SUFFOLK TOURIST GUIDE

Eating Out in Suffolk

Suffolk offers a great range of Eating Out options from Family friendly dining, afternoon tea, country pubs, cafes, vegetarian options and award winning restaurants, plus al fresco choices to fine dining in many hotels and bistros. There are casual and chain restaurants & pubs too, many offering excellent value for money, but here we focus on the local Suffolk eating out experience.


family friendly eating out

Family Friendly Eating Out
Many Suffolk pubs welcome children (see links below) but for a restaurant that actively encourages younger diners, head to The Brudenell, Aldeburgh. This vibrant restaurant overlooks Aldeburgh beach and is the perfect place for dining whether it’s with family, friends or business colleagues. The emphasis is very much on flexibility and informality in the light and airy bar and restaurant which both have fabulous panoramic sea views. The restaurant has two AA rosettes and offers all day dining from 12.00pm til 9.00pm. During the Summer you can dine al fresco on the Brudenell's terrace, the perfect location to savour the very finest of Suffolk produce, a pebble's throw from the beach. Find more family friendly restaurants in Suffolk here!



Afternoon Tea
This is a very popular treat and in Suffolk we have a whole host of Afternoon Tea experiences for you to choose from, from smart 'Great Aunt' experiences at Hintlesham Hall, to hearty teas at Thornham Coach House. There's so much to choose from that they are featured in their own article - please see Afternoon Tea in Suffolk



Pubs, Pubs, glorious Pubs...there really is nothing quite like them
Nothing beats our British tradition of enjoying classic country fare - roasts, pies, fish & chips, stews, crumbles... Plus a lively Pub atmosphere, and enjoying open fires in the Winter and beer gardens in the Summer. You can almost taste the beer - which of course is probably local too as Suffolk is home to Greene King and Adnams, the UK's 2 largest brewers. Many Suffolk Pubs have taken to food in a big way and you can find our excellent food and drink served all over the county. Check these out as they are the food-led village pubs you'd want to have in your village!

The Kings Head Inn, Orford
The Fox & Goose, Fressingfield
The Cock Inn, Polstead
The Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds
The Ship at Dunwich
Dolphin Inn, Thorpeness


The Pubs in italics also offer accommodation so you can enjoy your meal without having to worry about who is going to drive home. We have a whole section on Suffolk Pubs and Pubs with Accommodation so check them out now!



Suffolk Cafes
Suffolk offers you a whole range of Cafe options that you might not find elsewhere - for example, pictured above are the atmospheric Cafe Bencotto in Felixstowe and the View Point Cafe at Landguard Peninsula, located in the John Bradfield Viewing Area, right up against the fence of The Port of Felixstowe, the busiest port in the UK. You can watch the containers go by on their way to far away places while you enjoy a Fishermans Breakfast.

We also have Organic Cafes such as National Trust's Ickworth House, the Water Mill at Pakenham is also worth a trip, check the link for Cafe opening times, and for animal lovers, we have a host of Cafes with our top Animal attractions including - The Suffolk Punch , The National Stud and RSPB Minsmere of course. Suffolk is a very dog friendly county so competition for the pet pound is fierce.

Find a list of Suffolk Cafes here


Vegetarian Restaurants in Suffolk

Veggie Suffolk
All good restaurants and pubs in Suffolk offer a selection of vegetarian options, but we're delighted to report that there is ONE dedicated vegetarian restaurant where even the most carnivourous appetite will be satisfied. The Red Lion in Great Bricett is East Anglia's first and only exclusively vegetarian pub so it is THE destination for all vegetarians and vegans holidaying in Suffolk.

With a wide choice of homemade dishes using fresh and locally produced ingredients, Proprietor Jan Wise has achieved her dream of providing top quality and varied meat free cuisine in a comfortable and relaxing surrounding in this converted old pub. Starters might include smoky roasted red pepper soup with smoked paprika & coconut milk, or Goats cheese, hazelnut & thyme tart with Red onion marmalade, or nachos - tortilla chips layered with tomato salsa and melted mozzarella and topped with jalapenos and sour cream... check out the rest of their delicious menu and make a booking by clicking on the link above.

Click here for more details on Restaurants with Vegetarian Options.

Eating Out on Southwold Pier


Al Fresco Dining in Suffolk
There are many fabulous al fresco dining options in Suffolk, including pub gardens, chic outdoor terraces, Southwold Pier. To see them all in detail take a look at our feature on Outdoor Eating in Suffolk


Fine dining and Award Winning Restaurants



The Great House, Lavenham has won many, many awards including 'Britain's top 100 Restaurants' Sunday Times and ‘‘The Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2015 Awards for Gourmet Hotels’ so you know you are going to get the best French food Suffolk has to offer here! Owned and run by Regis Crepy and his wife Martine, The Great House 'is a cracking restaurant' according to The Sunday Telegraph. So find out what all these rave reviews are about and book your gastronomic stay at The Great House today!

Also owned by Regis and Martine are 2 other fantastic Suffolk restaurants offering top quality French cuisine that are well worth trying - The Mariners is a Brasserie on an old Dutch boat, moored at Ipswich Marina, just minutes away from Ipswich town centre. Retaining a lot of original character and offering spectacular views of the Marina, is the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch, romantic dinner or family get together.
Maison Bleue is located in our other main Suffolk town, Bury St Edmunds, and recently won the East of England 'Good Food Guide' Restaurant of the Year 2012. Enough said, try them out!

Just outside Ipswich, Hintlesham Hall's 3 AA rostettes for fine dining is not just for formal dining or celebrations. The Hall is a stunning venue where you can enjoy lighter meals from Harry's Bar, al fresco dining on the terraces or exclusive dining in their private rooms! All this and delicious food too! Click on the link above to find out more about one of Suffolk's leading Hotels.

The Agellus Hotel Group own 2 of our top restaurants (which also happen to be Hotels) - The Westleton Crown near the Suffolk Coast and Tuddenham Mill near Bury St Edmunds. Both are well worth a long lunch at least, if not a weekend break! Find out more about each by clicking on their links above.
Find more Fine Dining in Suffolk options here



Bistros in Suffolk


Cafe Bencotto in Felixstowe is more bistro than cafe, offering Mediterranean style fare, its sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen. For the bext pizza, pasta and grills in Felixstowe head to the old Fire Station on Hamilton Road.

At The Plough & Sail you'll find delicious food and drink, a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service. Chef Oliver has a passion for quality, seasonal food, and whether you are after a casual meal or a formal dinner, you'll find something to suit all tastes. The Plough and Sail, Snape



Casual
Set in the heart of Long Melford,The Swan offers refined, contemporary British food, warm hospitality plus a fantastic wine list. This is a family run business passionate about fresh seasonal ingredients, so spend some time in lovely Long Melford and then enjoy a meal at The Swan. Or, if you're in the Hadleigh area, try their sister restaurant The Hadleigh Ram

White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
In their newly refurbished Brasserie, Head Chef, Jason Shaw, creates delicious menus inspired by the wealth of fantastic fresh Suffolk produce so readily available. Here you can enjoy great food in a modern and relaxed setting, overlooking the Aldebugh beach.

Further up the coast we really like the food & informal atmosphere of The Anchor Walberswick where the Chef and owner is passionate about fresh, local produce - wherever possible local suppliers such as Red Poll Beef, Blythburgh Pork and Lowestoft fish are used. So you will find daily specials for lunch and dinner and the same menu in the restaurant and bar. 'Walk-ins' are welcome, and on warmer days you can sit outside on the large terraces and savour the flavours of Walberswick.


The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, so send us a review of any Suffolk restaurants that you think are exceptionally good as we love to spread the word!

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