Visit our dedicated Food and Drink section to explore a wonderful selection of places to eat & drink in Suffolk.
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch” Orson Wells
We agree! Suffolk is fortunate to have many world class food and drink producers, and some seriously well established family firms that have produced top quality Suffolk products for generations.
When visiting Suffolk check out the delicious local produce on sale in our Farm Shops and Farmers Markets in Suffolk as this is the best place to find it.
Emmett’s Stores in picturesque Peasenhall is the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.
Established in 1820 and still residing and operating from its original premises, this family business is famous for its Suffolk black ham. Their many products are shipped worldwide and all of the differing flavours for the hams are totally natural and the bacon is dry cured without artificial nitrates. There is a wide range of other natural and delicious food products available to purchase or to eat on the premises within the cafe or courtyard garden where dogs are welcome. But if you can’t get to them, you can make use of their excellent mail order service! See Emmett’s Stores to fine out more.
Paddy and Scott’s Coffees
An independent, British owned and operated company based in the beautiful Suffolk village of Earl Soham. Paddy and Scott’s produce 20 different types of gourmet, hand-roasted coffee and supply over 250 outlets throughout the UK. You can find out more about this fantastic coffee, and where you can buy it on Paddy & Scott’s website: www.paddyandscotts.co.uk Be sure to ask for it by name!
Suffolk has a range of fantastic dairy producers and some of them do more than just produce milk (lovely though that is!). Suffolk Meadow is a family run firm based near Framlingham, and they produce speciality ice cream from their herd of cows who also supply Marybelle Dairy milk products. Fresh, local ingredients and time honoured techniques are blended with the finest Marybelle milk from award winning local cows to make nutritious premium ice-cream and yogurts. Suffolk Meadow produce many flavours of ice cream to suit every taste, including a milk-free sorbet and ice cream made to a diabetic suitable recipe. Flavours include all the traditional favourites plus Mocha Coffee, Choc Chip and Creme de Menthe. Find them in local farm shops and markets.
Suffolk Pork – Suffolk is well know for its pig rearing, and despite the trials and tribulations of the Pork industry in recent times, you can still find excellent Pork in Suffolk. One of our leading producers is Blythburgh Pork whose pigs are born on the sandy soils of Blythburgh along the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The piglets remain with their Mothers in insulated arcs for nearly four weeks until they reach a healthy size and strength to be weaned off milk onto solid food. This system is quite common in the UK, however, it is when the piglets are weaned that their unique free range system comes into play which is what improves the meat quality. Fortunately for those that can’t come to Suffolk in the near future, Blythburgh offers special pork boxes which can be delivered direct to your door from the farm.
See their website for great pork recipes, learn more about their traditionally reared pork that has flavour, succulence and tastes the way pork used to taste – Blythburgh Free Range Pork.
To wash all this food down with, have a look at Suffolk Breweries and Beer which will give you a flavour for some local falling down water!
Talking of strong, Jules and Sharpie make the hottest preservaments which are original, full of fruit and flavour and deliciously different. The jellies and chutneys are perfect accompaniments to hot or cold meat, game or poultry and are really tasty with cheese or in sandwiches.
Try the jellies too in salad dressings, marinades, dips, sauces, gravy and casseroles or even in fruit salads. There are 11 products in the range so you’ll be spoilt for choice, and they include hot pepper jellyvery; jellyhot redcurrant; and for the really brave, hot mmmarmaladevery! See their website for more details and catch their products at local farm shops and deli’s in Suffolk – Jules and Sharpie, Leiston.
Suffolk is proud to have been the birthpace of Lady Eve Balfour who founded the Soil Association in 1946 as a result of her strong belief that food quality influences health and itself depends on the health of the soil in which it is grown.
Maple Farm Kelsale is a small family run Organic farm that produces a range of top quality vegetables, flour, honey, eggs……see their display for more details – Maple Farm Kelsale
Every year we have the Aldeburgh Food Festivbal to celebrate local food producers.
This is a fantastic Festival with cookery demo’s, competitions and many many food and drink producers from around the region exhibiting their wares. After the 2 day Festival at Snape Maltings there is a Fringe Festival with events all over the county where you can meet local producers. So if you’re interested in good, fresh, local, seasonal, traceable, some organic, low food miles..this is the place to be