aboutfram magazine issue 26 - the local magazine that packs a Suffolk punch.

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Issue Twenty Sixteen Six Look no further than aboutfram, the local magazine that packs a Suffolk punch!

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4 Plastic not accepted!

36 Pod cast

Meet Mel from Cupboard Love, our sustainable local hero

We talk to ceramicist Sophie Cook about her elegantly sculptured vessels

6 Out and about A round up of local events

42 Buried treasure

10 Accents of Autumn

Top tips for planting your spring bulbs

Make a splash with these cosy autumn styles

12 Body & Soul Feel the glow, from head to toe!

18 A quay player Soaking up the views from The Boat House at Walberswick harbour

24 Get the look Soften the mood with stylish new lighting, cushions and eclectic pieces

48 Benvenuti a Framlingham We make a reservation at Watson & Walpole, the new Italian restaurant in town

54 about taste We shed light on the darker months

56 Roasted butternut squash gnocchi and chard A warming autumnal dish to soothe and comfort

28 about town

58 Competition time

We bring you the latest news about town

Win a Suffolk hamper full of goodies from Scarlett & Mustard

30 Organic matters

62 A wooded wander

Getting to the bottom of the matter at Fellows Farm

Low meadows and wooded paths loop us from Juniper Barn and back again, just in time for breakfast

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about town about the land

about design about gardens

about food about taste round & about


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We blow in with our autumn issue of aboutfram, a comforting mix of home-cooked dishes, organically grown produce, stunning ceramics and a restorative retreat by the sea. We also learn how easy it is to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle and what jobs are lined up in the garden this season, so pop the kettle on and let this issue wrap you in a warm embrace – heaven knows we are all in need of one of those right now. Editorial Kathy Churchill Sales Sarah Clarke

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a bit about them... Sadie Windscheffel-Clarke A talented wedding and commercial photographer and owner of Big Fish Photography. Emporium pages about the land pg 30 about food pg 48 bigfishphotography.com M: 07950 208887

Our thanks also go to Cottage Tree Self Catering Holidays for their images for about interiors and to Sophie Cook for about design, with special mention to Ed Chadwick for his image on page 36 and Josephine Cottrell @MaudandMabel for her image on pg 38.

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Plastic not accepted! We chat with Mel, founder of Cupboard Love, a mobile zero-waste shop selling a wide range of eco-products, reusable household items and loose foodstuff, about her quest to banish single-use plastic and ways in which we can all help reduce our carbon footprint. Have you always been an eco-warrior? Of sorts. I used to work as a teacher in an eco-school and so had a good understanding of sustainability and recycling. But it was when I saw all those container ships returning from Malaysia with tonnes and tonnes of supposedly recyclable rubbish that I realised things had to change.


What inspired you to set up Cupboard Love? After I gave up teaching, I stumbled upon ‘Eat. Food. Love’, one of the first zero-waste shops to be opened in the UK. It was totally inspirational and showed me that there was another way for people to shop, one without all the unnecessary packaging, and I thought I would do my bit and give it a go.

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What do you sell? Liquid refills of laundry and cleaning products, recycled loo roll, natural beauty products such as shampoo bars, handmade soaps, reusable makeup wipes and safety razors, plus a huge selection of food items such as pasta, rice, nuts, dried fruit, oats, pulses, herbs & spices, healthy snacks such as apple rings and even chocolate drops – all free from palm oil and ethically sourced. How does it work? You can order all my products via the website but if you prefer to come and say hello, Boadicea – that’s my van! – and I are at Framlingham Market on Tuesdays and Woodbridge on Thursdays. You don’t need to bring expensive Kilner jars or worry about not having the right containers. Anything will do – an old jam jar, a bread bag – just reuse what you have.

What would you put in an eco-starter pack? Definitely a water bottle – all the plastic drinks bottles at the beach or at festivals mean it is still a huge problem – cotton food covers and some beeswax wraps – say bye-bye to cling film! How can people live more sustainably? Make small changes that fit in with your lifestyle. Try a natural deodorant, switch to soap, use a safety razor rather than disposable ones that go straight to landfill. Even small changes can make a huge difference. Mel is an inspiration, and she is making it 100% easier for people to take that first step. She is pointing us in the right direction, and it is now our responsibility to follow her lead – because if we don’t then we might be reaching the ‘ends of the Earth’ sooner than we think. www.cupboardlove.shop 5

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October Until 15th Nov New Beginnings An exhibition featuring the work of a new generation of letter carvers. Lettering Arts Trust at Snape Maltings. 11am-5pm daily Until 31st Dec Autumn Programme An online exhibition exploring the theme "From this Land" with fully illustrated catalogues and viewing by appointment www.galloper-sands.co.uk


November 8th-14th Pattern & Structure A mixed media exhibition by artist Cyndi Speer and ceramicist Carol Pask. Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings

22nd-28th Sudbourne Printmakers Exhibition Diverse and exciting work using a wide range of printmaking techniques. Peter Pears Gallery, Snape Maltings

5th Forest Bathing Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature with Forest Therapy Guide, Laura Gwynne. The Sinfield Reserve, Hasketon. 10-12

10th & 24th Woodbridge Farmers’ Market A wonderful array of local food producers. Woodbridge Community Hall. 9am-2pm

24th-1st Nov Halloween Half Term Fun Wands, witches, wizards and mythical beasts. Spooky delights for young families. Easton Farm Park

17th Suffolk Farmers’ Market A top quality Food and Artisan Market at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show. 10am-2pm

30th Open Air Cinema: Stardust A spooky evening of outdoor cinema, hot food and drinks for Halloween at Helmingham Hall. 5pm

7th Firework Spectacular A wonderful display for all the family. Tickets in advance only. Kingfishers, Cretingham. Gates open at 4.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm

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December 8th & 22nd Birds by Barge Experience one of East Anglia's finest wildlife spectacles on board Sailing Barge Victor, where you can see thousands of birds on the magnificent Stour Estuary

18th-13th Dec Christmas Illuminated Garden Trail Explore the grounds of Helmingham Hall adorned with thousands of lights, transforming the gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland


20th Christmas Collections A curated collection of basketry, textiles, woodwork, pottery, jewellery, bags and foraging knives

14th New Moon Bathing Workshop: salts, scrubs & soaks Explore the use of herbal ingredients to create your own individual remedies www.herberandco.uk


29th Seckford Hall Christmas Fair Fabulous stalls selling all your Christmas gifts. 11am-4pm

1st Christmas on the Farm Meet Father Christmas and his magical reindeer, enjoy Elf Workshops, decorating a Christmas cookie and all the fun of the farm. Easton Farm Park 5th Heveningham Hall Christmas Market Santa’s grotto, ice-rink, reindeer, artisan market, Christmas stalls and festive fayre 5th-6th Christmas Fair at Wingfield Barns Family entertainment and Christmas shopping in the barns. 10am-4pm

Sophie Cook Open Studios Beautiful porcelain ceramics by Sophie Cook. View in person or online. www.sophiecook.com

11th-13th Christmas Market Suffolk makers, bakers, creators and unique artisan producers. Kingfishers, Cretingham 17th Suffolk Farmers’ Market A top quality Food and Artisan Market at Trinity Park, Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show. 10am-2pm


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Extended activity season

Our many rides and activities are continuing and we are offering reduced admission from October 1st to Christmas Eve. With plenty of space and extra measures in place, now is a great time to visit the farm.

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Halloween fun on the farm

Wands, witches, wizards and mystical beasts. See the animals, visit the spooky trail, make a wand, make a broomstick and complete the eerie quiz for a spooky prize. Plus our creepy pizza parlour will be open for orders. 8


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A quay player


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Set within a cluster of characteristic black weatherboarded huts on the edge of Walberswick Quay, The Boat House stands proud, commanding uninterrupted views across the River Blyth towards the skyline of Southwold and within earshot of the waves that break against the shoreline. On the morning I arrive, autumn is already nipping at my heels and a squadron of Canada geese noisily dip their wings in salute as they head out towards the marshes. It is as clear as a bell and across the river I can hear the excited chatter of folk clambering aboard the little blue rowing boat that will ferry them safely to this side and the disgruntled squawk of a gull that has been disturbed from his post and lands with defiance on another, just three along. From its elevated position by the bank of the river, The Boat House is well placed to take advantage of this ever-changing scene

and the huge picture window allows you the privilege of some brazen peoplewatching. The house belongs to Peter and Claire Fincham, who bought it in 2003 as an overflow to their family home up in the village and as a holiday house for visitors. Unmodernised and in need of attention, they set about creating the wonderfully spacious and light-filled property you see today. French doors were added just off the kitchen so you can enjoy breakfast on the stoop whilst watching the wading birds 19

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dibble in the mud of low tide. A deep and sumptuous window seat invites you to curl up with a book in front of the wood-burner, and a balcony to the master bedroom is the perfect place to greet each day with a morning brew. Everything has been beautifully executed, and the main living area is the sort of space one would find hard to leave. As Peter remarks, “I always feel as if I am on holiday whenever I am here. It is a wonderful spot and, although I love the summer and the hustle and bustle of the harbour, I think I prefer the winter. There is something rather romantic about being tucked up cosily inside while the rain lashes against the windows.� The Boat House is deceptively spacious, sleeping up to ten people with a layout that works well for different guest


configurations. On the ground floor there is a stylish double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and funky connecting bunk room that will delight anyone with young children. The open plan living area is the heart and soul of the place, allowing groups to come together over long lazy breakfasts, or to sprawl on the sofa and sink into the window seat after an indulgent Sunday roast. Upstairs, there are two more double bedrooms, another bunk room, and a family bathroom, all of which have enviable views of the Blyth and the comings and goings of life on the river, and I love the thought of sleeping with the balcony doors thrown back and being lulled to sleep by the clinking of the boat masts or awoken by the gentle chug of a fisherman heading out to sea.

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The harbour at Walberswick was once a thriving port, with shipments of butter, corn, cheese, timber and fish being traded at the quay, but now it is better known for its famous crabbing contests and long sandy beach fringed with dunes. Peter believes that The Boat House dates to the early 1900s and has only ‘weathered the sands of time’ owing to it being built of red brick rather than timber. “We were told that during the infamous storm of 1953, many of the small wooden fishing huts that would have dotted the edge of the harbour literally floated out to sea! We have seen a few high tides over the years and sometimes, when the river floods its banks, you can watch the water rise to within 10 foot. It feels like you have been marooned on an island, which I rather like.”

Peter and Claire have created an oasis of calm and a wonderfully restorative place to stay. Surrounded by water, with the river to one side and the North Sea just over the dunes, you are guaranteed more than your fair share of fresh air, and with a fabulous selection of local pubs and cafes, working up an appetite after a bracing walk along the beach is certainly not a problem. It is the sort of place where family memories are made and cherished, and in these uncertain times I can think of no better excuse to visit. The Boat House is available to rent via Cottage Tree Self Catering Holidays www.cottagetree.co.uk



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What a Fair Lady in unfair times… about town

A rising star on the international circuit, local Coloratura Soprano, Christina Johnston, has lost all her work in the theatre and on stage because of the pandemic. However, encouraged by the overwhelming response to her Friday free online concerts during lockdown, Christina is currently performing some of the world’s best loved songs live online. These have included Mamma Mia, Evita and My Fair Lady, for which local volunteers, Lucy Quinn and Jinnie of ClothingbyJinnie, helped recreate Audrey Hepburn’s iconic outfit. The concerts are performed live on Facebook and YouTube @ TheChristinaJohnston They are free, but well wishers can donate via GoFundMe.com – just type in Christina Johnston Felixstowe.

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Dear reader In September this year, we sent out our 400th issue of the weekly aboutfram online newsletter!

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Organic matters


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On my first visit to Fellows Farm, I sat under coppiced hazel poles festooned with fairy lights whilst enjoying a feast of roasted vegetables, stuffed squashes, and grilled wild venison. It was utterly delicious and a wonderful introduction to the organic produce that Ben MacKinnon and his team are harvesting. I returned a few weeks later, this time on a blustery autumnal morning, to learn more about their low impact methods of working the land and the way in which regenerative agriculture could be – and possibly should be – the future of farming. Fellows Farm encompasses two plots of land: the 15 acre market garden near Gosbeck, where Ben, his partner Femke, and their son Rory live in a beautiful off-grid cabin, and 55 acres of arable land at Monewden. Here they grow a mix of heritage cereals that thrive without the use of artificial fertilizers and they have

re-introduced the traditional farming practice of agroforestry, planting hedgerows, orchards and over 6000 native trees to increase biodiversity. Ben and his manager, Lughan, are both passionate about farming organically, with minimum tillage and using ancient traditions to rehabilitate and enhance the entire ecosystem of the land, placing particular emphasis on the health of the soil. Originally from Fressingfield, Ben studied Conservation Biology before literally taking


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to the high seas with fishing fleets around the UK as part of the EU Fisheries Department. He then completed a Masters in Energy and Environmental Management, which led to a successful career advising large corporations on how best to reduce their carbon footprint through renewable energy schemes. But Ben soon became disillusioned with churning out these seemingly futile reports and the obvious lack of implementation so he gave it all up to become a baker! Inspired by the street food of Morocco, he realised he had a yearning to work with his hands and create something tangible, and in 2011 opened the e5 Bakehouse in Hackney. Over the years, Ben has stayed true to his ethos of wanting to create a sustainable business, and part of this quest has been


the wish to only use flour from small organic UK farms. In 2015 he installed a stone mill at the bakehouse so that he could experiment with grinding his own flour, and this in turn led him back to Suffolk and the possibility of growing his own heritage wheats. With the help of Lughan, Femke, and local farmers Martin Drury and Paul Bowler, Fellows Farm is now producing 20 tonnes of wheat and rye, all of which is dressed at Walnes in Earl Soham and stoneground back in Hackney, as well as providing much of the organic fruit and veg needed for the bakery. For Ben, this has completed the circle, allowing him to grow, harvest and use all his own ingredients, whilst continuing to develop the farm and explore new ways of working in harmony with the land.

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Regenerative agriculture is key to this, putting back more than you take out, helping to reverse climate change by locking carbon in the soil and increasing the biodiversity and vitality of the land. At the market garden site, Lughan is working on a crop rotation system, where areas of brassicas, squashes and traditional market garden crops such as chard, rocket, celeriac and salad leaves are alternated with a cover crop such as buckwheat that is cut and then allowed to rot down into the soil. Within the polytunnels, it was wonderful to see the sheer abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and herbs, and in another section the colourful squashes all gathered to harden in the sun. Part of the 15 acres has recently been planted with vines and edging the mown paths you find rows of young willow whips that Femke will harvest for her handwoven baskets.

There is mention of a field kitchen and camping pitches for next year, as well as more farm suppers and the opening of a second bakery in Poplar, which will be part of an on-going refugee training programme Ben is involved with. As a visitor you could be lulled into thinking this is the idyll, where a golden haired child runs laughing through wild flower meadows, a freshly baked loaf will always just be out the oven and there is time to stand and watch the sunset. And, although I suspect that this is, in part the truth, I can also appreciate how hard they must have worked to achieve it. So, I raise my hat to these fine fellows for their enterprise, drive and commitment to changing farming practices, and look forward to a return visit soon. www.e5bakehouse.com Benmac@e5bakehouse @fellows_farm 33

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In her studio on the Suffolk coast, ceramicist Sophie Cook sculpts the most exquisitely crafted porcelain vessels in a wonderful continuum of colours and elegant designs. They are highly collectable, and their effortless beauty will soon have you going back for more. Sophie and her family have lived out near the coast at Bawdsey since 2015, moving up from London in search of fresh air and room for growth. Her studio is set apart from the house and when I arrive, she is sitting at her potter’s wheel with an uninspiring lump of porcelain clay waiting to be magically transformed into one of her sleek elegant pots. Seeing them lined up along the shelves; all different heights, shapes, colours and textures, is very impactful and they are incredibly beautiful, with an almost unearthly quality. The designs all have the characteristic long slender neck and tiny fluted opening,

and Sophie explains that the different shapes are known as bottles, pods or teardrops, with some being squatter or more bullet-like than others. They look fantastic en masse and it is not only the shapes that draw the eye, but also the colours. From the very palest blues and pastel pinks to the richest plums and deep petrol glazes, they span the spectrum and delight the senses. Sophie did a Ceramics degree at Camberwell School of Arts in 1997, and the same year her work was ‘spotted’ at the New Designers Show held at the Islington 37

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Business Design Centre, a hotspot for upcoming talent and new creatives. This led to her work being commissioned by the highly respected Designers Guild and accepted by The Conran Shop, not a bad start for a young designer fresh out of college. “It was amazing. I don’t think I appreciated at the time the huge impact it would have on my career. I didn’t even have a proper studio and only by chance found space with a fellow exhibitor who had left a vague message in my comments book at the show.” Over the years, Sophie has worked out of old jam factories, a converted warehouse in Rotherhithe and the Cockpit Art, an innovative incubator for talented makers looking to grow their business, before finally setting up at her home in London when her children were born. 38

Now she is settled in Suffolk, Sophie finds daily inspiration for her work in the beauty of her surroundings, the drama of the evening skies, the muddy greens of the North Sea and the earthy tones of the ever-changing farming landscape. Each piece is sculpted from the highest quality porcelain from Stoke on Trent, and she aims to throw 3-4 pots a day, expertly moulding the clay into her characteristic pods and teardrops, but leaving them without their fine necks until they have been allowed to dry overnight. “Once they are ‘leather hard’ I can then begin work perfecting the final shape and elongating the necks to precisely the right length and width. It is all about the simplicity of the shape and the exactness of the form.” Sophie will then apply the colour, the pigmentations carefully mixed to her own

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specification, and they are then hand sprayed. Each one is so delicate that not all are expected to survive the firing process, and indeed today, when we peep inside the kiln, one has cracked, and she is not happy with the finish on another. Sophie’s designs have evolved over the years; subtle changes to the corpulence of the shapes or the finish, but all have retained a unique quality that makes them so alluring and therefore so collectable. “Customers will often buy a mixed group as together they take on their own dynamic, the colours and textures playing off one another. However, a client from the Hamptons recently ordered sixteen identical teardrops for their home.” Working with several interior designers, her work is often commissioned for installations, hotels or luxury cruise ships and private clients.

She is part of a select portfolio sold by Maud & Mabel, a mecca for interiors in Hampstead Village, and exhibits at the prestigious Contemporary Ceramics gallery, which has been championing the best independent ceramicists for the past sixty years. There is an ethereal quality to Sophie’s work, and the longer I sit chatting the more I feel the need to reach out and touch them. They look so perfect and so elegant and their beauty still haunts me – I have the feeling I may well soon be starting my very own collection! Open Studios: 5th-6th December. www.sophiecook.com @sophie_cook_porcelain


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As soon as the first leaves begin to fall, you’ll find most gardeners busily thumbing bulb catalogues and dreaming of spring flowering borders. Autumn is the perfect time to plant bulbs as the warmth of the soil allows their root system to establish quickly and guarantees an impressive show come the spring. They are very easy to grow and can be dotted through borders, planted in huge drifts, or simply contained in pots, carefully positioned by the house so you can enjoy them from within, whatever the weather. Aim to plant early spring flowering bulbs such as snowdrops, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths, and hardy summer-flowering bulbs such as lilies, alliums and crocosmia, by the end of October, before the first autumn frosts. Come November, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and dig in your tulips – an absolute favourite in any size of garden.

Top tips for planting: Be generous – plant in groups of at least 12. The more the merrier really does apply and typically 25-50 bulbs may be needed to make an impressive show. Dig deep – you need a wide, deep hole for your bulbs, ideally 2-3 times their depth i.e. for a 5cm bulb dig a 10-15cm hole. Noses in the air – place your bulbs with their ‘nose’, or shoot, facing upwards as this is the direction of growth. Waterworks – make sure you water regularly in the first few weeks as this is crucial for the development of their root system. You will be rewarded tenfold for your efforts as after a long, dark winter, nothing lifts the spirits more than the sight of the first snowdrops pushing their way delicately through the soil or a ‘host of golden daffodils’ nodding by the wayside. 43

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Fading glory I always think autumn is a rather lovely time in the garden. It gives you the chance to reflect on the successes of the summer, and the time to fix any failures. Holes in your planting plan can be sorted by a trip to the garden centre, and an afternoon’s chopping, digging and rearranging will reap huge rewards. And, as the colours start to fade, make sure you grab every opportunity to enjoy this final flourish before it is time to put it all to bed. In October, late blooming perennials such as chrysanthemum, sedums and Japanese anemones steal the show, although you may be lucky enough to still have a few rose blooms to brighten the kitchen table. Keep on top of the lawn, raking leaves regularly and mowing to encourage growth, and tackle bindweed, horsetail and ground elder, to ensure a weed free spring.

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October Plant spring pots Rake leaves Prune shrub roses

As the air cools, warm yourself with a weekend of planting bulbs and take a moment to provide for any wildlife visitors. Use clippings to create habitat stacks for beetles and insects, hang bird feeders close to the house so you can watch the comings and goings of your garden birds, and please check for hedgehogs if you are planning a bonfire party. December is the time to have a final tidy up: store hose reels inside; clean your tools; check fences and support stakes ahead of bad weather; and give hedges and shrubs a hard prune. Raid the garden for berried stems, tangles of silvery old man’s beard, and sprigs of glossy leaves to create a festive wreath. Then close the curtains and raise a glass to another gardening year gone by.

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Ruth Watson and Rob Walpole bring the delights of freshly cooked pasta twinned with authentic Italian flavours to the table at their newly opened restaurant in Framlingham. We make a reservation to see what’s specials are on the menu. The restaurant, aptly named, Watson & Walpole, sits just up from Framlingham’s bustling Market Hill, and in its large picture windows you can see reflections of the church and its leafy churchyard. Many local to the area will be familiar with the spot as it has been a café and restaurant in different guises for many years but, stepping through the doors, I am delighted by this most recent transformation. Central back-to-back banquette seating gives it a fun, relaxed feel, black and white photographs of Italian street scenes add a little glamour, and the dramatic wallpaper gives the whole place a 1970s cocktail bar

vibe. It feels sophisticated but not pretentious, the sort of place where you would come for a long lunch with friends or to just enjoy a comforting bowl of pasta and a glass of wine after a long day. Ruth and Rob have worked together for many years, Rob starting his career as a teenager in the kitchens of The Crown & Castle in Orford, which Ruth owned and ran as a successful restaurant for over eighteen years. As Rob worked his way up from bottle washer to head chef, their paths continued to cross and over various kitchen tables they made a promise to one day 49

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open a restaurant together. In 2018, Rob helped his friend Oliver Boon set up Benoli, running the kitchen of this exciting new Italian restaurant in Norwich, and this experience proved to him that he was hungry to put a stamp on his own menu. As a location, Framlingham was top of the list, and so when the opportunity arose to buy 3 Church Street, there was no hesitation. At the heart of Watson & Walpole is the desire to cook authentic, regional dishes using only the freshest handmade pasta and ingredients that are respectful of origin, seasonality and quality. The menu certainly delivers, offering diners dishes such as Laverstoke Park buffalo mozzarella, wood-roasted squash and pistachio pesto; followed by wood-roasted beef brisket with olive oil & parmesan purĂŠe and cavolo nero 50

or fettucine with girolles, mushrooms, garlic and olive oil; and to finish, a scoop of home-made gelati and shot of espresso. Local ingredients are sourced wherever possible: Pump Street chocolate, Havensfield Eggs, St Jude soft cheeses, Dover Sole from the fishermen at Orford, vegetable boxes from Accent Fresh in Norfolk, and mouth-wateringly fresh scallops from Loch Fyne. Above the restaurant there is a private dining room that Ruth and Rob are hopeful will be allowed to open soon as it is a fabulous space that deserves to be filled with the chatter and chink of groups of friends sharing fine food together. Key to some of Rob’s dishes is the woodfired oven they have built in the courtyard to the rear of the kitchen. Able to reach temperatures of 350-400°F, Rob used his

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time during lockdown to perfect the cooking technique, relishing this new craft and delighting in the robust flavours of the slow cooked beef brisket and the subtle freshness of the langoustines that just need a few minutes and a squeeze of lemon before they are ready. More familiar to Rob is his pasta room upstairs. Twice a day he happily rolls out thin sheets of egg pasta to make his sensational ricotta stuffed tortelloni or the pretty parcels of agnolotti filled with St Jude cheese curd. He then adds scoops of the finest Italian semolina and some water to a pasta maker which pushes out golden coils of bucatini, pappardelle or fettuccine. Watching him at work there is a wonderful rhythm to his work, and his expert handling of the pasta is both reassuring and quite mesmerising.

As an established hotelier – Hintlesham Hall, The Fox & Goose, The Crown & Castle – Ruth clearly has a handle on what works and what doesn’t, and combined with Rob’s take on some of Italy’s finest traditional dishes, Watson & Walpole has all the key ingredients needed to be a huge success. I have eaten there twice now – the deep-fried gnocchi sprinkled with parmesan and served with creamy buffalo mozzarella and a piquant salsa rosso was so exceptional I had it both times – and after watching Rob at work I feel I now need to return to try some more! www.watsonandwalpole.co.uk


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A wonderful selection of free-range and organic meat, poultry and wild game, all sourced from small scale farmers in the surrounding countryside. Specialists in dry aged pasture fed traditional breed beef and ‘Old Cow’. Our homemade sausages are terrific too! You can also find other fantastic produce including seasonal fruit & veg, free-range eggs, British cheese, local honey and more. You can also find us at

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3 sharing starters including mortadella with gnocchi fritto and gorgonzola fonduta and deep-fried arancini A choice of 5 mains including wood-roasted beef brisket, partridge breast with valpolicella risotto and hake with orzotto All served with 3 vegetables A choice of dessert including tiramisu and home-made gelato For COVID-safety please book online at www.watsonandwalpole.com 3 Church Street Framlingham IP13 9BQ 53

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Enjoy another brilliant Suffolk Farmers Market at the huge Cattlesheds, Trinity Park where you can meet a range of the best local producers offering a vast selection of food and drink stalls with some delicious street food to munch on as you go. There will also be lots of festive stalls, all in a safe and socially distanced environment. Take your appetite and Christmas gift list to this quality market and enjoy the best of shopping in the fresh air. In collaboration with the Suffolk Agricultural Association and Suffolk Market Events. Free Admission & Free Parking. 10am – 2pm For updates and information visit SuffolkFarmersMarket on Facebook.

The icing on the cake Dust With Cocoa is the new cake & coffee shop to hit town, serving Crude coffee and amazing cakes, brownies and macarons. You’ll also find lots of names such as Meri Meri with their beautiful party ware, Bagel or Beigel and The Chocolate Society. Owner Debbie’s passion for baking began at an early age “I loved baking for friends and family which led me to set up my business, Dust with Cocoa, specialising in wedding and celebration cakes using buttercream and fresh flowers. “I’ve always wanted to bring my cakes to the high street and have had my eye on Framlingham as a location for a while. It’s a beautiful market town with a great mix of regular local shoppers and visitors to the area. It was a tough decision to take on a new shop in the current climate, but I’ve been blown away at how supportive the local community has been.”


Fancy a seaside tonic and gin… Fishers Gin has just opened its new distillery in Aldeburgh, and overlooking the North Sea it is the closest distillery to the coast in the UK. Tours of the distillery can now be booked for up to six people. Guests are welcomed with a seasonal Fishers & Tonic before a 90 minute tour which also includes a tutored tasting of their gins, seasonal cocktails and a botanical tea-making experience. The Seasonal Tour and Tasting costs £30 per person. For more information and to book, visit fishersgin.com

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Shedding light on the darker months The Sheds is a new and exciting food destination and event space in Framlingham run by husband and wife team Rich and Mollie Grinyer-Power. Following a summer of sell-out Pizza Pop-ups in their beautiful garden space, The Sheds are now welcoming in the winter with something new. From October, Rich & Mollie will be offering pizza and other delicious wood-fired food as well as curries and tagines in takeaway tins. A website is coming soon so for now, stayed tuned on Instagram and Facebook @theshedsframlingham

Hot off the press! Ever the inventors, Hillfarm Oils in Heveningham have used their time in lockdown to launch a range of flavoured cold pressed rapeseed oils to make healthy cooking tastier and easier. Their four new flavours include white garlic, black truffle, oak & apple wood smoked, and smoked chilli. The team worked alongside chefs to perfect the range, which, like their original oil, can be used to fry, roast, dress or bake. “They’re great for chicken, steaks, fish and vegetables, or making simple sauces and dressings,” says Lawrence Frohn, Hillfarm’s Business Manager. “They’re also delicious drizzled over soup, hummus, pasta and pizza, or used as a dipping oil for bread.” Hillfarm’s flavoured cold pressed rapeseed oils are available now in local independent shops. 55

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Roasted butternut squash gnocchi with chard Full of autumnal flavours, colours and textures, this warming dish is comfort in a bowl. Ingredients 1 large butternut squash 250-300g plain flour, plus extra to dust 50g parmesan, finely grated 1 egg, beaten 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 200g chard, shredded 2 garlic cloves, crushed Pinch of dried chilli flakes Fresh sage


Method Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan)/mark 6. Cut the squash into quarters lengthways and deseed, leaving the skin on. Place on a baking tray and cook for 45min, until completely tender. Remove from the oven and scoop out the flesh. Mash thoroughly and then heat on the hob, stirring regularly, for about 10 mins so that the puree dries out. To make the gnocchi, tip the purÊe onto a clean board and leave until cool enough to handle. Sprinkle over 250g flour, the grated parmesan and plenty of seasoning. Make a well in the centre, add the egg, then bring

the mixture together with your hands, kneading gently for a couple of mins until pliable. If too soft, add a little more flour. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for at least 30min to firm up slightly. Now divide your gnocchi dough into 4 and roll each piece out until about 2cm thick and then slice into 2cm pieces. When you are ready to serve, place the gnocchi into a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for 3-4 min, until they all bob to the surface. Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan. Remove the cooked gnocchi with a slotted spoon and add directly to the hot frying pan along with the garlic. Fry until golden and then add the chilli flakes and shredded chard. Toss gently for 3-4 minutes and then serve topped with sage and a sprinkling of parmesan.

THE BELL AT CRETINGHAM Delicious Food to take away • New Autumnal Menu • Freshly ground CRUDE Coffee and speciality Teas • Breakfast and Lunch, freshly made to order • All cakes and savouries made on site • Homemade Sausage Rolls and Afternoon Teas a speciality • Homemade Christmas Cakes and locally made wreathes to order

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Situated in the picturesque village of Cretingham, The Bell is the perfect country pub, even with hand sanitizer and social distancing in place. There's plenty of room inside with well-spaced tables, so why not enjoy a hearty meal or a few drinks with friends. With the log burner alight, feel instantly warmed and relax in the friendly atmosphere or if you prefer to stay outdoors, we have a heated marquee with table service only, so you’ll be well looked after wherever you choose.

Bar menu and daily specials No need to book in advance but recommended Mon to Thurs: 11.30am-3pm & from 6.30pm Fri to Sat: 11.30am-3pm & from 5.30pm Sun: 12 - 4pm

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Gnocchi with mild Aleppo chilli and pecorino Air-cured bresaola with herb’d buffalo ricotta and cipollini A bowl of zucchine fritte Chargrilled octopus and fresh borlotti bean salad with salsa rossa Buffalo mozzarella with wood-roasted squash and pistachio pesto For COVID-safety please book online at www.watsonandwalpole.com 3 Church Street Framlingham IP13 9BQ 57


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We are delighted to have teamed up with Scarlett & Mustard, based in Framlingham, to offer you the chance to win a Suffolk Hamper, just in time for the festive season. Included are some of their favourite dressings and preserves, plus some true Suffolk gems: Tomato Chutney and a Spicy Tomato Mixer, both made from locally grown Bramford tomatoes, Sloe Gin with fruit picked from the hedgerows, Honey from Suffolk bees and rapeseed oil from their friends at Hillfarm Oils. And to top it off, they have also added some fabulous festive favourites, including Christmas Chutney, Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry & Orange Jelly, plus a tea towel, wooden spoons, and recipe cards. Just Add Christmas…! www.scarlettandmustard.co.uk 58

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A wooded wander An early start sees Sarah, Martin and I pulling on our wellies in the carpark by Juniper Barn CafĂŠ at Rendham just after 7.30am - even the dogs look a little bleary eyed. A quick check of the map by Martin to confirm that our route will in fact bring us back in time for breakfast, and we head off with confidence through the churchyard. We quickly reach the road to Saxmundham and thankfully, after less than 100 yards, see the footpath sign beckoning us over a stile into some lush low meadows. The path takes us diagonally to another slippery stile and then we follow a paved driveway down past a beautiful farmhouse and out via the farmyard to a wide track that hugs the hedge line. When we reach a crossroads by some newly planted saplings we turn left, 62

keeping what looks like parkland to our right. It is a hushed autumnal morning and although the air is warm, the yellowing, russet tones of the woodland remind us that nature is on the turn and she will soon shed her summer coat and be laid bare for winter. Keeping up a good pace we soon shed our own coats, and at some iron park fencing are curious to see a lifebuoy in all its orange glory! Peering over the mounds of fresh clay we are heartened to see that a new pond has been dug and that this little corner of countryside is clearly being well maintained. The footpath takes us through a small wood and then out along the side of a field, its rich chocolatey soil in contrast to the belt of trees beyond.

round & about

At the end the path narrows, and we push through wet brambles to reach a quiet lane on the other side. We turn right and after about ¼ mile pick up another footpath to the right which leads us back into a larger swathe of woodland. A covey of newly released pheasants zig zag across the path ahead so we keep the dogs on leads whilst we gently usher them into the undergrowth. As the woodland thickens, droplets from this morning’s shower rain down and there is an almost tropical feel to the leafy vegetation. Through the trees we can see more parkland and ponds and eventually arrive at a driveway where we turn right and loop back along the park fencing. On reaching a converted barn we carry on through a gateway into rich pasture, where we spot a wasp’s nest that has been dug

out by a badger, the remains of the paper nest strewn about the path, and can only wonder on the drama that would have unfolded overnight. The River Alde idles by our side and at a second gate we turn left and cross over a bridge and then up into a third stretch of woodland, this one darkened by spruce and rhododendrons. Emerging, we follow the footpath and then head right across open fields, crossing two more stiles, these without dog gates that force us to heave them rather unceremoniously across. A short hop and a jump and we are back at base where the doors of the café are open, and the smell of cooked breakfast fills the air. Wellies are off in a flash and we soon settle down for the Full Monty – well a spot of dog wrangling soon works up an appetite! 63


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