WINE O’CLOCK Top tips from The East Anglian Wine School
HI-DI-HI! Ruth Madoc stars in hit show Be My Baby
RELAX & UNWIND Win a stay at The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh
The jewel in our county’s crown
OUT & ABOUT | RECIPE | WEDDINGS | TRAVEL | HEALTH & BEAUTY | FASHION | MOTORING | & MUCH MORE…
OUT & ABOUT
OUT & ABOUT
October marks the annual Suffolk Libraries Bookfest
Ruth Madoc stars in Be My Baby at the Theatre Royal
13 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Legendary actor John Hurt talks about The Elephant Man
17 | TOWN FOCUS
We visited historic Bury St Edmunds this issue
24 | FOOD & DRINK
Do you know your Sauvignon from your Semillon?
26 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Galton Blackiston prepares a classic tarte tatin
28 | WEDDING SPECIAL
From boho wedding dresses to beautiful bridal bouquets
35 | TRAVEL GUIDE
Holiday inspiration for winter sun and weekend breaks
39 | COMPETITION!
Win a stay at The White Lion Hotel on Suffolkâ€™s Heritage Coast
41 | HEALTH & BEAUTY
The ultimate spa day experience at Elveden Forest
43 | STYLE FILE
Refresh your wardrobe with a key piece for autumn
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elcome to Suffolk On My Mind Magazine, your go-to guide for must-see local events, theatre, fashion, travel, motoring and much more! This issue, we bring you a venerable feast of fascinating reads, from our preview feature on Be My Baby starring Welsh lovely Ruth Madoc (p9), to our exclusive interview with legendary actor Sir John Hurt, famous for his iconic role as John Merrick in David Lynch’s biopic The Elephant Man (p13). It’s amazing to think his illustrious career has spanned some six decades.
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If food and drink is your thing, you’ll love unravelling Neil Bull’s top tips for pairing wine and cheese (p24). Neil is founder of The East Anglian Wine School and certainly knows his stuff when it comes to finding the perfect partnership. What’s more, chef Harry Farrow chats to wine merchant Blaise Le Mesurier to discover what makes our region so good for wine production (p22). Plus, if you’re looking for the ultimate finishing touch to a French-themed dinner, check out Galton Blackiston’s delicious tarte tatin recipe on page 26. A winning combination of caramelised peaches and mouth-watering, buttery pastry, what’s not to love? A must-visit destination, bang on our doorstep, historic Bury St Edmunds is in the spotlight this month. We bring you our favourite places to eat, stay and shop on page 17. Prefer to venture a little further afield? Why not indulge in a relaxing weekend break in the South Norfolk Broads? Turn to page 36 for inspiration. And that’s not forgetting our fabulous competition for the chance to win a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at the stunning White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh... Good luck!
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Suffolk Libraries Bookfest returns for a second year this October.
aking place during the October halfterm holiday, Bookfest will see Suffolk libraries play host to a range of talks and workshops by authors and poets, as well as a handful of local events for younger readers.
Politician Alan Johnson will talk about the third in his series of memoirs, while historian Sian Evans will present her new book, Queen Bees, an account of society women in the 1920s.
Events that have been so far confirmed include an afternoon tea with James Runcie, the creator of the Grantchester TV series, a magic act launching the new murder mystery from Elly Griffiths, and conversation with best-selling novelists such as Barbara Erskine, Chris Cleave, Gavin Extence and Erin Kelly. Erin Kelly © Domenico Pugliese
As part of this year’s Bookfest, the village of Lavenham will hold its first Children’s Book Festival on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October. Included in its programme
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DONâ€™T MISS Tuesday 25th October, 7.30pm.
Wednesday 26th October
GAVIN EXTENCE AT BURY ST EDMUNDS LIBRARY
MEET THE AUTHOR BARBARA ERSKINE AT SUDBURY LIBRARY
Tuesday 25th October, 7.30pm.
Thursday 27th October, 3pm
POETRY WITH LIZ LOCHHEAD AND TIFFANY ATKINSON AT BECCLES LIBRARY
AFTERNOON TEA WITH JAMES RUNCIE AT LAVENHAM LIBRARY
Wednesday 26th October, 3pm JAMES RUNCIE AT SOUTHWOLD LIBRARY Saturday 29th October. MEETING QUEEN BEES WITH SIAN EVANS AT HALESWORTH LIBRARY
Wednesday 26th October AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC WITH LIZ LOCHHEAD AND BAND AT WOODBRIDGE LIBRARY
Saturday 29th October THE MAGIC OF ELLY GRIFFITHS AT FELIXSTOWE LIBRARY
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BE MY BABY We chat to former Hi-de-Hi! star Ruth Madoc, performing at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds this October.
t’s 1964, and 19-year-old Mary Adams is sent away to a mother and baby convent to give birth to her illegitimate child shame free, with only a record player for company. Be My Baby is billed as a poignant comedy that examines the human need for friendship and the naivety of the 1960s, with an all-star cast that includes none other than Hi-de-Hi!’s Ruth Madoc and Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster), who will be making her theatrical stage debut for the show.
Tell us about the production, Be My Baby. A. It’s a lovely piece. My character is the matron of the home where the girls go to have their babies. In those days, they tried to have the children adopted rather than take them home. It’s a humorous play, but my role is to lay down the law. Q. It is set in the 1960s. Are you a big fan of the decade? A. Yes, it’s set in 1964. I was a 21-year-old girl. It was my era. I listened to all the music that features in the play – Dusty Springfield, Cilla, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones. It’s all enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment. Q. Does the show also deal with some serious issues? A. The interesting thing about this play is that
Set against the backdrop of music from iconic girl groups and vocalists such as The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las, Dusty Springfield and many more, Mary, along with fellow residents Queenie, Dolores and Norma, must come to terms with their pregnancies, their lives, and the fact that they may never see their children again. The show, produced by Anton Benson Productions, promises to provide entertainment for all the family, with plenty of laughs along the way. Ruth Madoc is one
younger women now take a lot of things for granted. In those days, they didn’t have the pill or abortion, so the only alternative was to have their babies. It was much harder for young girls. There was no real emancipation until 1968 when abortion was legalised. The play is on the GCSE syllabus for drama, which means that young women will have to discuss these issues and maybe think twice about onenight stands. Q. Do you enjoy being on stage? A. It is good exercise and it keeps you on your toes. I am looking forward to coming to Bury St Edmunds; it is one of my favourite places. Q. How do you relax when you’re not working? A. I have five grandchildren, so they take
of the most recognisable faces on television, famous for her distinctive brand of classic British comedy. Not only did she appear in much-loved sitcom Hi-de-Hi! between 1980 and 1988, but she has also recently featured in sketch show Little Britain and ITV series Benidorm. Ruth’s latest role on stage in Be My Baby gives a nod to her roots as yellowcoat Gladys Pugh in a 1960’s holiday camp. We caught up with the popular Welsh actress to find out how this role is different from her iconic character.
up quite a bit of time. Three of them live in Gibraltar, which is a good excuse for a holiday! Q. Does it bother you that you’re still being recognised for your Hi-de-Hi! character? A. It’s very, very nice. It’s well over 30 years ago. I’m a very old Gladys Pugh now! In reality, it’s lovely to be recognised still for Gladys. I’m lucky to have got that part. There’s hardly any of us left now. Be My Baby is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd October. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org
“MY CHARACTER IS THE MATRON OF THE HOME WHERE THE GIRLS GO TO HAVE THEIR BABIES. IN THOSE DAYS, THEY TRIED TO HAVE THE CHILDREN ADOPTED RATHER THAN TAKE THEM HOME” Be My Baby is at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal from Monday 17th to Saturday 22nd October. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org
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The legendary actor attended a special screening of The Elephant Man to celebrate his becoming a patron of Cinema City, Norwich. We were there to catch the action.
John, you have just watched The Elephant Man. When was the last time you saw the film? A. At a national film theatre. I would say it has been a good 20 years since I’ve seen it. Q. How did you feel watching it today? A. I don’t know. I think David Lynch is a superb director. He manages to connect the ugliness of everything around. It is an incredibly romantic film, however. And in a sense, the ending is oddly hopeful.
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Q. Had you heard of David Lynch before accepting the part? A. When I was offered The Elephant Man, I didn’t know who David Lynch was, but I made sure I saw Eraserhead so I knew what I was in for! Q. What are your memories of shooting The Elephant Man? A. I have one clear memory. Prosthetic make-up was in its infancy, so it took us 12
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“I LOVE THE VARIETY OF THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST – THE WONDERFUL SKIES, THE BEACH AND DUNES AT HOLKHAM, THE MARSHES AT CLEY, AND THE CLIFFS NEARER HOME. AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, THERE ISN’T ANYWHERE BETTER”
hours at first –a total of 26 different pieces, all of which faded to nothing at the edges. We managed to hone it down to seven hours. I got into the studio at 4am, ready to go on set at 12pm, shoot through to 10pm, then it took two hours to get it off. We did this every other day. The crew loved it. You had to go and do a day’s work after putting it on! Q. Is it true that you got to keep the prosthetic cast of the head? A. I kept the skull part of the head as a souvenir. I put it at the top of a cupboard in my bedroom, and then I thought, ‘What am I going to do with it now?’ I left it there and forgot about it until we were moving house. It had been empty and a burglar got in, headed straight upstairs and started looking in the cupboard. The Elephant Man’s skull fell out.
Charcoal drawing of the Elephant Man, sketched by John himself, was auctioned off. All proceeds going to Cinema Plus at Cinema City.
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There is no evidence of that burglar further than that. Q.You have had approximately 180 roles, dating back to 1962. Taking your whole career into account, is there a performance that you are most proud of? A. That’s a question I have been asked a lot. It’s difficult to answer because there are many things in life that you are proud to do – some you are fond of, and others, not. I don’t like comparing them as certain parts have certain qualities. If I had to say which role changed my life, changing the audience and the business’ perception of me overnight, it was a piece called The Naked Civil Servant – in the same way that Jack Nicholson says Easy Rider did it for him.
John busy in the garden at home in Norfolk © Anwen Rees-Myers
Q. Who have you worked with that you would work with again? A. A lot of them are sadly dead. If I go back as far as A Man for All Seasons, I would love to have worked with Orson Welles again, and I almost nearly did, but we couldn’t get the money. One person I could say I never worked with and would have loved to have done is Alec Guinness. He was my idol from very early on. He took our kind of stage acting, translated it to film and managed to still make it real. Q. Are there any roles that you turned down and lived to regret? A. You can’t possibly accept everything. I can’t think of anything I passed on and it turned out to be splendid. Q. Do the big blockbusters interest you? A. You don’t know if it is going to be a blockbuster beforehand. I like to cross the board. I have just done Doctor Who, which was very enjoyable and completely different. I also did Indiana Jones and Alien – I still get people coming to me at the stage door for autographs with pictures of that dreaded scene in Alien! Q. How does an actor begin to research for a part? A. No two roles are the same and no two films are the same. Each film has hidden style – if you get this right, the rest will follow. I did no research for The Elephant Man at all. It is entirely from the script and imaginative from start to finish. Sometimes it can be partly imaginative and partly based on reality. Q. Do you prefer playing parts based on true or fictional characters? A. As an actor, you pay the same attention. It doesn’t make any difference to me. It’s all fact when it comes to playing a script. You play everything as though it actually happened and have the same responsibility to the script, whether it’s fact or fiction.
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Q. Do you have any advice for people looking to get into the film industry? A. I can talk a certain amount about acting but, when it comes to the technical side, I’m not quite sure how you get into it. Keep knocking on doors. The most important thing you can say, which I was told back in the day, is, ‘Press on, dear boy’. Don’t let anyone put you off.
Q. What is it that you love so much about the region? A. You don’t go through Norfolk to get anywhere, you go to Norfolk – that’s what we did and we stayed. I love the sparseness; it’s much less built-up than other English counties. I’m not anti-social by nature, but I love the space that I can find here. Norfolk people are very self-contained; they don’t force themselves on you. They respect privacy, but they’re also very direct and open.
Q. If you weren’t an actor, what would you have done? A. I would have been a painter. That was my other great interest.
Q. Are there any special places you like to visit? A. I love ecclesiastical architecture and, as there are over 600 medieval churches, need I say more? I love the variety of the North Norfolk coast – the wonderful skies, the beach and dunes at Holkham, the marshes at Cley, and the cliffs nearer home. At this time of the year, there isn’t anywhere better.
Q. What brought you to East Anglia? A. It came from my friend Peter, who’s a painter. He had lived in North Norfolk near Cromer for some years and said I would like it there.
Q. What’s the beauty of living by the coast? A. I love it. The glimpses of the sea remind you that you’re living on a rather small island and yet, at the same time, give you a sense of place and connection to the rest of the world.
HEARING AIDS LINKED TO BETTER COGNITIVE FUNCTION New research has suggested that enabling people to hear better could have a positive impact on the functioning of their brains.
he study found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed much better on cognitive tests, compared to those who didnâ€™t use a hearing aid.
These findings could be significant for those involved in elderly care, as more than half of adults over the age of 75 experience some degree of hearing loss. They also highlight the importance of older people being able to engage with the local community and being as socially active as possible. The research also revealed that cognitive function was directly linked to hearing ability in people who didnâ€™t have a hearing aid. We know that hearing aids can keep older adults with hearing loss more socially engaged. This study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet crucial, way to slow down or even prevent the onset of dementia. If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, we encourage you to book a hearing assessment with an audiologist. The Hearing Care Centre is a multi-award-winning, family-run company looking after all your hearing needs from 22 centres across Suffolk and Norfolk. For further information, call 01473 230330 or visit www.hearingcarecentre.co.uk
This dazzling historic gem boasts a host of modern attractions.
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DID YOU KNOW? Bury St Edmunds is home to the only remaining Regency Theatre in England.
ury St Edmunds is a picturesque Suffolk market town, seamlessly blending the old and the new. Named after St Edmund, who was martyred in 870, the town’s abbey is believed to house his remains, making it an important pilgrimage site. Visit the old side of town to see the cathedral in all its glory. The striking combination of medieval architecture and the beautiful abbey gardens ensure plenty of appeal for visitors. Plus, that’s not forgetting the great collection of venues for eating, drinking, shopping and relaxing in the newer quarter. What’s more, if you’d like to explore the surrounding Suffolk countryside, why not make Bury St Edmunds your base? There are plenty of accommodation options for every taste and budget.
WHERE TO STAY
rom friendly B&Bs to luxurious hotels, the choice is endless, while idyllic self-catering cottages, converted barns and charming farmhouses offer a more rural retreat. A popular destination conveniently located in the heart of town, The Angel Hotel is a four-star boutique hotel. Enjoy an unforgettable stay in one of The Angel’s stunning rooms or suites, each individually decorated in a cool contemporary style for a truly personal experience. On the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, Tuddenham Mill is a stylish five-star hotel in a gorgeous converted watermill. The fifteen guest rooms each feature over-sized beds, walk-in showers and luxury toiletries, making it the ultimate getaway for a romantic break. You can even indulge in a soothing spa treatment in the comfort of your own room!
WHERE TO EAT
here’s an excellent choice of places to dine, whether you’re on the lookout for a glamorous bar, local pub, chic restaurant or laid-back café. Wingspan Bar has built an enviable reputation for its welcoming atmosphere, should you be in the mood for a glass of Merlot, real ale or one of its amazing cocktails in the evening. When it comes to hearty pub food, The Old Cannon Brewery serves delicious meals prepared freshly to order from the bounty of the county. Delight in an ever-changing menu of unique dishes that celebrate Suffolk’s delicious seasonal ingredients. For fine diners, check out 1921, a recently opened restaurant and canapé bar on Angel Hill. With a sumptuous evening menu that includes pan-fried veal sweetbreads for starters and rabbit loin for mains, you know you’re going to be in for a treat!
WHERE TO SHOP
ome to exclusive, unusual and independent stores lining the medieval streets, Bury St Edmunds is a shopper’s paradise. From clothes to kitchenware, there is something for every discerning shopper here! The Arc shopping centre is where you’ll find all your favourite High Street names, while the award-winning local produce market, held every Wednesday and Saturday, is well-worth a look for an amazing selection of tasty regional fare. Take your pick from fresh fish and meats, to homemade bread and local cheeses. The award-winning market dates back to before the days of William the Conqueror, and now has over 80 stalls in attendance, selling all manner of essential items. firstname.lastname@example.org
BURY AT CHRISTMAS
he Angel Hill and Abbey Gardens, with its recently crowned cathedral, are the ideal setting for the town’s annual Christmas event. An added attraction is the nearby cosmopolitan shopping centre, with its great mix of famous name stores and independent shops, plus cafés and restaurants. Plus, there will also be street entertainment offering something for everyone to enjoy. The opening evening on Thursday 24th is a great time to visit, thanks to the half-price fairground rides, free parking and grand firework finale. The entertainment continues throughout the weekend with a great mix of music, from church choirs and school bands, to a traditional carol concert on Angel Hill for a truly magical experience. So, Bury St Edmunds’ awardwinning Christmas extravaganza just keeps getting bigger and better! In fact, this year, it is eight markets rolled into one. Why not come along and see for yourself?
DON’T MISS Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre will run from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th November this year.
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OFF THE WALL
SNOW AND FROST Photographer David Morris fights the blizzards to capture the ideal Christmas card scene.
T Written by David Morris
here’s only one thing worse than getting up really early in the morning, and that’s getting up really early when it’s freezing cold. Especially in our house. When it comes to heating, our boiler beats with the heart of Shylock. And once the bed has finally reached a lifesustaining temperature, the incentive to get back out of it requires a superhuman effort. But, invariably, if I can make the lunge to throw on as many clothes as I can in thirty seconds, I’ll soon reap the rewards. Everyone is fascinated by a landscape under snow or heavy frost. The familiar becomes a foreign land, everything appears new to the eye, everything deserves closer inspection. And therein lies the problem... Where do you point the camera? What looks good to you at the time might not look so good once you get back home. Those acres of pristine snow aren’t going to hold anyone’s interest for long; they can look pretty dull once they’re blown up print-size to stick on the wall. Unless you have a composition, you have nothing.
Just watch someone take a photograph of a setting that’s not covered in snow. They bob about, go up and down, try crazy angles, and get quite picky. But when there’s frost about, they just stand there and shoot the view straight ahead. I’ve been in these white landscapes, becoming more and more depressed because I can’t see the shot, Billie-no-mates to a decent photograph. I trudge through snowdrifts of misery before being engulfed in an avalanche of despair. OK, OK, I know, let’s not overdramatise, but it can be very frustrating. I have this nightmare of imagining other photographers in the same situation as me, whooping for joy as they snap the perfect picture. The photograph of Gunton Park took me nearly an hour, despite the morning being one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Without the reeds against the lake, I don’t think it would live up to much. Of course, when blessed with snow, you can avoid compositional nightmares by simply photographing a snow-covered tree in isolation. There is little to beat the view of a fine mature tree in all its majesty and symmetry – but you first have to find one! email@example.com
“THOSE ACRES OF PRISTINE SNOW AREN’T GOING TO HOLD ANYONE’S INTEREST FOR LONG; THEY CAN LOOK PRETTY DULL ONCE THEY’RE BLOWN UP PRINT-SIZE TO STICK ON THE WALL. UNLESS YOU HAVE A COMPOSITION, YOU HAVE NOTHING”
Our region isn’t plentiful with fine-looking trees if you ask me; broken, stunted, windblasted, ivy-covered things. I was pontificating my point to a local lady the other day who was looking through my work.
Baconsthorpe Castle winter’s day
Big mistake. I was in too deep before I realised her hackles had risen, and she gave me a polite but devastating dressing down in defence of her county. Indeed, we have many stunning trees. One has only to use one’s eyes when visiting
Baconsthorpe Castle winter’s evening
our great country parks, was her withering appraisal of my observational faculties. Humbled, I retreated in disarray. As I said, composition is everything. It doesn’t take much to ruin one, which leaves me wondering how much I’ve ruined this composition. By including a rude attack on the state of our local area’s tree population, I can already feel readers reaching for their pens to write to the Editor. You can view more of David’s work at www.davidmorrisphotographer.com
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WHEN HARRY MET...
Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef @morstonanchor
This issue, Harry Farrow, head chef at The Anchor Inn in Morston, raises a glass to wine supplier Blaise Le Mesurier. hen my business partner Rowan Glennie and I were on the hunt for quality wines to serve here at The Anchor, we called on Norwich-based Blaise Le Mesurier because we knew he would be able to offer us something different. Following in the footsteps of his father, who first introduced him to the business of importing wines, Blaise established Ferrers Le Mesurier & Son in 1996. Blaise explained, “As a child, we would go on wine holidays to Bordeaux and I inherited some good friends in France from my father. History is now repeating itself as I take my own kids over there. I have a handful of great small-scale growers with a limited production, so I know my wines are unique. You won’t find them on the supermarket shelves.”
“THIS COUNTY HAS GREAT POTENTIAL – IT HAS THE RIGHT CLIMATE, RICH SOIL, AND THE PERFECT CONDITIONS TO COMPETE PROPERLY WITH THE LIKES OF CHAMPAGNE”
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Sourcing direct from suppliers across Europe and beyond, Blaise has a fully-stocked cellar of varieties from France, Spain and New Zealand, as well as two growers in California. He said, “I work from home now, as the trade has changed in the last 20 years. People come to you to present their wares. In the past, you had to go out in search of them.” Supplying the hospitality industry as well as some individual clients, just what does Blaise look for in a good grape? He said, “My wines are always new to the UK market, exclusive to me, and I judge each one on its own merits. By using small growers, there can be variations in supply and demand, but I know what I have is pretty special. I love meeting those individuals who are dedicated to providing a product that expresses the region, one that often tells a story. The Muscadet Serve et Maine is known as the oyster wine because the vines are grown in soil where oyster beds are laid.” So, what is the soil like for wine production here in East Anglia? Blaise said, “This area has great potential – it has the right climate, rich soil, and the perfect conditions to compete properly with the likes of Champagne. With a little time and effort to establish the vines, the UK could become a serious wine producer for the first time since the Romans!” We have a house red and house white at The Anchor Inn, ‘Les Terres Rares’ Mauzac Sauvignon and Cuveé Saint Marc Merlot, which have both proved extremely popular. Your house wine is your benchmark, and it is so important that you’re able to tick that box. Blaise really knows his stuff, and his mantra of sticking with smaller local producers is something we, too, are passionate about.
BLAISE LE MESURIER The Dower House, Parish Road, Stratton Strawless, Norfolk, NR10 5LP Telephone & Autofax 01603-279975 Mobile 07771-676367. Email BlaiseLM@aol.com. FERRERS LE MESURIER Turnsloe, North Street, Titchmarsh, Kettering, Northants NN14 3DH Telephone and Autofax 01832-732660.
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FOOD & DRINK
Written by Neil Bull
Neil Bull, founder of The East Anglian Wine School, shares a few simple guidelines for pairing wine and cheese.
here are no clear rules when it comes to food and wine combinations, as we are all different and have certain likes and dislikes, but there are some steps you can follow to help achieve a good union.
AGE Particularly with cheese, age is the prime consideration. Young, fresh cheeses have a higher water content and a creamy delicate texture, while young wines are often full of fruity, floral and citrus flavours. As cheese matures, the moisture slowly evaporates, leaving behind flavourful fat and protein, so older cheeses generally are richer and more savoury. As wines age, they can retain primary fruit flavours but also develop notes of oak, toast, minerals and umami. Like cheeses, older wines are usually more complex and savoury than their younger versions. So, a good rule of thumb is to pair young cheese with young wines, and mature cheeses with aged wines.
as appetising. Chaource is a beautiful cheese from the Champagne region and can be perfectly matched with a glass of Champagne. The crisp acidity of the wine cleanses the palate of the fat from the cheese, preparing you for the next mouthful. Manchego, a hard sheep’s milk cheese from Spain, tastes great when it is enjoyed with a Manzanilla or Amontilado sherry.
TANNINS Tannic red wines work really well with rich, aged cheese. Their tannins bind to the protein and fat molecules, cleaning your palate after each sip. However, the same process makes a tannic wine far too astringent with a young cheese. By stripping away the lower level of fat in the cheese, it leaves a chalky and metallic aftertaste. Try low tannin wines such as a New World Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais.
FLAVOUR INTENSITY A strong, powerful cheese such as mature cheddar or Perail de Brebis will overwhelm a delicate wine in the same way that a mature Bordeaux red wine will dominate a delicate goat’s cheese. So, ensure the flavour intensity of the cheese and wine will effectively complement each other.
WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER It may be an old adage but there is some truth in this. A Sauvignon Blanc such as a Sancerre from the Loire is an ideal partner for a soft, creamy, regional goat’s cheese. However, the tropical fruit flavour present in a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand would not be quite
“LIKE CHEESES, OLDER WINES ARE USUALLY MORE COMPLEX AND SAVOURY THAN THEIR YOUNGER VERSIONS”
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RECIPE Holiday OF THESpecial MONTH
PEACH TARTE TATIN (SERVES 6-8)
INGREDIENTS 350g good quality butter puff pastry 150g unsalted butter, softened 175g light muscovado sugar 8 ripe peaches Leaves from 1 fresh thyme sprig Ice cream, to serve 1 x 23cm diameter deep-sided non-stick frying pan with a metal handle that can go into the oven
METHOD Roll out the puff pastry into a circle a good 2.5cm larger in diameter than the frying pan you are using (I use a large dinner plate as a template). Prick the pastry all over with a fork and place in the fridge to rest until needed.
Written by Galton Blackiston
Chef Galton Blackiston provides the perfect finishing touch to a mouth-watering French-themed menu.
classic French tarte tatin is an upside down apple tart in which you caramelise the apples in a pan with the pastry placed on top. I am changing this by using peaches because they marry really well with the butterscotch flavours of the caramel. You could also use nectarines if you wish. Galton runs Morston Hall, a 17th century country house hotel on the North Norfolk coast, boasting three Red Rosettes and a Michelin Star Award. Summertime is priced £18.99 (hardback), at Virgin Books. Copyright © Galton Blackiston, 2009. Photography © Tara Fisher, 2009.
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Pat the butter all over the base of the frying pan and cover with the sugar. Place the pan over a moderate heat to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar. Turn up the heat a little until the butter and sugar has reached a light caramel stage, watching the pan all the time (this may sound difficult because you are already using brown sugar, but I would just take it to a slightly darker colour). Remove from the heat. Halve the peaches and remove the stones (peel the peaches if you like but this is optional). Lay them, rounded side down, on top of the caramel and pack in tightly. Scatter the thyme leaves over the fruit, then cover with the pastry, tucking in any overlapping pieces. Place in the fridge while you pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the pan in the pre-heated oven and cook for about 35 minutes until the pastry is golden. Remove from the oven and rest for 2 minutes before tilting the frying pan and spooning out any excess juices into a small pan. Over a moderate heat, reduce the liquid by half. To serve, carefully turn the tarte tatin over on to a large serving plate. Serve with ice cream or a good dollop of cream and some of the reduced peach juices spooned over.
Venue: Keeper and The Dell Photography: Tatum Reid Photography Model: Jude @ Ginger Koneko Wedding Dresses:Vintage Deli Flowers: Jo Flowers Hair: Laura Hughes Hair Accessories: Bohemian Love Story Styling: Norfolk Brides Cake: Little Millies
Dalia Courridge explains why good, old-fashioned personal touches are back in fashion for special occasions. Written by Dalia Courridge @norfolkbrides
t is very difficult to know where to start when planning your big day. It’s not unusual for today’s brides to get hold of ideas from their friends and relatives’ weddings, whether it’s their
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mum, aunt or grandmother. Although there are many brides who dream of a traditional white wedding, there’s an increasing trend towards throwing a party that’s a bit out of the ordinary.
We planned this photo shoot with vintage ceremonies in mind. Keeper and the Dell is a relatively new wedding venue in Norfolk. Owner Lolly Streek said, “The growing appeal of rustic-style weddings is not just about wanting to be outdoors, it also harks back to days of old, where a community would all be part of something wonderful. Fabrics would be recycled into bunting, and jam jars used for flowers. Aunties would bake cakes while sisters helped with the flowers. The wedding has backed away from the corporate and returned to where it belongs, in the heart of the family. Who can argue with that?” Katy Coe of fashion emporium Vintage Deli agrees, “The vibe I get from my clients is that they want their wedding dress to be individual and laid-back. People are veering away from the generic mould and opting for a unique wedding day that suits their own tastes and quirks.” The Norfolk Brides Wedding Directory is dedicated to helping all brides and grooms plan their perfect wedding day. For further information, call 01603 615757 or visit www.norfolkbrides.co.uk
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Written by Sharon Pointen @flower3o
Freelance florist Sharon Pointen provides wedding flower inspiration for the happiest day of your life.
lanning your dream wedding day? This is the perfect opportunity to consider how trends have evolved in the world of bridal flowers.
Tones of blue seem to be popular at this time, mixed with rich reds, burgundies, elegant dark Calla lilies, black Baccara roses and dark blue
Anemone or Lisianthus. These look beautiful packed together with some shiny viburham berries. Of course, blue and white is always a glamorous union, particularly in summer Nigella, cornflowers and roses. For a striking display at your ceremony or reception, fill a modern black container with dark blue delphinium with a collar of green hydrangea showing a blue tint, placed on a burgundy plinth. As a complete contrast, hues of green like emerald and mint are all the rage... Imagine gorgeous peach Parrot tulips with green veins in the petals combined with matching roses, peony and Ranunculus. Subtle candlelight will elegantly flatter your chosen table decorations. I love to see groups of bloom – some low, others raised – on small silver birch logs, with perfumed peaches scattered among the foliage. Include mint leaves, rosemary, variegated ivy, Gelderose and poppy seed heads for added texture. Bold, brightly clashing rainbow shades like pink, yellow, orange and purple in unusual containers or bottles work a treat. Try sunflowers, pink
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carnations, orange roses and freesia, and why not give each bridesmaid a different colour to carry? Local weddings lend themselves beautifully to country-style flowers such as the pinks, blues and creams of sweet peas, scabious and roses, tied with wheat, for example, to capture the imagination. Or, if you’d rather keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with a chic all-white design. A particular favourite of mine is a neat scented bouquet of lily of the valley wrapped with a pearl white ribbon, decorated with little diamond details to catch the light. So, if you’re a bride-to-be, or someone close to you is planning a wedding this month, it’s rich pickings when it comes to bridal flowers. But, who will catch the bouquet? Contact Sharon Pointen at Flower 30 by calling 07501 260170 to arrange a consultation. www.suffolkonmymind.co.uk
WINTER SUN Chasing the warmer weather? Plan a visit to magical Marrakech for sunshine, serenity and Moroccan-style shopping.
SIRAYANE BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA Km 8 Route D’Amezmiz, Marrakech, Morocco. Tel: 0021 25251 18880. www.sirayane.com Expect to pay from around £145 per room per night (low season).
he perfect getaway for travellers looking to experience Marrakech while staying away from the hustle and bustle, Sirayane is ideally positioned just a few minutes from the busy city centre, overlooking the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by 1.5 hectares of lush gardens. For those seeking a slice of the action, a complimentary daily shuttle service permits you to hit the souks and haggle for a bargain, whizzing you in and out of the crowded streets without any hassle. But, don’t get fooled into thinking the nightly restaurant shuttle is free of charge, or you may be surprised with a big bill! Designed by famous architect Imaad Rahmouni, this luxurious boutique hotel comprises 24 bedrooms and four impressive suites, each with its own private garden, and some with stunning mountain views. Individually decorated with a cool, contemporary design, all rooms exude simplicity and tranquillity, so you can unwind in your own time. Complete with air conditioning, DVD player, Wi-Fi access, marble shower and mini bar, there’s everything you need at your fingertips. And should you feel hungry, just give room service a call! Serving the finest Moroccan cuisine and a variety of international dishes, Sirayane Restaurant, with its chic décor and authentic lounge music, is the ideal backdrop for savouring the flavour of the fantastic local fare. It’s so good, in fact, that the hotel runs Moroccan cooking masterclasses upon request, so you can wow your dinner guests when you get back home. Fancy a cocktail? Head over to the peaceful lounge bar, and whet your whistle with a refreshing mojito while watching guests splash around in the floodlight 29-metre To advertise call 01953 456789
“MARRAKECH REALLY IS A MAGNIFICENT CITY – A SYMBOL OF THE MOROCCO THAT ONCE WAS” outdoor swimming pool. It even has a heated section for the cooler winter months. Keen to rediscover your inner sense of wellbeing? The superb Oriental Hammam spa has two treatments rooms, should you be in the mood for a soothing full-body massage or calming facial. Wanting to burn off those calories? The on-site gym is kitted out with the latest in cardio training equipment, while the 400m jogging track and full-size tennis court mean you can work off your breakfast while basking in glorious sunshine. If you’d prefer to take it easy, why not chill out with a good book or your favourite film? The hotel library has a great selection of novels and DVD’s for you to enjoy. Marrakech really is a magnificent city – a symbol of the Morocco that once was, with narrow streets too compact to allow the introduction of cars. So, if you’re the type of person who craves culture and climate combined, what better holiday resort for a winter break? And when jetting off to uncover the allure of history-soaked Marrakech, make sure you choose Sirayane Boutique Hotel & Spa as your sanctuary. www.suffolkonmymind.co.uk
STAY IN SOUTH NORFOLK Two retreats by the water for a well-earned break in The Broads.
THE WAVENEY INN Waveney River Centre, Burgh St Peter, Norfolk NR34 0BT. Tel: 01502 677343. www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk/waveney-inn Bed & breakfast is priced from £99 per room per night.
aveney River Centre near Beccles has added seven boutique hotel rooms to its ever-expanding portfolio of holiday accommodation that already includes lodges, cottages, penthouses and escape pods. The new rooms, each with a nautical theme, are made up of five doubles, one single and one family room to cater for every guest’s individual needs. Most have fantastic views over the adjacent Carlton Marshes nature reserve and marina, for the perfect place to recharge those batteries.
Guests are treated to comfortable super-king beds with deluxe Egyptian cotton linen and a delicious breakfast created from locally sourced produce that includes Blythburgh bacon and sausages from Pepperell’s butchers in Harleston. All meals are enjoyed in the recently refurbished restaurant, with its huge deck overlooking the marshes and chic contemporary décor. Open daily, the action-packed menu includes light bites, traditional favourites, steaks, salads and sharing boards. And for dessert? The sumptuous ice cream comes in a variety of flavours, from honeycomb and stem ginger, to caramel and cookie dough, all made by hand in small batches by Alburgh Ice Cream on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The Waveney Inn has a very interesting history, starting life in 1904 as Frank Rice’s zoological gardens featuring bears, monkeys and a white camel in its menagerie, before developing into a hotel some years later. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visitors can choose from canoeing, fishing, walking, cycling or a river tour of The Broads. For a real taste of luxury, take a trip on the skippered Betsie Jane, a classic 1930’s gentleman’s day cruiser that seats up to 12 passengers. There is also an indoor heated swimming pool and free pedestrian ferry crossing to Carlton Marshes beyond. James Knight, managing director of Waveney River Centre, said, “We’ve already had some fantastic feedback from people who have stayed in the new boutique rooms.”
POTTLES BARN Ferry Road, Surlingham, Norfolk NR14 7AR. Tel: 01508 538823. www.pottlesbarn.co.uk Bed & breakfast is priced from £80 per room per night.
amily-run Pottles Barn luxury bed & breakfast and selfcatering accommodation in Surlingham reopened last year after a dramatic two-year refurbishment. Situated in the pretty south Norfolk village of Surlingham, just seven miles from Norwich, the stunning B&B now comprises one double bedroom and one twin bedroom with an adjoining en suite wet room featuring bath, shower and twin basins. Giving a nod to the building’s agricultural history, wooden beams feature strongly throughout. Guests will be treated to a full English breakfast, freshly prepared to order using local ingredients and eggs from Pottles Barn’s free range chickens.
The new self-catering annexe boasts a fully-equipped kitchen, living space, bathroom, double bedroom, second mezzanine double bedroom and patio with views stretching across the well-kept gardens. Fantastic for families and larger parties, it comes complete with a welcome pack to get you started and free use of the outdoor pool table and barbecue. Perfect for making the most of the sunshine!
Pottles Barn is situated in the pretty Norfolk village of Surlingham, just seven miles outside the city of Norwich and a short drive from the coast
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Nothing is too much trouble, promising a guaranteed warm welcome and a commitment to making your stay extra-special. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and B&B rooms come complete with bottles of mineral water, fresh fruit and luxury toiletries for that extra touch. Co-owner John Wignall said, “We love welcoming guests, both new and old, to this picturesque corner of Norfolk. It’s a wonderful spot for exploring the city or getting away from it all, with a choice of two village pubs and the famous Ted Ellis nature reserve nearby.” To advertise call 01953 456789
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COASTAL ESCAPE Suffolk On My Mind has teamed up with the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two people on Suffolk’s stunning heritage coast.
et opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts, the White Lion Hotel has stunning sea views, yet it’s within an easy stroll of the town’s shops and galleries.
The privately-owned 38-bedroom hotel is blessed with a stylish contemporary décor, many rooms offering a great vantage point to watch the sun rise over the glistening sea in the morning. With the recent opening of Sea Spice, the White Lion now has a choice of two vibrant restaurants, catering for a variety of tastes. Relaxed dining is on offer in the hotel’s Brasserie Bleue, which has a well-deserved reputation for providing great value, beautifully cooked, classic dishes, with the added bonus of an exciting French twist. The head chef and his team are passionate about using Suffolk’s natural larder from the sea and the region’s finest and freshest ingredients for their menus.
There’s also an excellent wine list, with both easy-drinking and fine vintages from the world’s top wine-producing countries. Sea Spice brings the diverse flavours of exotic Indian cuisine to the Suffolk seaside town, uniting quality local produce with traditional Indian dishes originating some 4,000 miles away. There’s an array of regional dishes to choose from, including Goan-inspired fish and seafood, tandoori grilled meats, curries and vegetarian options. A selection of local craft beers has also been chosen to complement the popular menu. For further information, call 01728 452720 orvisit www.whitelion.co.uk and www.seaspice.co.uk
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HEALTH & BEAUTY
Dreaming of a little R&R? Prepare to relax and unwind with the ultimate spa day experience.
et in the East Anglian countryside, Aqua Sana Spa at Elveden Forest is focused on your complete relaxation, thanks to a spacious layout, modern interior, and wide range of treatments to help you let go. Spread over two floors, this serene sanctuary offers a superb blend of services, with over 15 different spa experiences and a heated outdoor hydro pool to melt away any knots before you enjoy your treatment. Lie back on the floating bed in the middle of the pool, surrounded by nature, and let those cares drift away. Calming mind, body and soul, it’s the perfect way to spend some dedicated me-time. Feeling revitalised? You’ll love exploring each of the different spa experience rooms, filled with uplifting aromas, soothing steam and calming music. Discover for yourself how multi-sensory effects can help clear your thoughts, and take your time to discover the Tyrolean Sauna, Laconium, Turkish Hammam, Indian Blossom Steam Room, Japanese Salt Steam Bath, Greek Herbal Bath and Balinese Multi-Steam Bath. Which will be your favourite? Whether you’re relaxing with good friends or a loved one, you’ll feel cocooned from the moment you arrive in the forest, leaving any worries behind. And what better way to enhance your visit than with an indulgent pamper treatment? The team of trained therapists will find the ideal therapy for you, from a rejuvenating facial to a nourishing fullbody massage.
of a mouth-watering bowl of pasta, homemade soup, or a delicious ciabatta or Panini. Or, perhaps you’d prefer to linger over an appetising salad, rounded off by a tempting sweet treat? Add a glass of Prosecco as an extra luxury, or why not chill out with a speciality tea or coffee? And when a day isn’t enough, you can book an overnight stay in one of the decadent on-site spa suites, complete with bathing area with oversized bathtub, private balcony with restful sun loungers, and your own personal relaxation zone. Cosy up in your robe with a magazine in hand before heading down to make full use of the spa’s fantastic facilities.
“WHETHER YOU’RE RELAXING WITH GOOD FRIENDS OR A LOVED ONE, YOU’LL FEEL COCOONED FROM THE MOMENT YOU ARRIVE IN THE FOREST”
A spa day at Elveden Forest costs from £69 per person, or £55 per person for a spa day for two (this package can only be purchased in multiples of two people). For further information, call 0844 826 6205 or visit www.aquasana.co.uk
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CHILL OUT... THIS SEASON
Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahBeingLois
Image consultant Sarah Morgan gives guidance on practical – yet stylish – fashion when shopping for the season ahead. To advertise call 01953 456789
“IT’S AN ODD TIME OF YEAR – WE’RE NOT READY TO GO ALL-OUT IN OUR WINTER DARKS BUT IT’S TOO NIPPY TO GO SOCKLESS AND SUMMERY. IT CAN BE BEWILDERING; WHAT’S A GIRL SUPPOSED TO WEAR?”
t’s an odd time of year – we’re not ready to go all-out in our winter darks but it’s too nippy to go sockless and summery. It can be bewildering; what’s a girl supposed to wear?
Looking fresh and fashionable while fending off a chill requires some careful planning. The buzzword right now is colour, and there are some gorgeous brights around. Cerulean blue is one of the on-trend shades but, rather than team it with black, try white, cream, pale grey or camel. Or, if you’re feeling brave, clash it with fuchsia or blends of blue and green. This could be a light quilted jacket with cream jeans – crisp, but you won’t freeze to death! Greyed duck egg is another hot tone right now – plus coral, lime, orange, turquoise – and yellow! I’ve seen jeans in all these colours, and leather jackets in a myriad of hues – or faux leather if you prefer. If it’s cold but rain isn’t expected, go for a pair of suede ankle boots Jackets in all shapes and shades will make us look and feel fabulous. Barbour do lightweight
coats so well, from their trendy biker styles to timeless macs and quilted classics. Fitting perfectly with the British heritage trend currently taking centre stage, they are ideal for relaxed country living. That’s not forgetting Dubarry of Ireland, which elegantly combines effortless designer style with all-important functionality – guaranteed to withstand both wind and rain. Don’t be caught out by the odd shower – a waterproof coat with hood is a must-have for every closet. You can never have too many fine knits in your autumn wardrobe – go for fine layers to pull on or off as needed. A gorgeous cream sweater-dress teamed with colourful tights and block-healed flats is light and easy – good for work or play. And never underestimate the impact of the humble scarf; a jolt of something vibrant near your face is flattering and, how marvellous... It will keep your neck warm too! For one-to-one style advice, call Sarah Morgan on 01263 721207 or visit www.sarah-morgan.co.uk
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ON THE ROAD
Written by Tim Barnes-Clay
Peugeot has announced the new 3008 SUV, and motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay was in Paris for the launch. To advertise call 01953 456789
“AT 4450MM IN LENGTH, THE NEW PEUGEOT 3008 SUV OFFERS GREATER PASSENGER AND LUGGAGE SPACE THAN THE OUTGOING MODEL”
t 4450mm in length, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV offers greater passenger and luggage space than the outgoing model. With a longer wheelbase and improved interior space, rear occupants now have an additional 24mm legroom, 4mm elbowroom and 36mm headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17mm, despite the width being identical to the outgoing version at 1840mm, and height being 19mm lower at 1620mm.
With the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit technology, by simply pressing a dedicated key, there is the opportunity to further enhance the driving experience, while intelligent design means the adaptable moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved to allow the optimisation of boot space. This clever functionality can be further complemented with a hands-free opening tailgate, allowing a simple gesture of the foot under the rear bumper to open or close it.
The new Peugeot 3008 SUV also responds to the driver’s need to stay connected due to facilities like MirrorScreen, induction Smartphone recharging and 3D connected navigation. What’s more, the 10 speaker system with exclusive Focal technology brings a pure and defined sound to all occupants. In a context where access to city centres is increasingly constrained, Peugeot is positioned as a provider of innovative solutions for mobility issues.
The new 3008 SUV is no exception. Customers are offered a new range of individual mobility solutions including a folding scooter with electric assist (e-Kick) and a folding bike with electric assistance (e-Bike). Technology has done more than just assist with the driver and passenger experience, however, it has also improved safety. Available on the new 3008 is Active Safety Brake, Distance Alert (a distance alert function with
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automatic emergency braking) and Active Involuntary Crossing Line (a lane departure alert for safer driving with visual and audible warnings, and active vehicle control). The new model also has Driver Alert Warning; with constant analysis of vehicle trajectory against road markings, it can trigger several levels of audible and visual alerts to remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving at a speed greater than 40mph.
Available to order in the UK from November, with first deliveries due in January 2017, Peugeotâ€™s latest offering is expected to make an impact. For further information, call Busseys Peugeot on 01603 753376 or visit www.busseys.co.uk
YOUR LOCAL PUB THE PUNCH BOWL Bowl Road, Battisford, Stowmarket, Ipswich IP14 2LQ. Tel: 01449 771646. www.punchbowlbattisford.co.uk Visit the website for opening times.
The Punch Bowl in Battisford is Suffolk’s first community inn, welcoming visitors old and new.
ased in the picturesque Suffolk village of Battisford, The Punch Bowl is at the heart of the community, serving local ales, fine wines and quality meals throughout the week. The varied menu comprises lighter lunch options such as sausage and mash, mussels cooked in white wine, and ham or cheese ploughman’s, alongside a great range of starters, main courses and desserts for dinner.
“A RELAXED, LAID-BACK ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO WHET YOUR WHISTLE OR TUCK INTO A PLATE OF DELICIOUS HOMEMADE GRUB” A chalkboard of daily specials and chef ’s curry of the day are also offered, using locally sourced, fresh produce where possible. And as all meals are cooked to order, any special dietary requirements can often be met. A relaxed, laid-back environment in which to whet your whistle or tuck into a plate of delicious homemade grub, the roaring fireplace provides the perfect backdrop on a cool autumn’s day, particularly after a walk in the surrounding Suffolk countryside (four-legged friends are even welcome!). What’s more, the friendly staff enjoy hosting regular events throughout the year, so it’s worth paying a visit on one of these evenings to really get a taste of village life.