Woodbridge - Food and Drink
If you love your food and drink, a trip to Woodbridge is a must! Browse this quick guide to the area for a few recommendations and favourites in the vicinity. Described in ‘Country Living’ magazine as one of the top foodie destinations in England, Woodbridge has a vast array of excellent eateries to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a light lunch, a pub meal or even something to take back to your self-catering holiday cottage, Woodbridge has something for everyone!
Local delights to take away
For those with a sweet tooth, The Cake Shop Bakery on the thoroughfare is a must visit! Established in the 1940s, they have the craft of baking down to a tee with techniques having been handed down through generations. You must definitely try some of the gorgeous bread on offer, to take back to your self-catering holiday home. They have also has won many awards, including ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best Bakery’!
Orford’s Pump Street Bakery is also a fantastic family own business in the Woodbridge area. They pride themselves in offering outstanding quality bread and pastries. Their baked goods are showcased in their café, where you can enjoy an artisanal cup of coffee and a delicious pastry of your choice, before you explore the charming little town of Orford.
If you prefer to relax in your holiday cottage for an evening or two and want to grab a few ingredients to cook up a storm, you could perhaps visit Creasey’s family butchers. They produce their own sausages, cured bacon, hams and seasonal meats such a pheasant. They also have a popular deli section offering pies, cheeses and eggs. There are also grocers and fishmongers in the town if meat is not your favourite centrepiece.
Woodbridge’s Farmers’ Market is a must visit and is held in the Woodbridge Community Hall on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, there you will find a vast array of local, organic produce. From honey to flowers and cakes to vegetables, they are passionate about supporting local farmers, communities and benefiting the local environment (less ‘food miles’ mean more flavoursome fresh foodstuffs).
Anyone for coffee?
In the heart of Woodbridge, the Wild Strawberry Café is a popular independent coffee shop in a prominent position overlooking Market Hill. It is perfect for a quick bite to eat or a coffee and cake on a morning before you head out exploring the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Their seasonal menu is carefully prepared from local produce and they cater for various dietary requirements.
Out on the Town
The Table on Quay Street is a popular bistro style restaurant in Woodbridge. It offers an informal atmosphere with lovely outdoor seating, perfect for a warm summer’s evening. A great place to visit for a delicious lunch or dinner if you are staying in Woodbridge itself. The Crown in the town is also a delightful place for an evening meal at the top of the Thoroughfare. Here they use ingredients from local artisan producers, so you’re sure to receive a fantastic dish of locally produced ingredients. Furthermore, this award winning restaurant has an excellent wine list for the refine dining experience you may desire.
For an entertaining evening out in Woodbridge, why not visit the Riverside Restaurant and take advantage of the ‘Film & Meal Deal’? See the latest movie and enjoy a Michelin rated meal afterwards made with delicious, fresh and organic ingredients?
A night inn
Ye Old Bell and Steelyard on New Street in Woodbridge is the oldest pub in the town and claims to date back all the way to the reign of Henry VIII. It specialises in lovely homemade food, real ales and Suffolk ciders. This inn has a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and features photos and artefacts from its long history, giving it a truly individual feel.
Just outside of Woodbridge lies The Cherry Tree, an enchanting inn with open fires, wooden beams and sloping ceilings. It’s a totally atmospheric pub with a wide selection of local ales who offer delicious traditional pub food. Here there is also a children’s play area in the lovely, sheltered garden so it’s great for all the family!
As mentioned earlier, the Maybush Inn, perched on the banks of the Deben, is a great place to visit after a long walk out in the Suffolk countryside. It offers panoramic views across the river with excellent, fresh, local food.
Pictured; The Crown and Castle at nearby Orford.