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A friendly and welcoming company, their door is always open to people who want to discuss their joinery needs whether they are an architect or someone who just want a replacement window. Nothing complements a home more than a hand-crafted door and while replacement windows are a considerable expense to any homeowner Ashbocking joinery Ltd produces handmade windows that are not only affordable but made to last. Manufacturing and fitting quality staircases is another of their specialisms and the company can also supply a variety of purposes made internal furnishings, ranging from wine racks to reception desks.

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THE BEST OF

SUFFOLK With the Best of Suffolk in your hand, the county’s leading annual visitor guide, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to what’s on and where to go. Even if you’ve lived here all your life, you may still be surprised at some of the hidden treasures on your own doorstep. It’s time to put down your smartphone, forget the stresses of modern-day life and re-connect with your surroundings. Suffolk offers visitors and locals alike the chance to enjoy all of the wonderful attractions on offer in this beautiful part of the country. Suffolk is a fabulously picturesque location, with its huge open skies, breathtaking coastal views and beaches, contrasting wonderfully with a gently undulating inland landscape, making it ideal for exploring. Perfect if you enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as cycling or

coastal walks. Choose from plenty of footpaths, through terrain as diverse as riverside paths, open meadows, forest trails and cliff-top paths. There are also numerous country pubs for refreshments en route! Suffolk prides itself on serving good food, prepared with locally-produced ingredients. In fact, there are many farm shops, delis and independent butchers and fishmongers, providing award-winning food to suit all tastes. If your passion is retail rather than relaxation, there are plenty of excellent places to shop. In addition to Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, Suffolk has an array of charming market towns, with Clare, Woodbridge, Southwold and Framlingham being famous for their independent shops. With a perfect mix of bespoke boutiques and cafés,

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all pride themselves on excellent customer service. Whether you’re looking for a special item of local craftsmanship, interested in the arts, looking for award-winning fish and chips, planning on visiting a lively market selling local produce, or you’re simply seeking a crackling fire and locally-brewed pint, Suffolk has it all. A lot of visitors to Suffolk enjoy the experience so much, they want to come and live here! We’re very proud that Suffolk offers a happier, healthier way of life, with its great outdoors - and it’s also bursting at the seams with history and culture. Whatever your passion, we hope you enjoy discovering it as much as we do. Jonathan Tilston, Publisher


Welcome

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County of Suffolk map

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The Gateway to the Heritage Coast

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Best of Woodbridge

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6 Best Cultural Visits

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Yoxford, Sibton & Peasenhall

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Best of Suffolk Antiques

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Pickle’s Best Big Suffolk Adventures

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Best of Framlingham

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The Heritage Coast

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Best of Aldeburgh

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6 Best Suffolk Beaches

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Publisher Jonathan Tilston Tilston Phillips Magazines Ltd Design Stuart Moody | Pensord.Design Photographic Contributors ©VisitBritain – Rod Edwards, Simon Kreitem. Britain on View, Ian Shaw, Daniel Bosworth, James Barnes, Pawel Libera, Simon Kreitem, Joanna Henderson, Jack Barnes, Grant Pritchard, Richard Surman, Adrian Houston, Tony Pleavin. With thanks to Justin Mimms for the key photography in this guide. justinminns.co.uk p 14 | Flickr Bridge Cottage Flatford Ade46 p 26 | English Heritage p 30 | Landmark Trust p 34 | Chris Hill chill.photography p 34 | Clouds over the Sea Nick Rowland p 34 | Kessinglan Beach Distillated p 34 | Fujifilm Summer - Shingle Street, Scott Wylie p 40 | Flickr Thorpeness 13-05-2004 Karen Roe p 41 | Flikr Steve Lacey Go Ape p 41 | seaangler.co.uk p 41 | Flikr Michael Pardo grape season p 42 | Sailors Reading Room © Stephen Wolfenden p 48 | Roland Blunk p 58 | Map of Clare with thanks to The Clare Business Association p 78 | David Palmer of Birds I Images p 80 | Flikr George Redgrave The tower of St Edmondsbury Cathedral p 83 | Thurlow Champness Claudia Gannon p 88 | Tom Soper p 88 | Rebecca Austin p 105 | Roland Blunk

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Walberswick & Dunwich

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Best of Bury St Edmunds

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SUFFOLK WEST SUFFOLK Bury St Edmunds is quite simply a shoppers paradise with chic, independent outlets and a colourful market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A lively music and arts scene, a world famous brewery and the only surviving regency theatre in Britain also put it on the cultural map. For excitement head to Newmarket, the home of royal horse racing with its world famous racecourses, the Rowley Mile and the July Course.

SUFFOLK WOOL TOWNS With its stunning bucolic landscape, this gently undulating area in the south of Suffolk has drawn people for centuries. Full of heritage, it is visited for its array of historic buildings and interesting galleries and shops. Clare, Long Melford, Lavenham, Hadleigh and Sudbury all became wealthy during the height of the Tudor wool trade.

DEDHAM VALE & STOUR VALLEY The characteristic lowland English landscape on the Suffolk-Essex border, made famous worldwide by artists, is still as recognisable today as it was when painted by Constable and Gainsborough. The charm of the villages, fascinating local attractions and beauty of the surrounding countryside mean there’s no shortage of places to go and things to see.

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WAVENEY VALLEY Take advantage of a well-positioned Beccles for great access to destinations like Lowestoft, Oulton Broad and Kessingland. It’s also home to the world-famous Latitude Festival. The nearby town of Bungay nestling on the River Waveney and surrounded by willowstrewn meadows boasts a Roman well, the remains of a Norman castle and a Benedictine priory.

THE HERITAGE COAST Giant pebbles on a shingle beach, art galleries galore, flag-strewn gift shops, quaint fishermen huts and awarding fish and chips. Suffolk simply wouldn‘t be the same without Aldeburgh which positively oozes with history. But if you’re looking for the quintessential English seaside town look no further than Southwold with its pretty pastel-painted beach huts, award-winning pier complete with Tim Hunkin’s under the pier show.

GATEWAY TO THE HERITAGE COAST Abutting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast is an area filled with picturesque market towns and historic villages that are mentioned in the Domesday Book and hidden gems like the wildlife and botanical wonders of Snape’s enchanting estuary on the River Alde. Discover the remains of Framingham Castle, believed to be the founded by King Raedwald, and enjoy dramatic views along the windswept marshes.

IPSWICH Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, located on the meandering River Orwell and is the perfect place to stay, live and explore. The Waterfront is the town’s wonderful ‘jewel in the crown’ and seamlessly blends moored yachts, the iconic university building, a working port, modern apartments and the nationally renowned Jerwood Dance House – home to DanceEast – alongside a lively mix of retail bars and restaurants. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 5


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THE TIDE MILL The Tide Mill was the last commercially working tide mill in the UK, and is a rare surviving example. It has recently been fully restored to working order and now houses a fun museum with milling demonstrations held periodically. woodbridgetidemill.org.uk

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WOODBRIDGE The restored 800-year-old picturesque Tide Mill is the town’s star attraction, but there are plenty more gems to feast upon – including a museum, traditional boat-building at the quayside, independent shops and a cinema with a restaurant attached. The Anglo Saxon ship burial site at Sutton Hoo is nearby. FANNY & FRANK Visit the flagship Fanny & Frank boutique store occupying two of the Market Hill’s beautiful buildings. Inside you’ll find a gorgeous selection of luxurious ladies clothing, shoes, boots, bags, gifts, fragrance and home accessories. Described as “Suffolk’s Mini Liberty” a shopping visit to this fabulous store and a cup of delicious coffee can’t fail to make you smile. Fanny & Frank's friendly and knowledgeable team of girls will give you a warm welcome, show you around and help put together a perfect outfit just for you. fannyandfrank.com 01394 384723

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LIFESTYLE FOUND ON

CHURCH STREET VANIL Vanil is an ever-evolving, eclectic mix of Scandinavian inspired design. In-fact, every encounter with them is a world of discovery. Every six weeks you will be able to explore and purchase a carefully selected range of products which owner Mandy Leeson feels particularly passionate about. From the shop, she curates a unique assortment of accessories, gifts and home décor which are selected from designers she loves. As Mandy says: “I feel passionately about championing partnerships with designers and artists who share my belief in slow design, which is all about taking time to create designs you’ll cherish for a lifetime.” vanil.co.uk 01394 548110 E @vanil Q @_vanil_

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RED HOUSE TEXTILES Red House Textiles showcases boutique fabrics against the unique backdrop of a converted stable block. Situated in the picturesque village of Ufford, just outside Woodbridge, they offer clients the perfect environment in which to browse a diverse collection of textiles and trimmings. Nick Crocker has created this collection, which includes a bespoke selection of soft furnishing textiles and trimmings from the UK and Europe. A successful interior designer, most of the textiles in the collection are produced using various handmade techniques utilising designs that originate from Nick’s personal collection. Red House Textiles provides a unique collection of exquisite textiles and trimmings that are not readily available in the immediate area. Open daily Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm and by appointment, if required. redhousetextiles.com 01394 548110 E @redhousetextiles Q @red_house_textiles

UĞUR VATA | THE GALLEY The Galley is celebrating 25 years, a Woodbridge culinary institution and run by one of the town’s leading restaurateurs, a great personality and menu await those that venture into this haven of anglo-Turkish fusion. Ugur is pictured with artist Glynn Thomas and the latest artwork to grace the upstairs dining room - Suffolk Elephantasia. galley.uk.com 01394 380055

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE Did you know that built into Shire Hall are two historic gaol cells, see if you can spot them.

BLUE BAY Established over ten years ago by owner Alison Cook, Blue Bay offers the best in women’s casual flair from Brittany’s nautical coast. Main brands include Mat de Misaine, St James and Armorlux. These have beautiful colourful fabrics of quality, including Liberty print blouses. Alison brings to Market Hill some of the best in women’s Breton casual clothing for every season. 01394 610325

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SUTTON HOO’S WAKING UP!

Sutton Hoo has been through an incredible transformation, thanks to a £4 million investment that was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Trust members, supporters and donors. Thanks to an investment of £4million, their bringing to life some ambitious plans to help release the story of Sutton Hoo. It is the biggest investment the National Trust has ever made in Sutton Hoo! When you visit, they want to help you discover more about this very special place and to unlock the stories of the people in its past – from the AngloSaxons who buried their king here, to Edith Pretty who first instigated an archaeological dig of the mysterious mounds and those who have continued to unearth Sutton Hoo’s secrets over the years. Be amongst the first to experience the new Tranmer House and High Hall exhibitions and installations which were opened for the first time in summer 2019. Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty, has been transformed with a new exhibition exploring the people and stories behind the Sutton Hoo discovery and landscape. In the Exhibition Hall, renamed the High Hall, we’re sharing much more about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and just how Sutton Hoo came to be such a significant place in English history. There are new installations to discover with popular guided tours to join and activities to take part in.Take the chance to head out on the River View walking trail, which opened for the first time last spring. With stunning views across the river Deben towards Woodbridge, this new walk will be your chance to indulge in some peaceful exploration, finding your new favourite view. There are guided tours too, offering the chance to investigate the history of the Royal Burial Ground. You'll also see the specially commissioned new sculpture representing the Anglo-Saxon ship buried here. At 27m long, it matches the size of the original ship and now sits in the courtyard, waiting to greet you as you arrive. This year the final piece of the puzzle will be the completion of a 17metre observation tower, which will give views over the entire Royal Burial Ground and to the River Deben beyond, revealing the fascinating story of this evocative landscape. It was from the River Deben that an AngloSaxon ship was hauled up the valley before it formed the burial found in Mound One, where the famous treasure was discovered. Whether you can’t wait to see Sutton Hoo again or you’re keen to experience the new look Sutton Hoo, it’s well work a trip. Nationaltrust.org Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

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Woodbridge School is an Independent co-educational day and boarding school in Suffolk for ages 4-18, providing a wonderful mix of warmth and kindness coupled with focus and purpose. We are proud of our nurturing and inclusive community, a feature invariably picked up by those who visit the school. The pastoral ethos is at the school’s heart, and it is palpable in the relationships between pupil and teacher, and between the pupils themselves. It is the cornerstone of the Woodbridge education. We work hand in hand with parents so that a child entering their first years at school in Reception will emerge from Sixth Form prepared and ready to face the challenges of the modern world. It is this strong foundation that we believe allows our pupils to go forward and flourish, not just in academic life, but also in the vast range of extra-curricular activities that are on offer at the school.

At Woodbridge, an equal value is placed on activity both inside and outside the classroom. Children who are secure and happy, well guided and supported by teachers, will feel confident to try new activities, to believe in their innate ability that they can succeed, and thrive as a result. The results of a Woodbridge education speak for themselves. Our academic results are exceptional, with a quarter of all grades at GCSE at the top grade of 9 or A** in 2018, and at A level, almost 70 percent of our results were at grade B or above. Thanks to our outstanding university and careers support, our Year 13 leavers depart with confidence in their next steps; the vast majority receive the results they need for their first choice course at University, with Russell Group universities being the destination of choice for many. The sciences, politics and history were the most popular choices in 2018, with some choosing specialist conservatoires and academies for drama and music.

Our music, art and drama are widely regarded as exceptional, our sports in the top 100 Independent Schools in the country. Drama performances take place 5 times a year at our own Seckford Theatre and the quality is exceptional, with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and sell out whole school musicals regular features on the drama calendar. In the music department, pupils have performed stunning choral concerts at Snape, Ely Cathedral and Norwich cathedral, as well as a calendar of more local orchestral and choral concerts. Over 350 music lessons are given every week and we offer over 20 different groups, orchestras and ensembles for pupils of all abilities to join. Our art department has also gained a reputation for excellence and holds two departmental exhibitions every year. Pupils also have the opportunity to sell their own work. In sport, our cross country has a national reputation for excellence, with the most recent National Schools Cross Country held on the School site. Our traditional team sports are taught to an exceptional standard by staff who include Olympians and former National and International players. Of course the best way to experience our school and our community is to come and visit us. Visitors are always welcome, either by personal appointment or on one of our busy and vibrant open days. Our next open day will take place on Saturday 28 September, with Woodbridge Prep open from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and the Senior School open from 12.30pm to 4.30pm. We look forward to welcoming you to Woodbridge. To find out more visit woodbridgeschool.org.uk

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Think Suffolk’s past is just centuries of little England? Sutton Hoo will prove you wrong. This spectacular undisturbed ship burial site dates back to a time when East Anglia was a vital link in the Scandinavian network of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Located in Woodbridge, it is a great family day out with a variety of handson kid’s activities with a Nordic theme. IP12 3DJ nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo 01394 389700

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It is hard to think of a figure more central to Suffolk’s cultural life than Benjamin Britten: outstanding composer, creator of the Aldeburgh Festival and founder of Snape Maltings. Today, the house he shared for nearly two decades with his lifetime partner Peter Pears has been lovingly re-created as it was during his career. Arranged according to a 1965 room inventory, you get the feeling that they’ve just popped out!

Few artists have been as married to their subject matter as the iconic Romantic painter John Constable. His best-known works are his landscapes of Dedham Vale, an area so synonymous with his style that it is now known as ‘Constable Country’. A walk along the River Stour is like strolling through his canvas, still the spitting image of when he rendered it in 1821. This is the place for unbeatable dog walks and picnics.

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As the leading equestrian artist of his day, collected by the Royal family and high society, Munnings was the epitome of respectability in the 20thcentury establishment. Castle House in Dedham now houses a charming museum containing over 600 of his paintings, around 100 of which are usually on display. Rather incredibly, the vast majority of his pictures were created after he lost sight in one eye at the age of twenty.

During a visit to one of Kentwell's award winning Tudor Days you will immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century. Visitors enter the Time Tunnel (in summer only) to become visitors to the Manor of Kentwell, and will be treated as such by all they meet. Our Tudors won't simply tell you about what Tudors used to do. They are Tudor folk, re-living the life of the time as people of all walks of life, and for the period of your visit you will be part of that community.

Every summer an enchanting spot of Suffolk woodland is transformed into a stage and brought to life by Shakespeare. Red Rose Chain, the independent theatre and film company behind this annual season of shows, has created highly original and accessible Shakespeare adaptations year on year, resulting in a steady increase in popularity. A guaranteed open air hit with families, but don’t forget your waterproofs!

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Tosier is an East Anglian based award-winning vegan bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker. Incredibly, there are no additives or flavourings in our chocolate simply three ingredients single origin cocoa beans, unrefined organic cane sugar and a little cocoa butter. But our chocolate tastes deliciously flavoursome. Sourced from amongst the top 5% of the world’s cocoa beans from Bolivia, Belize, Haiti and Colombia. We make chocolate in 24 kilo batches, with only make a limited number of bars made from each harvest.  Just like wine, each harvest is unique and the delicious flavours of each variety are enhanced by individual roasting profiles. Our chocolate is refined and conched for around 100 hours to develop flavour and give a smooth mouth feel. You can find our bars at leading delis and retailers across East Anglia including Snape Maltings, Wyken Vineyards, Woodbridge Deli, Wooster’s Bakery, The Ice Cream Parlour in Lavenham, and in Norfolk, Jarrold in Norwich and Blakeney Deli on the north Norfolk coast or of course you can order online at tosier.co.uk  E @tosier

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YOXFORD, SIBTON & PEASENHALL Slightly inland from Suffolk’s heritage coast you will find an area sometimes known as the ‘Garden of Suffolk’.

YOXFORD Yoxford’s quaint main street incorporates a mix of architectural styles, and is a good deal quieter now than it was a couple of centuries ago when all the London-to-Yarmouth traffic came this way, providing coaching inns with a roaring trade. Yoxford has a church with a spire and good brasses, this is where Elizabeth I had her cousin Katherine Grey (younger sister of Lady Jane) placed under house arrest following her stretch in the Tower of London. She died soon after and is buried here. As well as local shops and a bustling café the village is well know for its antiques. It is surrounded by swathes of parkland forming Wilderness Reserve, a 5,000 acre estate with a unique collection of manors, farmhouse, and holiday cottages that provides an ideal base from which to enjoy unspoilt country walks via a network of footpaths through the Yox Valley and across into the adjacent Blythe and Alde Valleys.

SUFFOLK HOUSE ANTIQUES Suffolk House Antiques caters to the quality end of the trade. If you are interested in early furniture and works of art, a visit here is a must. The seven rooms are beautifully laid out with the sort of pieces often only seen in museums and the proprietor, Andrew Singleton, is always happy to advise. suffolk-house-antiques.co.uk 01728 668122

SIBTON WHITE HORSE INN At the heart of the small village of Sibton, a stone’s throw from Peasenhall, is this two AA rosette rated 16th century inn, the kitchen excels in modern local seasonal cooking and has won a heap of awards. Accommodation is also four star rated. A great choice if you are keen to explore the area. sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk 01728 660337

WE RECOMMEND WHY NOT have breakfast at Emmett’s Café for only £2.20 per person during January, February and March 2020.

Served all day: two rashers of their free range bacon, one egg, slice of toast and a mug of hot tea - by our reckoning it’s the best foodie deal around!

THINGS TO DO & SEE A stone’s throw away from Yoxford, the smaller village of Peasenhall is also interesting. It has an industrial as well as an agricultural past, having become a major production centre for the early nineteenthcentury seed drill invented by James Smyth. The church is right next door to where the Suffolk Seed Drill Company used to be. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 18


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In addition for being renowned for its seaside towns, medieval villages and music, Suffolk can also boast of having many fine antique shops including one of the country’s leading dealers in early furniture and works of art. SUFFOLK HOUSE ANTIQUES One of the country’s leading dealers in early furniture and works of art. Suffolk House Antiques, set up by Andrew Singleton a quarter of a century ago in the pretty village of Yoxford, is a treasure trove of wonderful pieces where anything from a 15th century carved oak angel to a 17th century yew wood joint stool can be discovered. suffolk-house-antiques.co.uk

CAMPSEA ASHE THE MONDAY SALE For a traditional country auction, nothing tops the weekly events at Campsea Ashe. Every Monday the stalls fill to the brim with everything from Victoriana to poultry, game and produce. You can browse the catalogue in advance online or onsite from Saturday morning before the sale takes place on Monday from 11am. Look out for their domestic and rural bygones sales which are run regularly. clarkeandsimpson.co.uk/auctioncentre/weekly-sale

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and jewellery. The auctions are held on Saturdays, with viewing days taking place the Friday before. manderauctions.co.uk

NEWMARKET RACECOURSE ANTIQUE & 20TH CENTURY FAIR The fantastic horse racing setting makes this a great day out. With over 220 inside stands as well as many outside antiques, art deco and collectables, you’ll find it difficult not to take it all home! They also run an antique valuation roadshow with free valuations. £4.00 entry 9am-4pm. 22nd October 2017

DISS AUCTION ROOMS Hold weekly sales plus 20 special category Saturday sales, in addition to diverse specialist auctions twgaze.co.uk


GEORGE JUNIPER & CO BESPOKE LIGHTING

George Juniper & Co owners, Beth and Mark Ambrose, combine eclectic backgrounds in theatre, television, film, advertising and engineering. They have brought their accumulated creativity and skills to a long-held love of design and interiors.

With an emphasis on eco-design, Mark crafts all the bespoke lighting in the company’s Peasenhall based workshop; lovingly repurposing old fire branches, extinguishers and the like into beautiful lamps. With an enthusiasm for recycling, brass, copper and chrome from redundant pieces are salvaged to extend and enhance their unique lights whilst the bases are individually turned from solid wood worktop off-cuts. Beth says “Breathing new life into these beautiful, but often obsolete items not only has a positive environmental impact, but, married with our aesthetic, brings that ethos into your home for you to treasure and enjoy for years to come.” Browse the unique collection of pieces in their online shop or get in touch for further ideas and advice. “We also undertake commissions so don’t despair if you fall in love with an item that’s sold – we can attempt to find a similar piece and tailor-make it for you” says Mark. George Juniper & Co also showcase a curated selection of decorative treasures alongside the bespoke lighting in retail spaces in the picturesque village of Peasenhall and at the wonderful Snape Maltings (which can be found upstairs at the antique shop, opposite the entrance to the concert hall). Beth and Mark are based at their Peasenhall

studio every weekend, so pop in and talk to them about ideas or seek inspiration from their Instagram feed and Facebook page. You can also catch Mark in the workshop behind their studio during the week. Visit their website www.georgejuniper.co.uk for further information or why not pay them a visit. E @georgejuniperandco Q georgejuniperandco info@georgejuniper.co.uk georgejuniper.co.uk

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HAM MADE IN SUFFOLK

EMMETT'S

In today’s all-too-often soulless retail world Emmett’s food store stands out as a beacon - or should that be bacon for top-quality, traditional produce.

all the processes that go into making the renowned products. All the meat is locally sourced and the curing and smoking take place on the premises.

2020 sees the store celebrating 200 years of trading, still from its original site in Peasenhall – where it has been curing its legendary ham since 1820 – some customers have been on the books for a generation!

Emmett's has always been in the same location in Peasenhall, one of Suffolk's most picturesque villages – a stone’s throw from the Wilderness Reserve, close to Halesworth and Framlingham and a few miles inland from the coastal towns of Southwold, Dunwich and Aldeburgh. The shop is in the centre of the village on the A1120, a popular tourist route between Stowmarket and Yoxford.

In 1970, Emmett's was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen Mother for its Suffolk black ham, a testament to the high esteem of one of the longestsurviving retail companies in the UK.

Emmett's welcomes visitors all year. A recent addition is a small café with a real Swiss espresso machine, icecream and other treats. You can even check your email there!

The store remained in the same family until 2000, when Mark Thomas bought the business, developing its position as a world-class food producer and supplier. With such an impressive heritage, it is not surprising the hams and bacon are exported as far afield as Asia.

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Emmett's remains a family business, and Mark is personally responsible for

EMMETT’S Celebrating

GREAT BRITISH HAM & BACON SINCE 1820

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PICKLE'S

BIG SUFFOLK ADVENTURES THE KINGS HEAD, WOODBRIDGE For a thirsty pet and owner who have worked up an appetite on a long river walk, this pub is the ultimate watering hole. Their famous Mutts Menu offers classic snacks such as cows and pigs ears for just £1, but I love getting my chops around the bestselling honey dried snout. After, you can strike a pose that will feature on their board of canine visitors.

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BEST FOR WILD SWIMMING

There’s something so classic about Constable Country, the idyllic rural landscape named after the painter it inspired. The riverside walk from Flatford from Sudbury is timeless, complete with thatched cottages, bridges and authentic bovine companions. If you don’t know how you feel about cows, you soon will.

Whether you prefer dipping one paw or jumping right in, nothing gets tails wagging like encountering waterways on a walk. Suffolk has plenty of gentle streams that are perfect for a splash about. Try the River Waveney at Outney Common or the River Ouse at Santon Downham and Knettishall Heath.

BEST FOR LIFE OFF THE LEASH... Suffolk’s forests give you so much freedom to run, dig and chew away from concrete and cars. The rich wildlife really gets our wolf radars going, as my pup and I jet off in all directions to chase squirrels or rabbits. We love Thetford Forest and Rendlesham Forest, where we both feel like pint-sized beasts of mass destruction – despite having never caught a single thing.

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THE SIBTON

WHITE HORSE INN Pub, Dining & Rooms

The Sibton White Horse Inn is a village pub offering food above the norm and very comfortable rooms in a peaceful location not far from the beautiful Suffolk coast.

From kitchen to table, everything is created with our own fair hands. David Murty leads our team of talented chefs, the menu changes frequently using the finest and freshest local ingredients including when in season those from our own kitchen garden....

Who in the right mind would want to run a pub? Well the truth is we would. It’s hard work, plenty of hours, seven days, with little time off – but we love it, we’ve been here since 2005. One thing that keeps us going is the people we meet, the friends we make. They keep us smiling; make us laugh, but most of all appreciate the work we put in. Overnight guests frequently return with their wonderful friendship which never seems to fade. Many diners drive for miles to enjoy our kitchen’s passion for food and thoughtfully prepared menus. Then we have the community closer to home, regular locals, they line the bar, sup their drinks and share their stories. But wherever they come from, whatever they come for, first time or been before, the White Horse has the knack of engaging people.

A real gem that’s most appealing in both summer and winter. The courtyard with its Mediterranean feel is the perfect place to idle away the summertime. Sit back, tuck into some of the finest alfresco and be sure to savour every moment....

As sure as eggs are eggs, happy customers are essential, but we don’t keep them pleased by ourselves, we have our friendly, helpful and loyal staff, many have been on the journey with us from the beginning and their boundless enthusiasm is always there.

As winter rears its frosty head, the pleasures turn to inside. So what better way to warm your cockles, than to sit by the inviting fire with a warming seasonal tipple, whilst debating a difficult food choice....

We look forward to welcoming you to our special inn.

Neil and Gill Mason “A prime example of an unspoilt 16c Suffolk pub.” A most interesting inn serving honest, seasonal and thoughtfully considered food. The Good Pub Guide Suffolk Dining Pub of 2019.

Pub Times 12 to 3pm – Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Monday Lunch) 6.30 to 11pm – Monday to Thursday 6.00 to 11pm – Friday & Saturday 6.45 to 10.30 – Sunday Kitchen Times 12 to 2pm – Tuesday to Saturday (2.30 on Sunday) 6.30 to 9pm – Monday to Saturday 7.00 to 8.30 – Sunday Contact us: The Sibton White Horse Inn Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham, IP17 2JJ 01728 660337 info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk

Comfortable rooms and a peaceful location make for a good night’s rest. Quietly situated and beside the pub a converted building provides five well appointed rooms, self contained with unrestricted access. Expect the comforts from the AA four star gold rated inn.

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Curl up in one of our luxury farmhouses or cottages for a crisp and refreshing winter holiday with family and friends on the scenic Wilderness estate. Enjoy each other’s company with gentle competition over board games in front of the fireplace, bracing winter walks and warming lunches

in local pubs. Pad across heated floors and enjoy long soaks in roll top baths overlooking miles of Suffolk estate with roaming deer, and if you’re lucky a kingfisher. When the day draws to a close snuggle up with sheepskin rugs, roll top baths and hypnos beds to sink into.

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FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE Framlingham’s biggest visitor attraction is its wonderful 12th-century castle, which could be an illustration from a children’s picture book and is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind. Built by Roger Bigod, one of the Earls of Norfolk, it has been adapted and used as many things over the centuries, including a poorhouse and a court. Today it is in the care of English Heritage and hosts a programme of events and re-enactments. A café and retail space have been added to the Workhouse at Framlingham Castle and an original mezzanine level has been reinstated to house a new exhibition which tells the stories of the historic property and its former residents, including Mary Tudor. english-heritage.org.uk 01728 724922

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FRAMLINGHAM Voted one of the best places to live in Britain, Framlingham has been described as ‘the essence of the English market town’. THINGS TO DO & SEE Once you have explored the castle, head for the Market Square, which forms part of a conservation area at the heart of this thriving community. Here you will find quality shops to explore and eateries that range from a café to a coaching inn. The mixture of independent retail caters for the needs of the locals as well as for visitors keen to spend their money on something to take home. On your way out of the town, pay a visit to Shawgates Vineyard and winery on Badingham Road. A quick tour of the town includes everything from a ducking pond and Tudor almshouses to a Victorian pillarbox, which is still in use. Also not to be missed is the beautiful church of St Michael’s with its magnificent tombs and effigies. Market days are on Tuesday and Saturday and take place on Market Hill. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 26


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THE BEST OF THE

HERITAGE COAST

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SCALLOP Hambling's Scallop stands on the north end of Aldeburgh beach. It is a tribute to Benjamin Britten and is pierced with the words "I hear those voices that will not be drowned" from his opera Peter Grimes.

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ALDEBURGH Composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears were Aldeburgh’s most famous residents and an international music festival is held every year. The seaside town is also noted for fish and chips and for artist Maggi Hambling’s controversial scallop sculpture on the beach. Thorpeness, with its famous House in the Clouds, is only a walk away.

MARTELLO TOWER Aldeburgh’s Martello Tower isn’t far to the south of town and offers a delightful focal point for a short coastal walk. It is the largest and most northerly of a chain of towers designed to keep Napoleon from invading Britain. Situated at the foot of the Orford Ness peninsula, between the sea and the River Alde, it is a lovely quatrefoil building and is available as a really special holiday rental from the Landmark Trust.

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129-131 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AS www.ocbutcher.co.uk

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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE

PRITT FAMILY

AT THE WENTWORTH HOTEL Michael Pritt reflects In 1920 George Cornwallis Pritt, my Grandfather, a Parliamentary lawyer with heart problems at the young age of 50, took the advice of his doctor which was to leave London and buy a hotel in the country. He bought what was then known as the Wentworth Castle Hotel in Aldeburgh. The original house was built in 1830, known as North lodge and belonged to the Vernon Wentworth family, a branch of the Wentworth family from Wentworth Castle in Yorkshire. In 1900 North lodge became the Wentworth Castle Hotel and was owned by a Mr Driver, who it was said, was so unpopular with the locals that the town band marched through one side of the hotel and out the other

View of the lounge area

in protest to his behaviour. Precisely what upset them is not recorded. Later in time the hotel became known just as the Wentworth Hotel. G.C. Pritt died in 1936 aged 66 from a coronary and my father, Lyn Pritt took over the hotel. Shortly after the 2nd World War began, the hotel THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 32

was requisitioned by the army to accommodate the troops who came to the Suffolk coast for training. For many years after the war whenever alterations and refurbishment took place, items of army kit, magazines, and personal letters sent to the men stationed in the hotel, would be found under the floorboards. When eventually the hotel was handed back to my father, it was not in the best shape. Many of the fittings had been badly damaged by the troops and there was no payment from the Government in way of compensation. The Wentworth was then a very different hotel from what it is now. Threadbare carpets and tired, worn curtains, distemper as a substitute


for paint and the only colour was white... Many of the rooms were single bedrooms, only a handful of rooms had private bathrooms, and of course there were no telephones or televisions. The furniture was basic, and candlewick bedspreads prevailed. But the hotel had, and still has, a wonderful welcoming atmosphere, and guests loved it. Expectations in those days were far less and tolerance was far higher and waiting for the public bathrooms to become available was quite normal and acceptable. Now we have some guests who declare their holiday “ruined” if the bathroom does not contain both a shower and a bath! My father, with the very capable help of a wonderful manageress, Miss Phyliss Andrews, ran the hotel until 1975 after which I took over, fresh from two years cruising the Caribbean in my role as Crew Purser aboard the Cunard Ambassador, and completely divorced from the realities of the miners’ strikes and three-day weeks experienced by those poor folk at home. I was determined to stay only for five or six years after which, I supposed, I would somehow know what I really wanted to do with my life. Phyliss Andrews was still at the hotel and I was still in the mood to party with my friends. I did not apply myself very vigorously to learning the business. Before joining Cunard, I had spent three very enjoyable years at Norwich City College, gaining an HND in hotel management which did nothing to prepare me for the realities of running a hotel, dealing with difficult guests and drunken staff. By 1976 Phyliss Andrews was terminally ill with cancer and was beseeching me to come into work more often as she had so much, she needed to tell me, having already

"Miss Andrews, ran the hotel until 1975 which is when I took over, vowing only to stay for five or six years after which, I supposed, I would know what I really wanted to do with my life… " declared after another one of my frequent mistakes, “Michael, you will never make a hotelier”. At the time she was absolutely correct. Despite her illness, Phyliss Andrews kept working until a week before she died. Now, if it were only possible, I would love her to come back for just one day to see the Wentworth 45 years later. For many years, those of us who served with her tried to maintain the standards for new staff based on those which Phyliss Andrews had set all those years ago. She was incredibly hard working, very particular, somewhat intolerant, but then she had reason to be, both with my father and me. Above all she was incredibly loyal, and I fear I took advantage of her. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Phyliss Andrews laid the bedrock on which the Wentworth Hotel now exists. Up until the mid 1970’s the Wentworth closed when the clocks went back In October and opened again just before Easter. But in 1976, The English Tourist Board initiated the first short breaks brochure, called “Let’s Go” in which hotels would offer two-night breaks in the off season. This encouraged us to stay open longer and close only for January and February. To begin with If we had a handful of guests staying the night, we were thrilled! If I remember correctly the rates started from £9.50 per night including breakfast and

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dinner! Over the following years more and more people, with longer holiday time allowances at work and with increasingly larger pensions, began to take more and more off season breaks and towns like Aldeburgh began to realise there was an offseason tourist market developing. It was about this time in the late 70’s that Aldeburgh’s first restaurant opened, and some shops stopped closing for half a day on Wednesdays. Who remembers that now? The Hotel became busier throughout the year and at last we had some money in the bank to spend on improving the facilities of the hotel. Year by year the hotel became what it is now, a hotel with modern facilities but at the same time remaining faithful to its traditional origins which were, to put it in simple terms, a Country House beside the seaside, comfortable and traditional but fulfilling modern expectations where it matters. 45 years later we have a multinational staff who are a joy to work with and I’m still here and enjoying being a hotelier more than ever. But what happened to the forty-five years since I first started. Where did the time go? Many years ago, an elderly guest going slowly up the stairs to his room, said to me “Michael, don’t get old” and I remember as though it were yesterday, replying with all the certainly of youth, “No, I won’t”.


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BEST SUFFOLK

BEACHES

Suffolk’s picturesque coastline stretches for 39 miles, starting at Felixstowe and extending to its most eastern tip at Lowestoft. The beaches are perfectly suited to a classic bucket-and-spade day out or a variety of activities from fishing, swimming, wind surfing and sailing to just relaxing with a book.

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KESSINGLAND BEACH A huge unspoilt beach with a wide stretch of sand and sand hills.

Walberswick’s lovely dunes and coarse, orange-tinted sand are ideal for building sandcastles. Don’t miss a trip on the Walberswick-toSouthwold Foot Ferry, a traditional rowing boat that crosses the River Blyth. At just £1 a person it’s a steal, and dogs are also welcome. l No lifeguards IP18 6TN

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NORTH FELIXSTOWE This has a two mile promenade gently sloping towards the sea in a sheltered bay. European Blue Flag. l No lifeguards IP11 2AQ

SHINGLE STREET (10 miles from Woodbridge) is an isolated beach where you can see seals basking at the estuary entrance. l No lifeguards

5 SOUTHWOLD BEACHES These traditional seaside beaches are home to a mix of sand and shingle, backed by wooden chalets and a genteel promenade. An amusement pier, putting greens and boating ponds make it a good option for families. European Blue Flag. Lifeguards. Or the more secluded The Denes Beach at Southwold IP18 6HQ for a quieter, more secluded beach away from the hustle and bustle of the town. l Lifeguards daily July - September IP18 6BN

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(Four miles north of Southwold) is a quiet beach with a fast-eroding stretch of coastline.

ALDEBURGH BEACH

Shingle beach with fisherman huts where freshly caught fish are sold daily IP15 5BD

DUNWICH BEACH

Shingle beach located next to RSPB Minesmere IP17 3DE

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NESS POINT, LOWESTOFT

The most easterly point in the UK NR32 1QX

HOPTON–ON-SEA (across the border) A sandy beach with views of the curving coastline. NR31 9SE


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ALDEBURGH CONTEMPORARY ARTS 2019 sees the 17th anniversary of Andrew and Julie Knibbs gallery. Situated on the High Street it shows leading artists from all parts of the UK and features regular exhibitions, the gallery is now established as a great destination to view affordable, colourful contemporary art. From traditional linocuts, woodcuts, screenprints and etchings, to large scale original oil and acrylic on canvas paintings, with a range of glassware and ceramics there is plenty to inspire. aldeburghcontemporaryarts.co.uk 01728 454212

RILEY & RILEY

VISIT The Red House offers a fascinating insight into the life of Benjamin Britten and Peter Piers

Riley & Riley have become one of Suffolk’s favourite jewellers, renowned for their approachability and expertise. They are independent specialists in contemporary and traditional jewellery and owner Mark, a highly experienced jeweller in his own right, is often found behind his bench here in Aldeburgh or in their Ipswich showroom. rileyandriley.co.uk 01728 452431 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 37


Roland Blunk

SUFFOLK PHOTOGRAPHER "Landscape photography is created for many of reasons, whether it be recalling a personal observation or experiencing the big the outdoors, especially when traveling. Others pursue it particularly as an outdoor lifestyle, to be involved with nature and the elements, some as an escape from the artificial world. My photography is quite varied as I cover Interiors, Architecture and portraiture, as well as what for me is my greatest pleasure, Landscapes. Many landscape photographs show little or no human activity and are created in the pursuit of a pure, unsullied depiction of nature, devoid of human influence—instead featuring subjects such as strongly defined landforms, weather, and ambient light. I host monthly one day ‘Suffolk Photography Course’ workshops on the beautiful ‘Suffolk Heritage Coast’. Courses are designed to introduce and develop both beginners and intermediates to the next levels of photography in East Anglia. Enjoyment is my key to improving photographic skills, whilst exploring

and photographing some of East Anglia’s finest habitats". The one day Suffolk photographic workshop at different locations in East Anglia, are offered on Saturdays or Sundays from 9am until 5pm. As I spent an idyllic childhood growing up in Walberswick near Southwold, I know the Suffolk coast very well. Dates/ locations at Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich, Aldebugh, Woodbridge and - new for 2020 - London, are listed on my booking system. The sessions are £85 per person within a maximum group of eight students. Private, social and corporate group tuition can be modelled to a particular requirement. Subjects for private courses may include Landscape, Portraiture, Architecture, and Interior photography and are available by arrangement at any location. Please contact me to discuss any points, or if you wish to arrange a photographic course as an unusual gift. 07899 974922 rol@rolandblunk.com www.rolandblunk.com/photo THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 38


ORFORD NESS Boat over to Orford Ness; a remote stretch of coast separated from the mainland by the River Ore. Open 26 March - 25 June Saturdays only. 28 June - 1 October Tuesday Saturday. 8 - 29 October Saturdays only. Access is by National Trust ferry from Orford Quay. Boats cross to the Ness every 20 minutes between 10am and 2pm only, returning regularly through the day; last ferry leaves the Ness at 5pm. nationaltrust.org

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ORFORD Orford is one of the most secluded parts of Suffolk, yet for such a small place it is remarkably well-served for foodies. Don’t miss a deliciously retro lunch at the Butley Orford Oysterage a long running and no frills eatery. Suffolk's most outstanding bread, chocolate and coffee combo at the Pump Street Bakery. Special mention goes to the award-winning Crown and Castle a must for both dinner and staying over… PUMP STREET BAKERY AND CHOCOLATE SHOP Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast. They pride themselves in offering outstanding bread and handmade pastries, all made daily showcasing their bread in the intimate café. Just opened across the square from the café is Suffolk's only bean-to-bar chocolate shop. Open only at weekends to give customers the full chocolate experience, it's somewhere you should definitely put on your must-visit list. pumpstreetchocolate.com

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THE HOUSE IN THE CLOUDS An architectural folly which disguised the water tower that used to contain 30,000 gallons of water. It’s now a unique family holiday home, with fabulous views over the surrounding area. houseintheclouds.co.uk

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THORPENESS

Thorpeness was promoted as The Home of Peter Pan. The author, JM Barrie, was a friend of the Ogilvies and regularly visited the village. His characters inspired the magical islands in the centre of the Meare. The landings are still marked with names from the book, and you can find locations such as The Pirates Lair and Wendy’s Home, to play on. THE DOLPHIN Situated in the heart of the village, the Dolphin is popular for its relaxed, friendly service and delicious seasonal food, most of it sourced from the immediate area.  thorpenessdolphin.com

___ DON'T MISS THE PARROT Come and visit The Parrot, the sister pub to The Dolphin in nearby Aldringham.

THORPENESS WINDMILL

THE MEARE

Grade II listed, this windmill was built in 1803 and then moved in 1923, when it was converted to a water pumping mill for the nearby water tower, the House in the Clouds. It’s now privately owned and you can arrange to visit between Easter and September.

A wide range of boats are available here including dinghys (generally suitable for one to two people), larger rowing boats, punts, sailing boats, canoes (for 2 or 3 people) and kayaks (one person).

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BEST THINGS TO DO

SPRING & SUMMER

BLAKENHAM WOODLAND GARDENS A delightful combination of traditional English woodland and many exotic trees, shrubs and flowers planted over a period of 50 years. From snowdrops, early daffodils and drifts of bluebells to rare magnolias and camellias the garden offers an ever-changing pattern of colours and scents throughout spring and early summer. Open 1st March - 30th June, 9am - 4.30pm. blakenhamwoodlandgarden.org.uk

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A HORSEBACK RIDE IN TUNSTALL FOREST Tunstall Forest Equestrian Centre offers horseback hacks suitable for all abilities. Head straight into the seclusion of thousands of acres of forest criss-crossed with miles of wide sandy gallops. Whether you prefer a brisk canter or leisurely walk, it’s the best way to take in the sights and sounds of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. tunstallforestlivery.co.uk

5 GO APE For a true taste of the wilderness Go Ape Forest Adventure at Thetford Forest has it all a perfect day out with a difference as you swing through these ancient woods. You can try out the Tree Top Adventure and release your inner Tarzan - speed down zip wires, climb rope bridges and tackle swings, all suspended up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Or for those that prefer keeping their feet on the ground, there’s the Forest Segway too

ANGLING IN ALDEBURGH Aldeburgh’s steep shingle access to deep water makes it Suffolk’s star spot for beach fishing, and it is also in the top five locations for cod in the UK. You can park at Fort Green and head to North Warren beach, or Martello tower which is a great night time spot. Cod feed better in coloured or dark seas, so the best time to fish is at night, but whatever bait you use make sure it’s at least half the size of your fist!

SHAWSGATE VINEYARD If you’re really into your grape varieties, then Shawsgate has experienced help on hand. Top up your knowledge and learn about the history and production of wine before a tour of the vineyard with the owner – Alternatively, grab a map from the shop and navigate around the vineyard, with clear pointers on what to look out for. Head back to the shop for a ‘try before you buy’ tasting session.

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Windsurfing, Paddle Boarding and Dinghy hire available at Alton Water April through to the end of October IP9 2RY altonwater.co.uk 01473 328408

Theatre Royal Take a Backstage Past tour of this Regency theatre in Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR theatreroyal.org 01284 769505

Take the big dog ferry in Beccles for a relaxing trip down the River Waveney. NR34 9PL bigdogferry.co.uk 07532 072761

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Visit Wyken Vineyards, Restaurant, Gardens, Shop or Farmers Market Stanton, Bury St Edmunds.

Power boat racing at Oulton Broad – You can try it for free every Thursday during the Summer

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SOUTHWOLD PIER If one picture on a postcard could sum up an idyllic English Seaside destination it would have to be Southwold Pier. This pillared walkway has a magnetic attraction and something for everyone to enjoy! There’s so much to do a whole day can drift by while you walk the planks and explore this historic icon. southwoldpier.co.uk 01502 722105

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SOUTHWOLD The town’s seafront landscape with the iconic lighthouse poking its head above the rooftops has remained unchanged over the years and evokes the simple seaside pleasures of a bygone age. The Adnams brewery goes from strength to strength and the welcoming pubs are all within walking distance of each other. SAILOR'S READING ROOM Known for their heavy drinking when not at sea, the Sailors’ Reading Room was built in 1864 in an attempt to encourage Christian ideals and keep sailors from the many pubs of Southwold. Now, it’s a fascinating sea-faring museum focused on Southwold’s maritime history. southwoldsailorsreadingroom.co.uk

VISIT Southwold Lighthouse open 2pm till 4pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Well worth a visit for outstanding views.

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BEST OF SUFFOLK, THE HOLIDAY COTTAGE COMPANY From humble beginnings in 2006, Best of Suffolk have become the leading force in stylish holiday accommodation in Suffolk. Synonymous with luxury, self-catering holiday properties in enviable locations, Best of Suffolk have built an equally enviable reputation. After 13 successful years they are still proudly independent, owned by husband and wife Alex and Naomi Tarry and supported by their Suffolk-based team, all working from a converted barn in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. Behind their iconic seagull branding lies a team focused on delivering the highest occupancy rates for owners, as well as the best experience for their guests. Every week at Best of Suffolk HQ in Badingham, they benchmark occupancy rates against their key competitors. Achieving the highest occupancy rate continually over the 6 peak weeks of the summer holidays in 2019 really showcases that they know their stuff! As well as achieving industry-leading occupancy rates, the ambitious Suffolk company proudly lead the market in customer service, as their 5 star Feefo Gold Award and position as a Finalist in the Suffolk Business Awards

for Customer Care confirm. Guests are invited to provide feedback to an independent, unmoderated review site. Fiercely proud of their Suffolk roots, the entire Best of Suffolk team love nothing more than providing advice to potential clients on where to buy their holiday property, or speaking to guests on how best to enjoy their visit to the county. As well as where to invest, Best of Suffolk are able to provide top quality advice on how to set up and prepare holiday accommodation for maximum occupancy rates and income. With over 200 combined years of Suffolk living, Best of Suffolk are proud

ambassadors of this stunning county. The award-winning agency provide comprehensive advice for potential investors looking at holiday properties as a source of income as well as an addition to their lifestyle. Their clients learn how to maximise income from their second homes when they or their friends are not using them, with the whole experience being as enjoyable as it is rewarding. To find out more about letting with Best of Suffolk, get in touch direct. bestofsuffolk.co.uk m 01728 638962 ( hello@bestofsuffolk.co.uk

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To get the ball rolling, call us on 01728 638962 or email hello@bestofsuffolk.co.uk


SUFFOLK BREWER & DISTILLER

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Part of Southwold’s DNA for nearly 150 years, it’s hard to think about this beautiful part of the world without at some point thinking ‘Adnams’. The multi-award-winning brewer and distiller has been at the heart of the Southwold community ever since brothers George and Ernest Adnams bought the company’s now iconic Sole Bay Brewery in 1872.

enjoy anything from a quick coffee to a tasty lunch, a memorable dinner, or an indulgent weekend away. Fully refurbished in 2017, the hotel’s 42 bedrooms are all designed with style and comfort in mind and provide the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the town.

Back then the entrepreneurial pair cannot have imagined how the business would grow and develop to become the internationally recognised sustainable success story it is today. There’s certainly been some changes over the years – innovation is, after all, celebrated as one of the firm’s guiding principles – but one thing that will never change is the company’s commitment to the town it now proudly refers to as it’s lifelong home.

and experiences, or even a little retail therapy, Adnams is always on hand to give you the ultimate Southwold experience.

Then there’s former coaching inn, The Crown, with its two restaurant areas, locally sourced menu, cosy back bar and 14 characterful rooms. Situated on the High Street among the town’s mix of independent and national stores, The Crown serves as a brilliant bookend to a stroll on the beach, or the perfect place for a leisurely pint and a spot of people watching.

That’s why whether it’s quality food and drink, overnight stays, events

Starting at The Swan - the brand’s flagship destination - visitors can

But…if it’s authentic nautical charm you seek then it’s old fisherman’s pub The

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Harbour Inn, with its wood-burning stove and wonderful array of historical knick-knacks and memorabilia, that’s likely to float your boat. Right on the water’s edge at Black Shore, and on high tides often in it, visitors to the Harbour can also take in outstanding views over The River Blyth and Southwold marshes while dining from a converted old shed that once stored fishing nets. Back in the town centre, and it’s Adnams’ brewery and distillery tours that give a true sense of what makes the brand tick and its place in the local community. Starting in the dedicated Visitors Centre and led by experienced guides, each tour immerses you in the history of the site and gives a fascinating insight into the unique Adnams brewing and distilling process. You can even sign

up for a dedicated Make Your Own Gin experience if you fancy having a go yourself. After being invited to sample the finished product all tour guests are given a voucher to spend in the company’s flagship store. Featuring the full range of Adnams’ award winning beers, wines, spirits, cider and foodie treats, as well as its beautifullydesigned range of kitchenware, the store ensures you can always take a little something of Southwold home with you to remind you of your visit. There might even be time to enjoy a coffee or a delicious snack from the store’s family and vegan-friendly café before you go. As Alexandra Hemen, head of instore retail at Adnams, says: “Southwold has and always will be our home, so we make every effort to ensure visitors to

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the town are already planning their next visit before they leave! It doesn’t matter whether you pop in for a drink at The Harbour, stay at The Swan, take a tour of the brewery, or enjoy a browse in our store, we’re all part of the same Adnams family and want you to have the best Southwold experience possible.” info@adnams.co.uk adnams.co.uk 01502 727200 E @Adnams D @adnams Q @adnams


DUNWICH & WALBERSWICK Swathes of marsh and sandy heathland rich in wildlife create the backdrop to this corner of Suffolk, much of it protected and designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. HISTORY Farther along the coast from Walberswick you will find the tiny town of Dunwich – or what is left of it. Much of the thriving medieval township famously disappeared under the sea. The rot set in after a devastating storm in 1328, when 400 houses and a number of churches were destroyed. Dunwich lost its harbour and its trade to Walberswick and, as coastal erosion continued to set in, the town was slowly reclaimed by the sea. There is a small museum where you can discover more about this lost town dunwichmuseum.org.uk

BLYTHBURGH Blythburgh lies a little farther inland, along the River Blyth. You cannot miss its church, sometimes known as

the Cathedral of the Marshes. Vastly out of proportion to the size of its surroundings, Holy Trinity manages to distinguish itself in a county full of special churches, and is truly worth a visit. The devil himself is reputed to

WE RECOMMEND TAKE IN breathtaking coastal

surroundings at nearby Dunwich Heath, conserved by the National Trust. STEP BACK into medieval times during a visit to Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh. CHILDREN WILL LOVE crabbing

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have called here, hotfooting it from Bungay during the awful storm of 1577 and leaving tell-tale scorchmarks on the door. The village itself is bisected by the busy A12 – church on one side, pub the other.


THINGS TO DO & SEE If you head off towards the coast you will find you are not far from Dunwich, the once great town, famously lost to the sea, and Minsmere, the nature reserve run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

WALBERSWICK Pretty Walberswick, beloved of artists and writers, lies on the coast, across the river from Southwold. You can easily walk between the two, the only decision being whether to cross the Bailey bridge or secure a passage on the tiny foot ferry (June-September daily). Arriving by boat and passing the harbour huts, you can either follow a path through the sand-dunes to the beach, or continue up the main street to the village green, where you will find arts and crafts shops, a tea shop and visitor centre. Farther into the village, you can enjoy a drink at the Bell and some tasty lunch at the Anchor.

Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath

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IPSWICH The county town, birthplace of Cardinal Wolsey – Henry Vlll’s powerful chancellor – is rich in history with the Elizabethan Christchurch Mansion and park at its very heart. The town is also experiencing a leisure revival with a 12-screen cinema and a host of restaurants and shops.

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GET YOUR BEARINGS One of England’s oldest towns, Ipswich took shape in Anglo-Saxon times around the dock. This area has become a key part of the fabric, past and present and its history evident in much of the architecture. Cardinal Wolsey was born in 1475 and lived in Ipswich during his childhood. Wolsey is Ipswich’s most famous son. He was a Roman Catholic Cardinal - with precedence even over the Archbishop of Canterbury - as well as being Archbishop of York and was the Lord Chancellor of England for Henry VIII for 14 years. Next to Henry VIII himself, Wolsey was the most powerful man in the kingdom in Tudor times. By the 16th century, Ipswich was declared a King’s Port – one of only eleven in England. Christchurch Park, an unexpectedly vast green space in the middle of town, comes complete with its own Tudor mansion, children’s play area, arboretum, tennis courts. Many events are held here through through the summer. Within the park is Christchurch Mansion that has period-room settings and a gallery displaying the town’s renowned collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable.

View of Ipswich from Christchurch Park c.1746-9 Thomas Gainsborough

Ipswich Museum, in the High Street, also has much to see, including a lifesize recreation of a woolly mammoth and a Victorian natural history collection complete with a (real) 17ft giraffe in a towering glass case. On the edge of town is the volunteer-run transport museum.

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THE SUFFOLK ESCAPE Recently voted VisitEnglands ‘Best Self-Catering Holiday Provider’, Andrew and Sarah invite you to discover their award-winning luxury self-catering accommodation and give yourself the opportunity to truly stop, relax and unwind. Set in the heart of the family’s rural farm land in Hintlesham, they offer peaceful adult-only, lakeside log cabin breaks and a unique barn sleeping 12 for the perfect large group holiday. With just four Scandinavian-inspired log cabins set around a lake, the spacious two-bedroom lodges offer secluded hot tubs, private dining decks over the water and a wood burning stove, to name just a few reasons that make them the perfect escape. The cabins are the ultimate setting for couples looking for a romantic break or friends looking for a peaceful, relaxing break away. The award-winning Sheepyard Barn, set one mile from the road on the 300acre family farm, provides large groups of friends or multi-generational families luxury accommodation with stunning views of the rolling countryside. Thoughtfully laid out and with a contemporary design with hints of its rustic origins, the barn really does have the ‘wow factor’. Inside, the barn offers a large open plan kitchen and living area, an indoor swimming pool, home cinema system, games room, fun 4-bed cabin bunk room and large luxurious double bedrooms. Outside, guests can enjoy a private hot tub, timber-framed outdoor lounge, a wood fired pizza oven, sunken trampoline and hammocks in the trees. A friendly, warm welcome awaits you at this idyllic selfcatering retreat. suffolkescape.co.uk 01473 652149 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 51

Dance East is a great cultural asset to the Ipswich waterfront that puts on performances but also runs a variety of dance workshops throughout the year for children and adults. Check out the Pay as you Dance lessons (£7 adults. £6 concessions). danceeast.co.uk


ARCADE TAVERN, IPSWITCH TOWN CENTRE Unique craft beer always on tap! Arcade Street Tavern is a unique craft beer and gin bar in a beautiful historic Georgian town house located right in the heart of Ipswich. Independently owned and managed it has two bars spread over four rooms on three floors, a heated courtyard and extensive outside seating for the summer months. A place no visitor shouldn’t miss whatever time of the year. Offering unrivalled atmosphere and service and a great spot to visit before or after a trip to the Ipswich Film Theatre or The Regent. BEERS There’s a real focus on great beer, serving the best there is available. A professional team who are passionate about the products and are always happy to assist with your choice. On the beer side they stock Belgian Heritage favourites, such as Delirium Tremens, Kwak and Bruges Zot. Trappist and Abbey Ales feature heavily with multiple styles always on the menu and all are served in their own unique glassware. German beers are very popular here and always stock the München favourites such as Paulaner and HackerPschorr, plus other German greats! On the UK Craft scene, the Tavern obtain the very latest and serve these via 15 taps over both bars, the cask lines always have the best conditioned ales. All are constantly changing. In 2019, 800 beers have featured and 2020 will see even more!

GINS The gin menus showcase’s over 100 of the best gins available from all over the world. All the gins are meticulously researched and tested by the team at Arcade Tavern, complemented by the recommended garnishes or bitters and FeverTree tonics to enhance your gin experience.

The Arcade Tavern team are happy to recommend a good combination and are confident you will enjoy. Fine spirits, beautiful coffee and soft drinks plus the new 25+ rum menu guarantees there is something for everyone. Private rooms are available for corporate and private parties. Tasting sessions are available for both gin and beer throughout the year, plus food pairing nights including cheese and beer. Why not pop in for a coffee and see the beautiful premises for yourself. This is no ordinary pub and the Arcade team sincerely look forward to welcoming you! 1 Arcade St, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1EX info@arcadetavern.co.uk arcadetavern.co.uk 01473 805454

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BURNT MILL BREWERY

INSPIRATIONAL BREWS

Nestled on a farm between Stowmarket and Needham Market, Burnt Mill Brewery have been quietly making some of the UK’s top-rated beers for the past two and a half years. Having set up in a refurbished barn back in Spring 2017, Charles O’Reilly has gone from a two-person operation with Head Brewer Sophie de Ronde to a team of 8 employees, and 3 dogs. At Burnt Mill they focus on making high quality unfiltered beers, with a core range with wide popularity across the UK and beyond. Their flagship beer is Pintle, a 4.3% Pale Ale with a smooth body and low bitterness. Alongside Pintle is Beyond the Firs, Green Path, and the highly sought-after Steel Cut. Steel Cut is unique as instead of the usual malted barley and wheat in the mash; De Ronde uses solely Oats to make this beer from. Due to an allergy, De Ronde is unable to have wheat or barley, so she created a beer that she could drink. This does mean she is unable to taste any of the beer she makes but uses her incredible sense of smell and years of experience to create some of the highest rated beers in the UK.

ale that is currently aging away in a barrel. Making beer with other breweries is important to the team at Burnt Mill, as the opportunity to collaborate, learn and share skills and create new ideas together helps all involved, and the results are always spectacular. Inspiration for new beers comes from a multitude of sources. They draw on the Suffolk countryside around them combining it with an interest in astronomy, nature and most importantly, music. In 2020, Burnt Mill hope to increase their local presence, and will as always, strive to brewing excellence. Q @burntmillbrewery D @burntmillbeer

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WOOL TOWNS The Wool Towns describes those towns and villages in rural Suffolk and North Essex that share a common heritage, as demonstrated by a number of wonderful wool churches. This common history goes back over half a millennium to a time when this was a thriving manufacturing area. Before the industrial revolution, or the railways, the production of woollen cloth and associated trades took place in homes right across the region. Today these communities still work together, with a rich offering to those looking for a short break or holiday in wonderful rural communities. The Wool Towns offer an abundance of things to see and do, great hospitality and exciting events. For more information, visit wooltowns.co.uk or follow D @wooltowns

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Be sure to take time to visit the ancient town of Clare, the former stronghold of one of the richest women in British History, Elizabeth de Clare. It also played an important party in the history of the Magna Carta. Today, Clare Castle Country Park boasts the only railway station in a castle - now a stylish café - and the view from the top of the keep is definitely worth the climb. A town trail and circular walk tempt you to stay longer; Clare Priory is home to the mother house of Britain’s’ Augustinian Friars. Founded in 1248, its grounds and ruins are open to the public. Remarkable for its many listed buildings from all periods, including the Ancient House Museum which dates from 1473, RIPPINGDALES ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES Rippingales Antiques and Collectables situated in the High Street in Clare has been called a ‘little gem’. Known particularly for its range of childhood collectables it also carries an eclectic mix of stock. From Georgian ceramics to Advertising to Hornby trains there is always something new to see and buy. You will also always find examples of cottage furniture, silver, jewellery, and garden items, as well as anything that catches the eye of owner Paula Rippingale Mills. Trading in Antiques for nearly 15 years Paula is a member of trade body The Essex Antique Dealers Association and also one half of RARE Auction - Royall and Rippingale Events. Having a special interest in childhood collectables Paula always has a selection of antique and vintage dolls, teddies, toys, books and items such as samplers relating to the history of childhood. Rippingales loves to welcome visitors and is always interested in sharing a passion for Antiques with its many customers from across the world. rippingalesantiques.com 01787 278165

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Clare is home to antique shops, an auction house and a wonderfully rich collection of independent shops, a contemporary art gallery and several quality cafes pubs and B&Bs.

CLOTH This delightful little shop of cloth offers a bespoke service of curtain and soft furnishing making. Offering a range of fabric to order, clothes alteration service and in-house sewing workshop sessions, which are held every month. Kay Taylor has 20 years sewing experience in the interior design industry and offers measuring, fitting and advice. Tracks poles and blinds are also supplied. Open Tues, Thurs, Friday and Saturday 10.00 am - 5.00pm clothclare.co.uk 07800574788

HARRIS & HARRIS BOOKS Kate Harris started in the book trade over 20 years ago and in August 2011 she opened her own bookshop in the High Street of Clare. Step inside the bookish tardis and whether you are looking for a set of old Charles Dickens novels or the very latest best seller, you’ll find a carefully curated collection of interesting, quirky, fascinating, eclectic and sometimes amusing books and gifts for readers and collectors of all ages. “I wanted it to have the feel of an old and established bookshop, but with the convenience and pleasure of a new one” Says Kate when she first opened. It quickly became popular with locals and tourists and has enjoyed being at the heart of the community ever since. With a fast book ordering service, friendly help to find that perfect book for you or for a gift, gift wrapping, gift vouchers, a phenomenally large motor book section, bookish gifts, author events and a yumyum for pocket money spending pets, you’ll soon see that although Harris & Harris may be small, it’s certainly mighty. harrisharris.co.uk 01787 277267 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 58


MAISON DE CLEMENTS Linda Dabbs is the owner and curator of Maison de Clements, she has been collecting and trading for over fifteen years and you can tell it's a real passion for her. She has a fantastic eye and really enjoys helping people find what they are looking for. If you are searching for that something special why not give her a call and she will try her best to find whatever item you are seeking. She sources a wide range of vintage and antique items from all over the UK and Europe bring these to her Clarebased shop where you will find a unique and timeless ever changing collection at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for antique French linen or have a passion for kitchenalia you will not be disappointed.   Upstairs in the Man Cave there are a variety of enamel advertising signs plus car memorabilia along with the intriguing taxidermy and antique tools. Every antique and vintage item tells a story from its long and interesting past. You will find so many interesting and quirky items at Maison de Clements, there’s something for everyone and you will always receive a warm welcome. Linda frequently visits France, where she has some fabulous contacts and returns with numerous impressive and competitively priced items, it's well worth popping in to see her latest finds. Maison de Clements offers free local delivery for larger item’s. maisondeclements.co.uk 07950 767674 Q @maison_de_clements D @lindadabbs1

SEA PICTURES GALLERY Sea Pictures Gallery in Well Lane, Clare is a wellestablished contemporary art dealer and the home of bespoke framer, Suffolk Framing. Gallery exhibitions change every few weeks, offering original, affordable work in all media, from professional artists across the UK. The gallery sponsors a prize at the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and shows work by many of their members. In May 2019 Sea Pictures Gallery has been selected by The Society of Wood Engravers to host their annual touring exhibition which will be the first time for more than a decade that the collection will have been on show in East Anglia. This prestigious exhibition co-incides with the tenth anniversary of the gallery’s own printmakers’ show PRINTWORKS. In March and November each year the gallery runs in-house linocut print workshops for four students a day. Full details of exhibitions and courses can be found on our website seapicturesgallery.com 01787 279024

CLARE PARK GOLF COURSE Their par 3, 9-hole parkland course beside the river Stour provides challenges and interest for all levels of play and is open to everyone. Enjoy the comfortable clubhouse and Tee Room with a panoramic view over the lake serving fresh all day snacks and homemade cakes. The new bespoke meeting room for up to 20 delegates is now available for hire. claregolfcourse.co.uk 01787 278693

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HISTORY Seek out St. Mary's Church, which understandably attracted the artistic attentions of Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. You will also find the town's picturesque Guildhall and Tudor redbrick tower.

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HADLEIGH An East Anglian town that made its name during the golden age of the wool and cloth trade, Hadleigh boasts a 15th-century, timber-framed Guildhall among many other listed buildings. The town’s long high street presents an intriguing mix of independent businesses but is now know for its range of independent craftsmen including Nevelli, Jayrest Interiors, a family owned business that designs and makes hand built furniture with a lifetime guarantee and interiors specialist Jim Lawrence, now a national brand, whose showroom houses their entire range of over 3,000 items.

JIM LAWRENCE Overlooking the Suffolk countryside, the Jim Lawrence showroom is the perfect place to view their entire range of over 3000 elegant, countryinspired lighting and home furnishings. From practical kitchen lighting solutions to beautiful hand-crafted chandeliers, their extensive selection of classic, British made designs are perfect for any home. The showroom and attached workshops are open Monday to Friday 9-5pm and Saturday 9-5.30pm. 

DID YOU KNOW? On a fine day, a stroll should take in Toppesfield Bridge (one of Suffolk’s oldest) and the town’s pleasant riverside walk which is ideal for a picnic.

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NEVELLI

The Best of INTERIOR DESIGN Nevelli Designer Home Heating & Interiors have recently celebrated the re-launch of their business, alongside the official opening of their brand-new showroom. Introducing kitchens, bathrooms and all things interiors alongside their extensive range of designer radiators which remains the core of Nevelli. Owner, Luke Whitwell believes that “a designer radiator can complete a room, rather than limiting the design” and it’s this passion that has driven their transformation. They have worked collectively to create a space that showcases a wide spectrum of both product and services that they can deliver. Ultimately the showroom captures the essence of their vision; to provide clients with the inspiration to explore a bespoke finish in their own home. They understand everyone has their own unique visions, challenges and budgets and their aim is to bring that to life for every client. It is easy to understand the positive response towards this addition to the already established showroom. Nevelli have succeeded in a clever design and meticulous installation, beautifully displayed in a range of bespoke cabinetry, impressive hand-crafted concrete worktops and basins with a striking feature wall of venetian plastering. The finishing touches have not been overlooked, specialised flooring, designer lighting, superior tiling and distinctive hardware complete this flawless space. The company are also committed to exploring the use of both sustainable methods and materials into their work. The striking concrete worktops are a perfect example; they are totally unique and offer an impressive and far more environmentally friendly alternative to granite. This passion for design and originality is evident in the projects that Nevelli embark upon. 2019 has seen the installation of simple and beautifully designed radiators to the more complex design and refurbishment of stunning holiday lets and individually tailored bathroom renovations. The operations team include highly skilled plumbers, joiners, carpenters, tilers, stonemasons, blacksmiths and electrical technicians, with years of combined expertise, using traditional methods to produce the ultimate finish. Nevelli pride themselves on excellent customer service, from initial

consultation to finished product they ensure upmost care is taken to enhance the client’s journey. Alice Thorogood, owner of Sprotts Farm Suffolk holiday lets, shares her experience: "Right from the outset Luke and his team grasped the concept of my project and brought great ideas, professionalism, fresh design and ultimately a delivery that was on time and within my budget. The trades that Luke bought together were excellent on site, always on time, always tidy and with a great attention to detail. Each trade took ownership of their part of the project and came with a wealth of experience and ideas of the their own. Throughout the project Nevelli kept me updated and were always open to change. Charlotte was exceptional, on the end of the phone whenever I needed to talk an idea though. She was also central to developing the overall design of the project”. The horizon for 2020 is clear for Nevelli, as they continue to build a team that share a passion for innovation and are driven with enthusiasm for design and new concepts. The launch of a new website is pending, and plans are already in motion to develop a design suite to further enrich the experience of their clients. Luke and the team aspire to continue to embrace new and innovative ways to allow clients to push the boundaries and create designs in their homes that excel their expectations and deliver a bespoke and functional space for them to enjoy!

Nevelli Designer Home Heating & Interiors 12 High Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 5AP 01473 828914 • nevelli@nevelli.co.uk nevellidesignerradiators.co.uk

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LAVENHAM Lavenham’s claim to be England’s finest medieval town is upheld by its unrivalled collection of perfectly preserved half-timbered houses – built during the prosperous Middle Ages wool trade. The church of St Peter and St Paul has the tallest tower in Suffolk. Nearby Kersey will be recognised from countless calendars and paintings – ducks at the ford helpfully posing for photographs. POSY Posy is a stylish, independent and individual shop showcasing a handpicked, eclectic mix of home ware, original artwork, jewellery, accessories and unusual gifts. Posy prides itself on creating a shopping experience for all of the senses, with attention to detail being of the essence. Owner Lienne grew up in Lavenham, so its the perfect place for her lovely shop, which is clearly put together with a lot of heart. Lienne is an artist and paints in the studio at the back of the shop. She makes seasonal jams and scrumptious fudge too which are all exclusive to Posy. New for Posy are Lienne’s cards which have been printed from her original paintings and beautiful helium, feather & confetti filled bubble balloons which Lienne will personalise with a handwritten greeting….how exciting! If you are in Lavenham and are looking for a shop that’s one of a kind, a friendly, happy hello awaits you.

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Bespoke commissions are welcome. posy.online 01787 248080

THE PARLOUR Enjoy delicious Great Taste Award Winning Ice Creams, Vegan Sorbets and Hot Chocolates at The Parlour on Lavenham's historic High Street. Made using fresh Guernsey milk and cream, free range eggs and ingredients from small artisan producers around the world, there are many interesting flavours to choose. Seasonal specials include Elderflower & Lime, Damson and Cassis, Gooseberry and the 2019 Great Taste Golden Fork Winning flavour of Burnt Honey made using Lavenham's honey. Heavenly Hot Chocolate served with handmade marshmallows is made with a choice of both Pump Street Chocolate and Tosier Chocolate's bean to bar chocolate in varying strengths. Gaining a growing reputation on cooler days - this is truly 'a chocoholics treat'! A selection of kitchenware adorns the shelves ranging from locally designed textiles, Emma Bridgewater china, hand painted Hogben pottery and seasonal foodie treats. theparlourlavenham.co.uk • 01787 249001 hello@theparlourlavenham.co.uk EQ theparlourlavenham

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LITTLE HALL, LAVENHAM A 14th Century hall house that in the 20th century was the home of the Gayer-Anderson twins, it is a museum that has the atmosphere of a home, and it’s the only example of domestic medieval architecture open to the public in Lavenham.

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THE GREAT HOUSE Looking out on to the main square of the picturesque village of Lavenham The Great House is popular with both locals and tourists alike and is a firm part of the community it serves. Surrounded by the Suffolk countryside, timbered cottages and local landmarks it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, business trip or short break with friends. The team at The Great House take pride in their work and have a great rapport with guests, using their expertise to help them choose the best wines to accompany menu choices, offering complimentary fruit baskets and sherry in rooms, as well as recommending local landmarks to visit. With the fluffy robes and slippers in each room it offers a luxurious, warm and cosy atmosphere in cooler months, whilst in the height of summer the large windows and bright sitting rooms become a great place to relax with a glass of French wine after a day exploring the local area. The Great House bedrooms provide comfortable beds, plush soft furnishing as well as beautifully finished bathrooms within each room, The Great House is sure to be become a firm favourite for those looking for a unique night away. Visit thegreathouse.co.uk for more information 01787 247431

Bienvenue Housed in a simply stunning 14th century building, The Great House sits in the heart of beautiful Lavenham. Join us for an exquisite lunch or dinner with fresh seasonal ingredients and discover a little taste of France. We also have five elegant rooms, perfect for a short break with a loved one.

Book your reservation today!

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LAVENHAM

GREYHOUND An historic English Inn for comfortable and refined dining

A modern restaurant and bar featuring relaxed dining areas with exposed beams and an open fireplace. Diners can opt for the traditional style front bar area or take a seat in the recently refurbished rear restaurant. Offering exciting European small plate style dining alongside an extensive wine list, large beer selection, real ales and craft soft drinks.

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BRIDGE FARM BARNS Nestling in the picturesque village of Monks Eleigh, in-between Hadleigh and Lavenham, Bridge Farm Barns is a collection of unique, independent retail businesses and a tea room, each offering the visitor an unparalleled selection of distinctive products and good Suffolk service. Visit bridgefarmbarns.co.uk for more information. CORN CRAFT GIFT SHOP This delightful family run gift shop offers one of the area’s most extensive range of unusual cards and gifts. Situated a restored granary, the shop is an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of distinctive products including jewellery, ladies clothing & accessories, preserves, traditional toys, corn dollies and so much more that you will not find on the high street!

POLKA DOTS A family run business, offering reproduction 50's style dresses, petticoats, handbags and accessories from a golden era! Boosting the confidence of ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes in a unique vintage themed setting, complete with pink 50's diner booth and jukebox! Jackie & Steve offer a warm welcome and friendly, personal service in this little slice of vintage heaven! THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 68


CORN CRAFT TEA ROOM This homely, family friendly tea room welcomes visitors for breakfast, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas. Everything is freshly prepared on the premises and the menu is extensive and varied with children’s options available. Open since 1990, this lovely tea room is well supported by locals and visitors alike. Opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

LAVENHAM FALCONRY Thrill to the majesty of nature at Lavenham Falconry. Choose from a range of experiences that will see you handling birds of prey and exotic animals. Your close encounters will leave you not only exhilarated, but also more informed and appreciative than ever of the importance and wonder of the natural world.

BRIDGE FARM PLANTS Keen gardeners will love the wide selection of Suffolk-grown plants at Bridge Farm Plants. From cottage garden favourites to superb new varieties, there is something to tempt most tastes. For those whose fingers are not so green, friendly help, advice and top tips are on hand.

OLIVEN OliVen is wonderful place for the sewing enthusiasts. They offer wide range of fabrics and sewing notions and always happy to help with your project. If you’d like to learn something new you can also book on one of their many workshops they run everyday

SARAH’S ATTIC Sarah's Attic opened in 2014 with two floors of vintage and retro items alongside beautiful country, rustic and shabby chic furniture. A treasure trove of eclectic, facinating and curios items. Official stockist of Autentico paint.

THE GALLERY This tranquil gallery showcases the work of local Suffolk artists and crafts people and is full or gorgeous individual pieces. This is truly a unique gallery and a real gem of a place to find. Bridge Farm Barns, Monks Eleigh, IP7 7AY bridgefarmbarns.co.uk 01449 740456 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 69


HOLY TRINITY CHURCH Worth a visit, Trinity Church is one of the great Suffolk wool churches and was built almost entirely in the 15th century at a time of growing prosperity among the local cloth merchants. It was completed in 1484 - the medieval stained glass is outstanding.

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LONG MELFORD Art, antiques and books provide an upmarket feel to Long Melford shopping and its lengthy main street displays a wealth of fine facades representing Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras. Neighbouring Cavendish is a magnet for photographers seeking scenes of idyllic English country life, while nearby Sudbury played a historic part in the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt.

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CHEF'S PROFILE

STEVE AINGER BLACK LION, LONG MELFORD

My first experience in any way cooking was as a child going to my nans every Sunday and baking even at that age, I found something I enjoyed doing. I got my first job helping in a busy pub when I was 14 and then I was hooked I knew what I would do in my life. My favourite part of the job has always been the creativity the freedom to express my ideas on the plate and the camaraderie of the team and making lasting friendships. For me the best thing about being a chef in Suffolk is definitely the produce and the love of food in the county and the love of provenance its always great for inspiration.

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My favourite dish to cook is so hard but I guess would be anything that I can take and elevate. like at the black lion our fish and chips is a classic dish but done the way I see it. My guilty pleasures at home are anything spicy. Oh, and a constant supply of tea and biscuits. A lot has changed years ago my inspiration was other chefs now I find inspiration in the things I have done and my memories, which for me is much more personal and you can see the difference in the final product. www.theblacklionlongmelford.com info@theblacklionlongmelford.com 01787 312356


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DEDHAM VALE & STOUR VALLEY The characteristic lowland English landscape on the Suffolk-Essex border, made famous worldwide by artists, is still as recognisable today as it was when painted by Constable and Gainsborough. The charm of the villages, fascinating local attractions and beauty of the surrounding countryside mean there’s no shortage of places to go and things to see. Picturesque villages, rolling farmland, rivers, meadows, ancient woodlands and a wide variety of local wildlife combine to create what many describe as the traditional English lowland landscape. Because much of East Anglia's traditional grasslands have already been drained and ploughed for arable farming, the hedgerows and wildflower meadows are among some of England's most precious and vulnerable pastoral landscapes.

UPPER STOUR WALK 11.5 miles (18.5 km) GLEM VALLEY WALK 9.5 miles (15 km)

Map Key RIVER STOUR STOUR VALLEY PATH VILLAGES TOWNS AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY

BELCHAMP BROOK WALK 9 miles (14.5 km)

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BOX VALLEY WALK 9 miles (14.5 km) DRAGON COUNTRY (Bures and Wissington) 11.25 miles (18.1 km) BRETT VALLEY WALK 12 miles (19 km)

STOUR VALLEY PATH & CIRCULAR WALKS Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley is an excellent area to enjoy a variety of walks as it’s a protected landscape of special character. There are a number of circular walks off The Stour Valley Path available to download for free from the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Project website

These will introduce you to the character of the different local areas, help you explore the smaller tributary valleys off the Stour Valley Path, and give a hint of hidden treasures. Visitors are encouraged to use their sense of adventure to find their own way, using the maps showing the route as a guide, rather than providing specific instructions. The Stour Valley Path, itself, is a popular long-distance path running

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the full length of the river valley, and is 63-miles in total and also ideal for cyclists with a network quiet county lanes and gental slopes making it easy and enjoyable for cyclists of all abilities. It runs from Newmarket in the northwest to Manningtree in the south-east, following the valley of the River Stour from near the source to the estuary, passing through some of the most attractive countryside in East Anglia. dedhamvalestourvalley.org


THE CROWN The Crown at Stoke-by-Nayland is a traditional Inn and privately-owned boutique hotel. They have built an enviable reputation from their commitment to providing friendly service, luxurious accommodation and delicious food, wine and real ales. The staff are passionate about what they do. This commitment to providing exemplary service helps to ensure that every aspect of your stay with them is a comfortable one. This focus on providing an exceptional experience to all their guests continues in the restaurant where they offer quality food and, attentive, yet relaxed service. In 2008 the inn opened its own boutique hotel, which is situated to the rear of the pub, you will find 11 luxuriously appointed bedrooms, all en-suite and with every attention to detail. The atmosphere is one of effortless style and the emphasis is on comfort and excellent service. Designed in sympathy with the beautiful surroundings, the Hotel feels as fresh and new as the day it opened. Bedrooms on the ground floor are contemporary in design whilst the rooms upstairs are furnished in a country home style with traditional iron bedsteads. All have King size or Super King size beds with luxury pocket sprung mattresses. Three rooms have French windows opening on to their own terrace. Rooms are rated Standard, Superior, Deluxe and Executive . All have en suite bathrooms with stylish fittings. One room has disabled facilities with a level wet room. It’s pleasing to imagine that England’s pre-eminent landscape artist, John Constable, would still recognise the higgledy-piggledy collection of timber-framed houses, the distant medieval churches and the rolling folds of Dedham Vale that surround the rustic-chic, 16th-century Crown at Stoke-by-Nayland. The Crown team have created a riproaring success here, turning what was a village watering hole into a classy boutique inn with lovingly nurtured gardens, a notable restaurant and a top-drawer wine list. The Crown also has its own glass-fronted wine shop – an oenophile’s haven stacked with terrific bottles from across the globe (hotel guests can get substantial discounts). Food is also taken seriously here, breakfast is a top shout and there are traditional roasts for all the family on Sundays.

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THINGS TO DO & SEE A longer walk along the River Stour will reward those with the time to take it. Before moving on from East Bergholt, make a point of seeing St Mary’s Church, where Constable is said to have fallen in love with the rector’s granddaughter, Maria Bicknell. East Bergholt Place garden and arboretum also come highly recommended, with the gardens especially beautiful in spring and early summer. Follow Constable’s path to Dedham, another of the area’s ancient towns built on the wool trade, which is where the artist went to school. It has excellent local shops and is wellknown for the Art and Craft Centre, housed in a converted Victorian church, where local artists are given a showcase and there is also a tearoom.

DEDHAM VALE VINEYARD TOURS & TASTINGS BOXTED Dedham Vale Vineyard has been producing outstanding wine from its 40-acre estate for over 25 years. Lying on the edge of the Stour Valley at Boxted, the vineyard grows and produces six styles of award-winning English wine and Carter’s Cider. Keep an eye out for their wet walnuts – available for only a couple of weeks each year. dedhamvalevineyard.com

BRIDGE COTTAGE FLATFORD The famous location of a number of Constable’s paintings. Bridge Cottage houses a small exhibition on Constable and there is access to riverside walks from here. The riverside tea room adjacent to bridge cottage offers refreshments. Opening times vary throughout the year.

Also worth a visit is Dedham’s glorious church, another St Mary’s, with Constable connections and just up the road is The Munnings Museum, the café here is a great place to take a break. There is an abundance of pubs and tearooms, with hotels and restaurants also offering wonderful food. If you cast your net to include other nearby villages, such as Layham and Stokeby-Nayland, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Visitors who stray a little farther over the border into neighbouring Essex will find plenty more to enjoy at Manningtree and Mistley. Why not incorporate Harwich Harbour Ferry into you walk or cycle, it’s well worth the trip as seeking the landscape from the water gives a new perspective.

HISTORY The artist John Constable was born in East Bergholt in June 1776 and went to school in nearby Dedham. His love for his native countryside, so manifest in his paintings, still defines what many people see in their mind’s eye when they think of a quintessentially English landscape. Even if you have never knowingly seen a single copy of ‘The Hay Wain’ (and it is hard to imagine how you have avoided it) you will not regret getting better acquainted with Constable Country.

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THE PLACE FOR PLANTS 15-acre garden and arboretum renowned for its fine collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. Open daily March –September placeforplants.co.uk

SIR ALFRED MUNNINGS ART MUSEUM The home, studios and grounds where Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO lived and painted for over 40 years. Each year a changing selection of paintings and drawings from the museum’s collection is hung chronologically throughout eight rooms. From early apprentice poster designs to the explosive horseracing scenes for which Munnings is most well-known, the displays chart the artist’s life and six-decade career. Opening times vary throughout the year. munningsmuseum.org.uk

You can see Constable’s celebrated river scene, complete with Willy Lott’s Cottage, when you visit Flatford Mill, the area’s biggest tourist attraction. Today it is part of a complex, in the care of the National Trust, which accommodates a visitor centre and a field studies education centre as well as a tea shop and a restored dry dock. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 76

DID YOU KNOW? Look out for signs of otters, which have returned to the Stour and its tributaries after an absence of forty years.


HARWICH HARBOUR FERRY The bustling stretch of water where the Orwell and Stour rivers meet is separated by Harwich Harbour – dividing Suffolk and Essex. The Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry has been connecting the two counties since 1912. On the Essex bank is Harwich while Shotley and Felixstowe lie on the Suffolk side. The ferry is more than just a Ferry. She offers 7 minute crossings to 1 hour round trips and you can see the biggest container ships close up. The service runs from April until the end of October – provides an hourly service for tourists, for people with business between the ports and for the general convenience of local residents. It can carry 58 passengers, which means there is generally plenty of space however, for additional peace of mind, you can buy tickets online. The ferry is popular with visitors and anyone wishing to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Stour and Orwell rivers, with many footpaths and cycle routes directly accessible from the ferry departure points. It also provides a unique way to arrive for those visiting the historic Landguard Fort in Felixstowe, or those planning a leisurely lunch at the exquisite Pier Hotel in Harwich. There is a range of facilities at each of the three departure points – at Shotley (outside Marina Pontoon), Harwich (Ha’Penny Pier) and Felixstowe (beach at Viewpoint Café). They are all marked with ‘Ferry’ flags. Parking is available at each location and the ferry connects with local bus services for onward travel. Cyclists and dog walkers are very welcome on board. The Orwell and Stour estuaries are a hive of nautical activity and many visitors enjoy close-up views of the massive vessels alongside Britains largest container terminal. At Harwich, the towering passenger ferries arrive from Holland and hundreds of yachts head for marinas up-river. In its former life the ferry was a lifeboat on the luxury cruise liner SS Canberra. It is strongly built with two-inch thick fibreglass, wood and metal. There is a 65-passenger liferaft and lifejackets on board. The ferry offers an hourly service from each departure point – between April and October. Passengers who don’t wish to disembark can enjoy a 57-minute round trip of Harwich Harbour, with close-up views of the big ships. To buy tickets please go online to harwichharbourferry.com For Ferry enquiries call 01728 666329 email chris@harwichharbourferry.com 

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CATHEDRAL Hard to miss is the neighbouring St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the county’s only Anglican cathedral, lately crowned with a magnificent 140ft-tower, which now dominates the skyline. A little farther along the street – and worth the walk – is another of the town’s fine churches, St Mary’s, where Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Rose Tudor, is buried. stedscathedral.co.uk

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BURY S �. EDMUNDS The abbey, with its stunning gardens, was a shrine to St Edmund, the martyred king of East Anglia. Next door is the impressive St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The town is famous for visits by Charles Dickens and for Britain’s last surviving Regency playhouse. The shopping is good, as Bury offers a broad mix of well-known high street names and smaller independents. Wednesdays and Saturdays are market days when lots of colourful stalls fill the Buttermarket.

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CHEF'S PROFILE

GRE IG YOUNG Head Chef at The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds.

Greig Young is at the forefront of a brigade of top chefs working in Suffolk and has developed a reputation for simple no nonsense cooking using the best of East Anglian produce – as exemplified by his Taste of Anglia menu which is now a favourite at The Northgate – Greig’s personal selection of 5 dishes at £45 per person. What’s the best thing about working in Suffolk? I feel Suffolk is an upcoming part of the world. We have some brilliant chefs here with diverse range of cooking and we are lucky to have open minded audiences who are well informed about local produce and always keen to try to new ideas. What’s your favourite dish? I love the challenge of using the whole of the animal, so every cut is utilised in a range of dishes. I would never place an order just for pork chops – I like working with a whole carcass and devise a range of dishes.

What do you eat at home? To be honest my wife does much of the cooking at home which is great, and we always enjoy a range of typical family meals. I do like to go on lunch dates with my daughter – precious and special time. What inspires you? I love the work behind the scenes by creating a larder of local seasonal ingredients – what’s fresh at the moment? – how can I use it in different dishes? Although I know there are brilliant chefs that I can learn from, I do try to avoid looking at other recipes as I am focussed on creating my own dishes. What has been your most memorable meal? One of the most memorable meals I had was a few years ago in a restaurant called Brecasse in Sydney. The head chef Justin North was one of the first to offer a chef’s menu and you basically were served whatever he created on the night – it felt personal and it tasted superb. It certainly gave me the inspiration for the Taste of Anglia menu we now serve at The Northgate. I have made a point of ensuring my kitchen must always know about the food they are cooking with. What are you most proud of? I have to say I was really thrilled when Moraine Pepper, a member of my team THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 81

since she came for work experience aged 15, won Young Chef of the Year award at the Suffolk Food & Drinks Awards 2019. It was a really proud moment for me and the team and I certainly enjoy nurturing the young team in my kitchen. The Taste of Anglia menu has become the signature and foundation of what we are achieving at the Northgate. This combined with our `kitchen and bar experiences’ where we have hands on fun sessions with guests to share what we do – these are all things that are really close to my heart and mean the most to me – I love breaking down the wall between the kitchen and the restaurant and The Northgate is a celebration of that. www.thenorthgate.com


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Newly refitted for 2019, the shop offers elegant surroundings that will make you feel very special. There has been a purveyor of luxury items under the clock at 14 Abbeygate Street since 1815, and the tradition for elegant and timeless designs continues today. Thurlow Champness strength lies in their dedication to maintaining the trust and confidence of their customers by providing exceptional personal service and unrivalled expertise. Over the years, Trevor Salt, the current managing director has worked with his brother-in-law Alan Daniels, and his sister Pippa Daniels, and during that time they have seen the company’s success and reputation grow exponentially. They have developed and expanded the range of fine jewellery since they began their partnership with Rolex over twenty years ago. Their selection and range of diamonds has always been very strong. They now offer Thurlow Champness Fine Diamonds, a range of award-winning diamond rings, this has enabled them to reach a much broader audience through their fully integrated website. At Thurlow Champness they take great pleasure in bringing you treasures that you will value forever in an environment that will make you feel very special. As Trevor says “Whether you are old friends or recent acquaintances, we look forward to seeing you in the future…”

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ELIZABETH GASH

THE STORE Sitting on Lavenham’s picturesque market place in a pretty timber framed building, is knitwear designer Elizabeth Gash’s unique shop, opened after ten years of selling knitwear in Covent Garden Her second opened ten years ago in Bury St Edmunds, on St.John’s Street, one of the longest streets of independent retailers in Britain and a third opened in Saffron Walden in 2013.

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Step inside any of these delightful shops and you enter an Aladdin’s cave of colour, texture and pattern. The shops have traditional interiors with shelves stacked with a varied selection of knitwear and clothes in jewel-like colours - the urge to forage is irresistible. Most of Elizabeth’s exclusives knitwear is inspired by the beautiful designs of eastern nomadic textiles and rugs. Her distinctive graphic patterns and deep rich colours owe much to traditional kelim designs and whilst the range has become more focused over the years, there are plans to launch an exciting range of knitting kits so you can enjoy knitting of her designs at home! The success of the shops is the culmination of many years’ hard work as these stores are a treasure trove of gorgeous knitwear and clothing - a fantastic showcase for artisans including leading European and British designers the majority of which use fairly-traded yarns and materials and are created with a focus on positive environmental outcomes.

Elizabeth’s aim in opening a shop was to create a thriving outlet for unusual, beautiful garments made by talented designers. Stocking a carefully-chosen selection by Sophie’s Wild Woollens and Eribe Knitwear, it has become an absolute must visit for wool lovers. As well as a fantastic array of knitted designs, Elizabeth has curated a range of clothes made by designers such as: Two Danes, Masai, Pomodoro, Sahara, Sea Salt, Grizas, Mama b, Out of Xile, Zilch, Avoca Backstage and Capri all hand-picked to complement her own range perfectly. And even accessories are catered for... She has a great range of bags by Nila Rubia, Earth and Squared and Brakeburn scarves and gloves by Jo Edwards, and a beautiful display of semi-precious and silver by jewellery designer Siren Silver and Travels Afar.

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86 St Johns Street, Bury St Edmunds 01284 766045 36 Market Place, Lavenham 01787 248561 13A Hill St, Saffron Waldon, Essex 01799 510879 Open 10.00am-5.00pm daily (Bury St Edmunds, closed Sundays) lovelavenham.co.uk

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ROMARK JEWELLERS Antique & Modern Jewellery

To view our extensive range of antique and pre-owned jewellery, please visit our website. Specialist in repair & restoration Old jewellery bought for part exchange or cash romarkjewellers.co.uk 45 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LB 01284 704977 enquires@romarkjewellers.co.uk

THE NORTHGATE, BURY The Northgate is a striking Victorian townhouse transformed into a fun and vibrant restaurant and cocktail bar with bedrooms in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. Just a few moments’ walk from the iconic Abbey Gardens, they offer their guests a fabulously eclectic setting to discover locally sourced, seasonally inspired food and drink. An oasis of calm; the bedrooms are a home-from-home with an emphasis on luxury, comfort and tranquillity. All the while celebrating the original period features of the beautiful building from the original fireplaces to the sash windows.

THEATRE ROYAL, BURY ST EDMUNDS Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a vibrant 200-year-old theatre. First built in 1819, it was restored to its Regency design in 2007 and is the only theatre in the National Trust portfolio and the last working Regency playhouse in the country. theatre royal.org

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WEEPING WILLOW This listed Suffolk Pub is one of the oldest buildings in Barrow and dates from the early sixteenth century. The Weeping Willow Pub been lovingly restored and expanded to create Suffolk’s first modern country pub. The Bar is traditional with lots of oak beams, comfy nooks and open fires with a good assortment of cask ales, larger and craft beers. There is a cocktail menu and an extensive collection of Gin as well as an impressive wine list. The dining room is a modern architectural open plan extension which has been added to the original pub. On one side it has a view into the stunning state of the art kitchen. On the other side it overlooks a beautiful garden and meadow and the Weeping Willow Tree. There is something for everyone on the menu and the food is sourced locally from East Anglia. At lunch there is a great popular Bar Menu and a seasonal daily menu. In the evening the menu is more a la carte seasonal British fare with some favourites such as Steaks and Burgers. Look out for their renown Quirky afternoon tea that is a perfect match for the wonderful interiors! The menu has several vegetarian and vegan options and the kitchen is happy to adapt meals to suit any dietary requirements or allergens. On sunny days there are lots of external tables for alfresco drinking and eating and a beautiful peaceful garden to admire. The Pub is set in over an acre of meadow land and there is a small children’s play area for little ones to let of steam. The interior is stunning with beautiful art works by local artists, bright comfy furnishings, seasonal flowers and a warm welcome. There is a popular semi- private dining room (The Raspberry Room) that seats 12 and the restaurant can accommodate large groups in the main dining room.

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ABBEY OF ST EDMUND

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During 2020, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk celebrates the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute 1000 years ago with a programme of events leading up to the weekend of St Edmund’s Day on 20 November 2020. The first Patron Saint of England and King of East Anglia, St Edmund was enshrined in the Abbey consequently lending his name to the town, which was built around it. The shrine brought visits from across the UK and abroad including Royalty as the Abbey became one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage locations in England. The Abbey was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Edmund’s bejeweled shrine was plundered but his body was missing. His whereabouts are still a

great mystery to this day but it is thought he is buried somewhere in the Abbey’s grounds. In 2013 historian Dr Francis Young came across a document that was previously unknown from a monk that said Edmund’s body was placed in an iron chest. In his book Edmund – In Search of England’s Lost King, Francis Young explores the theory that St Edmund’s remains still lie within the Abbey and may be buried in the monks’ cemetery, which lies beneath the tennis courts in the Abbey Gardens and is consecrated ground. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 88

The Abbey is also known for its important role in the Magna Carta story. A group of Barons met at the Abbey in 1214 and swore an oath to compel King John to accept the Charter of Liberties, a proclamation of Henry I. This act led directly to the Great Charter or Magna Carta, agreed at Runnymede on 15 June 1215. The people of Bury St Edmunds have celebrated this link for hundreds of years with the town’s motto ‘Shrine of the King, Cradle of the Law’, which refers to the historic links with King Edmund (the first patron saint of England) and the Barons’ meeting.


YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS Cultural, musical, religious and civic functions will highlight the 1000 years since the Abbey’s foundation. The Abbey 1000 Group, working closely alongside the Cathedral and the Heritage Partnership, aim to offer a broad range of events from musical concerts to religious pageants culminating in a spectacular light show on St Edmund’s Day Weekend. A highlight will be the gathering on 23 and 24 May and procession of 100 Benedictine monks and nuns, plus 400 others, from communities across Britain and possibly from abroad for the first time in 500 years since the dissolution of the monasteries. They will be joined by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Other special events include a pilgrimage from St Benet’s Abbey in Norfolk and Ely in Cambridgeshire and an exhibition of seven manuscripts from the Abbey Scriptorium, being reunited in their place of origin for the first time since 1539. Composer John Rutter is writing a special Millennium anthem for the Abbey of St Edmund and the 73rd Aldeburgh Festival is holding its opening event at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 12 June. This will be the first time the Festival has opened outside of the Suffolk coastal area in over 50 years.

Community projects include a mosaic at the arc shopping centre with contributions from the public and a monthly changing sculpture on display in the crypt within the Abbey ruins, where the shrine of St Edmund would have stood. The Bury St Edmunds Festival in May will also be staging concerts to mark the anniversary.

14th century Great Gate and Norman Tower, as well as the impressive ruins and altered west front of the immense church, St Mary’s Church and parts of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. They are surrounded by the beautiful Abbey Gardens, an award-winning 14-acre park, and visited by 1.3million people from all over the world every year.

Today, the Abbey remains are extensive and include the complete

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NEWMARKET Horses and horse riding dominate Newmarket hardly surprising as it is regarded as the British headquarters of the sport of kings.

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Discover Newmarket is the central point for tourist information in Newmarket and the town’s official tour guide. They offer visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing’s headquarters to see equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town. Whether you are an avid racing fan or someone who just loves art and history, their tailored itineraries ensure that you get everything you want out of your visit and more. discovernewmarket.co.uk

Early birds can watch the horses exercise on the heath between 6.30 - 9.30am

THE PANTRY The Pantry Fine Food Shop and Eatery is a local favourite for foodies, with a well stocked deli, specialising in locally sourced food. thepantryfinefoods.com

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BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL SQUIRES RESTAURANT Open to both residents and nonresidents, the award-winning Squires Restaurant provides a completely modern dining experience; the artistic décor, eclectic menus and charismatic ambience is unlike anything else in Newmarket. Whether there are calls for celebration, dining out with the family or an intimate dinner with a loved one, Squires is the perfect place to relax and unwind with some delicious food. An expertly selected wine list complements the menus beautifully and includes everything from the finest Champagnes to the most exquisite Bordeaux. The menus are carefully created by the hotels Executive Head

Chef, Sean Melville who was recently awarded ‘Chef of the Year 2018’ at a regional awards ceremony. Sean and his team use only the finest seasonal ingredients, most of which are sourced locally. Squires offers a selection of menus including a fixed price menu, a la carte and afternoon tea for those with a sweet tooth!

Spend an afternoon soaking up the glorious sunshine on their terrace which overlooks the perfectly manicured gardens or on cold winter days relax in front of a roaring log fire in the Roxana bar. bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk 01638 663175

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SUFFOLK SPAS  If you’ve come to Suffolk to have a break from the daily grind, there’s no better way to relax and revive than in one of our great spas. They all offer a number of packages and special deals during the year so it’s worth checking out the website beforehand. The prices below give an indication of their rates. THE SPA AT BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL 

UFFORD PARK With our Day Spa Packages, you can choose from a 2 hour ‘Discover’ package through to the ‘Full Day Luxury Experience’ for the ultimate in pampering. The Thermal Suite Spa is a tranquil space designed to encourage deep relaxation with its impressive hydro pool, specialised steam rooms, sauna and ice fountain. The Twilight Spa package starts from £25 per person. Gift vouchers are available all year round for our experiences and beauty treatments.

This spa boasts a wide selection of facilities in addition to a myriad of beauty treatments you can indulge in. Highlights include the outdoor rooftop hot tub, experiential showers, and thermal area. Also includes hydrotherapy pool and relaxation room. Packages start from £69 bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk

THE GAINSBOROUGH SPA A modern spa and beauty salon near Clare. They offer the usual beauty treatments alongside a variety of Spa experiences and packages. Our favourite is the Afternoon tea spa day for two. It includes 4 hours use of the facilities (pool, sauna,steam room, Jacuzzi and gym), a mud serial and afternoon tea for £115 per couple. thegainsborough.co.uk

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ALSO DISCOVER HIGH QUALITY SPA & BEAUTY TREATMENTS AT:

MAISON TALBOOTH

Seckford Hall 

Wind down at Milsoms, where you can enjoy access to the outdoor pool which is heated to 85° all year round. Packages start at £70

Hintlesham Hall

milsomhotels.com

Weavers House Spa 

Luxury Spa Days & Breaks The perfect way for friends or couples to relax and unwind. All Spa Breaks include a spa day at our ‘5 bubble rated’ onsite spa, dinner at our award-winning Squires Restaurant, an overnight stay and breakfast at our 4 Red Star hotel.

spareservations@bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk • 01638 676130 • bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk

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CHEF'S PROFILE

LEE BYE Chef Patron, Tuddenham Mill

I learnt my trade at Tuddenham Mill under two very influential head chef’s. Gordon Mcneill then Paul Foster. Both mentorship did so much to help me with understanding myself today. I genuinely believe if I hadn’t of brought into their philosophies and principles I wouldn’t be cooking today. Understanding your journey and commitment being two of my focus areas throughout my career. I’ve developed Tuddenham Mill’s menu to reflect my dedication for and connection with nature. I love to serve a healthy and well balanced plate of seasonal, fresh and local produce. I enjoy that feeling of comfort you get from a good plate of food. As we all continue to think about how we eat this has shown in my cooking over recent years with understanding diets and nutrition so much more. Growing up, I spent many hours watching my grandad work his allotment, and then eating his produce that my nana cooked. That was the start of my culinary education without even realising. Myself and my team spend a great deal of time sourcing fresh, local ingredients. There are many superb and dedicated farmers in the region who provide a rich variety of livestock and crops, and we’re incredibly lucky to have all that nearby to put on our menu. Gary Tilbrook’s asparagus is the best I’ve tasted anywhere in the country. This year we couldn’t cut enough to keep up with the demand.

I love the honour of being Chef Patron at the mill I wanted to create a menu that attracted plenty of people from near and far, who would return again and again. Somewhere they could have a bar snack, afternoon tea or Sunday lunch. A relaxing environment where people don’t have to break the bank to enjoy amazing food, with this being Suffolk, I didn’t have to look far for inspiration.

That’s really what it’s all about at Tuddenham Mill. Sourcing the best ingredients, getting them fresh, and putting them on a plate. My team aren’t interested in the latest kitchen gadgets, fresh produce, seasoned well is the only gadget you need. People have responded well to what I do here, and I’ve been fortunate to get the spotlight early on in my career, with the three rosettes, several Good Food Guide mentions and an East Anglian Daily Times’ Restaurant of the year award. It’s helped steer a regular following into the restaurant, with locals, tourists and city folk coming to embrace the offerings here at the mill.

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Like the seasons, the menu changes and evolves. I like to keep things as fresh as the produce we use, so people can come back again and again. We hope to welcome you here soon. tuddenhammill.co.uk


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DINING TUDDENHAM MILL Combining years of history with a chic yet sympathetic refurbishment, Tuddenham Mill is an intimate boutique hotel and restaurant set in 12 acres of rural Suffolk countryside near Newmarket and Cambridge. This traditional watermill brings together an exceptional environment, a genuine passion for great food and wine, the ultimate in bedroom comforts and discreet yet attentive service. From its exposed beams and water wheel to the contemporary elegance of the bedroom furnishings, Tuddenham Mill offers a unique mix of influences to excite the senses. In the restaurant, Chef Patron Lee Bye and his talented team have created exciting, contemporary menus reflecting their passion for fresh food and local produce. Each dish on the menu has been carefully thought-out and temptingly presented. Tuddenham Mill was awarded the coveted 3 AA rosettes for food and service.

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Tudenham Mill, High Street Tuddenham Nr Newmarket Suffolk IP28 6SQ info@tuddenhammill.co.uk tuddenhammill.co.uk 01638 713552

NORTHGATE Head Chef, Greig Young, consciously crafts menus that reflect tastes and awareness of East Anglia. From vegan dishes created with sustainably sourced regional produce to heritage dishes that minimise food waste; this is at the heart of his approach. Newly launched, the Taste of Anglia menu takes your taste buds on a mouth-watering journey around East Anglia with carefully curated dishes using the very best seasonal ingredients from the region. From the flour mills of Pakenham to the salt marshes of the Colne Valley, the gin stills of Southwold and the farm fields of Freckenham, each course celebrates the freshest, seasonal produce from a specific area. Dishes including Norfolk peer potato terrine, black garlic and quail's egg; Blythburgh Pork, Salt baked hake, sea herbs and vegetables; and Monk’s Eleigh poached quince, white chocolate and hibiscus. The Northgate is a buzzing destination with an all-day restaurant offering - be amused by our take on the traditional afternoon tea; or simply relax and graze from our surprising bar snack menu.

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Northgate Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1HP thenorthgate.com Info@thenorthgate.com 01284 339604

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THE PARK RESTAURANT The Park Restaurant and Bar at Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa overlooks the spectacular 120-acre historic parkland golf course and gardens. It is easily accessible from the A12 and has over 200 free onsite parking spaces, making it convenient for all visitors Owned and family-run since 1992 both the restaurant and bar are open to members and non-members seven days a week. Head Chef Ash Green regularly refreshes the restaurant menu to offer fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients giving guests a wide selection of choice, and catering for dietary requirements.  Our menus are complimented with an extensive wine list. The restaurant is open every evening, and for Sunday Lunch between noon and 4pm.  It is also available for private lunchtime bookings. Bar snacks are available all day long in a relaxing and friendly environment. Why not try the Afternoon Tea?

Ufford Park, Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW restaurant@uffordpark.co.uk uffordpark.co.uk 08444 776498

THE PLOUGH & SAIL Enjoy delicious food and drink in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you choose a light, casual meal or a formal dinner in our restaurant, the menus feature traditional favourites, the best of modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world. Every dish is cooked and presented with flair and imagination and is accompanied by a superb wine list, emphasising our passion for quality, seasonal food, Using produce from local suppliers wherever possible. We also offer a range of draught lagers and ales, soft drinks and a fantastic wine list. The Plough and Sail comprises of a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and an intimate balcony area, perfect for private parties. There is also seating at the front of the pub and a courtyard area at the back where warm summer evenings and lazy Sundays can be enjoyed. We hope to see you soon!

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MILSOM HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Three AA Rosette rated Le Talbooth in Dedham is justifiably the flagship of the group, and sits in an enviable position on the banks of the river Stour on the north Essex/Suffolk border. A visit to this fabulous listed building is a treat any time of the year; especially in the summer when guests dine on the terrace beside the river. So too, is the cooking of head chef Andrew Hirst with his skill and passion for great food. Maison Talbooth serves lunch and a delicious afternoon tea every day in the Garden Room. This room spills out onto the terrace during the warmer months and has wide views over the Dedham Vale and is a perfect place to relax after a visit to the spa. Also in Dedham is Milsoms, a contemporary bar/brasserie with one rosette, where you can dine outside for most of the year under a huge

architectural sail. The full menu is available throughout the day from 12 noon at Milsoms, with no need to book so there’s no rush... The Pier at Harwich is a small hotel and a special destination for lovers of great food and drink. The first floor restaurant is a stunningly re-defined brasserie, open all day (all year round) overlooking the harbour and its ships and working docks and is only a stone’s throw from the estuary where the fresh fish is landed daily. On the ground floor, just 20 metres from the harbour wall is the NAVYÄRD bar and terrace - a continentally inspired bar with a enviable drinks and gin list, serving a Nordic-inspired small-plate bar menu. Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, is a magnificent Georgian mansion set in acres of lawn and woodland. The open plan restaurant has plenty of theatre with guests getting a good view of the ‘engine room’ while they dine! The kitchen champions all that THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 97

is great about local Suffolk produce and the restaurant is open all day from noon with the full menu. In the summer guests can dine on the terrace under the sail overlooking the lawn. Five fabulous restaurants all with individual style properties and character with real synergy of food, atmosphere, service and true hospitality – where you can also stay! Milsom Hotels & Restaurants Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex CO76HP milsomhotels.com 01206 323150

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THE GALLEY Celebrating 25 years, The Galley is run by people who are passionate about food and who come from a long tradition of offering hospitality in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Set on historic Market Hill within Woodbridge. The menus for lunch and dinner are created by the owner and chef Ugur Vata, daily specials and light lunches are on offer and lobster is now available every day! Seven dish Mezze and Turkish Delight ice cream are just two of the unique dishes on offer. A private dining area is available at no additional cost for celebratory meals and all the family is made welcome. Live jazz evenings, wine samplings and special menu nights are all part of the excitement of dining at The Galley. "Best International Restaurant" EADT Food & Drink Awards 2017 The Galley 21 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LX galley.uk.com 01394 380055

THE DOLPHIN The Dolphin, now the hub of the community, is an ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and our neighbouring towns Aldeburgh and Southwold, or enjoy a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve plus many more local must sees. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk Heritage coast and the very popular Mear, a boating lake which is on our doorstep and just up the road – The House in the Clouds, a red house atop a five-storey black weatherboard tower

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We are a small family owned and family operated business, we are proud members of our community and concerned citizens of our environment. Our shared values and principles are central to our business and our values often go deeper than simply benefitting the family, but also the wider community in which we operate including projects supporting charities and tackling environmental issues that fit our personal mission. Dolphin Inn Peace Place, Dolphin Close, Thorpeness, Leiston IP16 4FE thorpenessdolphin.com 01728 454994

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THE GREAT HOUSE The Great House offers a menu which boasts inventive dishes using local cuisine to create food with a modern French flare. The Great House is open for dinner from Tuesday – Saturday and lunch from Wednesday – Sunday, as well as pre-bookable breakfast from 8.30am to 9.30am, Mondays to Sundays. The Great House began as a restaurant in 1985 and has since become a nationally renowned eatery. It is known for its modern take on French cuisine, quirky and historic bedrooms and fantastic customer experience with a 5 star rating, Breakfast award and 2 AA rosettes. As you enter The Great House restaurant the exposed beams, crisp white table cloths, shimmering glassware and candle lit tables offer a warm and luxurious atmosphere. The menu changes regularly, reflecting the seasons and an extensive wine list is also available with recommended wine flights available to accompany the dishes available.

The Great House, Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QZ info@greathouse.co.uk thegreathouse.co.uk 01787 247431

LAVENHAM GREYHOUND The menu at The Lavenham Greyhound has been designed in a ‘small plate’ format with influences from all over Europe, an exciting dining experience, they recommend choosing two or three dished per person or a combination with sharing platters, small plates and paella to share. Diners can opt for the traditional style front bar area or take a seat in the recently refurbished rear restaurant.To compliment the dining experience there’s an extensive wine list, large beer selection, real ales and craft soft drinks. On Sundays a Set Lunch is served from noon until 6pm, which includes local roast beef, pork and creative vegetarian options. Open Tuesday to Sunday, noon until close, serving food all day! Lavenham Greyhound 97 High Street, Lavenham, CO10 9PZ info@greyhoundlavenham.co.uk greyhoundlavenham.co.uk 01787 249553

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SIBTON WHITE HORSE You will be hard pressed to find a finer example of an old traditional English country pub than the Sibton White Horse. Tucked away amidst the delightful Suffolk countryside, yet a short drive from A12 this smallish pub is a bit of a find for lovers of modern British cooking, as for the locals they have themselves a wonderful 16th-century bolthole – envied by many. Neil and Gill Mason have been at the helm of their achingly pretty village pub since 2005 and their enthused passion is still very much alive and kicking. The White Horse has been described as a cosy country gastro-boozer: There

is a natural pubby feel, an immediate feeling of warmth and conviviality about the place. Low hefty ship beams, impressive inglenooks and wonky walls create a real welcoming charm. Grab a stool at the unmissable bar and request to sample the local ale. If wine is your thing, the list is varied and most interesting and notable for offering a good number by the glass. The food is honestly fresh, seasonal and as local can be; chef’s can often be seen picking daily produce from the pub’s kitchen garden. From daily baked bread to sublime ice cream, everything is created by the kitchen teams own fare hands. Clearly the food is a cut above the norm, as evidenced by its two AA Rosettes. THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 100

Recognised by the ‘The Good Pub Guide as Suffolk Dining Pub of 2019’ an accolade they have held on four previous occasions. Sibton White Horse Halesworth Road, Sibton, Nr Saxmundham IP17 2JJ info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk 01728 660337

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THE PARROT Dating back to the 16th Century, The Parrot certainly has a lot of history. With its exposed solid oak beams, open fire, wonky walls and low ceilings, it oozes charm and character. Cosy up in the snug and bar and warm up by the log fire during the colder months or find a bench in the private walled garden for a game of boules on one of the pistes in the beer garden. The Parrot is the perfect place for a romantic meal tucked away from everybody but equally as tempting for a family celebration. With a menu consisting of the best that Suffolk has to offer, with the changing seasons you will find that there is something for everybody's taste. The restaurant is bright and airy with decor boasting antique clocks and a wooden floor. The Parrot boasts a walled garden, which has a sizeable gazebo in which private parties for up to 40 people can be catered for during the summer.

The Parrot, Aldringham Suffolk IP16 4PY aldringhamparrot.com 01728 830221

BLACK LION, LONG MELFORD A 15th Century inn where a modern twist on the traditional creates a wonderful setting to enjoy delicious food, sample local ales, explore the wine list and rest a weary head. The restaurant at The Black Lion has a series of menus that cater for all tastes from pub classics to that something a little bit more special. Whether you want to start the day with a hearty Suffolk breakfast, a casual lunch, a naughty afternoon tea or a more refined dinner from the ‘a la carte' menu. The head chef has created a series of menus including a Suffolk themed a la carte or a fantastic set lunch plus the very popular `Sunday Sharing Roast’ which is a perfect fit for all the family. The wine list features a selection of both old and new world choices together with a wide selection by the glass.

The Green, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9DN info@theblacklionlongmelford.com www.theblacklionlongmelford.com 01787 312356 E @theblacklionLM D @theblacklionLM THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 101


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FARMERS' MARKETS Farmers' markets in Suffolk are some of the best in the UK thanks to their long agricultural history

IPSWICH FARMERS MARKET

BURY ST EDMUNDS FARMERS MARKET

LONG MELFORD FARMERS MARKET

Visit The Cornhill on the first Sunday of every month and discover a selection of local Suffolk produce including locally reared, traditionally butchered meat from Greenacres, fresh fruit and vegetables from Poppy Care Farm, beautiful garden plants and stunning cut flowers plus jams and preserves from The Jam Shed.

This fantastic farmers' market, which has already been named as a Finalist in the Suffolk Food & Drink Awards, continues to go from strength to strength showcasing a truly wonderful selection of local food and producers. The farmers' market is held on the second Sunday of every month on The Traverse in the centre of Bury St Edmunds where you will find a fabulous line up of the region's very best local producers.

A fabulous farmers market and every month that, on the second Saturday, fills Long Melford Village Hall with the smells, tastes and colours of a really good farmers' market!

Market day: First Sunday in the month 10am – 2pm. Market Venue: The Cornhill, Ipswich IP1 1DH

Market Day: Second Sunday of every month (exc January) - 10am - 3pm Market Venue: The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1BJ

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There are lots of fabulous small-scale local producers each month and everything that is sold at this market will be produced by the person who is selling and all has been produced locally. Market Date: The second Saturday of every month 9.30am - 1pm Market venue: Long Melford Village Hall (opposite The Bull Hotel), Long Melford, CO10 9JQ


HADLEIGH STREET MARKET

TRINITY PARK SUFFOLK FARMERS MARKETS 2020 Suffolk Agricultural Association and Suffolk Farmers' Markets are working together to deliver three top quality farmers market to the Cattlesheds at Trinity Park – the home of the Suffolk Show. Over fifty stalls will fill the fantastic space at each event selling a wonderful array of local produce plus there will be a great selection of street food for consumption on site as well as fantastic handmade crafts.

Why not pay the market a visit and discover for yourself, a wonderful range of stalls each week including award winning freshly baked bread, sourdoughs, buns and brownies from Wooster’s Bakery, locally made chutneys and cordials from The Pickled Jam Company, a fantastic range of fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs, fresh fish and seafood, a range of cheese and pies, locally brewed real ales, a selection of local beef, pork, bacon and sausages plus a wonderful range of garden plants and cut flowers. With the Suffolk Coffee Pod brewing the best coffee, hot chocolate, tea and cold drinks, the market is the perfect place in summer to sit and watch the world go by... Market dates: Every Friday 9am – 2pm Market Venue: The Market Place, Hadleigh IP7 5DL

Market dates: Saturday March 21st, Saturday October 17th, Saturday December 12th – 10am -2pm Market Venue: The Cattlesheds, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich IP3 8UH

LAVENHAM FARMERS MARKET This longstanding market has lead the way in bringing local food to local communities and has won many awards including: Winner of the 2015 Best Food Market in Suffolk: BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards, Best Market in Suffolk: 2012 Food & Drink Awards Lavenham Farmers' Market, officially the best market in Suffolk, is held on the fourth Sunday of every month in Lavenham Village Hall. The market showcases over thirty of the highest quality artisan producers in the region and attracts hundreds of customers through the door each month. Everything that is sold at the market comes from within a thirtymile radius with many traders living in Lavenham and others travelling from the neighbouring towns and villages of Boxford, Sudbury and Ipswich. Market Dates: The fourth Sunday of every month 10am - 1.30pm

DON'T MISS The Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival 14th June 2020 10am-5pm

Market Venue: Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street, Lavenham CO10 9QT. Free entry & free parking

SUDBURY FARMERS' MARKET One of the best town centre farmers' markets in Suffolk, attracting hundreds of shoppers through the doors every month. The market is held on the last Friday of every month in the beautiful venue of St Peter's on Market Hill, right in the centre of town, and it really is the perfect place to stock up on all your food shopping. Market dates: The last Friday of every month - 9.30am - 2pm Market venue: St Peter's, Market Hill, Sudbury, CO10 2EA

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Every October Suffolk’s ancient woods resound with deep-throated roars and the clashing of antlers as the annual red deer rut commences. During this elaborate seasonal spectacle, stags fight other males in order to keep their large female harems. Taking place at the RSPB Minismere nature reserve, the viewpoint is free. You’ll see most battling action at dawn or dusk, so keep your distance and remember your binoculars!

4 GETTING UP CLOSE TO CONSTABLE A new permanent exhibition of Constable’s work has opened its doors at Christchurch Mansion following a much anticipated £500,000 museum refit. It’s the only public place in Constable Country to show the artist’s work for free. The curators have pulled together a rich collection, gathering fragments of the artist’s life from everywhere including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Constable’s own family.

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ENJOY THE STAGE The weather outside might be cold and barren, but during Autumn and Winter Suffolk’s creative arts scene is anything but. In Ipswich, check out the New Wolsey Theatre and classes at Dance East, while at Snape, Aldeburgh Music’s Britten Week take place. Those near Bury should be sure to drop into Abbeygate Picture House - the perfect antidote to a drizzly day.

The streets of Suffolk may not be paved with gold but they are lined with fruit trees. Combined with a long country walk or cycle ride, gathering ingredients for a seasonal dinner is the perfect way to spend an autumn day. You’ll be sure to come across wild fennel, walnuts and ceps on woodland pathways. Fantastic jams and jellies can also be made from damsons or blackberries, but nothing beats homemade sloe gin!

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Minsmere is the best place to learn about birds. and the RSPB run family friendly events throughout the year. It’s home to rare birds and throughout winter, large flocks of ducks gather on the Scrape and grazing marshes. Birds of prey may include marsh and hen harriers, peregrines, barn or shorteared owls. You might even be lucky to spot an Otter! IP17 3BY

___ DISCOVER MORE Visit the National Trust’s Ickworth House in February to see snowdrops and aconites at their peak. IP29 5QE nationaltrust.org.uk 01284 735270

Explore Snape Maltings, its marshes independent shops and galleries.

Orford Ness – A nature reserve well worth a visit with its mysterious history.

IP17 1SR snapemaltings.co.uk 01728 688303

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Discover the maritime history of the area by visiting the Sailors’ Reading Room museum. IP18 6EL Southwold


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BECCLES Right at the top of the county, Beccles lies on the River Waveney, at the southernmost tip of the Broads. The quay is a lively spot especially in summer, with daily boat trips and its own visitor and information centre.

BIG DOG FERRY

Open 3rd April to end-October 2020

Take a relaxing trip on Big Dog Ferry from the Lido to the historic Geldeston Locks Inn. Enjoy the wildlife en-route and a meal, drink or music at the Locks Inn or stay on board for a round trip. Or take a one-way ticket, walking back on delightful footpaths. Request stops at Geldeston Marina or Three Rivers Campsite, for the Wherry Inn and Mandy’s famous pickles! bigdogferry.co.uk • 07532 072761

BECCLES LIDO The heated open-air pool and separate toddler pool has a slide, springboard, giant inflatable aquarun, outdoor exercise equipment and kiddies adventure play area. There are grassy areas, sunloungers, picnic tables and an all-weather eating and spectating area, with a café serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and ices. Canoe Hire also offered (advance bookings only). Open 26th May - 9th September 2020 beccleslido.com 01502 713297 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 106


SWAN HOUSE

a charming place to stay… Immerse yourself in the eccentric warmth of the Swan House, bursting with oodles of charm

Ideally situated in the bustling, traditional market town of Beccles, the Swan House offers beautiful idiosyncratic room-only accommodation with breakfast of yoghurts, orange juice with further breakfast selections included within the room’s mini-fridge.

East Anglia at her most beautiful and varied is literally on the doorstep. After an intrepid day of exploring, come back to a good night’s sleep in a room designed to provide every comfort. Indulge in fully sprung mattresses, crisp white bedding, flat screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi.

The characterful and distinctive rooms provide the perfect, cosy base from which to explore the Suffolk heritage coast and the Norfolk broads.

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and smaller bites as well as an everchanging specials board with options such as Mediterranean Fish Stew, Oriental Chicken with spiced dumpling and Vegetable and Haloumi Curry. Swan House New Market, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9HE info@ swan-house.com swan-house.com 01502 713474


CORIANDER HATS Coriander was founded seven years ago by Lesley Dumphie and it’s the place to go if you need to transform an outfit into something special and unique. Rare as hen’s teeth - a good milliner like this is well worth the trip. corianderhats.com

GRAZE AT THE WHITE HORSE A bar and grill that opened in 2015 and has been gaining a great reputation as a relaxed and funky venue that offers dishes from all around the world. Owners Kevin Wainwright and David Little previously owned the award-winning Satis House Hotel and bring casual fine dining to Beccles at an affordable price. Graze also offers sandwiches and snacks at lunchtime and a traditional Sunday roast on Sundays. Private dining room available too. Well worth a visit! grazewhitehorse.co.uk 01502 715974 E @grazewhitehorsebeccles

MEA BOUTIQUE MEA boutique has been established for over ten years. This family run business offers designer clothing brands, jewellery, footwear, leather handbags, accessories and giftware at affordable prices. Their aim is to create a shop with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, that not only offers a personal service, but one with a unique individuality and where new styles are introduced every few weeks. Opening hours are 10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday 33a, Newgate, Beccles NR34 9QB (opposite Tesco) meaboutique.co.uk 01502 715212 THE BEST OF SUFFOLK __ 108


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EARSHAM STREET If you only have time to visit one small street in one small town to stock up on groceries, then make sure it’s Earsham Street in Bungay. EARSHAM STREET FISH COMPANY Owners Cliff and Lucy opened Earsham Street Fish Company in 2015 and here you’ll find a fabulous selection of fresh, high quality fish and shellfish, much of it landed local on the Suffolk coast. They are passionate about seafood, offering advice and inspiring customers to cook. Don’t forget to pick up some local samphire whilst you are there - a real delicacy! 01986 896512 E @earshamstreetfishco D @earshamfish

EARSHAM STREET DELI Previous winners of the EADT Best Independent Food and Drink Retailer award, Earsham Street Delicatessen champions small and artisan producers. They pride themselves on offering an outstanding range of foods from the local area and beyond. Everything in the store is individually selected for its taste and provenance. They offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, alongside personal and knowledgeablae service. Customers are always encouraged to take their time in choosing, or to ask for recommendations  - there’s also the option to sample new foods at their regular tastings. earshamstreetdeli.co.uk E @earshamstreetdeli D @EarshamStDeli Q @earshamstdeli

GIDDENS & THOMPSON If only all greengrocers could be like this… Fabulous fruit and vegetables plus fresh herbs. Fresh, seasonal and local wherever possible. Simon and Chris are even happy to deliver within the Bungay area. Don’t forget to ask about their wonderful veg boxes and gift hampers. 01986 897944 E @giddensandthompson

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Rural Suffolk is notorious for its lack of phone signal, but what initially appears a curse may end up being a blessing. The great outdoors is right on your doorstep here, so why not make the most of being offline and get exploring. From the chocolate box villages surrounded by glorious English countryside to the 50 miles of unspoiled Blue Flag beaches, this is the ultimate unwind destination. And what better way to de-stress than by learning a brand new skill or practising an old one. Embrace the slower pace of life and enjoy going back to basics- you won’t even notice your phone signal is barely filling one bar!

FISHING They say one of the most relaxing hobbies anyone can take up is fishing and in Suffolk you are spoiled for choice. Hanningfield Reservoir is a wonderful place to get to grips with coarse and fly fishing. A full day’s tuition covers casting, tackle, knots, techniques, trout behaviour, safety, rod hire and lunch with an opportunity to try your hand at fishing in the afternoon. eswater.co.uk If you enjoy sea fishing Aldeburgh’s steep shingle access to deep water makes it Suffolk’s star spot for beach fishing. You can park at Fort Green and head to North Warren beach, or Martello tower which is a great night time spot. Cod feed better in coloured or dark seas, so the best time to fish is at night, but whatever bait you use make sure it’s at least half the size of your fist!

You can also fish off Southwold Pier where you’ll find a very active angling club who enjoy fishing from the end of the Pier. Southwold is in the top five locations for cod in the UK but you’ll also find Whiting in the autumn, Codling in the winter and Dover Sole and Bass in the summer months.

HORSE RIDING Forget going for a drive, the best way to take in the Suffolk countryside has to be on horseback. At Valley Farm near Woodbridge you’ll find everything you need whether you’re an experienced rider or a complete novice. The farm is a first class equestrian centre which also contains a campsite. It’s the perfect place to get hands-on with horses, whether it is for a day or short break. valleyfarm.co.uk

COUNTRYSIDE COURSES The Suffolk Wildlife Trust have a fantastic range of courses for adults and teens including wildlife photography, botanical and wildlife painting, willow sculpture, basic and intermediate hedgehog care and species identification and ecology. You can learn a new skill in a relaxed and fun atmosphere with friendly, knowledgeable tutors. suffolkwildlifebrust.org

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OUTDOOR EXTREMES De-stressing from the modern world doesn’t need to involve relaxing pursuits either; sometimes getting your heart racing is the only way to get that release. And that’s where Alton Water comes in. Set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside this manmade reservoir is the largest in Suffolk and is perfect for water sports. Take to the waves in a powerboat lesson, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or windsurfing session, or simply relax and enjoy your own rowboat. Booking is advisable. altonwater.co.uk | 01473 328 408

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING Finally, what about Clay Pigeon Shooting? This may not be a question you have asked yourself before, but this archaic activity is guaranteed to make for a memorable experience. Have a Go Days are ideal if you’re not sure where to start and they take place on the second Saturday of every month. All Clays, Cartridges and equipment are included in the price of booking. highlodge.co.uk So whether you’re winding down or revving up for action, Suffolk is the place to swap screen time for something new.


SEAL WATCHING TWELVE MILE SEAL WATCHING EXPERIENCE FROM HARWICH TO HAMFORD WATER. For a truly bracing experience take a trip from Harwich to see the seals on the Walton backwaters of the River Naze. The colony of both harbour seals and grey seals are unusually a russet colour for much of the year due to the iron oxide-rich mud on to which they rest while on land. Possibly the only way - and definitely the best way - to view the seals is from the water There are currently over 200 seals in the backwaters, a small but healthy breeding population which has risen from only five in 1986. The seals enjoy resting on the mudbanks, like the backwaters, because these waters are permanently ice-free. The backwater behind the Naze, is called Hamford Water, it’s an area of tidal creeks, mudflats, islands, salt marshes and marsh grasslands and an internationally important breeding ground for Little Terns and wintering ground for Dark-bellied Brent Geese, wildfowl and waders. It is on the migration route for many bird species and provides wintering grounds for Brent Geese, Godwit, Redshank, Shelduck, Teal and Avocet and breeding grounds for terns. During migration in the autumn and spring, the Naze is a prime birdwatching site. Curlew and Sandpipers are regularly seen along the beach, with Gannets and Arctic Skuas passing offshore.

Skipper can see that the colony is calm, he will go closer. At all times we keep a safe minimum distance but close enough to hear the seals breathing. We are very strict about keeping the noise level to a quiet minimum and do not allow waving, shouting, whistling, feeding or any other kind of disturbance. Ideally the seals can stay where they are while we explore their home.

SEAL GUARANTEE If you don't see seals close up you get a free trip!

WEATHER The seals love rain, wind, sun and clouds, as do we! So, you can count on us! If you book with us, you will see seals! To reserve a seat visit our website sealwatching.co.uk For general information harwich@sealwatching.co.uk or call 01728 666329

Trips available all year round, please check online for availability: sealwatching.co.uk

OUR BOATS Gloria, is an open deck timber vessel with on board toilet! (120 min trip, 41 passengers) Seal Spotter, a fast boat with cabin and on board toilet! (90 min, for just 10 passengers)

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CHILDREN Suffolk is a real playground of children - it’s packed with adventure to suit all ages and interests

BRESSINGHAM Bressingham has over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four magnificent journeys to choose from. The long track of the Nursery Railway (2ft gauge) leaves from the museum building and passes locomotive sheds and a lake before crossing over the Waveney Valley Line. Don’t miss a ride on the Gallopers good for both young and old. Check the website for the daily timetable. IP22 2AA bressingham.co.uk 01379 686900

THE SUFFOLK OWL SANCTUARY A great place for youngsters to visit - over 80 beautiful owls and other birds of prey including meerkats, red squirrels, chipmunks and a discovery centre with a whole host of other fun activities. They are open all year round with three flying displays daily between Easter & September and stage a variety of special events that include a Mediaeval Weekend – for further details check their website. IP14 6AT owl-help.org.uk 0345 680 7897

BECCLES LIDO & BIG DOG FERRY Perfect for a family day out, the heated open-air pool and separate toddler pool has a slide, springboard, giant inflatable and kiddies adventure play area, with a café serving hot and cold snacks, drinks and ices. Canoe Hire also offered (advance bookings only). Open 26th May - 9th September 2020 beccleslido.com 01502 713297 Or take a river trip to Geldeston. Enjoy the wildlife en-route - such as otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers and a meal, drink or music at the Locks Inn. Or stay on board for a round trip. Open 3rd April - end of October 2020 bigdogferry.co.uk 07532 072761

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE Discover Framlingham Castle’s vast and colourful past as it became home to the most powerful people in Tudor England. Delve into the troubles of Bloody Mary, meet the vagrants of the Elizabethan prison, and find out more about this sanctuary for the poor. Get hands-on with the interactive exhibition and reveal Framlingham’s stories before you embark on a journey of discovery around the magnificent wall walk; look down if you dare! IP13 9BP english-heritage.org.uk/framlingham 01728 724 922

THE SUFFOLK SKI CENTRE

THE LONG SHOP MUSEUM

Suffolk Leisure Park offers a range of outdoor experiences, including Snowsports such as:- Skiing, Snowboarding, Tobogganing, Ringos, Climbing Wall and High Ropes Experience. There's also Golf with the Ipswich Golf Driving Range, Mini Golf Course, and putting green.

This museum has a large collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town. The Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here, and this is a great throwback to those days. The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II listed engineering workshop full of fascinating exhibits.

Suitable for children from 4 years old IP2 8NQ suffolkskicentre.co.uk 01473 602347

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BRESSINGHAM For where else would you be able to ride on a Victorian roundabout, indulge a passion for all things steam driven, wallow in nostalgia for one of the television's best-lobed comedies and glory in gardens that offer a glimpse of horticultural heaven? Add a couple of railways running around the across the site, a genuine old signal box, a museum, restaurant and picnic place, the mix soon promises something for everyone. Privately owned by the bloom family. Adrian Bloom and his father Alan each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with the other linking gardens, there are now over 8,000 species and varieties on display. Alan Bloom's other passion - for steam led to Bressingham becoming home to a fine collection of traction engines and locomotives. The Dad’s Army Collection is another piece of serendipity. Some of Bressingham’s vehicles were used in

the much-loved sitcom when it was filmed around Thetford. Bressingham has extended the wartime spirit by recreating Walmington-on-Sea in its museum. Situated close to the town of Diss, Bressingham’s main season runs from Easter to the end of October, with steam and nonsteam days throughout. There is also a special events programme running throughout the summer. Visitors can ride through the glorious gardens on one of the four working railways or step back in time on the working Victorian steam carousel ‘the Gallopers’, the beautiful painted horses that eternally travel ‘up and down’ and three-abreast around Bressingham’s restored steam carousel. There is always something for all the family at Bressingham. You can even stay as a bed-and-breakfast guest in Alan Bloom’s old home of Bressingham Hall. Or failing that, take home a Bloom’s bloom from the adjacent garden centre.

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HALESWORTH GOLF Halesworth Golf Club is situated just a few miles from the beautiful Heritage Coast and is set in 190 acres of stunning undulating countryside. We offer a wide range of top class facilities, including an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole pay-and-play course, a 10 bay floodlit driving range, a practice chipping and putting green and a very well stocked golf shop. Our lounge, bar and restaurant provides a wonderful relaxing space to enjoy food and

drink with unrivalled views over the course and adjoining countryside.

GOLF SHOP Our golf shop is situated in the main clubhouse and stocks a wide range of golf equipment to suit both the beginner and the more accomplished player, and a clothing and accessory range that suits all tastes. We are able to offer services from re-spiking golf shoes to re-gripping clubs, trolley, buggy and club hire at very competitive prices. We have demo days throughout the year, with the latest technology available the GC2 Richard (a trained fitter)  can custom fit you the perfect set of golf clubs to suit your game. For more information on any offers or getting custom fit using the GC2 please do not hesitate to contact us on 01986 875567 ext 24.

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views over the course and adjoining countryside. Breakfast available from 8am and lunch from 11.30am - 3.30pm all week.

EVENTS & SPECIAL OCCASIONS Our modern clubhouse can accommodate your every need with options for conferencing or a private bar, dance floor, disco area and dining facilities.  Our dedicated Events Manager would be delighted to show you the facilities at Halesworth Golf.

MEMBERSHIPS A variety of memberships are available including tuition and beginners courses plus Pay and play - 9 Holes from £10. halesworthgolf.co.uk 01986 875567 E @HalesworthGolfClub Q @halesworthgolf D @HalesworthGC


FESTIVALS

FELIXSTOWE BOOK FESTIVAL 26th -28th June 2020 The festival exists to spread a love of reading and writing. Whether you're a bookworm, aspiring writer or occasional reader then this festival is for you. Plus it's all by the seaside! felixstowebookfestival.co.uk

MAVERICK FESTIVAL 3rd - 5th July 2020 The Uk’s first and finest Americana Music Festival maverickfestival.co.uk

Suffolk’s pedigree shines through with a feast of festivals. A second-to-none, tear-around programme that boasts an eclectic smorgasbord - everything from theatre to dance, classical  music to community arts through to contemporary poetry and experimental theatre. SUFFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL 9th - 31st May 2020 The Festival have team up with Theatre Royal, Bury who are celebrating their 200th anniversary with a 200-mile fundraising walk in 2019. The walk retraces the route taken by The Norwich Circuit of Players, who in the 19th century would travel each year between theatres in East Anglia. The 200 For 200 walk follows this historic route with the final day’s walk, on Easter Monday 22nd April.

INK FESTIVAL HALESWORTH 17th, 18th 19th April INK is a theatre company that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage, and radio, by writers from East Anglia and beyond. ink festival.org

ALDE VALLEY SPRING FESTIVAL

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PULSE FESTIVAL June 2019 This established event offers brilliant theatre at bargain prices; just £5 if you’re under 26. Great motivation to turn off the telly and get out to see this alternative entertainment. wolseytheatre.co.uk

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FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL

Making great use of a farmyard barn and pastures, this event showcases paintings, sculptures and furniture. Also don’t miss the growing programme of Farm Suppers incorporating locally produced food.

Launched in 2019 this brand new FREE 24-hour multi-arts festival celebrates Lowestoft as our most easterly town, where the first sunrise reaches the horizon every morning.

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Latitude Festival


SNAPE PROMS 1st - 31st August 2020 30 Great Summer nights out in Aldeburgh ranging from folk and jazz to world music, classical, comedy and poetry. aldeburgh.co.uk

FOLK EAST 21-23rd August 2020 This laid back, camping weekender has an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional music as well as art & heritage craft to get involved in. folkeast.co.uk

HIGHTIDE FESTIVAL September 2020 Aldeburgh new theatre for adventurous people a theatre company that has an unparalleled history of successfully launching the careers of emerging British playwrights. hightide.org.uk

First Light Festival

LATITUDE FESTIVAL 16th - 19th July 2020 The Latitude Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in July in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, near Southwold. It was first held in July 2006. Latitude is similar to continental European festivals; as well as a comprehensive bill of musicians, bands and artists across four stages - the Obelisk Arena, the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage, the i Arena, and the Lake Stage the festival comprises elements of theatre, art, comedy, cabaret, poetry, politics, dance and literature. latitudefestival.com

Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival

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ALDEBURGH FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 26th - 27th September 2020 The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival is now in its 14th year and is going to be better than ever. Over 100 producers take part in the twoday event, focal point of a two-week food-related fringe programme. aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk


hopkinshomes.co.uk

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Exceptional design inside and out from the Hopkins Group

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lready renowned throughout the region for sympathetically designed homes set within spacious landscaped developments, Suffolkbased Hopkins Homes’ continues to receive industry recognition having recently achieved the BUILD Design & Build Award - New Home Builder of the Year 2019. Locations are carefully chosen to complement the lifestyle requirements of discerning buyers resulting in highly desirable developments amidst some of East Anglia’s finest settings. Whether it’s exclusive developments like Earls Meadow in Easton, where just 2 properties remain, or the new Barley Vale development in Framlingham or, larger developments creating sustainable new communities to meet the needs of all buyers. Whether they are taking their first step on the property ladder, require more space as their families grow or now looking to downsize, developments such as Priors’ Grange in Saxmundham and Willowbrook in Bramford offer a range of exciting styles and sizes. Hopkins Homes and sister company Hopkins & Moore continue to set the benchmark for the design and quality

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of new homes and have a proud history of providing stunning new gateway developments such as St George’s Park on the edge of Needham Market. Design is at the very core of the Hopkins Group, taking inspiration from the surrounding vernacular to ensure homes that blend with and enhance the locality. This is evident in the details such as traditional renders and flint, ornate pargetting, weatherboarding, multi-paned wooden sash windows, distinctive elevations, varying rooflines, decorative brickwork and a range of brick

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colours. These are further enriched with fanlights, dovecotes and finialed porch canopies; creating homes of distinction for modern living. Green space is a prominent feature of Hopkins Group developments with careful landscaping which includes mature trees and shrubs so that new developments quickly look and feel established. Developments also offer ample garaging and off road parking, minimising congestion and keep the street scene uncluttered. This emphasis on design extends to the interiors with great efforts made to maximise the use of natural light and create a layout that meets the needs of modern lifestyles. All homes are finished to a high specification throughout which includes a fully fitted kitchen with a cooker, hob and extractor fan fitted as standard and a varied choice of cabinetry from traditional cottage shaker styles through to hi-gloss contemporary designs. Bathrooms and en-suite showers are fitted with classic white sanitaryware. Both kitchen and bath/shower

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rooms can be further personalised with a wide selection of ceramic floor and wall tiles. Open plan kitchen and dining areas are always popular with buyers and with the rise of flexible working arrangements many homes offer a dedicated study – although if homeworking isn’t a priority this can easily be transformed into extra living space, cosy snug or state-of-the-art media room. In its show homes, Hopkins Homes favours natural finishes for the hallways to create a rich, warm welcome whilst kitchens and bathrooms are kept light and airy with elegant tiles and finishes. Depending on the stage of construction at reservation, Hopkins Homes offers a full variations service whereby items such as granite worktops, downlights, integrated appliances, carpets and flooring, window shutters, turf and even full garden landscaping can be purchased and completed prior to buyers moving in - making a house their home from the very beginning. From cottage to country house, contemporary city apartment to opulent restoration, every Hopkins Group home has been individually crafted with sensitivity, flair and panache. Whether you are looking for your first home, your next family home or your forever home, East Anglia’s leading housebuilder can provide a superior home; a haven that reflects your personality that will be a joy to own, live in and come home to.

To find out more about all Hopkins Group developments visit hopkinshomes.co.uk or call 01394 446860.

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EAST ANGLIA'S HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage in the countryside with an open fire, a seaside holiday home or a modern, stylish studio apartment – there are lots to choose from.

to get a much better view of the property and an open, honest feel to what the accommodation has to offer. The same goes for the written word, do read previous guest reviews on independent sites, such as Trip Advisor, or ask to see the guest feedback book. Not only can it offer a diverse range of views, it can give you ideas of where to go and what to do in the area.

It would seem the ‘stay-cation’ is here to stay. More people are choosing to holiday in Suffolk and Norfolk, and why not? Fewer travel logistics involved, more control over budget, and generally more convenient, but also people are discovering just how much there is on offer here and that they can make more of their valuable time off. This brings with it a raise in standards across the industry. It’s no longer just about the accommodation and facilities on offer. The focus is much more on the customer journey and the holiday experience created by the hosts. And so it should be. Anyone can provide a roof over your head but it’s the thoughtful design, attention to detail and level of communication that can really make the difference to your holiday. It’s about holiday providers taking it to the next level.

Speak to the owners or letting agents. You can get so much from a conversation and the level of customer service offered.

Take time to find a property that offers exactly what you want and think about the space that you need. The quality and design of accommodation is improving and there is also more choice available. As well as traditional coastal holiday locations there are inland destinations with some of the best countryside, quaint villages, thriving market towns and next to winding rivers, not to mention having the unspoilt coastlines just a stone’s throw away.

Many holiday cottages allow pets, so there is no need to confine Stig to kennels while the rest of the family enjoys a week or two away. Renting a self-contained holiday cottage means there’s little chance of your dog disturbing other guests and many places have a garden or outside space for pets to enjoy.

Take advantage of all online video and imagery offered, particularly virtual tours or 360degree viewing. You’re able

The following pages showcase a great selection of holiday accommodation in this region. The single biggest advantage for many holidaymakers is the self catering aspect of your break, giving you the chance to try local produce at your own pace as well as eating out in some of the county’s great restaurants and eateries. Holiday cottages are ideal for groups and large families – family and friends can get together around the dinner table at night, relax in the garden during afternoons or play board games during the evenings.

For those who don’t have children, the extra space that staying in a holiday cottage provides can be a life-saver. Being able to spread out means you can really relax and enjoy your stay.

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Voted VisitEngland's best self-catering property in England

The Suffolk

ESCAPE Recently Awarded Gold for Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Set on a 300acre family farm in the village of Hintlesham, The Suffolk Escape offers luxury self-catering accommodation in four log cabins and a large, award-winning barn, complete with all of the elements for guests to simply stop, relax and unwind, making it the perfect rural retreat. The team at The Suffolk Escape have really got to know what guests are looking for in a self-catering holiday, and offer precisely that. Not just stopping at the accommodation and facilities but adding thoughtful attention to detail and a desire to ensure every stay is the perfect break from the hosts, it’s no wonder guests frequently return. The secluded, lakeside setting for the log cabins, that are for adults only, helps ensure that it is a quiet and tranquil spot whether relaxing inside or out. Internally, some of the key features that help guests unwind include the huge emperor size beds, luxurious Castello baths, comfy indoor sofas and the wood burning stoves. Externally there is a dining deck out over the water, outdoor sofas on the water’s edge, chimineas and private hot tubs. So, whether it is in the warmer months relaxing on the dining deck with a glass of chilled wine, watching the ripples on the water or on a winter’s afternoon snuggling up on the sofas with a good book and a hot chocolate watching the flames in the wood burner…the Suffolk Escape is an idyllic setting for all year-round escapes. Further along the farm track surrounded by stunning views over the rolling landscape is the award-winning Sheepyard Barn for those wishing to relax as group of friends or a family get-together. For the latter, the modern, yet with a hint of its rustic origins, design has been thoughtfully created around enabling families with children to be able to unwind too. Inside is a large, open living space, indoor swimming pool, home cinema system, games room and even a superb adult-sized cabin bunk room! Outside, guests are encouraged to indulge in the private hot tub overlooking the fields, enjoy a fun evening of pizza making using the wood fired pizza oven, relax in the hammocks or in the timber-framed outdoor lounge. With walking paths right outside the door of the barn, guests can easily take a stroll and explore the area. A short break or week long escape with The Suffolk Escape will enable you to truly stop, relax and unwind.

suffolkescape.co.uk 01473 652149 escape@suffolkescape.co.uk

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Find your perfect Hideaway From coastal towns such as Southwold, Aldeburgh and the Shotley Peninsula, to country retreats near Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and the Dedham Vale, Suffolk is a versatile county filled with natural beauty. With cosy cottages and luxury retreats close to beautiful beaches, in rural hotspots or in the middle of quaint market towns, we’ve got something for everyone. Many of our properties are dog friendly too, so your four-legged friend can enjoy the abundance of walks this region has to offer. Our expert local team is always on hand to help find your perfect getaway and assist you throughout your stay, so why not escape to Suffolk today?

Thinking of

letting

your holiday home? We know that your holiday home is just that – a home. That’s why our local team is dedicated to managing your property with the same care and attention you would. With both marketed or fully-managed services available, you can be as involved as you like, knowing that you and your guests are well looked after. We are always looking to expand our portfolio, so why not give us a call?

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MARSH VIEW, ALDEBURGH Located on the outskirts of the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh, this delightful hideaway is only four miles from the pleasures of Snape Maltings and its worldfamous concert hall. A sophisticated, contemporary ground floor apartment overlooking the glorious and unspoilt marshlands of Hazlewood Marsh and the River Alde, Marsh View truly is a haven of peace away from the stress of day to day life. This luxurious, dog friendly apartment consists of a well-equipped and newly installed kitchen, a comfortable sitting and dining area, a stylish bedroom and modern en suite bathroom. Sleeps 2, dog friendly Prices from £338 for 3 nights suffolkhideaways.co.uk 01728 666 300

THE LISTENING STATION, SOUTHWOLD This luxurious and unique, custom-built beach house is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with a stunning, secluded beach and lovely coastal walks right on your doorstep. Finished to a very high standard, with spectacular views towards the cliffs and beaches of Covehithe, The Listening Station is a contemporary property designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. A five-minute cycle ride or 15-minute walk along a private track will take you to the charming seaside town of Southwold, with its iconic beach huts, lighthouse and pier. Sleeps 4, dog friendly Prices from £648 for 3 nights suffolkhideaways.co.uk 01728 666 300

COCKERELLS HALL, BUXHALL Set within its own grounds, parts of Cockerells Hall date from the late 16th century, maintaining character features such as original, exposed beams. This luxury home-from-home is truly stunning and effortlessly blends the original features of the home with all of the mod cons you need for a relaxing holiday. Outside you’ll find beautiful landscaped gardens, a large patio with garden furniture and even a swimming pool! If you decide to enjoy some of the walking in the local area, there are footpaths from the Hall to explore the gently rolling countryside. Sleeps 10 Prices from £1303 for 4 nights suffolkhideaways.co.uk 01728 666 300

Fancy a break in Norfolk? Check out our sister company Norfolk Hideaways 01328 887 658 norfolkhideaways.co.uk

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EASTGATE COTTAGE & HIDEAWAY Enjoy the delights of this exceptional coastal retreat with amazing views of the marshes, coast and sea from both inside and outside the cottage. Beautifully refurbished with plenty of space for all, the cottage has a sociable, bright and light kitchen/dining room and features two ground floor bedrooms; one with beautiful views across the marshes and one with its own self contained facilities, in addition to those on the first floor. There is a cosy living room for the whole family to enjoy, the perfect spot to birdwatch - binoculars provided. The terrace to the rear of the house is just the place for al fresco dining and the front garden offers great views of the coast, with no light pollution stargazing is pretty popular here too! The local gastro-pub is within walking distance and a good village shop is close by. A more gorgeous spot would - probably - be hard to find. 01263 715779 norfolkcottages.co.uk

SOUTHWAY A superb coastal cottage set within an acre of natural tree lined grounds, tucked away on West Runton Common. Lovingly restored and renovated with an impressive finish and keen attention to detail, this tranquil retreat offers luxury accommodation for yearround enjoyment. There is a wonderfully designed and styled internal lobby with high-tech rain-sensitive sliding roof, bringing the outside in and letting you relish the fresh sea-air. The cosy sitting room with sumptuous sofas is ideal for getting together to play games or to watch your favourite film on the smart tv. In the warmer months, throw open the French doors and let the morning sun flood in, a small garden table and chairs allows you to enjoy a coffee in the open air. The modern, well-equipped kitchen is open plan to the living and dining space in the garden room. Open the electric roof in the warmer months or cosy up in front of the open fire box when the easterly winds are blowing. 01263 715779 norfolkcottages.co.uk

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SOUTH LODGE EAST South Lodge East on the Holkham Estate dates back to 1847 and was designed by well-known architect, S. S. Teulon. This stylishly designed couple’s retreat offers a fabulous contrasting mix of traditional interiors with contemporary pops of colour. There’s a cosy living room for romantic evenings, with a wood burning stove to keep toes and paws warm after winter walks. The enclosed garden is the ideal spot for alfresco dining in the warmer months after long walks on the beach or cycling around the lake, with bike hire available on the Estate. This is a unique chance to stay on the Holkham Estate, so make it your love nest on the coast and explore the plentiful attractions nearby.

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GALLUS HOUSE This stunning brick and flint property, formerly a farmhouse, has been lovingly restored to a luxurious finish. The light and modern kitchen with high spec appliances is the ideal space for cooking up a storm using fresh produce found along the Norfolk coast. Dine at the large comfortable table, sharing stories over delicious food and a glass of your favourite tipple. There are two elegantly furnished and cosy sitting rooms. One with sumptuous corner sofa, arm chair and impressive woodburning stove which couldn’t be more inviting to while away the evenings. The other aimed at the younger generation decorated with bright colours and offering a TV with Netflix and trunk full of toys and games. The first-floor boasts four beautiful bedrooms, two with en-suite and a large family bathroom with separate shower and bath. Outside in the walled garden you’ll find a private hot tub for use all year round, watch the sun set and let the bubbles gently massage. Large wooden outdoor games can be found in the garage along with a Table Tennis table. norfolkcottages.co.uk 01263 715779

WATERMILL HOUSE This superb coastal holiday retreat is luxurious and spacious, offering plenty of room for families and friends to unwind in style. The kitchen boasts a traditional Aga and provides all the mod-cons as well. With sumptuous sofas in the sitting room, it’s a great place to put your feet up in the evenings and rest after busy days on the beaches and exploring nearby attractions. For the younger generation there are plenty of toys and games in the play area to keep them amused and just around the corner is a snug. The dining room looks out onto the landscaped garden and in the warmer months is perfect for throwing open the French doors and allowing the fresh sea air to breeze in. Watermill House accommodates up to 10 guests, eight in the main house (with use of the trundle bed) and two in the fabulous annexe, which is a perfect hideaway just a few steps from the main house. All the bedrooms are tastefully put together to offer comfort and a restful night’s sleep. Fill up the roll top bath with bubbles, lay back, relax and look out to sea; what more could you want whilst on holiday! norfolkcottages.co.uk 01263 715779

THE OLD PRINT SHOP The Old Print Shop has been put together with taste and style and the owners of this beautiful holiday home for two have created a sumptuous, luxury hideaway, perfect for a romantic get-away weekend and longer stays’ too. The spacious living/dining area is warmed by an ecofriendly bio-ethanol fire, flop into the huge sofas and relax! Access to Netflix and a blue-tooth music system will keep you in the chill zone and you can conjure up some great meals in the well equipped kitchen if you are eating in. On the first floor the bedroom has a real wow factor, with its fabulous feature wall and you can take a soak in the modern oval-shaped bath to let your troubles drift away. There is also a state of the art walk-in shower room. The cottage is conveniently located just off Holt’s High Street, giving easy access to the town’s great shops, bars, pubs, restaurants and café culture. norfolkcottages.co.uk 01263 715779

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THE CHEQUERS INN IN THORNHAM Our rooms are available Wednesday through till Sunday. Please call direct at the inn regarding exclusive room bookings on Monday and Tuesdays.

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We’re rightly proud of the food we serve at The Chequers Inn, the service we provide and the luxury rooms we have for people to stay in - but they’re only part of the Chequers experience. Dating back to the 16th century, the Inn has been a feature of Thornham for around 500 years. Over the years it has had many different owners and purposes, before taking the form we see today. It’s easy to spot the history in our special building, from the large fireplace to the exposed wooden beams and lintels. OUR ROOMS Strictly contemporary, with every modern comfort., you’ll find yourself cosseted

OUR RESTAURANT Our newly refurbished restaurant offers an exciting and innovative range of food to choose from, full of flavour and as much as possible is local.

and relaxed by your stay - whether you choose one of our smaller rooms or go for one of our larger rooms with double ended bath and comfy seating areas. Better and Best rooms can accommodate a cot and folding bed which is perfect for older children. We also offer dog-friendly rooms to ensure that everyone has a perfect stay.

Our team of talented chefs work with a newly installed 'Spanish Josper' - it is first and foremost a grill - but with a secret, that ensures that none of the natural moisture or flavour escapes from the food cooked - it’s especially successful at cooking local meats. Burning top-quality charcoal, the Josper is, in layman's terms, the hottest indoor barbecue available! Make sure you check out the eclectic wines and spirits, there is nothing like it in this part of Norfolk. Everything is made on the premises and we change our menus regularly to make the most of the seasonal fare on offer. The restaurant is open for a hearty breakfast between 7-10am. It is closed Monday and Tuesday for dinner, but open Wednesday lunch through till Sunday evening. High Street, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LY chequersinnthornham.com info@chequersinnthornham.com 01485 512229

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Quality & Craftsmanship PROVIDE THE BENCHMARK FOR SUCCESS Situated just north of Ipswich, Ashbocking Joinery is a family-run company which aims to combine traditional workmanship with todays precision computer-aided drawing systems. Employing qualified and skilled workmen and using environmentally friendly methods in our 2,500sq ft joinery workshop, the company maintains the highest standards. They cater for domestic orders as well as commercial and their experience and traditional woodworking skills mean they undertake specialist jobs including work on listed buildings and churches.

A friendly and welcoming company, their door is always open to people who want to discuss their joinery needs whether they are an architect or someone who just want a replacement window. Nothing complements a home more than a hand-crafted door and while replacement windows are a considerable expense to any homeowner Ashbocking joinery Ltd produces handmade windows that are not only affordable but made to last. Manufacturing and fitting quality staircases is another of their specialisms and the company can also supply a variety of purposes made internal furnishings, ranging from wine racks to reception desks.

Now is the perfect time to make your dream new home a reality If you’re searching for a new home with traditional charm as well as all the internal features you desire for comfortable, convenient and stylish living, look no further than Hopkins Homes and Hopkins & Moore. We are East Anglia’s leading independent developers, building collections of homes to exceptionally high standards, each one individually designed to complement its setting, be it town, village, countryside or coast.

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