Everyone enjoys eating out – whether it be a light bite or a full three-course meal – and dining in our top restaurants is a mouth-watering delight! As you’d expect from this county of food lovers, we have some leading restaurants and can offer you a full range of memorable & delicious meals. Choose from the following types.
We all love a friendly cafe where you can linger over a decent coffee & cake and watch the world go by. The View Point Cafe on the Landguard Peninsula and the two cafes on Southwold Pier offer great coastal views and people watching.
We have cafes in Potteries (Pennikkity Pots), cafes in grand National Trust properties and even some in steam train attractions such as Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham and Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.
If you love vintage style tearooms then try the Strawberry Teapot Tearoom and Cakery in the beautiful market town of Sudbury offering Home made cakes, Cream Tea’s, Afternoon Tea’s, Breakfast and delicious lunches.
And how about a visit to the cafe at Emmett’s Stores in Peasenhall – the oldest artisan ham and bacon producer in the UK.
Don’t forget the relaxing environment available at Moriarty’s Cafe in Bury St Edmunds complete with a beautiful garden area, free wifi. They’re dog friendly too.
The Great House in Lavenham
Suffolk’s best known French restaurant is The Great House in Lavenham, which has been awarded many accolades including, AA Inspectors’ Choice Award 2017 and 3 AA Rosettes – The Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2015 awards for Gourmet Hotels, Fabulous Food Award Winner 2015 – Sawday’s British Hotels – find out why by clicking on the link above!
Maison Bleue Restaurant
Another award-winning restaurant offering the very finest French cuisine is Maison Bleue Restaurant, Bury St Edmunds. Their Lunch Menu is especially popular, so be sure to book in advance by clicking on the link above. Their sister ‘ship’ is Mariners in Ipswich which is located in the Marina on an 1899 Dutch vessel – so for top qulaity French food and a unique dining experience head to Mariners.
The Maple Restaurant at Greshams in Ipswich is open 7 days a week and offers freshly prepared favourites from Bacon and Courgette Tagliatelle, to an extensive Burger Bar, plus a weekly changing dessert menu, Sunday carvery, children’s menu and a delicious afternoon tea including a gluten free option.
The Bell at Sax
The Bell at Sax is a lovely laid-back restaurant-with-rooms at the heart of the High Street in the old market town of Saxmundham. Good food is the focus of The Bell, using great local ingredients in hearty elegant dishes and Jonathan’s culinary flair. There are lunchtime deals steak nights, quiz nights and much more at the family friendly restaurant.
The Sail Loft
In an envious location close to the harbour and right opposite the beach in Southwold The Sail Loft is a trendy café-bar and restaurant. With their own parking, a warm welcome and good hearty food, The Sail Loft is a great choice for families, dog walkers or just a drink with friends. They have a passion for specialist coffees, craft ales and local seasonal artisan menus using great Suffolk and East Anglian ingredients. They have daily offers and events including Curry Night and Live Music plus bespoke accommodation above the restaurant with amazing sea-views.
The Alex, Felixstowe
The Alex Cafe Bar & Brasserie is a stylish café, bar and brasserie, open daily with fantastic seafront views. The groundfloor Café Bar offers a wide range of breakfasts, light bites, cakes and all kinds of drinks from coffee to cocktails! The upstairs Brasserie offers delicious seafood, grills and classic brasserie meals in an informal setting. Along with the full menu there is also a set price menu available noon till 6pm on week days.
The Swan, Long Melford
The Swan, Long Melford is a chic and contemporary brassiere that features an ever-changing menu of fresh, local ingredients – the Sunday Roast is not to be missed! Find something to suit all tastes and budgets here. There is also a lovely outside dining area with a pretty garden, plus a peaceful outside sofa area and beautiful lawn.
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa
The Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf And Spa‘s newly-refurbished Lakes Restaurant is open to the public, members and hotel guests – commanding superb views over the lake and 18th greens of both championship golf courses. Confirming its place as one of the region’s best restaurants the Lakes Restaurant was recently awarded an AA Rosette.
Cafe Marsala, Long Melford
Cafe Marsala, Long Melford is a top restaurant offering the best in Indian cuisine. With over 30 years experience preparing authentic menus from recipes handed down through generations, you are sure to find something for everyone on their extensive menu. The restaurant is open seven days a week, with a great value Family Buffet on every Sunday.
Café Bencotto, Felixstowe
Café Bencotto, Felixstowe, is a modern and chic yet friendly and informal restuarant. The menu is filled with pastas, pizzas and grills prepared in the open-plan kitchen, so you can enjoy the delicious flavours of Arabian, Greek, Spanish & Italian origins. There are many dishes that can be shared at your table in the traditional Mediterranean manner, and the wine list is impressive to say the least. Café Bencotto is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am till 11pm, so perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Sutherland House, Southwold is not just Southwold’s only fish restaurant, it is also one of the oldest buildings in Southwold. The restaurant is rated AA and has won numerous awards for its first class cuisine including fresh, locally caught fish served daily, plus traditional, home-made favourites such as Black Pudding sausages & mash. Please click on the link above to find out more & make your reservation.
The Crown & Castle
Orford is a little off the beaten path but again well worth the drive so that you can eat at The Crown & Castle. If you lived in the country this is the pubs you’d want to have in your village!
Enjoy the wonderful Suffolk Riverside views from a whole new vantage point aboard a River Cruise Restaurant. The historic Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant based at Ipswich Marina, offers delicious Brunch, Lunch, Supper or Dinner cruises including an interesting commentary about the sights and sounds of the River Orwell. Meanwhile, the Lady Florence situated at Orford Quay also offers Brunch, Lunch and Supper Cruises. Both are equipped with cole fires for the winter months and both can also be hired out privately for a unique celebration venue.
If you’re looking for something even more unusual with a water and fish theme take a look at Mariner’s Restaurant, Ipswich, which serves fine French cuisine on a 110 year old Dutch boat moored alongside Neptune Quay at Ipswich Marina.
A fascinating option for eating out in Suffolk is on the Landguard Peninsula where offers the most amazing views of the passing sea traffic coming in and out of Felixstowe Port. Forget train spotting or sitting in a motorway cafe, this is the real deal!
As you can see, no one goes hungry in Suffolk!