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Summer food and drink in Suffolk

Foodies relish in summer food and drink! What’s better than excellent grub and warm summer sun? Suffolk may be the foodie county and there are plenty hidden gems we’ve found to add to your foodie destinations checklist.

Bury St Edmunds

Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds.

Bury St Edmunds is rightly known as ‘The Foodie Capital of Suffolk’ with a range of fine restaurants and eateries, fabulous pub grub, markets on Wednesday and Saturday with local produce, Ale Trail and Food & Drink Festival in August.

Or you could explore the characterful Georgian streets for delicatessens and food shops to buy your own picnic which you can take to the Abbey Gardens and enjoy the panoramic scenes.

Suffolk Food HallSuffolk Food Hall

Obviously, the Suffolk Food Hall makes the list! It’s a brilliant location for foodies with so much to do. The Hall features a fresh butchery, bakery, and deli counters, as well as everything you can imagine from a fresh and local greengrocer, plus a grocery with all your store cupboard favourites.

Once you’re done shopping take a break at the Café and gelato hut for a light bite, or a sit-down meal at The Restaurant @ Suffolk food hall all while enjoying the spectacular views across the River Orwell!

Jimmy’s FarmThe Barn Restaurant at Jimmy's Farm

Renowned Suffolk destination, just outside Ipswich, Jimmy’s Farm is a perfect foodie spot with their Barn restaurant & Coffee house. Enjoy a carefully crafted daily changing menu full of seasonal produce, rare breed meat and sustainably sourced fish dishes.

The Barn Restaurant & Coffee House is also the setting for many fabulous events including Big Beef Nights, Jazz Breakfasts, Christmas parties and so much more.

Hadleigh weekly Market

Held every Friday the Hadleigh Market is somewhere to explore a wide range of produce including award winning freshly baked goods.  Here you will find locally made chutneys, cordials, cakes and sausage roll, a fantastic range of fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood, locally brewed real ales, Suffolk pork, freshly brewed coffee, homemade granola, a range of smoked meats and cheeses, a number of gorgeous craft stalls, plus a range of garden plants and cut flowers and a brilliant refill stall.

Mauldons Brewery

Mauldons Brewery is the oldest brewery in East Anglia, based in Sudbury, Suffolk. Their rich heritage began in 1795 when Anna Maria Mauldon started brewing beer at the Bull Hotel in Sudbury. Today they craft ales for you to enjoy at home and in pubs throughout East Anglia. They are now offering Brewery Tours and have a Bottle Shop.

Milsoms Kesgrave HallMilsoms Kesgrave Hall Food

Set in beautiful countryside, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is a boutique hotel, luxurious spa and brasserie restaurant just outside Ipswich. Whether you fancy a mouth-watering steak, pan fried guinea fowl, fresh fish or a light sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. Unless, that is, you forget to leave room for one of their fabulous desserts.

Sudbury Weekly Market

This vibrant outdoor market is still a central part of Sudbury life today.  Held every Thursday and Saturday on Market Hill in the centre of town.  A visit to Sudbury isn’t complete without soaking up the true character of the town with a mooch around the Market.

The Marquis

Enjoy a dining experience like no other at the Marquis.  Sit back and relax with stunning views through the panoramic window over the Brett Valley.  With several seating areas to choose from you can choose whether to watch the theatre of the live kitchen or enjoy the summer and dine on the terraces in the outside dining area. Wherever you choose you will be guaranteed plenty of choice using plenty of local ingredients.

The Bell Hotel in SaxmundhamThe Bell Hotel in Saxmundham

After an extensive year-long refurbishment, the hotel and restaurant opened its doors last year and has since been making waves in the local food scene. With features in The Independent and Sunday Times, it has quickly become the go-to destination for foodies in the area. And the good news doesn’t stop there – The Bell Hotel is now introducing its latest offering – a 2 for £20 lunch menu (or early dining offer from 17.30 – 18.30).

Suffolk Distillery

Experience a Suffolk Distillery tour, gin tasting, or gin laboratory in the very heart of the Suffolk countryside. Here you can discover what goes into making their tasty gin, and you’ll find amongst other ingredients it’s the locally grown strawberries, Suffolk honey and rhubarb grown on the banks of the River Stour.

St. Peter’s Brewery

St Peters Brewery BeerSt. Peter’s Brewery is one of England’s original craft breweries, located alongside the moated St. Peter’s Hall, deep in the picturesque Suffolk countryside. They create truly distinct ales and alcohol free beers available in iconic 500ml oval bottle, cask and keg.

Old Hall Southwold

Old Hall Southwold focus on locally sourced, freshly prepared home cooked food, using exciting, local ingredients either to eat in or takeaway. Relax, take in the views and soak up the peace and quiet.