients supplied by Ipswich based food producers.

The Greyhound’s Sunday brunch selection is served between 10am - 11.30am and includes the full English; full veggie; eggs on toast with a choice of tomato, bacon or salmon and sausage or bacon sandwiches.

The Hadleigh Ram

The Hadleigh Ram is a boutique restaurant and bar housed within an historic inn with exposed beams and roaring fires and recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for good quality, good value cooking.

The restaurant has a delicious daily brunch menu available between 10am and 2.30pm which includes Baked Eggs (with chorizo & mixed bean cassoulet, wilted spinach and eggs); House Smoked Salmon with scrambled egg, thick sliced toast; Meaty Breakfast with homemade hash brown, sausage, bacon and black pudding with hollandaise sauce; Eggs Benedict, Royale and Florentine; Croque Monsieur with Suffolk ham & mature cheddar toasted sandwich and Grilled Halloumi with paprika potatoes, fine beans and toasted sesame seeds.

If you’ve got time to spare, make the most of the Bottomless Brunch! Choose any brunch from the menu and you can enjoy unlimited Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s or smoothies for a whole 2 hours!

The Hadleigh RamThe Hadleigh Ram

View Point Café, Felixstowe

The View Point Café in Felixstowe is a spacious 60-seater café ideal for groups and kids (with both indoor and outdoor seating), and adjoined to The Landguard Visitor Centre - an inviting space with fun hands-on displays, videos and exhibits about the various attractions of the Peninsula.

The Café and Centre are located between Landguard Fort and the Port of Felixstowe and also contain the John Bradfield Viewing Area, offering stunning views across the estuary to the Shotley Peninsula and the towns of Harwich and Dovercourt (both in Essex) and voted one of the top 50 things to do in Suffolk.

The Café serves all day breakfasts and their menu includes a Fishermen’s Breakfast, the slightly larger Tug Driver’s Breakfast and (for those with a real appetite!) the Handballer’s Breakfast. If you are looking for a slightly more delicate dish, poached eggs on toast might be the way to go, and you will also find that the Café has both a vegetarian and vegan breakfast option.

The Café uses a range of local producers including The Sausage Shop in Trimley St Martin, Fruit and Flowers in Felixstowe, The Bread Basket in Felixstowe and Eggs of Bayham in Ipswich, just in case you fancy paying them a visit to continue sampling breakfast delights at home!

View Point Cafe in FelixstoweView Point Café, Felixstowe

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