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.
Organic Food in Suffolk
It is now widely accepted that organic free-range animals live a happier, healthier life, and that growing organic fruit and vegetables is better for the environment than intensive, inductrial food production. Good quality organic food also tastes great, and buying locally produced food reduces road miles, which is also better for the environment.
Although widely accepted now, Lady Eve Balfour was thought to be a radical woman in her time for believing these views. She was born in Suffolk and 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.
As you’d expect in this unspoilt county, we have more than our fair share of locally grown, organic produce. If you’re a lover of food and on the hunt for some great organic produce around Suffolk, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a great range, from cider, vinegar, mushrooms, lettuce, fruit and veg. Here we present some of the best producers and stores.
Most of our Organic Food Producers sell their wares through our fantastic Farms Shops and Farmers Markets so come and visit us soon so that you can sample this delicious and healthy food.
SUFFOLK ORGANIC FOOD SHOPS:
Carley and Webb – Framlingham and Woodbridge
Sells everything from organic vegetables and bread to macrobiotic products.
Contact: 01394 385650.
Hungate Health Store – Beccles
You’ll find a broad stock of organic goods here, including bread, biscuits, chocolate and drinks.
Contact: 01502 715009.
Leo’s Deli – Ipswich Railway Station
This deli prides itself on offering a great selection of organic produce, as well as plenty of high quality and less easily found food goodies.
Contact: 01473 687068.
Thompson and Morgan – Ipswich
Known widely as garden experts, Thompson and Morgan also sell organic seeds.
Contact: 01473 695224.
Wyken Farmers’ Market – Stanton, Bury St Edmunds
Wyken Farmers’ Market is another particularly busy one on the regional circuit and promises lots of organic fare.
SUFFOLK ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCERS:
Aspall – Stowmarket
For apple juice, cider and cider vinegar.
Aspall is a founder member of the Soil Association and has been an organic producer for 57 years.
Contact: 01728 860510.
Aston Organic Orchards – Risby, Bury St Edmunds.
For Bramley, Spartan and Grenadier apples.
Aston is part of the Cambridge Organic Food Company.
Contact: 01284 811668.
Bryden Organics – Dunwich.
For oriental salad leaves.
Contact: 01728 648960.
Bush Ley Farm Shop – Elmsett
For vegetables and fruit
Open July to October, the shop sells in season produce which is grown on its farm.
Contact: 01473 658671.
Capel Organic Mushrooms – Capel St Mary
A well known company throughout the region, they grow and pack a wide variety of mushrooms which are favoured by several local restaurants.
Contact: 01473 311245.
Clarkes Lane Orchard – Beccles
This orchard is a small holding with a number of fruit trees. Its fruits are also available from the farm gate.
Contact: 07786 663351.
Daganya Farm – Eye
For fruit and vegetables
Daganya was a founder member of Eostre organics.
Contact: 01379 668060.
Gobblin Wholefoods – Elmswell
For organic sweet and savoury lines
Gobblin produces foods for retail and catering outlets around the UK. It does a wide range in vegetarian produce.
Contact: 01359 241841.
Home Farm – Nacton
For fruits and vegetables
Home Farm specialises in broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and leeks.
Contact: 01473 659209.
James White Drinks Ltd – Ashbocking
For apple and pear juices
James White press and bottle a variety of organic fruit juices. They are also available at retailers across the country.
Contact: 01473 890111.
Longwood Farm – Bury St Edmunds
For organic meat and also a range of organic skincare products.
Having heavily diversified over the years, Longwood is now an emporium for all aspects of organic produce.
Contact: 01638 717120.
Maple Farm – Saxmundham
For home-milled flour, vegetables, eggs and honey.
A small organic farm, it has developed a superb range of goods which can be seen on the farmers’ market circuit locally.
Contact: 01728 652000.
St Peters Brewery – Bungay
For organic beer and ale
St Peters is an organic brewery, using organic hops and barley.
Contact: 01986 782322.
Suffolk Organic Garlic – Halesworth
For garlic and wheat
Contact: 01986 798227.
Sutton Hoo Chickens – Hasketon
A family business started in 1996 and now a popular choice in the county for organic meat.
Contact: 01394 386797.
Swallow Organics – Saxmundham
For fruit, vegetables and herbs
Produces a wide range of produce and organises vegetable boxes for collection.
Contact: 01728 668201.