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6 reasons you should visit Suffolk this winter

Suffolk may not be at the forefront of your mind when it comes to places to head for a winter break, but with market towns boasting independent boutiques, coastal resorts with award-winning beaches, unique experiences, gastronomic delights, luxury hotels and self-catering cottages and outdoor adventures in abundance, these 6 reasons help you to discover why Suffolk is the 'go-to' destination in 2018.

1. For coastal walks and country pubs

With roaring fires and oak beams, The Oyster Inn at Butley is ideally situated for a pub lunch after a woodland walk through Rendlesham Forest or early morning cycle ride along the River Deben. The village pub is over 400 years old and last year re-opened after refurbishment with the garden barns now housing a micro-brewery and cinema! www.butleyoyster.com
 
After a stroll through the historic town of Bury St Edmunds (once the capital of England), check out the 15th Century Fox Inn. The pub serves hearty pub grub and boasts a gin menu including Green’s Lane; an exclusive gin from Bury St Edmund’s own brewery Greene King amongst others. www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/our-locations/the-fox-inn

 

 Situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended pub and restaurant with bistro dishes on the menu reflecting the seasons and made from Suffolk’s award-winning produce. It’s ideally situated for dinner after a day of exploring the nearby town of Woodbridge, and a countryside walk to one of the surrounding villages of Barnack, Bainton and Ashton.www.theuffordcrown.com

Less than 60 miles from London sits the picturesque village of Stratford St Mary; there’s a 10 mile circular walk around the village which heads out along the Stour Valley Path. Whilst there are no pubs along the way you are rewarded at the end with a choice of 3 village pubs including The Swan; where you can tuck into Rare roast beef & Welsh Rarebit Ploughmans, Old English Sausages with mashed potato and Black Pudding Hash, poached Duck egg & Hollandaise sauce followed by Poached Pears and Rose Water Mess and Lemon and Fennel Meringue Pie. www.stratfordswan.com

2. The Brewery Tap, Ipswich

“A cool old pub for local ales and food.” The folks at the Brewery Tap brew their own beer and they have their own smokery (when it comes to local produce, it doesn't get much more local than that!). It's a friendly place with a relaxed atmosphere, in the heart of the Ipswich docks area. Holywells Park is not far away, so ideal for a leisurely stroll through the park, followed by lunch.  Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds (c) Visit England / Diana JarvisSuffolk Punch horses are gentle giants
Photo (c) Rictor Norton & David Allen

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