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uffolk is famous for lots of things; beer, big skies and of course it was home to genius composer Benjamin Britten to name but three, so in the month that brings us Apple Day (October 21) it’s been interesting to discover how apples have also helped to put Suffolk on the map. There’s Aspall cyder, one of Britain’s offical “Cool” brands, Boxford (Suffolk) Farm which spawned the Copella apple juice brand and Stoke Farm near Battisford, which produces estate pressed single variety apple juice sold at the very best hotels in the country – including the Ritz and the Hilton! If all this talk of orchards inspires you to get out and plant a few trees yourself our gardening column this month is all about traditional Suffolk apple trees plus some top tips on planting in autumn. In addition to cider and apple juice we’ve plenty too for wine drinkers. Our regular wine columnist, Rob Chase of Adnams, shares an insight into what must be a dream job for so many and we discover that finding new and special vintages is actually harder than you might think. However fine wine, provided you don’t drink it, can also provide worthwhile investment opportunities, as do vintage cars and Chinese art as we find out on pages 23 to 26. The October Dog Walk takes us back up the coast to Westleton and with a short break recommended at The White Lion in Aldeburgh and What’s On listings bursting with new season theatre you won’t be stuck for ideas to get and about in Suffolk this month. As ever we bring you all our regulars – the very latest fashions, homes and interiors ideas and exclusive properties for sale. Enjoy October!
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Suffolk’s fruitful legacy from the orchards that put the county on world map
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FISHING OFF THE ALDEBURGH COAST A further look at our inshore fishing heritage including a recipe for catch of the day
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News from around the county
Where to go and what to see in Suffolk this October
An enjoyable circular from the Westleston Crown
Relaxing in style at the White Lion, Aldeburgh
Great ideas for eating out plus a recipe from Café 1885 at Snape Maltings
Cosy up with soft furnishings
Suffolk apple varieties and tips for planting trees
Suggs at the Ipswich Corn Exchange, God’s Country at the Jerwood Dance House, Radio Times and Sacred Flame at the New Wolsey
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FRUITFULNESS The humble apple has been responsible for really putting Suffolk on the food map. Anne Gould finds out more
f course English apples have long been lauded as something special, something different and something for the food connoisseur. Their taste is better, they’re redder, greener, crunchier, softer,
ASPALL Drive through the countryside to the north of Debenham and you’ll probably notice the apples and the orchards but what you might miss is passing by the HQ of one of Britain’s most renowned cyder producers. Aspall Farm may be officially “Cool”, have won numerous awards and can boast a global trade but it gets on with its business quietly, just like it’s done for hundreds of years. Aspall's story is also as much about its incredible history as it’s future and international renown. Today the company is headed up and run by brothers Barry and Henry Chevallier-Guild who can boast that they are the oldest direct 8 | placesandfaces.co.uk
sweeter, sourer and we’ve really been making an effort to preserve varieties that have gone out of fashion. In October the nation celebrates Apple Day which is marked by special events in Suffolk (see What's on October 6), East
Anglia and right across the country. To mark the occasion Places & Faces has talked to three specialist producers on our doorstep who have achieved acclaim not just at home but across the country and the world too.
lineage cyder company in the country. This long established family business dates back to the 1720s, when Clement Chevallier, who lived in Jersey, inherited the estate. He may have moved to a county traditionally renowned for its fine beers and brewing but he actually liked to drink cyder, couldn’t get any in the area so decided to make his own. However being a newcomer he didn’t know anyone from the West Country – heartland of the UK cider industry – and so he arranged for 114 Kingston Black apple trees to be brought over from Jersey and Normandy and a legacy was born. Apparently his actions were thought to be quite unusual at the time, taking good arable land and using it to grow trees. Subsequent generations held up the tradition even up to 1922 using the original wooden apple press but it’s not until more recent times that the brand has become as big as it is today. Barry says they are still discovering the family history but clearly there’s evidence that there’s a streak of creativity and innovation that Clement has passed on. “I’ve discovered a letter from Lord Kitchener who was a family member and very fond of Aspall Hall saying that our cyder had reached him safely in India.” Another ancestor played in the football cup final on a number of occasions and went on to found Derby County. Then there was Perronelle, his grandmother who ran the business for 40 years and who was so enthusiastic about organic farming that she became a founder member of the Soil Association in 1949.
“We are the oldest family member of the Soil Association – our number is 006E – and when the auditors come round they just look at the number and say, ‘Respect’,” said Barry. There’s now a cyder with crème du mure, Peronelle’s Blush in her memory. “She had bright red rosy cheeks,” he explained. It was this commitment to organics that helped the family move on in the 1970s when apple juice and apple cyder
vinegar became popular thanks to the growth of the health food movement. “My father pioneered selling juice in containers rather than bottles. He shipped apple juice in tankers to milk companies that had Tetra packing machines.” Contracts with supermarkets and
own brands followed but things moved on again when Barry and Henry took over and they’ve really developed Aspall Cyder with seven different products in addition to juice, cyder vinegar and apple balsamic vinegar, which is much feted by the likes of celebrity chefs including
Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey. They’ve even been named as one of Britain’s official cool brands which include companies like Adnams, Aston Martin, Apple, Stella McCartney and Liberty. And it’s all thanks to the humble apple and a Jerseyman who enjoyed a glass of cyder.
BOXFORD (SUFFOLK) FARMS If Sir Isaac Newton had been sitting under an apple tree at Boxford (Suffolk) Farms doubtless his famous law of gravity would have gone undiscovered - or waited to another occasion. The reason being that the modern cutting edge way of growing tree fruit bears no resemblance to the popular conception of what an orchard should look like. Instead of small squat trees with branches that spread in a dome shape trees at Boxford are shrouded in a hail net they are tall, slim and willowy like elongated vines – supermodels of the fruit world. As a scientist though one thing Sir Isaac would very definitely approve of is the modern technological approach spearheaded by Robert Rendall, director of Boxford (Suffolk) Farms. A sister company of Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa and part of the family that created and then subsequently sold Copella the farm today specializes in growing Grade One English apples for top supermarkets and the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Because they are supplying fruit, which has to be blemish free and in perfect condition it’s essential that they make use of every modern technique available. Robert and his colleagues have travelled the world to develop the current system and is now in the process of replacing the old orchards –all 260 acres of them – to the new scheme. He said that apples were originally planted on the land because of the poor soil but his growing methods have already started to create high yielding trees. To start with there are sensors in the soil and even in the plants themselves, which are all linked to a bespoke £140,000 computer programme and an irrigation system which delivers the correct amount of water according to the weather conditions. “It’s an intelligent system so it can monitor what the plants needs as they grow. It also means that we don’t get run off and water loss and 100 percent of the water we put in goes to the plant.
Fruit pickers at Boxford Farms
“We are in a hail corridor so we introduced nets because we couldn’t afford a hail event to blemish the fruit and effect our yields.” He’ d seen this technique in Europe where just the top of the fruit is protected but Boxford have extended it further to drop down at the sides too from blossoming in the spring to harvesting in the autumn. He said they try to create a microclimate for the trees and use organic principles to find the most ecologically sound way of production.
“We use beneficial insects and encourage lacewings, earwigs and tiffs. We do a lot of work in preparation to encourage bee habitats including using special grass mixes between the rows.” All this careful monitoring means that they’ve been able to substantially reduce the need for sprays and only use them when absolutely necessary. It means they can spend more time looking after the plants and training them to produce fruit that's easier to pick. For instance every
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zesting a quarter of a ton of lemons is another of his jobs. There’s traditional ginger beer too. “ We make it with real ginger rather than chilli to spice it up,” he says. What’s interesting though is that David and Rebecca didn’t start off as juice producers – but their fruit farm was featured on a BBC Radio Suffolk programme back in 1993. The idea was that presenter John Ely followed them through the year to see what happened on the farm. “Jokingly he said on the first occasion, ‘It’s a shame you don’t do apple juice’. Well when he came back at the end of the year we did.” The business has grown from there and now 25 per cent of the juice is exported to Europe and David's also got a presence in the US too. For those who’d like to sample Appletree Hill juice it’s on sale in selected farm shops and they also attend Easton Farm Park’s monthly farmers markets.
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STOKE FARM, BATTISFORD David Upson is in his wellies and overalls hosing down some of his equipment in preparation for the apple harvest. “You put something away clean and then when you get it out again it’s dirty and you have to wash it all over again,” he says. His award-winning apple and pear juices are sold to some of the very best hotels and stately homes across the country but it’s all down to the total dedication and sheer hard work put in by him and his wife Rebecca. David does the pressing –sometimes late into the night and in the early hours when the autumn warmth encourages insects during the day. He also devises, manipulates and creates the beautiful art work and labels that adorn
the bottles he sells. There’s running the office and managing the fruit too. Rebecca does all the bottling and they have two people who help with the packing. So it’s some achievement that from 30 acres they've supplied juice under their own brands to the Ritz and Hilton and graced the tables of establishments owned by lords and ladies, dukes and duchesses. He’s also won awards for his estate pressed and bottled Appletree Hill juice including one from the Daily Telegraph. What makes them extra special is that they specialise in single variety juice – the famous Cox’s Orange Pippin and juices from ten rare apple varieties. “We also do pear juice Doyenne du Comice with Quince which is popular too.” They also make real lemonade – oh and
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Over 200 people turned out for the third annual St Elizabeth Hospice’s cycle event On Your Bike! The event, which raised around £12,000, was held on Sunday 2nd September at Framlingham College and cyclists could choose from four different routes which took them around the beautiful Suffolk countryside. The 75 mile route was the most popular, with 80 people taking on the challenge with their fellow cyclists, whilst others enjoyed a more relaxing 15 mile route. Emily Sullivan, event organiser, said: “Thank you to everyone who supported us in this event. We are very grateful for every penny participants raised in sponsorship. Every £100 that was raised is equivalent to the cost of a Hospice nurse for five hours, helping them to continue their vital work improving life for people living with a progressive illness.” For photographs of the event visit: www.placesandfaces.co.uk/onyourbike
evolved greatly since then. Primarily we were restoring and reupholstering antique furniture but over the years we’ve introduced our own range of handmade curtains and sofas and now also offer an interior design service. We feel the new name Amor Interiors better reflects these developments” www.amorinteriors.co.uk Tuddenham Mill has been named as one of the ‘Top 50 restaurants 2013’ in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2013 and was the only restaurant in Suffolk to be included in the list. Each restaurant in the guide is scored from 1 to 10 and simply getting a mention is a significant accomplishment. Tuddenham Mill has been described by the prestigious guide as having ‘mesmerising skills in a seductive setting’ and scored an impressive six which indicates: ‘exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and an element of excitement’. The Good Food Guide praised Tuddenham Mill’s setting, faultless service and head chef Paul Foster’s adventurous cooking.
Centenary of International Women’s Day, and to raise money for the East Anglian Eve Appeal. Created by Woodbridge PR agency Lexia Media the agency was flooded with nominations of inspirational women for inclusion. Deborah Watson, managing director of Lexia Media, said: “We really are thrilled with the level of nominations we received and are looking forward to the project helping us to raise a significant amount of money for a female-specific cancer charity.” Featured in the book and the chair of Eve Appeal East Anglia, is Gabrielle Neal. She said: “I am delighted to have been asked to feature in a very flattering book celebrating what I, and I suspect ninety-nine others, thought was just a case of ‘getting on with life and doing something we each enjoy’.
As the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) released its summer statistics, Madalene Bonvini-Hamel and Ross Pike it has emerged that volunteer crew in of The British Larder at Bromeswell were Aldeburgh braved the roughest weather recently awarded the national title of conditions on a rescue, selected from Best Food Pub of the Year in the Great more than 3,500 callouts. On Friday 8 British Pub Awards 2012. The comedian June, the Aldeburgh crew launched in Jason Manford presented their award force 9-10 conditions to assist a 13-metre in a glittering, festival-themed dinner An impressive building on Ipswich Dutch yacht with four crewmen onboard. at London’s Park Lane Hilton. It was Waterfront that has been dormant for seven The yacht had struck the Aldeburgh Ridge Madalene and Ross’s focus on sourcing years since construction will soon be brought and lost her rudder. Working alongside ethically reared and locally grown to life. The iconic ‘Tented Building’ has been an RAF rescue helicopter, the lifeboat produce, along with their passion for taken over by father and son team Steve and managed to tow the yacht to safety turning these ingredients into a range of Callum Hewitt who are launching the Aurora despite terrible weather conditions. mouth-watering dishes, that impressed Bar and Restaurant. Steve said “Our aim is to Lifeboat stations in Suffolk have bucked the judges. Also highlighted, was the bring a captivating dine and drink experience the trend of the RNLI overall, which couple’s enthusiasm for implementing unlike any other to the Ipswich Waterfront. saw a decrease in summer callouts. This a number of imaginative initiatives. Upstairs will be offering modern, creative, summer Suffolk lifeboats were called Examples included running a selection pan-European fine dining and downstairs out more than twice as many times going of supplier and celebrity chef evenings, will serve light bites and be home to a from 18 in 2011 to 41 in 2012. bartering with local allotment holders, spectacular cocktail bar.” Aurora is expected farm tours and foraging weekends. to open in early October. Sudbury-based silk weavers and accessory “Winning this award means so much to manufacturers, Vanners, are supporting us,” said Ross. “Not only is it encouraging The Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe is designer, Wayne Hemingway and Jermyn to have our hard work recognised by delighted to announce the appointment Street shirt makers, T.M.Lewin as part of our peers, but it inspires both Maddy, of acclaimed chef Ivan Wright as the an exciting campaign, launched by youth myself and our staff to continue striving hotels new head chef. Ivan has many charity The Prince’s Trust. The Tomorrow to provide the best experience for our years experience working in local 2 Campaign is offering a group of young customers, during their each and every Rosette and 4 Stared restaurants and people, who set up their own businesses with visit to the British Larder.” hotels. help from The Trust, the unique opportunity to design and create a product that will After taking over Sitting Pretty on Friars Dozens of women from across Norfolk and be retailed nationwide. Vanners Director, Street in Sudbury in 1998 Darren and Lindsay Suffolk attended the special launch of a Mark Hubert says: ‘We are very excited to Barrs have changed the businesses name to new publication honouring 100 of East be supporting The Prince’s Trust Tomorrow Amor Interiors. Darren commented “When Anglia’s most inspirational females. The Campaign and look forward to working with we first took over the business the name event saw the unveiling of 100 Women in Wayne Hemingway and the T.M.Lewin team described what we did but our services have 100 Words, written to coincide with the to create some very special accessories.’
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WHAT’S ON and a riveting story to tell. Mercury Theatre Studio Tickets £11 / £6.50 concessions Box office: 01206 573948 • October 1 - The Ipswich Hospital Band www.mercurytheatre.co.uk • October 2 - Phoenix Brass • October 3 - The Suffolk Concert Band October 4 - 6 Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 7.30pm • October4 - The Ipswich Over 50’s Celebration 2012 Brass Band The award winning Ipswich Operatic and • October 5 - The Band of the Royal Dramatic Society returns to the Spa with a British Legion, Leiston brand new show. Featuring a selection of all-time favourite songs from musical theatre • October 6 - Martlesham Brass together with a number of popular classics Tickets: £6 - £20 from over the years, this is a show to Box Office: 01473 225269 lift your spirits! firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets: £12.50, concession £11, family (2+2) £38.00 Box office: 01394 282126 October 2 www.thespapavilion.org Snape Maltings Part of the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival Fringe Cafe 1885 Afternoon Tea With demonstrations and tastings with award-winning French chef Jean Baptiste. Jean creates all the tartlets and pastries for Cafe 1885, made by hand only a few miles from the Maltings. Jean will be sharing with you how this is done with tastings throughout the session. Tickets: £10 per person Booking: 01728 687175 October 1- 6 St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm Jubilee Band Festival Week
October 2 and 4 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.45pm I ♥ Peterborough by Joel Horwood Eastern Angles presents this frenetic story of ‘growing up gay’. A chaotic cabaret act fronted by Lulu; a big bloke with a thirtysomething son, six inch heels, a dodgy wig, 14 | placesandfaces.co.uk
October 4 - 20 Mercury Theatre, Colchester Mon to Sat 7.30pm (except Fri 12 Oct 8pm) A Mercury Theatre Company Production Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring A hilarious madcap farce featuring a policeman who thinks he’s a playwright, a plastic surgeon to the criminally insane, a nephew who thinks he’s President Teddy Roosevelt, and a pair of sweet aunts who are anything but… Tickets: £9.50 - £21 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
October 5 Maple Farm, Kelsale, 11am Guided walk as part of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival to see organic hens, organic market garden, the flour mill, pigs, turkeys and lots more! Free of Charge To book please either email email@example.com Information: 01728 652000 Farmers Markets Stowmarket Market Place, 9am-1.30pm Southwold Farmers Market, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm October 5 – 7 Woodbridge, various locations, 9am – 11pm The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival The Shuck festival will see the town's chefs and shellfish lovers indulging in the delights of our local oysters and mussels from the river Deben as well as other East Anglian seafood such as Norfolk shrimps and Essex cockles. A 3 day feast around the town's restaurants, pubs, cafes, food & wine shops, down by the river and even on the water, with tasting stalls, riverside forays, jazz on the quay, special menus, hot and cold seafood specialities, historical pub tours, sea shanties, celebration dinners and lots more great foodie events. Information: www.theshuckwoodbridge.org.uk
October 5 - 16 Pond Gallery, Snape maltings Exhibition and sale of Oriental and contemporary rugs and carpets including restoration day and evening talk on Oriental rug making. Entry: Free Information: www.persiancarpetstudio.co.uk (see full advertisement on p.61)
October 6 Farmers Markets Stradbroke Business & Enterprise College, 9am-1pm Beccles Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm Metfield Village Hall, 9am-12 noon Snape Maltings, 9.30am-1pm Botanica Nursery, Campsea Ashe 10am-4pm Fruit Harvest Tasting and Edible Hedging Tour Information 01728 747113 or www.botanica.org.uk
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October 10 The apex, Bury St Edmunds, 6pm Waterstone’s presents Jacqueline Wilson The immensely popular children’s author will be talking about her career and new book ‘Emerald Star’, the eagerly anticipated final installment in the Hetty Feather trilogy, followed by limited book signing. Tickets: £5 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk October 10-13 New Wolsey Studio, 7.45pm The New Wolsey Young Company presents Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, By Dario Fo Join the New Wolsey Young Company for a fast, funny and frantic farce where anything can happen when you’re trying to make ends meet! Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk October 11 Thorpeness Country Club Walk on the Wildside Beautiful walk through countryside and along coast in aid of Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer. A perfect get-together for
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The apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm Co-Opera Co: Don Giovanni Co-Opera Co. return after their two successful visits last season with Carmen and The Magic Flute. Lust, revenge, jealousy, murder, rape, seduction, deceit... all of this in a comedy? It must be Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Whether you are an incurable opera lover or an innocent opera virgin Co-Opera Co. has something for you – a fresh, youthful take on beloved operatic gems. Tickets: £26/£19/£5 (U25s) Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk
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What’s On October 12 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 6-10pm Bag-It! A sparkling evening of fun, fashion and entertainment at this fantastic fundraising event. A selection of Suffolk boutiques will be selling bags, shoes, scarves and jewellery, plus lots more. Information: 01473 295230 www.danceeast.co.uk Woolpit Village Hall, 7.30pm An Audience With Charles Dickens A Special Autumn Festival event - "An Audience With Charles Dickens". A virtuoso performance of the greatest scenes from some of Dickens' best stories, performed by his Great Great Grandson, Gerald Dickens. Tickets: £13/£11 Tel: 01359 240655 Email: email@example.com Farmers Markets Southwold Farmers Market, Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm October 12-13 Snape Maltings, Britten Studio, 8pm Belcea Quartet: Beethoven Cycle
Continuation of their year-long project to perform and record all Beethoven quartets with Quartet Op.18 No.5 in A, Quartet Op.130 in B flat with Große Fuge Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk October 13 Farmers Markets Halesworth Town Centre, 9am–1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm St John’s Church, Orwell Road, Felixstowe, 7.30pm Suffolk Phoenix Brass Band Concert with special guest start Richard Reaville A charity concert raising funds for Seafarers UK (KGFS), an organization that collects and distributes funds to charities supporting sailors and their dependents from the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and fishing fleets. Tickets: £12 including refreshments Tel: 01394 284174 Ipswich Corn Exchange, 7.30pm Wolsey Orchestra 40th Birthday Concert Leader: Jamie Foreman Conductor: Ben Palmer
Having given its début public performance in October 1972 in the Ipswich Council Chamber as Wolsey Chamber Orchestra and with three founder members still regularly playing, the Wolsey Orchestra proudly celebrates forty years of ‘Promoting Musical Excellence’. Tickets: £12/£9/£5 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com October 13-28 The Cut, Halesworth Halesworth Arts Festival It’s the 11th year of the festival which is now drawing in audiences from all over the country. • October 13, 7.30pm Glenn Miller Orchestra Tickets: £24.50 • October 14, 7.30pm Clare Teal Tickets: £19.50 • October 15, 7.30pm Alessandro Taverna Tickets: £18.50
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• October 16, 7.30pm Fitzrovia Radio Hour Tickets: £15.50 • October 17, 7.30pm An Evening with Rick Wakeman Tickets: £23.50 • October 18, 7.30pm Badke Quartet Tickets: £15.50 • October 19, 7.30pm Flanders & Swann Tickets: £16.50 • October 20, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Tickets: £13.50
Entry: £15 per adult, £3 per child including entry into Ickworth park & gardens Booking essential via afternoonteaparty@ suffolkvintagechinahire.co.uk T: 07527 473343 New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm Celebrating Black History Month God Bless the Child: An evening with Billie Holiday Written and directed by Mike Levanzin with Katrina Beckford as Billie Holiday. The story of one of the most extraordinary and enigmatic singers in music history. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Farmers Markets Assington,The Barn, 10am-2pm
enough to join in. Yes, our very own planet Earth will be taking part for the very first time. But who will represent the human race? And how will they decide what to perform? Tickets: Free (but booking is essential) Box Office: 01394 615015 www.seckfordtheatre.org
October 16 Ufford Park Hotel, Melton, 9am to 3pm St John Gift Fair 2012 This is the 24th Gift Fair in aid of St. John Ambulance (Suffolk) and is a wonderful opportunity to buy early Christmas presents for family and friends as well as plenty of things for yourself and for your home. There is an eclectic mix of stalls from all over the country, and everything for sale is special. Box Office: 01986 874264 Entry: £3 on the door Venue Address: New Cut, Halesworth, Limited number of tickets available for the IP19 8BY Private View on the evening of Monday 15th October 15 October - £10 each. Please apply to: Cindy Seckford Theatre, 7.30pm October 14 The Milky Way Kid de la Rue, Melton Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk, West Wing, Ickworth Park, Horringer, 3pm Presented by Woodbridge Senior School IP12 1PF enclosing a cheque made payable Afternoon Tea Party in aid of Leukaemia & It’s a very special night for The Milky Way – to St. John Ambulance together with a Lymphoma Research the first ever pan-galactic talent show, ‘Starry, stamped address envelope. Entertainment from Bury St Edmunds County Starry Night’. Every intelligent life form in the Upper School Swing Band, tea and coffee, galaxy will be there. The voting alone will last sandwiches, cakes and scones served on a decade and this year we’re finally intelligent vintage crockery.
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Friday 12 October, 7.00 - 10.00pm Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich An evening of fun, fashion accessories catwalk show and live music from the glamorous Lili La Scala! Tickets £15
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What’s On October 16-20 New Wolsey, Ipswich, 7.45pm (7.00pm on Tue 16 October) Matinee: Wed 17 October at 2.30pm Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal present The Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner, By Alan Sillitoe A new adaptation by Roy Williams this searing text of class and the criminal justice system races to the stage in a stunning new production for the Olympic year of 2012. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk October 18 White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh, 10.30–12 Noon Talk by Alison Lanchester from St. Elizabeth's Hospice and Karen Hare from Cancer Campaign in Suffolk. An opportunity to find out more about the work of these two very worthwhile organisations Information: 01728 621553 October 18-21 Snape Maltings Britten Weekend • October 18, 19 and 21 Les Mamelles de Tirésias
• October 20 On Love and Death Appalachian Spring Ensemble 360 • October 21 In Memoriam Dennis Brain Aldeburgh Strings Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk October 19 St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.30pm Hannah Horton Quartet Box Office: 01473 225269 Information: manager@ stpetersbythewaterfront.com Farmers Markets Southwold Farmers, Market Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm October 19 and 20 Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7.30pm God’s Garden (see mini preview) Tickets: £7
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Box office: 01473 295293 www.danceeast.co.uk October 20 The apex, Bury St Edmunds, 7.30pm London Community Gospel Choir Renowned for their funky gospel flair, swing-beat, RnB, traditional and soulful arrangements, invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics, this dynamic group have performed at Wembley, Glastonbury and on the soundtrack for the Disney film the Lion King. Tickets: £19 Box Office: 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk Farmers Markets Harkstead Village hall, 9am-12 noon Aldeburgh Church Hall, 9am-12.30 Beccles Beccles Heliport, 9am-1pm Debenham Community Centre, 9am-1pm October 20 – November 23 The Gallery, Snape Maltings Natasha Newton Exhibition Natasha lives in Suffolk and Paris. The trees, birds and starry night skies she paints reflect her love of nature in a dream-like combination.
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October 21 Framlingham College, 9.30-5pm Suffolk Singers Choral Workshop Choral Workshop - Coronation Anthems for the Queen's Jubilee; Handel ‘Zadok the Priest’, Parry ‘I was glad’ & Elgar ‘Great is the Lord’. Directed by Claire Weston. Includes a free public performance at 4.30pm. New participants and old friends are welcome. Prices: Adult £17, under 19s free Contact: Alison Bestow 01473 625070 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Foxburrow Farm, Melton, 2-4pm Apple Day celebrations Apple ID, apple tasting and juicing, trails in the orchard, apple games such as apple bobbing, the longest peel and apple crafts. Home-made cakes and teas. Entry: Adults £2, children £1 Contact: 01394 380113 Email: foxburrow.education@ suffolkwildlifetrust.org October 22-27 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 7.30pm and 2.30pm The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Madcap plots, misunderstandings, a handbag and the glorious wit of Oscar Wilde come together in this hilarious masterpiece of mistaken identity with a star cast featuring Corrine Wicks (Emmerdale) and real life husband Tom Butcher (The Bill, Doctors). Tickets: £10.50/£22.50 Box office: 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk October 23-27 New Wolsey, Ipswich The Watermill Theatre and Radio Times Ltd present Radio Times (See mini preview) Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk October 24 Ipswich Regent, 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present ‘A Night At The Opera’ An unforgettable evening of arias, duets and overtures from your all-time favourite operas. Conductor: Renato Balsadonna, Soprano: Deborah Norman, Tenor: John Hudson Tickets: £15 to £29 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com 20 | placesandfaces.co.uk
What's On October 24-27 New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich, 7.45pm The New Wolsey Youth Theatre present Millions, By Frank Cottrell Boyce Frank Cottrell Boyce’s bittersweet story of two brothers caught up in a train robbery will make you laugh and may even make cry. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk October 26 Farmers Markets Southwold Farmers, Market Adnams Cellar and Kitchen Store, 9am-12.30pm Ipswich Regent Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Boogie-woogie piano master Jools Holland is on tour with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for what has now become one of the UK’s most popular annual tours. Jools’ famous ‘big-band’ sound and the ultimate party experience will travel across the length and breadth of the country, with some very special guests to accompany him. Tickets: £34.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com October 27 Stowmarket Football Club, 5pm The Dame Vera Lynn Trust - Fire Walk & Halloween Party Who would you walk over hot coals for? Are you brave enough to walk across 800 degree burning coals for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for children with Cerebral Palsy? Entry: £25 registration fee for fire walkers. Spectator tickets and entry to Halloween Party (includes food) £7.50 each (under 16yrs free) Information: Sara White on 01473 652880 Email: email@example.com www.dvltrust.org.uk
burlesque with a sizzling show direct from their cabaret supper club in the heart of London. Expect high kicks, high jinx and a whole lot of va va voom… don’t miss it! Age guidance 18yrs+. Tickets: £7 Box office: 01473 295293 www.danceeast.co.uk Farmers Markets Easton, Easton Farm Park, 9am-1pm Southwold, The Pier, 9am-1pm Woodbridge Community Centre, 9am-1pm October 28 Farmers Markets Lavenham Village Hall, 10am-1.30pm Aldeburgh's Big Folk Shout An afternoon of learning about and singing folk music – from traditional to contemporary including folk song arrangements. Led by Olivia Chaney Box office: 01728 687110 www.aldeburgh.co.uk October 30 Ipswich Regent, 8pm Paul Carrack – Good Feeling Tour Former Mike & The Mechanics front-man, Squeeze member and the voice behind world-wide hits such as Ace's 'How Long', Squeeze's 'Tempted' and timeless classic 'The Living Years', who has a reputation as a stunning live performer. 'His soulful gem of a voice is one of pop's best kept secrets. It's about time that changed.' Daily Mail Tickets: £38.50 & £28.50 Box Office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com October 30 & 31 Snape Maltings Roald Dahl Storytelling Two full days of storytelling from the Roald Dahl Museum and Storytelling Centre and Chocolate Fun workshops for youngsters. For bookings telephone 01728 688303
Jerwood Dance House, Ipswich, 7.30pm Burlesque Bonanza – Volupté After a sell-out success at the DanceEast Spiegeltent this summer, Volupté return with a bang! Volupté will be bringing a twist of
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SUGGS, MY LIFE IN WORDS AND MUSIC Ipswich Corn Exchange, October 7
oes anyone remember Madness at The Gaumont in Ipswich in their heyday? It was one of the most riotous, joyful and memorable concerts I’ve ever been to. The band led by singer Suggs, was something special then and clearly still is now having this year alone sung on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and at the closing ceremony of the Olympics. So Suggs, My Life Story in Words and Music, “Is it a play? Is it stand up comedy? Is it Music Hall?”, is a must and reviews have described the show as “Hilarious, yet moving, a one man tour de force.” The show was inspired by the death of Suggs' beloved cat on his 50th birthday which triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew.
THE SACRED FLAME New Wolsey, Ipswich, October 9-13
Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen... Witness Suggs cannon ball to the heights of pop success, stumble and plummet down through the trap-door of failure and then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show-business success. It’s a hilarious (and sometimes sad) story of a life he can still not quite believe is happening. According to Dominic Maxwell from The Times, “Suggs has natural comic timing and tells his story with wit and grace in this hugely enjoyable evening”. Box office: 01473 433100 www.ipswichregent.com
taut, elegant classic murder mystery that explores the boundaries of honour, forgiveness, and "the Sacred Flame" of love. World War One hero Maurice Tabret is disabled after a flying accident but is tended lovingly by his mother, his beautiful wife Stella, and the devoted Nurse Wayland. When he dies from an overdose during the night, and it is revealed that Stella is in love with Maurice's brother Colin and is expecting a baby, questions begin to be raised as to whether it was murder or suicide. This part thriller, part love story was created by the enduringly popular playwright and novelist, Somerset Maugham. It’s tense and graceful and a fascinating exploration of love, devotion and family. Performed by The English Touring Theatre, directed by Matthew Dunster (Mogadishu Royal Exchange, Manchester; Love The Sinner, National Theatre & Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Globe), design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Lee Curran and sound by Emma Laxton. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
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fter a sell-out tour, Arthur Pita’s Open Heart Productions returns to the DanceHouse with God’s Garden. This full-length work is based on the parable of the Prodigal Son, and brings to life the intensity and drama of rustic Portuguese village life through dance, theatre and live fado music. Design by Jean-Marc Puissant and a cast whose ages range from 26 to 82! Set high on a hill looking over the sea lays the magnificent village of Porto Moniz in Madeira. The golden boy of the Costa family flees on his wedding day, jilting his faithful bride in order to sow his wild oats. However, when the prodigal son returns, there is much for his family to celebrate… and though the jilted bride’s tears water a hungry garden, a wronged woman must take her revenge! Pita’s surreal dance theatre includes three emotional duets including an 82-year-old dancing grandmother, Diana Payne-Myers and a blind Father Jose Manuel Figueira. The music is performed live on stage and is based on Portuguese traditional folk music, which is sometimes quite mournful and at other times quite joyful.
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New Wolsey Theatre, October 23-27 heatre audiences in Ipswich are in for a real treat this month with this visiting show from the Watermill Theatre and Radio Times Ltd. Fun, heart-warming and fast-moving it’s a 22 | placesandfaces.co.uk
fabulously entertaining musical. It’s chock-full of quick-fire gags, sidesplitting routines and classic songs from Noel Gay (Me and My Girl) and features the combined talents of West End stars, Gary
Wilmot and Sara Crowe with a company of The Watermill's most gifted actor musicians. In the heart of the West End, in blitztorn London, the cast of the BBC lightentertainment wireless show, Variety Bandwagon, prepare to do their bit for the war effort. Variety Bandwagon is about to broadcast live on radio to America for the first time. The line-up is shrinking and there is no sign of Sammy Shaw the star of the show. With seconds to spare he arrives with Gary Strong, a Hollywood movie idol. The broadcast seems assured. But Sammy's girlfriend knows Gary of old and rivalry fills the studio. Can Sammy hang on to girlfriend Olive’s love with old flame Gary back on the scene? Featuring many well known songs including Run Rabbit Run, Hey Little Hen and There's Something About a Soldier, this memorable musical will send you home singing and dancing. "Radio Times gives us a couple of golden hours in the company of Gay's songs” The Telegraph. Box office: 01473 295900 www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
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With the economic turmoil of the last years investing your money may not have appeared as straightforward as it once was. So where should you put your cash? Places&Faces® considers some alternatives ime was when stocks, shares and property were the obvious places for people to spend in order to grow their wealth. Since 2008 however making money from your investments hasn’t been all that it once was so increasingly people have been seeking out alternatives. We’ve talked to experts in the antique market about art, ceramics and vintage cars and Johnny Wheeler of Culver Street about the benefits of buying vintage wine.
Johnny Wheeler of Culver Street, an accredited trading member of the Liv-ex international wine exchange, explains the how’s and why’s of the wine market and why the French are still on top. Really good wine is a source of satisfaction for many people, who enjoy selecting the best vintages, building up a fine cellar and of course sharing good bottles with family and friends. The fact that the top wines have
appreciated significantly in value in every decade of the last fifty years adds to the pleasure. For this reason, wine is increasingly seen as a worthwhile alternative investment, one that is open to anyone whether an expert or beginner. Investing can take a number of forms, from funds to companies qualifying for income tax relief, but for many customers the most satisfying way is through direct ownership of a collection of wine. For decades private buyers have profited from the maxim of ‘buy two cases, sell one and drink for nothing’, on the basis of wines that have doubled their value over a decade or two. Until now auction houses were the main route to selling but the last 20 years has seen the growth of an industry of brokers, dealers and international traders entering the marketplace. On-line valuations, stock exchange trading and currency leverage form the language of
today’s fine wine market. Jargon always complicates the issue: yet at heart wine investment is straightforward and the fundamentals are pretty simple. First is the fact that really good wines – the top Bordeaux, Burgundies, Champagnes and others – improve with age and with this comes the expectation of rising value over time. This is re-enforced by increasing scarcity as each cork is pulled, driving values further even after a vintage has reached full maturity. Another important factor is the growing attraction of fine wines around the world. In the 1970s it was the United States that was the new market frontier, Japan in the 1980s, Korea and Russia in the 1990s and China in the last decade. The spread of the wine bug seems to show no sign of abating and experts are talking of India and Brazil as the next significant export destinations.
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There is plenty of wine produced today in Europe and the New World, and vineyard plantings in new countries reported almost daily, but virtually all of this is everyday quality at everyday prices, with no prospect of appreciation. The investment market is based on truly fine wines whose supply is restricted to the most celebrated regions of Europe and isolated hot spots elsewhere. Bordeaux, the most traded wine on the international market, boasts the best known names – its famous ‘classed growths’– but even here only the crème de la crème such as Latour, Margaux and Lafite-Rothschild are sufficiently well-known around the world to be considered investment opportunities. As new markets for the best of the best open up, demand pressure tends to push prices in one direction only. The long term trend, as measured by the Liv-ex 100 index, from 2000 to 2011 was for over 10% annual growth in wine values. This is not to say that investing in wine is a one-way bet. No-one is forced to drink 24 | placesandfaces.co.uk
insurance is normally included, a very useful side benefit. The question of which wines to lay down is critical and this is where expert advice is needed. Does it make sense to stick to the classics, or is now the time to buy into the rising stars? Not every wine will rise in value and the market itself changes over time. To take just one example, vintage port appears no longer to be the safe bet that it was in the past: consumption has fallen over the years and its prices are stubbornly flat. According to Hugo Rose, a Master of Wine and Culver Street’s investment manager, the recommended approach is to suggest a ‘structured’ cellar with the aim of achieving a degree of diversity, not just in producers and regions but also in vintages and styles. “We seek to ‘float with the rising tide’ rather than to stock-pick or attempt to identify the next fashion trend”, he explains. Wine funds operate in the same way as other financial funds and are regulated accordingly. They buy large parcels of wine and sell after five or ten years with profits returned to investors. As these operate under FSA regulation there will be an annual management charge to be deducted, plus incentives for the fund managers. On the face of it funds seem an expensive way of entering the market but they will suit investors seeking professional assurance, and the investment can usually be included in a SIPP. Culver Street has recently been appointed wine and its fortunes can go down as well as wine advisor to Vinsignia, a new wine as up. The new-found popularity of Chateau fund of a different sort. It actively trades Lafite-Rothschild in China, for example, in wines on a day to day basis and as such led to a surge in imports and to a wave of qualifies under the Government’s Enterprise counterfeits flooding the market and as a Investment Scheme (EIS), delivering a result prices have fallen sharply recently. significant level of income tax relief after For most observers this was a welcome three years as well as a potential profit on the correction in a market that was in danger of investment. overheating. Wine merchants cannot give general There are a number of house-keeping rules investment advice and if you are considering that apply to the storage of wine that may investing in wine will always recommend eventually be sold on. The most important is, that you consult an independent financial sadly for wine enthusiasts, not to be tempted advisor to find out which form of investment, to store the wine at home. However good and at what level, suits your circumstances your cellar it is difficult to provide the same and future needs. assurance of provenance, which comes with This applies too in the case of a direct wine that is kept throughout its life in a purchase where a significant sum is involved. regulated bonded warehouse. To provide orders of magnitude, a case of a Not only that but you will have paid Bordeaux first growth will cost from £3000 duty and VAT on wine stored at home, and upwards – yes, that’s £250 a bottle, before paradoxically buyers will be less interested tax and a structured cellar begins to take than in ‘under bond’ stock. shape with least a dozen different cases. The The implication of professional storage is good news is that you can buy a case at a that you will have to pay storage charges time, each new purchase contributing to the – usually £10-15 per case per year – but goal of a well-balanced portfolio.
with a stable market sellers have confidence to sell and buyers have confidence to buy VINTAGE CARS
If you are the proud owner of a classic vehicle doubtless one or two eyebrows will have been raised this summer at the recordbreaking prices that have been achieved in the collector’s car market. At Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed in June a ‘Birkin’ single seater Bentley sold for an eye-watering £5 million becoming the most expensive British car ever sold at
auction, while a ‘Corgi’ Rolls-Royce went for record £4.7 million. Although Bonhams is experiencing a record year and the market is presently very strong, James Knight - the International Managing Director of the Bonhams Motoring Department - advises caution. The Collectors' motor car market has witnessed value and volume growth at rates not seen since the late 1980s. However,
whereas the market crashed in the early 1990s, Mr Knight does not expect a similar fate at present. "Today's dynamics are very different from those in the late 1980s and early '90s", said James. "Although one can draw comparisons with the housing market rise and increasing interest rates, most interesting motor cars sold today are acquired with liquid funds, not borrowed money as was the case in the '80s
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and '90s boom then bust period. “People then were buying cars with borrowed money they soon found they could not afford and it burned them." It is this specific aspect that encourages James Knight to believe that when the market adjusts - as it surely will - it will this time provide be a soft landing, unlike the early 1990s. Tim Schofield, Director of the Bonhams Motor Car Department, advises individuals considering buying classic cars as a means of investment that they actually regard the market as a hobby. “It is true people consider what the re-sale value could be when it comes to the decision to sell, but I believe a very high percentage of the people who attend our sales and buy cars we present have an emotional attachment to the subject. “We do not necessarily court investors as we believe a sudden influx of investors could upset the equilibrium of supply and demand. The fear is that if investors treat collectors’ motor cars like stocks and shares, then they may behave like stocks and shares. “Our market seeks stability: with a stable market sellers have confidence to sell and buyers have confidence to buy”. However if you are tempted what sort of car should you buy? “Certain manufacturers, certain periods and types, and certain provenance of cars have performed very well. Exclusive and luxurious marques such as Ferrari and Aston Martin have done so, sports racing cars from the 1950s are also in demand and any car that can be regarded as a prime example is also coveted. “I mean a motor car that’s superbly restored or has tremendous history. It’s not as simple as saying the top end of the market is doing very well and the lower end of the market isn’t doing well. A compromised Ferrari is a difficult car to sell, whereas a superbly restored Austin Healey will pleasantly surprise when offered for sale. “Another sector of the market that has performed well is veteran / Edwardian motor cars (dawn of motoring up to 1919), especially those cars eligible for the annual and prestigious London to Brighton veteran car run, which is open to cars manufactured pre-1905. He says that people need to remember that motor cars require a great deal of care and attention. They need constant upkeep, and things like insurance, good garaging and regular maintenance and running cost money. Once a car has been restored or once a brand new car rolls out of the showroom, 26 | placesandfaces.co.uk
its condition deteriorates on a daily basis, whereas an item of jewellery, an Old Master painting, or a fine watch doesn’t necessary require that same amount of care and attention. “What is an anomaly, however, is that to sell well some models, marques or types need to be as original a specification as possible (e.g. Ferraris with their Classiche certification need to be stock standard as they left the factory), whereas – for example – a UK Aston Martin buyer is very happy to pay a premium for an up-rated, enhanced or modified DB4, 5 or 6, over and above the standard, as-left-thefactory example.” So do classics go out of fashion like clothes? How can you predict what will be sought after? “They can do, but it is difficult to predict what will be sought after next. As every day goes past, a used car becomes a classic. In the 1980s no one would have thought a Golf GTI MkI or a Renault Spyder, or a BMW M3 Saloon would become a classic, but now they are. Five years ago they were regarded as used cars and today they are seen as emerging classics.”
In some areas prices have dropped to more than half of what they were
ART AND ANTIQUES
According to Antony Bennett, regional director of Bonhams, he does not think people generally buy antiques as investments. “They buy because they love something – it might be Georgian glass, silver boxes or teaspoons and for the last 80 years or so antiques have proved to be quite a good investment.” However, he says over the last ten years the market has changed with some areas dropping in significance. Traditional antique furniture for example once used to be very popular but it isn’t any longer. In some areas prices have dropped to more than half of what they were and in part the reasons aren’t exactly clear. However, for example, Anthony says that young people in their 20s or 30s no longer want to furnish their homes in the same way as their parents or grandparents so demand has dropped. Paintings – the biggest sellers in the art market - have also changed. The really good items have gone up in price but anything that’s average or below average and things like Victorian water-colours seem to be worth less than they once were. However if you bought a picture from the Lowry School period ten or 15 years ago for around the £2,000-£3,000 mark you might
well find your picture is now worth more. Antiques that have become increasingly popular include silver and Chinese antiques – recently an Imperial Chinese vase sold for £9,001,250! Colin Sheaf, Head of Asian Art at Bonhams, said: "All things in classic Chinese taste are currently in huge demand." If you’d like to find out more contact www.culverstreet.co.uk or www.bonhams.com
FROM SHIP TO SHAW
Left to right: Peter Osborne, Jason Shaw, Dean Fryer
When the majority of the population are still fast asleep a small band of hardy men head out to sea. Adrian Rawlinson finds out about a Suffolk inshore fisherman’s typical day and talks to those that believe it is a way of life that deserves defending egular readers of Places & Faces will recall that last month we spoke to Roger Hipwell of the Orford Inshore Fisherman’s Association about the issues facing our inshore fishermen, how the 77 per cent of the UK fishing fleet that they comprise only have access to four per cent of the UK fishing quota, and how with new EU regulations on the horizon this way of life is likely to come under even more pressure. This month we continue our focus on this much loved aspect of our Suffolk heritage talking directly to a man at the sharp end of the industry and a local hotelier and chef who believe it is a way of life that needs to be protected. It’s 7.45am on a late summers morning and the picturesque town of Aldeburgh is beginning to stir. Joggers, cyclists and dog walkers dot the coastal path taking
advantage of the quiet before the town dons its more frenetic guise of popular visitor destination. However behind this quiet post dawn façade are a group of men who are already half way through their working day. These men are the day boat fisherman of our inshore waters. Dean Fryer is one such man. A fisherman in Aldeburgh for 31 years Dean’s black hut is located on Market Cross Place opposite the White Lion Hotel. “I knew as a child I was never cut out for working in an office or a factory so as soon as I left school at 16 I went to sea. Initially I worked with a local fishing legend Billy Burrell as an apprentice, then after a few years got my own boat and this has been my life ever since” On the morning we met I couldn’t think of a more idyllic job. The sea was a mill pond and
the sun was shining. Dean agreed it did look idyllic but assured me this was not the norm and also reminded me that approximately six hours earlier, when his day had started, it may not have seemed so appealing. “Our normal day starts at around 2.30am when we will head out to sea, depending on what we are looking to catch or the tides we will generally go six to ten miles out and aim to be back on shore for 7.30am. The season dictates how we fish, currently we are net fishing for flounders, huss and Dover sole but in the winter we change to lines targeting cod, skate and bass. “Weather permitting we do this seven days a week, although in winter we will often only to be able to get out four or five times. Our only official days off are Christmas Day and the Aldeburgh Carnival. As Dean’s colleagues, Paul Gittens and
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Mike Wilson, got on with the business of unloading and cleaning the day’s catch Dean explained how his job had changed in the 30 plus years he had been doing it. “Legislation and quotas are our biggest issue. The fishing hasn’t changed at all. Cod, soul and skate are as plentiful as ever however what we are allowed to land is constantly being reduced. We only ever take out enough gear to catch what we need but, as careful and responsible as we are, at times in winter when we are cod fishing we can end up having to throw 50-60 per cent of what we catch back into the sea. It is a total waste and needs to be addressed, not just because it makes it very hard to make a living but because common sense says that this is not the best way to manage fish stocks.” Against a background of eager gulls – the constant companions to a working fisherman - the number of people on the sea front has started to increase and gradually locals and holiday makers alike visit Dean’s hut ready to inspect and buy the catch of the day. “Buying fresh fish from the beach makes my holiday – I do it every time we visit” one customer volunteers. Another local listens to Dean’s advice about the best way to simply grill a sole and leaves with parcel in hand and a big grin. Approximately 50 per cent of the daily catch is sold to customers in this way, with the other fifty per cent going to local hotels and restaurants such as the Wentworth, The Lighthouse and The White Lion. The General Manager of the White Lion, Peter Osborne, is a keen supporter of the local fisherman, and buys from them whenever possible. Joined by head chef Jason Shaw they peruse the days catch and explained why they buy locally. “First and foremost it is about quality” Peter said “We are blessed to be able to buy fish straight from the sea and this allows us to present it to our clients at its absolute best. It is also important to support the local fisherman because they are an important piece of what this town is about. You have seen for yourself that visitors come here and
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buy fish, it’s part of the experience, part of the attraction of coming to Aldeburgh.” Jason has the look of a child in a sweet shop as he ponders the bounty before him. Peter has given him the OK and he can shop to his heart’s content. Of particular interest today is the Huss. “I love this fish and it is has proved very popular since it’s been on our menu. It is however a fish with an identity crisis. Huss, Dogfish, Rock Eel, Rock Salmon – all names for the same fish. One thing is for sure though, whatever you call it the taste is delicious.” Jason agrees with Peter about the quality and the importance of people like Dean. “Contrary to popular belief most fish are better the day after catching, like meat they need just a little time to relax, so knowing when they were caught is a real advantage
for a chef. It is fantastic to have this choice literally on our doorstep and we must all do whatever we can to ensure that this way of life does not come under further threat.” The EU Common Fisheries Policy which sets the rules and quotas for our fisherman is currently under review and the outcome of this review will have a significant effect on our local fishing industry. A number of organisations including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s ‘Fish Fight’ and Greenpeace in association with NUTFA (the New Under Ten Fishermen's Association) are campaigning to support the UK inshore fishing industry. For more information visit: www.fishfight.net or see www.greenpeace.org.uk/oceans/ beafishermansfriend
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Jason Shaw shares his recipe for the White Lion favourite Sweet chilli marinated dog fish with char grilled new potatoes, asparagus and radish salad with lemon A.K.A ‘Dean’s day boat dog fish’ SERVES 2 INGREDIENTS
1-2lb Huss (Dog Fish) cut into six 2 inch steaks 3 tablespoons of Sweet chill sauce 8 pre boiled new potatoes cut in half and marinated in olive oil and thyme and then char-grilled or pan-fry as for sauté. 8 pieces asparagus (if available) if no asparagus pak choi makes a great substitute using 2 bunches mixed salad leaves red radish (sliced) olive oil 1 tablespoon basil pesto a lemon
Place char griller on flames and make very hot Meanwhile cut 3 good steaks about 2 inches thick from the Huss and marinade in sweet chilli sauce Slice new potatoes in half (length ways) and season in olive oil with the asparagus Mix the salad leaves and red radish in a bowl and dress with basil pesto Place dog fish on char griller and grill both sides then leave to rest for 5 mins just so the flesh can relax Char grill the new potatoes and asparagus and arrange on serving platter
Char grill half lemon and place on serving platter Place dog fish onto platter and finish of with the mixed red radish salad.
CHEF’S TIP When cooking the dog fish the steaks take about 5 minutes each side and the best way to check they are cooked through is that the flesh will fall away from the bone. When cooking fish it is also important to rest the fish so the flesh can relax and the optimum flavour can be achieved.
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THE BEST JOB
IN THE WORLD? Imagine having a job that required you to seek out and discover the very best of fine wines. Anne Gould spoke to Adnams Fine Wine Manager Rob Chase about what his work involves
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etting a parcel in the post these days is something of a treat but for Rob Chase there are regularly 30 or more unsolicited bottles of fine wine from around the world that simply land on his desk every week. Even better, every Thursday morning he and a colleague will sit down and taste all these wines in the quest to discover something new, something different to offer on the exclusive and award-winning Adnams Wine List. Then there are wine tastings for customers, businesses and general interest groups and sometimes travel abroad too, but no two days are quite the same. Of course there’s much time in the office, in Southwold, but even that is devoted to writing extensive tasting notes
for specialist wines that are on sale. Clearly Rob loves what he does and his enthusiasm is infectious – so much so that I’ve come home with a quest to sample English sparkling wine sometime very soon. He says it’s equally good if not better than Champagne, and Rob would even choose English sparkling wine for his daughter’s wedding so it probably doesn’t come much better recommendation than that. For those of us who simply ponder red, white or possibly rose and aim for a £10 a bottle price limit, Rob’s fine wines might seem like another world. But that’s very much part of his day’s work – taking calls from customers asking for recommendations, talking to wine houses about what’s coming up and of course writing his regular column for Places & Faces.
Suffolk People | Rob Chase
It dawned on me that this was pretty civilised and I decided that I would combine my French and love of travel with buying wine.
His passion for fine wine started as a young man while he was still at school and has very much dictated the whole of his life – he even met his wife Catriona Young, the BBC Radio 3 newsreader, during an Adnams wine tasting in London in the early 90s. Rob said his future career was conceived when, “I spent a year at school in France, primarily to learn the language but I also learned about civilised French dining. “I was living with a family with nine children and all apart from the youngest who were aged four and six would have wine with their meal. “It dawned on me that this was pretty civilised and I decided that I would combine my French and love of travel with buying wine.” Rob, who also speaks German says the whole experience has been wonderful not least working in Southwold for Adnams – although the town is now much busier than it was years ago. “These days in the summer I get to work extra early to avoid the crowds and make sure I get a parking space,” he says. “My job has taken me all over the world to Australia, New Zealand and of course to Europe and I used to have to go away a lot but it’s much less these days, although I still go to France. “Email makes it so much easier to communicate with wine houses, customers and retailers,” he explained. His mission is to spread the word about fine wines and his message is clearly that they are meant to be a treat. “They are not something you have every day.” Most nights, at home near Halesworth, his wine with dinner that might have cost around the £8 mark – although as he’s collected an extensive cellar over the years he often finds they have improved over time. It’s this unpredictability that makes it very hard for him to define exactly what a fine wine is, a question he is frequently asked by people who come along to his wine tastings. You might say it’s something that costs between £20 and £2,500 or perhaps more
but says Rob, “I might drink a bottle that I might have had for five years which cost £10 which is really really good.” Of course choosing the sort of wine that’s going to improve like this is Rob’s area of professional expertise and why he, rather than just any ordinary drinker, gets to sample the 30 new vintages every week. “Sometimes on Thursdays we find one or two wines we like but sometimes we don’t.” Obviously the tasting team have to spit out the wine, he says, because if you drank it the alcohol could affect your judgement and every wine has to be carefully analysed and recorded for its taste and its nose. If they do find something that’s good one of them will take it home to drink that evening to check that what they thought in the office holds true when consumed with food too. So what happens to the rejected wines, “All the rest of the bottles have their tops put on and we leave them outside our office door so that other Adnams staff can take them home for the weekend.” The aim of the weekly wine tasting at the Southwold HQ he says is to find something new and different to add to the wine list – and sometimes there isn’t anything. It’s really exciting to find something completely different though. “There was a time when wines from the New World were providing what we were looking for but these days he says they are back in Europe but looking east. “We found some wines from Romania last year which are particularly good value and good quality. Last month we discovered some Turkish wine too from Anatolia which were made from grape varieties we’d never even heard of and produced something that was really exciting” Other countries including Hungary and Greece are doing well too. Rob says that Adnams stocks 400-500 wines and they aren’t necessarily trying to increase the selection but obviously some sell out and have to be replenished. “We also sell wine that’s em primeur – which means that it’s still in the
barrel – usually from a very desirable property and something that would not necessarily be readily available. “People buy like this for an investment and then it’s bottled at the chateau and shipped to the UK. We’d probably keep some ourselves too and sell it when the time was right.” Whatever Rob and the team are doing they are doing it right because people right across East Anglia and the UK are following their advice – and often having purchased online they like to travel up to Southwold to collect their purchase. Work isn’t just about tasting and travel though, Rob does a lot of writing especially for the speciality wine cases that are sold by Adnams. He explained the accompanying notes are often pages long and have to be carefully considered. “Each wine has to be analysed in depth and I make recommendations about what they should be eaten with and how they should be served.” Of course another part of his job, which he particularly enjoys, is running tastings for customers – because it’s an opportunity to show people just how different fine wines can be. The subject of the tasting can be infinitely variable – some people like to taste reds or whites, maybe he’d compare produce from the Loire and Rhone valleys, the old world versus the new world. Currently he has a regular session for a group of women who want to find more about buying wine because it’s something their husbands normally do. He can even show you how spending just an extra £1.50 on top of what you might pay for a bottle of Cotes du Rhone from the supermarket can make a huge difference! For more information on Adnams wine, tastings and The Adnams wine club visit www.adnams.co.uk/wine
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Picture postcard Suffolk with its big skies and apparent bucolic bliss is in reality a lonely place for many people. The Rural Coffee Caravan is working hard to change this. Anne Gould finds out more about its work and future iving in a gorgeous village out in the country is what most people think about when they visualise their ideal home. But thatched roofs, cottage gardens and fresh air can be almost like a prison if you are living alone, without transport, access to the internet and the local pub or shop has shut down. Rural isolation in Suffolk is something that the charity Coffee Caravan has been fighting to alleviate since 2003. It’s done a brilliant job too and now has two caravans that are out and about in communities right across the county on a daily basis from Stradishall, Ousden 32 | placesandfaces.co.uk
and Kentford in the west to Thorpeness, Aldringham and Benhall in the east. Providing a free cuppa, cake and an opportunity to have a friendly chat or provide information on everything from benefits to health it’s become a lifeline for many. In fact this year the charity was recognised for its work by being nominated for the Queens Award for Volunteering and invited to a garden party at Sandringham. However due to funding cuts it’s got another battle front – raising money for its £90,000 a year running costs. Last month project officer Garry Simmonds walked from
Felixstowe to Lowestoft and back along the Suffolk Heritage Coast Path to help publicise its work and aiming to raise £3,000 towards that goal. He was supported by the Froize Inn at Chillesford, which put on a charity BBQ on one of his overnight camping stops and the White Lion at Aldeburgh, which offered him a bed on the return journey. His 118-mile trek took eight days but in reality what he paid for is just enough to cover the cost of his diesel for the year. Project Manager, Ann Osborn said, “We have always been very lucky to have money from statutory services but cutbacks have
Rural Coffee Caravan
We might help people in a village by inspiring them to set up their own coffee mornings, sometimes we are able to introduce them to people in their community in similar circumstances and they go on to become friends. made it so much more difficult. “Although Mid-Suffolk, Forest Heath and St. Edmundsbury still support us to the best of their ability we need serious money – about £70,000 for the coming year.” She says they have virtually no overheads and their only outgoings were running and maintaining the caravans, basic office expenses and three members of staff. They are also currently waiting for the results of a number of funding bids but in the meantime are looking for support from local businesses and organisations. Rural Coffee Caravan is a member of The Campaign to End Loneliness and also tackles the problem of rural isolation, defined as “the feeling of powerlessness and disconnection experienced by individuals or groups as a consequence of living in a rural area”. Its services focus on supporting rural people by travelling throughout the county and setting up a mobile café which delivers free social meeting and event opportunities. “We not only provide information on vital services and initiatives, but tea and cake and the chance for a chat, something many service users have said they sorely miss.” Ann said, for instance that many people are
totally unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled. “Only last week we helped a couple, living not far from Felixstowe, to get an extra £120 a week. How they were managing to live without it I just don’t know.” She says the closure of local shops, pubs etc had hit many older people hard, especially those without transport. “They used to go to the shop for a pint of milk or stamp every day so they could have someone to talk to. “Some won’t speak to anyone from one week to another now and they wait for social contact for a relative to come to take them to the supermarket. “We also get people who might work at home on their own who visit too because they feel isolated and want someone to talk to.” Last year 6,000 people used the service and beyond the information and initial contacts the project helped in numerous ways. “We might help people in a village by inspiring them to set up their own coffee mornings, sometimes we are able to introduce them to people in their community in similar circumstances and they go on to become friends.”
Ann explained that they also run enormously successful Golden Age Fairs with representatives from a number of agencies including Suffolk Wellbeing, Age UK and the like – the next one being at Henley Community Centre on November 12. She says they are so well received, that if funding is available, they have been asked do something similar for families. “Parents need support too and often when there’s a problem don’t know where to look for help. So we’ll be aiming to have representations from agencies across the county that help children and young people.” Other initiatives with positive results, including one in Wickham Market, involve linking people who attend the Rural Coffee Caravan with the Children’s centre. “Older people have all sorts of skills they can pass on to children – things like knitting, crochet or perhaps gardening and growing vegetables.”
For more information about the Rural Coffee Caravan or to arrange for it to come to your village visit www.ruralcoffeecaravan.org.uk
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A DATE FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS DIARY... elebrating at Christmas, whether with family, friends or work colleagues doesn’t have to be hard work. While there are those who seem to fall in to the season with a natural flair for organizing everything from their Christmas cards – probably purchased last January – to ordering their complete supermarket delivery on November 1, the thought of having to plan a party or gathering is dreaded by most of us. Roll back the clock and being part of a Christmas party of any scale only happened if you were with an organization generous enough to offer its employees a ‘do’. There are still successful companies treating their staff in this traditional way but of course times and tastes have changed and, for many, entertaining budgets have shrunk or been cut altogether. At the other end of the scale new small businesses are growing in numbers and of course trying to organise a party when your work force boasts just three or four can be hard to imagine. More sophisticated options are also in demand and a well-chosen restaurant offering a special Christmas menu can work extremely well, especially for smaller numbers. But Christmas parties aren’t just about getting together with work colleagues. Reveling with book circle buddies, the tennis team, play-group mums or your ‘Am Dram’ pals can be a great way to grow friendships and cement loyalty to your club. Families too can be best off on ‘neutral ground’. Gathering growing generations together under one roof can be a logistical nightmare and, let’s face it, who wants the job of stacking the dishwasher? Suffolk-based Craig Oldfield, of Event Expertese Ltd, works across the country with clients like NBC and has organized everything from Royal visits to setting up Ipswich Music Day and Ip-Art says if you are looking at doing something bigger than a home-based family do you need to start ASAP. The key thing is to get a date in the diary and get a venue fixed. “At this time of year people have lots of commitments and if you want them at your gathering you need to get in early. You can let them know the details at a later date.” Over the next few pages we’ve brought together a collection of Christmas celebration options. Whether you’d like to be part of a themed party night or simply enjoy good food in beautiful surroundings but all with a festive feel you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.
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THE VERY BEST IN PARTY PLANNING… t Wherstead Park you can be confident that we put our heart and soul into every event we organise and our Christmas party nights are no exception! Shared Christmas parties include the same fun and enjoyment as our exclusive Christmas parties but are designed to allow smaller groups and companies to attend as the cost is the same regardless of group size as long as a minimum number of 10 is met. The alternative is an uninspiring event that is lacking in quality and entertainment due to the costs of hiring a venue, caterers and performers proving to be too high on your own. But with shared Christmas parties you are spreading the expense with your fellow partygoers on the night so everyone is a winner. Sharing the Christmas party with other companies is also a blessing for the smaller organisation; on your own it can feel just like an extension of the working day, with the only difference being that you’re wearing a party hat. Gimmick free, with no cheesy theming, Wherstead Park presents
A Black and White Christmas. So get your glad rags on and indulge in the glitz and glamour of our black and white themed evenings for Christmas 2012. You’ll be greeted with a glass of fizz on arrival at the mansion whilst our magicians mingle amongst you and your guests, wowing everyone with their wizardry. We will then invite guests to make their way into the Atrium with its starlit ceiling, twinkling trees and tables decorated with elaborate candelabras and black and white table linen. An ice luge will add a little something extra to the night’s proceedings and guests can have a go at drinking through the ice sculpture.
Once you have indulged in a sumptuous three course dinner the disco will swing into action with dancing until midnight. Carriages 12.30am. Our price, inclusive of VAT is £48.00 per person and we are now taking bookings for the following dates: • Friday 7th December • Saturday 8th December • Saturday 15th December • Friday 21st December • Saturday 22nd December For more information or to book please contact Lesley Frost on 01473 786001 or by email email@example.com
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Party night dates in December: Friday 7th Saturday 8th Saturday 15th Friday 21st Saturday 22nd Call or email with your booking requirements and secure your place with a deposit of £20.00 per person.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC AT MILSOMS et together with a group of work colleagues, family or friends and come and join us for a Christmas party to end all parties! Christmas at milsoms Kesgrave Hall is truly magical from the moment you enter our long sweeping drive lined with sparkling trees the Christmas spirit will stir within you. The Hangar will be transformed by AV Unit into a winter wonderland with Christmas trees and twinkling lights, a separate bar and reception area and a Wii gaming area (if you want a break from dancing!) As you would expect from Kesgrave Hall, head chef Stuart Oliver has devised a delicious three course Christmas menu (with choices) for you to enjoy. The evening starts at 7.00pm with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival followed by three course dinner and coffee before dancing to an amazing live band, Frisky with carriages at 12.15am.
CHRISTMAS PARTY MENU Starters
Assiette of smoked fish and prawns with horseradish salmon, smoked Pinney’s mackerel pate, smoked trout and prawn Smoked breast of duck with rillette of leg shallot, orange and pomegranate with parsley cress Carpaccio of beetroot with goat’s cheese candied walnuts, artichoke puree and mustard dressing (v)
Traditional roast turkey with roast gravy roast potatoes, chipolata and bacon roll, bread and cranberry sauce Roast Sirloin of British beef with yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and gravy Shallot tarte tatin, hash brown, hollandaise, rocket and blue cheese salad (v)
Homemade Christmas pudding coated in brandy sauce and thick double cream Mango ripple cheesecake with pineapple and chilli salsa, sesame seed tuile Selection of British and Irish cheese, celery, grapes and biscuits
Tickets are £55 per person Dates Friday 14th Dec, Saturday 15th Dec, Wednesday 19th Dec, Thursday 20th Dec
Coffee and mini mince pies
BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY NOW! in the Hangar at milsoms Kesgrave Hall
Call 01473 333741 to book your tickets today www.milsomhotels.com
‘the finest places to eat, drink, stay.’
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Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style by joining us in the magical settings of Thorpeness Hotel and the Country Club.
Christmas & New Year 2012
Christmas Fayre Luncheon at Thorpeness Hotel £15.50 – two-courses including hats and crackers £17.50 – three-courses including hats and crackers
Our fantastic Party Night Programme will be held at Thorpeness Country Club, a unique beachfront venue that oozes the charm of a bygone era, but blends effortlessly with contemporary sophistication. For more intimate lunches or private dining, why not consider the Lakeside Room or Restaurant at Thorpeness Hotel. Beautifully situated at the edge of Thorpeness Meare, the hotel offers a cosy and relaxed setting during the Christmas festivities. To enquire or to make a booking for any of our seasonal events, please call 01728 452176 or email email@example.com
Available Monday to Friday, From 3rd December until 21st December 2012
Thorpeness Country Club Party Nights Programme 2012 Doors open 7pm, dinner served at 7.45pm, carriages at Midnight Saturday 8th December Abba Mia – £33.95 per person Friday 14th, Saturday 15th or Saturday 22nd December Tommy Winn – £33.95 per person Friday 21st December Disco night – £29.95 per person
New Year’s Eve Party at Thorpeness Country Club Our New Year’s Eve Party includes a live band and dancing until 1am, Champagne at midnight and sky lanterns. What a fantastic way to bring in the New Year. £76 per person
Why not stay at Thorpeness Hotel? Take advantage of our seasonal Bed and Breakfast rates of just £70 per room per night The Thorpeness Hotel, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP16 4NH Telephone: 01728 452176 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thorpeness.co.uk
Christmas at Satis House Our Festive Menu 2012 Starters pumpkin and sage soup, caramelised chestnuts, pumpkin seed oil - 5.95 V pan fried scallops, sweet chilli jam, creme fraiche - 10.95 potted stilton, port jelly, pear and walnut salad - 7.95 V turkey and ham scotch egg, brussel sprout, cranberry and clementine coleslaw - 7.95 mosaic game terrine, sourdough toast, quince jelly - 8.95 tempura tiger prawn cocktail - 9.95
Mains roast free range suffolk turkey breast and confit leg, goose fat roast potatoes, chestnut stuffing, seasonal vegetables, turkey gravy - 13.95 roast game bird plate on bread sauce, maple parsnips, caramelised quince, partridge gravy - 15.95 marmalade glazed roast duck breast, celeriac dauphinoise, parsnip puree, duck leg and clementine parcel, cavalo nero, port wine gravy - 17.95 malaysian vegetable curry, coconut rice, vegetable samosa - 13.95 V with turkey - 14.95 12 oz char grilled ribeye steak, chunky chips, brandy and peppercorn sauce - 22.95 veggie duo - chestnut, lentil and mushroom shepherdess pie, christmas root vegetable pasty with sage and onion, caramalised sprouts - 13.95 roasted cod fillet, new potatoes, cavalo nero, brown shrimp butter - 17.95 V
Puddings flaming traditional christmas pudding, cream , brandy butter - 6.95 chocolate and chestnut torte, chocolate sauce, chestnut praline - 6.95 mandarin and limoncello trifle - 6.95 warm walnut tart, coffee ice cream - 6.95 mulled wine jelly with orange sorbet - 6.95 cheese board - 9.95
Main Road A12, Yoxford, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3EX email@example.com • www.satishouse.co.uk
T: 01728 668418
SPECTACULAR CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT UFFORD PARK WOODBRIDGE
et us take the stress out of organising Christmas this year and be our guest here at Ufford Park Woodbridge – for the home away from home feel. There is so much to choose from whether you are organising your companies Christmas party or simply wish to treat the family to Christmas or Boxing Day Lunch – there is something for everyone this Christmas at Ufford Park Hotel. Each year their main function room is fully themed and this year it will take on the glitz and glamour of New York at Christmas. Twinkling lights, the Manhattan sky line and lots of sparkle will transform the room into the City that never sleeps!!! Open Party nights are available from £40pp (tables of 8 preferred) and include a delicious 3 course dinner and disco. NEW this year are Private Party Nights in the park restaurant – ideal for smaller companies (from min. 60 people) from only £38pp (Inc. 3 course dinner & disco). If you find Christmas a stressful time because you are the one in the kitchen – then why not let Ufford Park do all the hard work instead, leaving you to enjoy the day like everyone else. Come for the 4 course Christmas Day Lunch & coffee for £67.95pp (Kids 5yrs to 14yrs £25pp) – Look out for a visit from Santa and his little helpers baring gifts for everyone!!! Alternately join them for Boxing Day where there will be NO Turkey on the menu for only £24.95pp (Kids £15pp). Inclusive Christmas & New Year breaks are always available as well as Bed & Breakfast for family coming down to visit.
Ask for a brochure by calling 0844 847 9467 (local rate) or visit the website www.uffordpark.co.uk for full details. Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1QW
FESTIVE DINING AT THE BRUDENELL
ew general manager Garth Wray and new head chef James Barber have a fresh approach at the Brudenell; with its outstanding sea views right on Aldeburgh beach front this vibrant hotel is now the perfect place for festive dining. Whether it is with family, friends or colleagues celebrating at the Brudenell will be a truly wonderful experience with plenty of festive cheer. James has a passion for using the very best fresh local ingredients to produce inspirational dishes and the festive menu is no exception with delights such as light smoked salmon mousse with pickled cucumber and a tempura prawn for a starter or Grilled Dingley Dell pork cutlet with a chestnut crust, apple sauce, mashed potato, spring cabbage, black pudding and crackling or a Dark chocolate mousse finished with Cointreau and oranges for pudding. To view the full festive set menu please visit the Brudenell website. Private festive dinner available in the Avocet: Glass of festive Champagne punch on arrival, Three course festive dining set menu including coffee and mince pies, Half a bottle of house red or white per person and festive room trimmings - £36 per person Festive dinner available in the restaurant: Three courses including coffee and mince pies - £25 per person Festive lunch available in the restaurant: Two course - £16 per person, Three course - £19 per person Try something different this festive season with magical sea views in an outstanding location in Aldeburgh and rediscover the Brudenell. The festive dining menu is available at the Brudenell from 3 - 23 December 2012 for lunch or dinner. Avocet dining requires minimum of 10 people.
The Parade | Aldeburgh | Suffolk | IP15 5BU 01728 452071 | www.brudenellhotel.co.uk
Places&Faces® | October 2012
October and this month Darcy leads us once more to the beautiful Heritage coast village of Westleton, the home of the barrel fair and the ever dog friendly Westleton Crown ith autumn upon us there can be few more appealing prospects than a walk in the inspiring Suffolk countrywide ending with refreshment in front of a roaring open fire and there can be few places better to do this than the Westleton Crown. Always a favourite with the Places & Faces team the Crown received a Royal seal of approval earlier this year as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose it as the venue for the night of their first wedding anniversary – I’ve always thought they seemed a lovely couple but it appears they have good taste too. While I cannot guarantee, or even suggest, that you will bump into William or Kate on your visit we can assure you of an excellent walk that enjoys two very different aspects of
this beautiful village. Initially the walk heads out through agricultural land to the west and above the village before crossing over to woodland and heath resplendent with its autumn purple hue. For the most part it is a combination of easy paths intersecting for short stretches with quiet country lanes. Near the walk’s end (just before point 12) there is a simple wooden bench positioned exquisitely on the heath – I found it a perfect place to stop and spend five minutes to reflect and breath in how lucky we are to live in such a stunning area. I imagine whoever chose that particular spot did so for that very reason and I would like to offer my thanks. This walk also prompted me to give thanks to the farmers who diligently keep the rights of way over the working land throughout the county so
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clearly marked throughout the year – it is a task that is carried out with care and precision and enables us all to effortlessly enjoy the countryside.
THE WALK Distance: Approx. 3 ½ miles
The Westleton Crown
Time: 1 ½ hours depending on your pace Terrain: Mainly flat with stretches on minor roads Stops: The Westleton Crown Ordinance Survey Map: Explorer 231 Start point OS reference: 440 689 As always please keep your dog under close control and follow any advisory signs. For a printable version of this and previous walks go to placesandfaces.co.uk/dog-walks
1. With the Westleton Crown behind you cross the main street and follow the road to the left of the war memorial and village hall.
2. At the junction by the White horse Public House turn left, follow the road for approx. 300 yds.
3. As the road bends to the left take the bridleway on your right.
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The route continues straight ahead across a number of fields, and through a gap in the hedge, before emerging at a road by Redmere Farm. Turn right and walk for approx. 600 yds along a quiet stretch of road where you will come to a barn on your left and a footpath sign on your right. Turn right at the footpath keeping to the right of the field following the line of the telegraph poles. At the end of the first field the path crosses into a second field and heads for a gap in the trees ahead. At the gap keep left. After approx. 150 yds you will come to a T junction with an option to turn right, ignore this path and continue straight ahead after a further 250 yds you will meet the main road. Turn right walking along the road passing the ‘42’ sign and the footpath sign on your left. Approximately 25 yds after the footpath sign there is a gap on the left and the entrance to a path. Follow the path through the trees. After a short distance you will come to a ‘junction’ of paths marked by a ‘FP’ sign and waymark sign on a post. At this junction keep right. After 10 yards the path forks - keep to the left and follow the path straight ahead for approx. 5 minutes until you meet the road. At the road cross straight over and follow the road opposite for approx. 500yds until you meet a footpath on your right. At the footpath turn right down a tarmac and gravel track, pass buildings on your right and then follow grass track straight ahead. At a bench by the tree turn left (keeping to the left of the house) after approx. 50yds the path meets a road. Turn right and follow the road for approx. 300yds which brings you back to the main street in the village. Turn left and return to the Crown.
Enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest 17th Century Inns set in the delightful village of Westleton on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. • Award winning restaurant • Imaginative menus and wine list • Selection of real ales • Crackling log fires • Charming terraced gardens • 34 stylish bedrooms • Children and dogs very welcome For that romantic get away or a family break The Westleton Crown offers the sophistication and comforts of contemporary living whilst retaining the atmosphere and charm of an old coaching inn.
01728 648 777
The Westleton Crown, Westleton, Nr Southwold, Suffolk IP17 3AD
www.westletoncrown.co.uk Words and Photographs by: Adrian Rawlinson
Places&Faces® | October 2012
Aldeburgh is always a favourite with the Places&Faces team and our latest short break venue, the White Lion Hotel, makes it straight on to the highly recommended list. Lesley Rawlinson reports hen you’re in the enviable position of living near the coast it can be all too easy to take it for granted. I’m certainly guilty of the charge from time to time and it can take an extra special opportunity to remind me that living and working just a few miles (and therefore only a few minutes in the car) from the sea is a special privilege to be treasured. Recharging our batteries with a short break at the White Lion in Aldeburgh was a timely reminder that Suffolk has a simply stunning coastline, great places to shop and of course some of the very best food and drink you could wish for. 46 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Visiting a hotel that is part of group can be a predictable experience and often with a manufactured edge that’s difficult to ignore but not so with the TA Hotel Collection – owners of the White Lion. Each has its own style and its own unique ambience but the common thread is quality and at the White Lion it was oozing from every direction. Chatting to General Manager Peter Osborne on our arrival it’s clear that he and his staff live and breathe service. “I like to greet as many guests personally as I possibly can” Peter enthused. “Since I joined the team here in 2011 we’ve been working very closely with customer service guru Fred Sirieix of the
famous ‘Galvin at Windows’ Michelin starred restaurant at the Park Lane Hilton. My staff members have had the opportunity to work with him both here and in London and the results have been so rewarding – particularly for our guests.” Meeting and greeting over it was time to settle in to our room. There’s either Sea View or Inland rooms to choose from at the White Lion and, regardless of aspect, all have benefitted from the recent refurbishment of the hotel with fresh, modern, well equipped comfort the order of the day. But with the late summer sun still shimmering on the shoreline we decided to make the most of the remaining
Short Break | The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
Once again the attentive staff were ready to see to our every need, an air of bygone values juxtapose with the contemporary environment.
afternoon and headed out to enjoy a few precious hours mooching around Aldeburgh and its many lovely shops and sights. Retail therapy complete and plenty of fresh sea air taken in, it was time for pre-dinner drinks in the hotel’s Brasserie Bar. Once again the attentive staff were ready to see to our every need, an air of bygone values juxtapose with the contemporary environment. Those times when you get to sit and drink in an atmosphere can create a lasting impression of any venue and while The White Lion benefits from a sea front façade that invites casual visitors to stop for a drink or a meal as they wander Crag Path I was struck that, on a Monday evening as this was, so many diners appeared to have booked their table in advance – a sure sign that they didn’t want to miss out on their restaurant of choice! So to our meal and this was my kind of menu. Inspired by ‘a modern desire to return to simple back to basics food’ the emphasis was definitely on freshly prepared dishes using local ingredients. I don’t know if you’ve ever played the rather morbidly titled dinner party game ‘last supper’ where you choose a menu based on the premise that it’s to be your last meal – well I now have a new contender for starter. It is proof that relatively humble ingredients skilfully combined can become the most delicious of dishes and I shall make it my mission to extract the recipe for Head Chef Jason Shaw’s mushroom, tarragon and white wine fricassée on toasted brioche with bacon lardons from him so that I can make it as my Christmas Day starter. Maybe it’s just a blend of all my favourite flavours but after sampling from my plate my husband also agreed it was a heavenly dish. However, for once he wasn’t blighted with starter envy as his choice of
to the sea and the fresh morning light. An Moules Marinière with Aspalls cream sauce enviable start to any day. was declared ‘sublime’. I took the opportunity to enjoy duck for my INFORMATION main course. So often it’s served with cherry The White Lion , Market Cross Place which sadly doesn’t agree with me so when Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BJ. 01728 452720 I spotted a twist on the traditional, honey glazed duck breast dauphiniose potatoes with www.whitelion.co.uk. orange and green peppercorn jus, I jumped The White Lion’s Christmas & New Year at the chance and wasn’t disappointed. The programme with events calendar has now sweet oranges, bite of the peppercorns and been released and full details can be found perfectly cooked duck breast were really at www.christmasbythesea.co.uk enjoyable. Across the table Dingley Dell pork This year highlights include Christmas & with black pudding, savoy cabbage and bacon New Year fully inclusive breaks, parties, and sage jus was equally well received. festive dinners and special events. After two such delicious courses we barely For availability, further information and needed to look at the dessert menu but with reservations please call (01728) 452720 or the knowledge that we’d be taking a good email Christmas@whitelion.co.uk long stroll along the path towards Thorpeness in the morning a few more calories seemed too difficult to resist. My savoury platter of Suffolk and continental cheeses proved to be a very suitable close to my meal while ooh’s and ah’s reigned opposite as chocolate fudge brownie with honeycomb ice-cream and raspberries was deftly disbursed with. With desserts consumed we decided to stretch our legs with an evening amble along the sea front to aid digestion before returning to the cosy comfort of the hotel lounge to enjoy coffee before retiring for the night. I often neglect to mention the bed but the sheer enormity is worthy here besides being delightfully supportive. Refreshed and ready for the day ahead we both enjoyed a breakfast of lightly smoked haddock and poached egg with generous helpings of coffee and toast. Eating in the same room in which we’d dined the previous evening it was somewhat transformed from the ambient brasserie by the flood of sunlight pouring in as we of course faced due east
Places&Faces® | October 2012
The Plough & Sail
Located at Snape Maltings, The Plough & Sail has recently been taken over by local twins, Alex and Oliver Burnside. They are striving to create a quality dining pub serving a seasonally-changing menu alongside an extensive selection of ales, spirits and quality wines. Lunchtimes offer ‘traditional’ pub food and the evenings a modern ‘restaurant style’ menu. Pre and post concert dining is available and booking is advised. The team looks forward to welcoming you soon.
Recently beautifully refurbished The Maybush Inn sits on the banks of the Deben in Waldringfield. The busy riverside pub and restaurant affords panoramic views across the river and beyond. The Maybush has become famous for its excellent food offering with a wide range and varied menu including local game, meats and fresh seafood. Vegetarian options and children’s menu available. Christmas bookings now being taken – See our website for details.
Open: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm Address: 13 Museum Street, Ipswich. Suffolk. IP1 1HE E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.arlingtonsbrasserie.com
Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Snape Maltings, Snape Bridge, Snape, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SR E: email@example.com W: www.theploughandsailsnape.co.uk
Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week Address: Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, SuffolkIP12 4QL E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.debeninns.co.uk
T: 01473 230293
T: 01728 688413
T: 01473 736215
Buzzing brasserie style restaurant with café bar set within the building converted from the Arlingtons Ballroom. The perfect venue to catch up with friends, talk business, celebrate special occasions. French style menu served in typical informal Brasserie manner offering a large selection of freshly prepared Suffolk reared meat dishes and vegetarian choices as well as fish & shellfish from sustainable sources. Plus takeaway deli, breakfast from 8am, light meals and homemade cakes throughout the day.
Located in the lovely old village of Tuddenham St Martin, 3 miles north of Ipswich, informal bistro style restaurant set in an oldie worldy 16th century country pub with, great food, great service and great value. We can cater for any parties from 2 to 45 people. The menu comprises of a full A La Carte menu and a set 2 or 3 course menu. For reservations please call 01473 785377 or email email@example.com
We don’t go for anything as fancy as a “Mission Statement” or “Food Policy”, rather we aim to source the best local ingredients from the excellent producers on our doorstep, prepare great tasty food, with daily specials here on the premises, and sell it you at a reasonable price. We are equally proud of our drinks offering with 6 real ales, draught ciders & lagers, and East Anglia’s widest range of spirits, with over 70 gins you can experience something truly unique.
Open: Monday to Friday 12pm - 2pm & 6pm to 9pm. Saturday 12pm - 2pm & 6pm - 9.30pm Sunday 12pm to 3pm Closed Evening Address: The Street, Tuddenham St. Martin, IP6 9BT E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.tuddenhamfountain.co.uk
Open: 12-3 & 5-close Mon-Fri & we are open all day at weekends Address: Theatre Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4NE (Just off the Market Hill) E: email@example.com W: www.theangelwoodbridge.co.uk
T: 01473 785377
T: 01394 383808
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The Bell House Hotel
The Bell House Hotel is a historic coaching inn in the heart of Saxmundham. Recently beautifully refurbished and under the guidance of a new Chef & Manager The Bell House Hotel has quickly built a reputation for excellent food, fantastic service & comfortable rooms. Whether you come to sample our mid-week cocktail offer, try our innovative a la carte menu or for a short getaway you can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
Open: Monday - Sunday 12-3 Lunch and Parlour Menu 6-9pm a la carte Address: The Bell House Hotel, 31 High St, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 1AF E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.bellhousehotelsax.co.uk T: 01728 602331
The Arboretum at Fynn Valley
THE PEACOCK INN
The Arboretum in Ipswich’s High Street has a well deserved reputation for providing outstanding food using the freshest local produce. Owner Head Chef Ben Taylor has now expanded his thriving operation into our Club. With delicious food and exciting new menus, served either in the cosy refurbished Courtyard Bar or spacious Restaurant, the Arboretum at Fynn Valley is the perfect place to bring family and friends for a meal. Christmas bookings now being taken – See our website for details. Open: Open lunch and evening except closed all day Monday and Sunday evenings Address: Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 9JA E: email@example.com W: www.fynn-valley.co.uk
A beautiful 14th century half-timbered inn with cosy open fires offering a selection of local ales including Mauldons, Greene King and Adnams. We’re perfectly positioned for touring, walking and cycling in the beautiful surrounding countryside and have four comfortable bedrooms all with an elegant country air, recently awarded 3 Rosettes Silver. Our menu changes every month offering quality food at reasonable prices. Don’t miss the Sunday roast menu with our famous leek sauce! Dogs welcome. Open: Tuesday - Saturday: 12 noon to 3pm - 6pm to 11pm. (Food not served Tues eve). Sunday: 12 noon to 6pm Address: 37 The Street, Chelsworth, Suffolk, IP7 7HU E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.thepeacockchelsworth.com
Satis House is a Grade II listed Georgian property offering a two rosette modern British restaurant that prides itself on sourcing local seasonal produce. Set in three acres of beautiful parkland you can choose to stay, eat or drink enjoying a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With modern conveniences in 18th Century splendour, the hotel accommodation includes tastefully furnished bedrooms with some featuring four poster-beds and antique bathrooms. Open: Lunches and afternoon teas: Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm, daily for Dinner: 6.30pm till 11.00pm Address: Main Road A12, Yoxford, Nr. Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3EX E: email@example.com W: www.satishouse.co.uk
T: 01473 785202
T: 01449 743952
T: 01728 668418
The Cherry Tree Inn
Under new ownership, The Cherry Tree offers a new, exciting menu using the finest, freshest ingredients sourced locally. We offer good value food in the relaxed and welcoming environment of a 17th century inn which also boasts a large, enclosed garden with children’s play equipment. The bar has a range of 8 real ales, including guest beers from all over the country, in addition to quality wines and a good selection of soft drinks. Open: 07:30 – 00:00 Mon – Fri 09:00 – 00:00 weekends Food Served Breakfast: 07:30 – 10:30 Mon – Fri 09:00 – 11:00 weekends 12:00 – 21:00 Mon – Saturday 12:00 – 20:30 Sunday E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.thecherrytreepub.co.uk
T: 01394 384627
Butt & Oyster
Award Winning Public House, Restaurant & Bar. Our menu constantly evolves to reflect the changing seasons and celebrates the very best of locally sourced produce. Our ‘Specials Board’ is inspired by the prime seasonal ingredients available each day and the entire menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list. New guest beer every week. Real ales and rustic ciders. Save 20% off food orders everyday between 5.30-6.30pm. Set price menu 1 course £7.50, 2 courses £10 or 3 courses £13
The Butt & Oyster is one of the best known public houses in Suffolk renowned for its good beer, good food and great views. As you eat watch the changing tides on traditional timeless shores. Understand an artist’s inspiration with Thames barges, swans and the river, enjoying the finest Suffolk ales whilst being tempted by the wonderful aromas which welcome you. Christmas bookings now being taken – See our website for details.
Open: Monday – Closed. Tuesday – Thursday 12 - 2.30pm and 5.30 - 11.00pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Open All Day. Food Served 12 – 2.00pm (2.30 Sunday) and 5.30 to 9.00pm daily Address: The Green, Grundisburgh, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6TA W: www.grundisburghdog.co.uk
Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon -10.30pm. Food served 7 days a week. Address: Pin Mill, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 1JW E: email@example.com W: www.debeninns.co.uk
T: 01473 735267
T: 01473 780764
Places&Faces® | October 2012
The MIDDLETON Bell
The Galley in Woodbridge is a family run restaurant offering vibrant and exciting menus in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We offer a unique lunch and dinner menu that always includes fresh local produce. For those wishing to hold a celebration or business lunch, there are private dining rooms available. Enjoy whole lobsters for just £16 in our special lobster weeks. See our website for details.
Set in the beautiful village of Middleton the award winning Value Pub of the Year 2012 Bell Inn offers top quality food using the best local produce at prices that ensure you will want to return again and again. Dine in the garden, traditional bar area or the beamed restaurant and enjoy home cooked food and ales directly from the cask. The Bell is the perfect venue to meet friends and family.
Open: Monday to Sunday during lobster weeks. Other times Wednesday – Sunday (closed Sunday evenings except during Bank Holiday Weekends) Lunch 12noon – 2.15pm Dinner 6.15pm – late Address: 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4LX W: www.thegalley.uk.com
Open: Bar: Monday 6pm -11pm, Tuesday – Friday: Lunch 12 noon – 3pm Evening 6pm11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – midnight Sunday: 12 noon – 10.30pm Food served Tuesday – Sunday Booking advisable please call for details. Address:The Street, Middleton, Suffolk, IP17 3NN
T: 01394 380055
T: 01728 648286
The Coach & Horses
Award winning pub with 10 rooms (includes 6 eco-clad garden chalets) in Walberswick, a stone’s throw from the sea & dunes. A changing menu with daily specials, we use plenty of fresh fish, shellfish & meat produce from local farmers, vegetables from nearby allotments. We sell our own bread, cakes, chutneys & relishes. Extensive wine list (Harper’s Wine Pub of the Year 2011) and over 50 imported bottled beers. Large outside terrace, dog-friendly. Open: every day from 8.30am for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Address: The Anchor, Main Street, Walberswick, Suffolk, IP18 6UA E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: w.anchoratwalberswick.com @AnchoratWalbers T: 01502 722112
the WILFORD BRIDGE
The Coach & Horses located just outside of Woodbridge, has extremely good access to the A12 with ample parking. Originally a staging inn or coach house, it’s historical role is equally well served today providing great family food. We offer a great combination of quality, value and atmosphere that the Deben Inns are renowned for. Christmas bookings now being taken – See our website for details.
Once a haunt of smugglers The Ship is now one of the most popular inns on the Suffolk coast. Recently awarded our first rosette by the AA we believe there is a whole world between gastro food and the much maligned pub food of old. We understand local produce and have a passion for the area. Our fish and chips are famous and our menu changes to reflect the best of every season.
Open: Mon- Sat 11.00am until 11.00pm Sunday 12.00 noon till 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1PD E: email@example.com W: www.debeninns.co.uk
Open: Monday- Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm. Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Dunwich, Suffolk IP17 3DT E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.shipatdunwich.co.uk
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00am 11.00pm Sunday 12.00 noon - 10.30pm Food served 7 days a week. Address: Wilford Bridge Rd, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2PA E: email@example.com W: www.debeninns.co.uk
T: 01394 384851
T: 01728 648219
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As the last leaves turn golden Places&Faces® brings you a seasonal recipe from the robust repertoire of delicious meals by Peter Clark at the Café 1885 at Snape Maltings
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Recipe| Café 1885 at Snape Maltings
About Café 1885 & Head Chef, Peter Clark nape Maltings is a renowned hub for wonderful food and drink and home to the nationally established Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival each year. When Café 1885 opened its aim was to create a scrumptious but affordable menu which capitalised on the quality and range of food from the farms and fisherman of our Coast. Head Chef, Peter Clark joined to head up Café 1885 after previously working at The Crown Inn at Great Glenham where he brought them two AA Rosettes and The Aberteum in Ipswich.
Crown of Pigeon Breast Tartlet with Lentils and Thyme INGREDIENTS (PER TARTLET) 1 crown of pigeon breasts 3 sprigs of thyme Half a small onion 2 parsnips 100g of Puy lentils Quarter pint of vegetable stock Half a clove of garlic 1 red onion 150g of shortcrust pastry 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons of Demerara sugar
2. Peel the parsnips and cut into rough cubes, place into a saucepan of cold water with a pinch of salt and bring to the boil and simmer until soft then drain in a colander. Blitz in a food mixer to a purée then season well and leave in a warm place.
5. Place the pigeon crown on a chopping board. Season well, heat a frying pan with a little olive oil until hot. Add the pigeon skin side down for one to two minutes just to colour then turn over for a further minute. Place in the oven for 6-8 minutes. Now add a knob of butter with the sprig of thyme and keep basting the pigeon breasts for half a minute then leave to rest for four minutes before taking the breasts off the bone.
3. Dice half a small onion, place into a saucepan, sweat down with half a clove of crushed garlic until soft. Add the Puy lentils, sweat for a further one minute, add the stock and simmer for 15 minutes until al dente 6. Now to assemble the dish. Place your then leave in a warm place. pastry case in the middle of the plate, add the hot parsnip purée which should come up 4. Slice the red onion, add to a saucepan, METHOD to the inside of the pastry lid then add the sweat down with no colour, add the thyme, Puy lentils onto the parsnip purée. Arrange 1. Roll out the shortcrust pastry into a three Demerara sugar and balsamic vinegar, turn the two pigeon breasts on top of the lentils, inch pastry tartlet tin and bake blind at 195°C up the heat and reduce until nearly all the add the balsamic red onions and serve. for 10 minutes. Leave to cool on the side. liquid is reduced. Set aside. Situated in the heart of the award-winning Snape Maltings, Cafe 1885 serves a fresh seasonal menu throughout the year. Come and enjoy the relaxed, contemporary
atmosphere within the Victorian Maltings where Situated in the heart of the award-winning Situated inprepare theSnape heart of and our team of chefs brunch, lunch tea using the very bestSnape of Suffolk Maltings, Café 1885 serves a freshafternoon seasonal menu the award-winning ingredients. Maltings, Cafe serves throughout the year. Treat yourself and a friend1885 to our traditional afternoon tea, our three tier cake stand is
a fresh seasonal menu with made pastries, scrumptious Come and enjoy the relaxed, contemporary atmosphere brimming within thehand Victorian Maltings throughout the scones with local jam and year. a selection of tasty where our team of chefs prepare brunch, lunch and afternoon tea usingchoice theofvery best finger blended teasof Come sandwiches, and enjoy thea relaxed, contemporary served in a silver teapot. Maltings where atmosphere withinantique the Victorian Suffolk ingredients. Whilst at of thechefs Maltings enjoy wandering our team prepare brunch, lunch around and Treat yourself and a friend to our traditional afternoon tea, our three tier cake is our collection of shops galleries. afternoon tea using the and very beststand of Suffolk brimming with hand made pastries, scrumptious scones ingredients. with local jam and a selection Open daily from 10am to Treat yourself and a friend to our traditional of tasty finger sandwiches, a choice of blended teas servedafternoon in a silver antique teapot. tea, our three tier cake stand is 5pm throughout the year. Whilst at the Maltings enjoy wandering around our collection shops andpastries, galleries. brimmingof with hand made scrumptious scones with local jam and a selection of tasty Café 1885
finger sandwiches, a choice of blended teas Snape Maltings Open daily from 10am to 5pm throughout served in a silver antiquethe teapot. year. Snape, nr Aldeburgh IP17 1SR
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within something suitably opulent and secure. The caddy might have been fashioned in silver, some quite plain in design, others far more ornate and richly decorated. Caddies of even earlier origin were made of porcelain and lesser examples faience. Other materials Neals included tortoiseshell, horn, pewter and o many golfers the thought of a other metals as well as wood from a variety of round with a caddy giving advice on beautiful timbers. the course and carrying your clubs A caddy often had a divided interior to from hole to hole would be regarded enable the higher value green leaves and the as somewhat special and very probably a less expensive black leaves, which incidentally valuable addition to their game. had undergone a brief period of fermentation, Value is something I shall come back to but to be kept separately. The container often had the type of caddy I want to write about comes a central recess which held a bowl, usually in all different shapes, sizes and materials. This made of glass and therefore very easily is the caddy of the tea variety and a delve into damaged. As a result these bowls often went the past will reveal the containers were known ‘missing’. originally as ‘Kati’ which represented the Malay The design of the caddy was infinite and varied, more eccentric versions including standard weight of tea. Centuries ago and representations of buildings such as a pagoda, long before the advent of Typhoo, Tetley, Earl miniature items of furniture, barrels and Grey et al, tea leaves had an exceptionally PCS_ad61_120912:Layout 1 to12/9/12 1 gardenPage accessories -think watering can for high value and therefore needed be stored 11:38
example. Fruit also featured in their design with apples and pears among the favourite shapes. Incidentally, if the person who ‘borrowed’ a pear shaped caddy from a local saleroom many years ago has a conscience and would like to return it, I will be pleased to pass it on! Although by the late 1800’s the cost of tea had reduced to a level where caddies were no longer so useful or fashionable the best examples are still sought after and command high prices for their intrinsic beauty. Reverting to the golfing caddy it seems odd that you would trust your expensive clubs to be carried for you without taking any precautions concerning their safety. On the other hand the value of tea was so high years ago that locks were fitted to the tea caddy, supposedly to prevent the serving staff from pilfering the precious leaves! How life changes – perhaps the tea bag might be regarded as the modern day caddy.
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APPLE A DAY
Throughout the summer keen gardeners will have been enjoying salad crops and soft fruits but now it’s the turn of the orchard fruits. Growing your own is so much more pleasurable than picking from the supermarket shelf and with a host of Suffolk born varieties to choose from Places&Faces® invited Ryan Khul of Botanica to tell us more Places&Faces® 65
his is my favourite time of year; there is nothing more pleasurable than walking amongst laden fruit trees after so many months of watching and waiting. Each apple holds a story, they all started somewhere and Suffolk has a rich history of discovering and growing many outstanding fruits. Some date back beyond the 1800’s and others are as recent as the 1950’s. Founded by doctors, feminists, mayors, Lords and Ladies, our history of fruit is quite an eventful tapestry and here are a few of our favourites.
APPLE ST EDMUNDS RUSSET The St Edmunds Russet was raised by Mr Richard Harvey of Bury St Edmunds prior to 1875. By definition this apple is one of the best English russets, small but bursting with flavour far exceeding its size. Its rough skin hides the distinctive russet flavour which is at its best in late November.
MEDLAR ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON After a dedicated career forging her path in the medical field and fighting for women’s rights Elizabeth Garrett Anderson retired to her childhood home in Suffolk and after her earlier interest in politics was appointed the Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female Mayor in the history of England. Being a keen gardener she spent many hours within the walls of her grounds and this Medlar is thought to have been planted by her at the time she resided in Aldeburgh. We have named it in her honour, similar to Medlar Nottingham, with excellent flavour.
ALDEBURGH BEACH APPLE
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Finding fame in Roger Deakin’s book ‘Wildwood’ this unique tree was found near the seaside town of Aldeburgh growing in a shingle hollow as a large sprawling tree only reaching a height of three feet due to the relentless biting, salt laden winds. The apple itself is a classic green with a red flush that will fit comfortably into the palm of your hand. Ripening in August the taste is very refreshing and surprisingly juicy. We have taken material from this magical tree which has been grafted onto a special rootstock and can currently be found growing in our nursery.
APPLE MAXTON Maxton was discovered growing in an orchard in Assington, Suffolk in approximately 1939 but was not sent to the National Fruit Collection until 1961. It was known as Suffolk Superb and with good reason! The sweet flavour of this heavy cropping dessert apple is similar to that of the Laxton; juicy and packed with flavour.
APPLE MACLEAN’S FAVOURITE Raised by a Dr Allan Maclean in Sudbury during 1820 this late keeping dessert apple is ready to be picked in November allowing it to be kept until January. Roundish, rich and highly flavoured the Maclean’s Favourite has a yellow striped appearance and was noted as an apple ‘of the highest excellence’ by the London Horticultural Society in 1842.
APPLE LADY HENNIKER In 1873 at Thornham Hall near Eye the Head Gardener, Mr John Perkins, was awarded the RHS Certificate of Merit for the Lady Henniker apple which he had developed earlier in 1845. Mr Perkins noted that several bushels of apple pips were sown in soil and over the years were reduced down until only the most promising remained. The tree that came out on top became his favourite and the Lady Henniker was born. It was re-established after an absence of almost a hundred years and this distinctively oblong shape cooks
to a pale yellow puree not requiring any sugar. light flesh with excellent cooking qualities.
APPLE LORD STRADBROKE
This is a sweet tasting cooker that was raised by Lord Stradbroke’s head gardener, Mr Fenn, at Henham Hall near Wangford in 1900. Mr Fenn was dutifully awarded the RHS Certificate of Merit in 1905 for his work. The apple has many names, most commonly known as Lord Stradbroke but also rather rebelliously as Fenn’s Wonder or Fenn’s Seedling. Its large round shape is covered with a deep red, almost maroon, ribbed skin which contains
The Catherine apple produces a medium to large sized yellow fruit with a lovely sweet delicate flavour when cooked also keeps its shape well. The origin of apple Catherine is slightly obscure, the most likely was that it grew in the garden of a pub called the ‘Live & Let Live’ around or just after 1900 in the village of Coombs in East Suffolk and was affectionately known as the Catherine apple by the locals. Our heritage fruit collection is
just one small part of our expansive nursery and we would like to invite you come and discover something unique for your garden. In the spirit of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival we are holding a Fruit Tasting & Edible Hedging Tour Fringe Event, taking place on Saturday 6th October, 10am – 4pm. Botanica, Chantry Farm, Campsea Ashe, Suffolk, IP13 0PZ www.botanica.org.uk 01728 747113
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A FIERY FINALE
There is a saying that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago but the next best time to do so is today. So if you find that each autumn you enviously spy palettes of russets, reds and golds in other people’s gardens and wish that yours offered the same Places&Faces® advises you to plant now n choosing the ideal tree for your garden you will need to consider soil type, the space you have available and a suitable position – ideally sheltered - to enable the leaves to develop their full potential before they inevitably fall. Five popular varieties that will add an impressive burst of autumnal colour to any garden are Sargent Cherry (Prunus sargentii), Chinese Tupelo (Nyssa sinensis, Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum), Sargent’s Rowan (Sorbus sargentiana) and Euonymus europaeus ‘Red Cascade’. 68 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Once you’ve made your choice ideally plant new trees in the autumn as at the end of the summer, yes even this one, the soil temperature remains warmer than it was in the spring and even as the air temperature drops will retain its heat for a while to come. When planting in autumn the objective is to encourage the tree to set its root as quickly as possible. To this end do not fertilise when planting as this will encourage foliage growth, which will weaken the plant and take energy away from the root system – fertilise in spring. Likewise do not prune the tree as pruning
encourages new growth which will have the same negative effect as fertilising at this time of year. Another thing to avoid, and a common mistake, is the addition of compost or soil improving nutrients to the planting hole. It may seem logical to ‘give the plant a good start’ however if the hole is much more nutrient rich than the surrounding the soil it will encourage the roots to grow in circles rather than reaching out and will result in an unstable tree.
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GAINSBOROUGH HOUSE FACTS Location: Gainsborough Road, Ipswich. Price: ÂŁ750,000 Agent: Fine & Country Ipswich
or families looking to live in Ipswich this exclusive new build five/six bedroom detached home located in a conservation area close to Christchurch Park is an excellent choice. Approached by its own gated entrance the property is a high specification uniquely individual newly built home, close to the town centre but in a very pleasant tucked away position. Being a new build the accommodation inside has been carefully designed for modern living and to be very flexible in its use. There is a spacious split-level reception hall at the centre of the house, living room with focal log burning stove, French doors connecting to the private rear 72 | placesandfaces.co.uk
patio, a wet room, study/bedroom six, morning room, a stunning luxuriously fitted kitchen, utility and dining room. The dining room has a glazed door and folding glazed partition between itself and the kitchen so it can be opened to create a large L-shaped open plan kitchen/family space connected to the kitchen or kept separate as a formal dining space if preferred. On the first floor, there are five bedrooms, two of which have gorgeous en-suites along with a strikingly appointed family bathroom. The property offers under floor central heating downstairs and to traditional radiators upstairs, double-glazed windows, oak internal doors, some oak flooring downstairs along with tiled areas and a turn oak staircase to the
first floor, which has been carpeted. Outside the property is approached via a private gated entrance with remote controlled wrought iron gates. These open to the driveway where there is parking, turning and access to the double cart lodge. The property stands centrally in its private secluded plot, surrounded by terraced lawns and further shielded by some wonderful mature trees adding to the tranquillity and privacy. To the rear is a feature patio connecting to the living room and kitchen and within the grounds are some wonderful sheltered sitting areas.
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THE COTTAGE FACTS Location: Great Finborough Price: £1,250,000 Joint Agents: ECR Properties & Fenn Wright
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
his stunning period property might be called The Cottage but it’s actually much more than that. In fact it was actually the Dower House for nearby Great Finborough Hall and dates from the 17th century – although it was substantially extended about 200 years later. Today it boasts far reaching views over the countryside and with 15 acres and six bedrooms is an ideal family home or for those interested in equestrian sports. In fact for horse lovers it offers superior facilities, including paddocks, an international sized arena, American barn style stable range and hay store The Cottage itself is beautifully proportioned with many period details including sash windows with shutters throughout, full-height windows, there are Gothic arches, open fireplaces and tiled and solid wooden floors also feature. Downstairs the inner hall leads to the drawing room, which has an open fireplace and double aspect windows and 74 | placesandfaces.co.uk
the sitting room. An inner hall leads to the study, which is believed to be the original reception hall and has an open fireplace, French doors to the side and a door leading onto an attached greenhouse. A rear hall leads on to the dining room with deep sash window enjoying field views and a fireplace with cast-iron wood burner. The kitchen has a large range of base and eye-level units, twin sinks, integrated fridge and dishwasher, glass- fronted display cabinets and a breakfast bar. In addition the west wing has a long side hall with doors off to a cloaks/utility room, large office a boot room with an extensive range of base and eye-level units, stainless steel sink and quarry tiled floor. Upstairs the master bedroom has views across the grounds and countryside and an en-suite bathroom with a roll-top bath. There are four further bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate shower room and stairs to the second floor where there is a
further bedroom. Outside is a walled courtyard with extensive gravelled parking, including a coach house/ former stables, which has been converted for use as a saddlery and equestrian stockists. The opportunity exists to build on this existing business or, subject to planning, use the building for alternative accommodation, such as an annexe, home office or holiday lets. To the front is a large terrace leading onto formal lawns. There is also a small orchard and potting shed/green house. The grounds include three paddocks with field shelters and there is an international arena with an Aruba rubber base enclosed by post and rail fencing. An American barn set on a concrete hard standing offers space for up to ten stables, with storage space, tack and feed rooms and a large lean-to hay store. Further hard standing provides considerable parking and turning space for horse-boxes.
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Currently under construction is this substantial property extending to approx. 3,000 sq.ft. 5 bedrooms | 4 receptions | kitchen/ breakfast room | 2 en-suites | bathroom | triple cart lodge | plot size approx. 1/3 acre
A stunning 1950’s detached family home, having recently undergone complete renovation, creating a home of quality living accommodation 5 bedrooms | sitting room | study | play room | open plan kitchen/family/ dining room | utility | cloakroom | 2 en-suites | family bathroom | garage | parking | in all the garden extends to approx. 1/3 of an acre
An impressive detached family home set within its own grounds of approx. 10 acres and a range of outbuildings 4 bedrooms | 2 receptions | kitchen/breakfast room | en-suite | bathroom | planning permission for a 2 storey extension
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Guide Price £835,000
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Near Bungay Guide £965,000
Near Stowmarket, Guide £1.25m
West of Stowmarket, Guide £565,000
Between Diss & Bury St Edmunds, Guide £550,000
Near Colchester, Guide £895,000
Near Hadleigh, Guide £675,000
Impressive country property at the end of a long driveway with fabulous outlook over mature grounds and large pond beyond and equestrian facilities. This converted barn is set out for open plan living with character features and courtyard terrace. There is a traditional barn with Loddon internal stabling, outbuildings with potential for conversion (stp) and a 40m x 20m manège. Grounds approaching 2 ACRES (stms) with a further 9 ACRES available by separate negotiation.
Superb family home with six bedrooms and detached two bedroom annexe, large workshop/barn, which may be suitable for a business from home (stp) and yard with internal stabling set in grounds of around an ACRE (stms). Well placed for A14 and set away from neighbours. Further land may be available to rent by separate negotiation
Exciting opportunity. Three bedroom detached house with separate annexe and studio bedsit accommodation set in 8.9 ACRES (stms) with equestrian facilities , B2 light industrial unit and site with two existing Operators Licences. A successful farm shop with two bedroom flat above available separately with a Guide Price of £350,000
An attractive country home with superb far reaching views and excellent equestrian facilities including American style barn with eight internal stables and hay store, 60m x 20m manège and post and rail paddocks. There is a former coach house currently used for a retail business which may also be suitable for annexe/holiday lets (stp). All in around 15 ACRES (stms).
Situated in a village location this recently renovated three bedroom barn is available with excellent equestrian facilities set in grounds of approx 8 ACRES (stms) set at the end of a long driveway. Flexible open plan living space and a third ground floor bedroom. Well laid out indoor stable block with a 40m x 20m covered school
Charming three bedroom restored Grade II listed period farmhouse with excellent equestrian facilities including four extra large loose boxes, tack room, hay store, manège and around 5.85 ACRES (stms). Detached period barn, formerly a farm shop, and outbuilding which was formerly an animal feed business.
• 10 mile radius of Bungay – Minimum 2 bedrooms with 3 acres plus. Budget £550K. • Suffolk, Newmarket area preferred, well appointed home with 2 acres plus, 2 stables plus. Funds in place up to £600K.
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LONGACRE FACTS Location: Holbrook Price: £925,000 Agent: Grier & Partners
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ocated on the spectacular Shotley Peninsula this five-bedroomed property is a perfect modern family home. It was custom built for the current owners back in 2003 and features a beautiful garden that stretches over an acre. On ground floor the entrance hall leads to the drawing room (6.17m x 5.61m) with French doors to the garden and a feature fireplace. The dining and garden room (8.56m x 4.17m) also has French doors to the rear and includes a formal dining area. Downstairs there’s also a study with an extensive fitted office suite. 78 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Of course the heart of any home is the kitchen and Longacre’s L-shaped kitchen/ breakfast suite is a delight with its ample drawer an cupboard space, granite work surface, inset twin sink and drainer, integrated fridge, freezer and dishwasher and a Rangemaster with extractor. In addition there’s a good sized utility. On the first floor the master bedroom, (7.49m x 5.61m) has views to the front and rear, and an ensuite with a roll edge bath and double shower cubicle. There are four further good size bedrooms, one of which is ensuite and a family bathroom. Outside Longacre is approached via a gated
sweeping gravel drive with central island. There is a garage with remote up and over door, a timber cart lodge and an additional lockable store/workshop. The gardens, in excess of 1 acre, are attractively landscaped with sweeping lawns with flower and shrub borders and more formal box hedge planting and focal points. There is a wide paved seating area at the back and a pergola leads to the side. The boundaries are deer proof fenced with mature holly hedging affording year round privacy and shelter. To the far end of the lawn is an area of copse.
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An attractive detached period farm house with a wealth of period features. Comprising: hall, sitting room, garden room, dining room, study, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, five bedrooms, en-suite shower room and a family bathroom. A range of outbuildings including storage sheds, detached office and summerhouse. Beautiful gardens extend to approx. one and a half acres (sts) and include two ponds, a woodland walk and a vegetable garden. Plenty of off-road parking. Apply Needham office
This attractive Grade II listed farmhouse, offering spacious accommodation, sits in an idyllic location in one and a half acres (sts). The accommodation in brief comprises of: entrance hall, study/bedroom four, sitting room, farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, shower room, three first floor double bedrooms and family bathroom. The grounds are mainly laid to lawn, enclosed by mature hedging. The gardens also feature a large pond, mature flower beds and an orchard. Apply Needham office
Guide Price: £640,000 PLAYFORD A delightful spacious 5 bedroom detached residence beautifully set within an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ nr River Fynn with fabulous walks within this picturesque spot. There is a large open plan bespoke kitchen, 4 reception rooms + conservatory, garage, workshop and grounds extending to ½ acre (sts). Apply Ipswich office
Guide Price: £625,000 CODDENHAM An attractive, unique 5 bedroom detached residence offering extremely spacious and stylish accommodation set in the heart of this popular village abutting woodland with wonderful walks. There are 3 reception rooms + conservatory, heated swimming pool with sauna, triple garage/workshop and the grounds extend to 1.¼ acres (sts). Apply Ipswich office
WOODBRIDGE Guide Price £299,950 Well appointed 2/3 bedroom town house, full of character, conveniently situated within easy walking distance of the town’s amenities, River Deben and rail station. Circa 1880, the property features Victorian curved brickwork to the corner, adding additional character to both the exterior and the interior. Accommodation over three floors comprises: entrance hall, sitting/dining room opening to kitchen, laundry room, cloakroom, drawing room and family bathroom. There were originally three bedrooms to the second floor - one of them has been converted into a walkthrough dressing room. The property could easily be converted back into a three bedroom dwelling. Cellar, gas fired central heating, side pedestrian access to pretty courtyard garden. Apply Woodbridge Office
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On a private, no through road, this well appointed, beautifully presented family home comprises entrance hall, sitting room with woodburner, dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, utility room, shower room, 3 double bedrooms, family bathroom and integral 6m long garage. The property has mature, landscaped gardens of approximately half an acre (sts) and enjoys views towards paddocks and fields. Conveniently located approximately 2 miles from Woodbridge and 5 miles from Ipswich. Apply Woodbridge office
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Debenham – Guide Price £475,000
A unique Grade II Listed house with 3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms and a 42’ ‘Long Room’, in the centre of this popular village. Ref: 4735
Badingham, near Framlingham – Guide Price £675,000
A 5/6 bedroom barn conversion benefitting from office/gym, triple garage and former granary, with grounds of approximately one acre in a lovely rural setting. Ref: 4732
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KINGS AT 40 One of the region’s leading car dealerships, M. R. King & Sons, is celebrating its 40th birthday. The family run company is proud of its heritage but is also looking forward to the future, discovers Sarah Hardy
or 40 years, generations of motorists have trusted M. R. King & Sons to get them on the road. The company is named after its founder Michael Roy King. With customer service second to none, this well respected company is dedicated to offering both sales and aftersales care. Whatever your budget, and whether you’re looking for a runaround to get you from A to B or a bespoke high-performance sports car, M. R. King & Sons prides itself on being able to find customers their perfect motor. Managing director Mike King says: ‘The customer is the centre of our business. We do everything we can to ensure a relaxed, no pressure selling environment aimed at giving a value for money, caring service giving customers total satisfaction.’ He is looking for photographs of some of his first customers taking delivery of their cars. Are you one of them, or one of their offspring and can help?
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Charity work The company supports the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London as a result of their fantastic work in assisting Josh King when he was first born. Over the past 20 years it has raised more than £30,000 through sponsored events, raffles, barbecues, roll a dice, race nights, hire of cars, donations in lieu of Christmas cards and more. Working with the community The company places itself at the heart of its surrounding community. It works closely with several leading local businesses such as Pleasurewood Hills, Aldeburgh Music, DanceEast and Nirvana Gym, to offer both the business and its own customers various benefits. They also supply a car for the Crime Prevention Officer for the Suffolk Constabulary to assist in their work. It offers sponsored cars to individuals including a locally based Lawn Tennis Association coach.
It has a bouncy castle that it loans out, free of charge, to local charities and groups so they can raise funds. Customers visiting Halesworth can enjoy a free round of golf when having their car serviced or repaired.
° Increased manufacturer standards. ° Investment into systems to improve
Changes witnessed over the past 40 years
The company employs around 70 people. Many are very long serving and all are trained to a high level, especially those in the technical field as developments are constantly being made. M. R. King & Sons has invested in a good blend of apprentices and experienced staff over the years to be able to continue giving the service of a caring family business.
° The rise of environmentally friendly
cars. With economic considerations and government legislation, more and more people are looking for cars with excellent mileage, low emissions, low car tax and insurance. ° The increased use of the internet. Gone are the days of just placing adverts in local newspapers. Now an up-to-date interactive website is essential. ° The development and success of hybrid cars. ° Improved car safety. ° Technical enhancements to vehicles to make them more reliable. ° Extended service intervals and more reliability. ° More legislation and monitoring by third parties.
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Celebrate Mike comments: ‘We have been very well supported by loyal customers over the years and have made some good friends as a result. We want to celebrate the big 4-0 by asking customers to send in their memorabilia or funny stories over this time so we can display these within our business.’
Business Profile | M. R. King & Sons
1972 Mike started the company 1977 The Volvo franchise was offered to Mike and with only one Volvo registered in the area at the time he took the opportunity 1979 Volvo in Saxmundham
1990 Volvo in Lowestoft 1992 Peugeot in Lowestoft
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Mike started off on his own initiative in the early days holding down a full time job with Yoxford Transport and repairing cars in his back garden at night.
New & used car sales, finance, car hire, tyres, MOTs, servicing, repairs, bodyshop, Motability specialists, collection service, courtesy cars, parts, accessories, valet services – and more.
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He progressed to running his own workshop and bodyshop in Norwich Road, Halesworth for a few years and then took a leap of faith – a gut instinct to move to Quay Street in 1972 when the limited company was established. Janet his wife kept control of the accounts and administration.
Used cars: M. R. King & Sons specialises in finding cars for everyone – from £500 to an Aston Martin and regularly source cars for an individual's requirement. They are especially good at finding cars for newly qualified drivers. Part exchange is also welcome and excellent finance deals are always on offer.
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FAMILY MAKE UP 2000 Peugeot in Saxmundham 2000 Suzuki in Lowestoft
2006 Lowestoft Relocation 2008 Woodbridge used car site
Now the three sons, Julian, Alastair and Jason, are general managers and they have all worked more than 20 years in the business. You’ll find Julian in Halesworth, Alastair in Lowestoft while Jason looks after Saxmundham and Woodbridge. They have eight children between them so the next generation is looking good! Mike and Janet are still actively involved in the business. Indeed, Mike still comes into work six days a week! The King Family - (left to right) Alastair, Mike, Janet, Jason and Julian
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Orwell Hotel Ladies Do Lunch This month the Ladies Do Lunch theme was terrines and pates with a demonstration from the Orwell Hotelâ€™s new Head Chef Ivan Wright followed by a two course lunch.
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My Suffolk | John Gummer
John Gummer, Baron Deben served for more than 30 years as MP for the Suffolk Coastal constituency and during that time was Minister for Agriculture and Secretary of State for the Environment. He is now a member of the House of Lords and is also the UK’s Chairman on Climate Change. Anne Gould asked him about his Suffolk ow long have you actually lived in Suffolk? Nearly 40 years. We were at Fressingfield to start with but have been here (near Debenham) for more than 25 years. However, my family originally comes from high Suffolk, centuries ago and we have come home, almost to the same place. What do you like about the county? It’s wonderfully different from the town and because I have to spend to so much of my time in town I want to spend weekends and free time in real countryside, particularly as I am very interested in agriculture and agricultural issues. All my four children are absolutely committed to Suffolk. Ben (MP for Ipswich) lives in the county but my other three are regular visitors. It’s very rare for at least one or two of them not to be visiting and we’ve always tried to have a house where they could bring friends along too. We are here as long as we can be at the weekends and in the holidays. It was sometimes more difficult when I was a minister, but we managed it. Are there any places that are particularly special? Well we have all the joy of the coast and there’s High Suffolk too. The secret of Suffolk is to stay away from the sea in the summer because of the crowds but visit instead in the winter when it’s absolutely wonderful especially Aldeburgh, Southwold and Thorpeness. But we have got to know much of the rest of the county really well too. When I was an MP they kept changing the constituency boundaries so I know a lot of the county. 90 | placesandfaces.co.uk
Where do you like to eat? Well my wife is a good cook and I like eating at home. We have such excellent local produce and food available. I have just taken our Chinese house guests to the local Co-op to see the range of Suffolk food, hams and sausages that are available across the county. It’s really surprising that even in a national chain we have local food. Orford has wonderful fish at Pinney’s and we also have wonderful local butchers too. I grow vegetables, particularly salad. It’s something I enjoy very much. I have two plots but both have to be protected from rabbits and deer too. I also grow soft fruits and have apples and cherries. I would not pretend to be a great flower gardener but I am preparing to create a Medieval garden with all sorts of herbs. Do you have any other hobbies? Well we all play tennis and we saved up for a long time and had a court built in the garden last year. It’s very good exercise. Can you recommend any local pubs? The pub in Earl Soham, my village local – The Angel in Debenham and the Dolphin in Thorpeness has high standards too. We like pubs with good food produced from local ingredients. Have you got a favourite local beer? I’m a non-beer drinker because I once had hepatitis and just can’t drink it. My family makes up for it though – Adnams is apparently a favourite. Do you enjoy walking? The route I like best is from Snape Maltings
to Iken Church. The view from Snape looking over the reeds is one of the best in the world. I also like to walk from Ufford Church, which is one of the most beautiful churches in Suffolk. Where do you take visitors who are unfamiliar with the county? Well tonight we are taking our guests to a concert at Snape which is lovely and then to the Regatta at Aldeburgh, which has really good seasonal food. We also like the Lighthouse. Aldeburgh is a great place to visit because it has some wonderful local shops and it’s nice for people to see the Suffolk seaside. I love the Maltings and we go there really quite a lot – we are so lucky to have world class music right next to us. There is so much to listen to and not just in the Festival or Prom seasons. It would be nice to include some churches, part of Suffolk’s wonderful heritage from a time when the county was rich. We will also go to Framlingham tomorrow – the view from the college towards the castle is incredible. Then we will go to the church and look at the memorials to the Norfolk family. It’s a lovely town and I have always wanted to get a statue of Queen Mary 1st, who was declared Queen of England at Framlingham Castle put up in the centre. Then we will probably take them to Orford and the Butley/Orford Oysterage and then on to Havergate Island.