Food & Drink around the Suffolk Coast and Heaths
The Suffolk coast is renowned for its maritime heritage and fishing trade, so it’s the ideal destination to sample some local fish whether it’s from a chippy by the sea or in a local pub or restaurant. You’re never too far away from some delicious food in this part of the world. Have a browse through these suggested places and you’ll be bound to find something that takes your fancy!
The Ship at Dunwich is an iconic Inn, surrounded by beautiful heathland and beach. Here you can enjoy real ales and real food in a cosy, comfortable environment. During the summer, the pub’s garden, dotted with pretty fruit trees, is a popular retreat. The beach is only a couple of minutes away so this is a great place to return to after a day walking, playing or just plain relaxing. The White Horse Inn is a popular Adnams pub in the picturesque village of Westleton, not far from Dunwich. It’s perfectly situated to explore the Coast & Heaths area and then enjoy a pint of the locally brewed Adnams in their large beer garden at the end of the day.
If you’re looking for a lovely country pub to visit after a day out at Minsmere, The Eels Foot in Eastbridge would be perfect for you. Fresh fish is delivered daily from the coastal town of Lowestoft along with fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs from local Suffolk farms. The pub has a huge garden for you to sit out in and enjoy a cold drink, or a wholesome lunch. They also have some play equipment to keep your young ones entertained!
The Ship at Blaxhall is another great traditional country pub. They serve high quality home cooked food using only the absolute best local ingredients and a wide selection of real ales. A must visit for those wanting to immerse yourselves in the local culture, it’s a typical, Suffolk pub. The Ship is a popular music venue, especially for traditional folk artists (the pub is closely linked to the annual FolkEast festival in the nearby Glemham) but also artists of other genres. An evening at this pub would be unforgettable with excellent food, drink and music.
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If you are looking for somewhere superb to dine, between Southwold and Aldeburgh, the Westleton Crown may be the place for you. Dating back to the 12th Century, this old coaching inn retains the charm of its heritage but is now a contemporary pub restaurant. Plenty of local ales are available and an extensive wine list too.
Four miles inland you will find The Star Inn at Wenhaston, a lovely little country pub and restaurant that serve excellent food. They use completely local ingredients such as the Suffolk Red Poll Beef with is reared in the very same village, you can’t get much more local than this! The pub has open fires to keep you warm in the winter and a large garden to relax in in those warm summer months. Here you can book a table and enjoy a relaxed dining experience.
Visit the critically acclaimed Satis House in Yoxford for a truly memorable evening. This award winning restaurant is set in three acres of beautiful parkland and is passionate about using the very best of Suffolk’s meat, game and seafood.
The RSPB Reserve at Minsmere handily has a lovely little café in which you can enjoy a cuppa and a cake before you head out on a long trek around the different habitats. You can even enjoy a hot meal here as well when you come back from your journey around the reserve, having worked up a hearty appetite!
In the nearby village of Peasenhall you will find a fantastic shop called Emmetts in the very centre. In this exact spot, they have been trading since 1820, renowned for their cured hams and bacon. As well as this, they sell wine, juice, olives, honey, cheese, fruits, cakes and other sweet treats. If you’re passing, definitely stop by and grab a few things to take back to your self-catering holiday cottage and cook up a storm!