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Suffolk restaurants and cafes

Suffolk has an excellent reputation for high-quality restaurants, gastropubs and cafes and here’s some of the best places to eat out. For a mouth-watering fry-up to start your day, head to the Lemon Tree Bistro in Ed Sheeran’s hometown of Framlingham.

For something a little different, try Gastrono-me in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds. Its imaginative menu allows you to sample a taste of France. Just outside Bury St Edmunds, the surroundings at Theobald’s restaurant are as impressive as the food. The owners converted the 16th-century period property to a restaurant in 1981, and it’s a great setting for dinner with an abundance of beams and atmospheric lounge.

Meanwhile, a delicious, leisurely brunch can be taken on the Lady Florence, an ex-Admiralty motor fishing vessel. You will enjoy a three-hour feast while sailing along the rivers Alde and Ore, with your journey promising beautiful views and an altogether memorable experience.

Of course, if you’re visiting Suffolk’s stunning coastline, your trip simply wouldn’t be complete without some traditional fish and chips. One of the county’s most popular purveyors of this English classic is Aldeburgh Fish and Chips, which has been feeding locals and holidaymakers alike since 1967. You will often find queues halfway down High Street clamouring for its locally-sourced produce, with haddock, cod, rock, eel and plaice all on the menu.

And don’t forget that other English seaside staple – ice cream! Some of Suffolk’s best can be found at the Beach Café on Southwold’s historic Victorian pier, or at the town’s tea room. Alternatively, make your way to Thorpeness Meare and indulge in a 99 overlooking the glorious boating lake and the famous Parravani’s. The Parravani story started in 1898 when 15-year-old Giuseppe Parravani, armed with little more than his brother’s name and the word “Norwich” scrawled on a piece of paper, left Italy and travelled to Norfolk. Now the company has a fleet of ice cream vans to sell their 30 flavours throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

Our picks


57 Cornhill, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 1BT

Inspired by the English charm and elegance of the Lyons Corner Houses in London, customer service is every bit as important as the premium loose leaf teas Harriets serve. Harriets well-known afternoon tea is a truly English treat too tempting to resist. Delicately blended loose leaf teas followed with a silver plated stand showcasing a delicious array of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and preserves, all topped off with a mouth-watering selection of hand-made cakes, patisseries and macaroons. The smartly-dressed waiting staff are also kept busy throughout the day serving all day breakfasts, light meals, sandwiches, hand-made cakes, and coffees. A trip to Bury St Edmunds would not be complete without enjoying the Harriets truly English experience. Visit website

The Forge Kitchen
The Forge Kitchen

1-3 Duke St, Ipswich IP3 0AE

Ipswich’s The Forge Kitchen smokehouse focuses on bringing you simple food, cooked as nature intended over smoke and fire. The former Loch Fyne fish restaurant was completely refurbished in 2017, with its new owners offering everything from hot-smoked pork belly to turmeric-roasted cauliflower steak. Visit website

Petite Pancakes

1 Market Pl, Stowmarket IP14 1DT

Petite Pancakes’ lovely pancakes are freshly-made with local Guernsey milk and free-range eggs. You can choose from sweet or savoury, gluten-free or vegan option, breakfast, afternoon tea (booking essential), milkshakes, smoothies fresh fresh coffee and speciality teas.

The Great House

Market Place, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QZ

Experience delicious French cuisine in a traditional English country house located in the heart of beautiful Lavenham. Why not treat yourself to a relaxing overnight stay in one of their elegant rooms? Visit website

The Swan at Lavenham
Afternoon tea

High St, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9QA

From innovative dining and afternoon tea in The Gallery Restaurant to long lunches in the modern British Brasserie; al fresco summer days in the courtyard terrace to candlelit dinner parties in private rooms – you’ll find an assortment of dining experiences with The Swan at Lavenham. Drink, sip and socialise with exquisite wines at wine dinners or lounge in the characterful Airmen’s Bar where real ales and cocktails meet time-gone-by history. Visit website

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