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Suffolk Food and Drink

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"Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what's for lunch" Orson Wells
We agree! Suffolk is fortunate to have many world class food and drink producers, and some seriously well established family firms that have produced top quality Suffolk products for generations. We're also delighted to see some younger companies starting life in Suffolk too, like Paddy and Scott's who produce 20 different types of gourmet, hand-roasted coffee and supply over 250 outlets throughout the UK, from their base in the lovely village of Earl Soham. Read more about them below.


When visiting Suffolk check out the delicious local produce on sale in our Farm Shops and Farmers Markets in Suffolk as this is the best place to find it.

Paddy and Scott's Coffees
This is a young and rapidly growing Suffolk Coffee Company supplying some of the top names including Milsom’s group, Le Talbooth and Great Foster’s in Egham.

Their brand has a unique point of difference by offering the following:

1. Independent, British owned and operated, based in the beautiful Suffolk village of Earl Soham.

2. A modern, trendy personal brand with a strong British feel

3. Gourmet traditional hand-roasted coffee – Commercial blends are roasted (actually toasted) for less than 5 minutes, whereas hand-roasted beans are roasted over a flame for 10-15 minutes resulting in a smoother tasting coffee.



4. Specific occasion-developed blends – Instead of developing ‘strong’, ‘medium’ and ‘weak’ or by ‘country of origin’ blends, Paddy & Scott’s have produced a range of blends suited to the time of day, i.e. Our Morning Coffee, Our All Day Coffee and our After Dinner Coffee. Together with a Swiss Water Filtered decaffeinated blend and Espresso Beans.

5. Ethical Buying Policy – Working with both Rain Forest Alliance and Fair-trade, but also working directly with small fincas which invest proceeds directly into local initiatives as well as guaranteeing a fair price to the grower.

6. Environmental Credentials – The Aluminium free bag, which is better for the environment.

So make sure when you order a coffee, it's a Paddy & Scott's coffee!
You can find out more about this fantastic coffee, and where you can buy it on Paddy & Scott’s website: www.paddyandscotts.co.uk Be sure to ask for it by name!

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Suffolk has a range of fantastic dairy producers and some of them do more than just produce milk (lovely though that is!). Suffolk Meadow is a family run firm based near Framlingham, and they produce speciality ice cream from their herd of cows who also supply Marybelle Dairy milk products. Fresh, local ingredients and time honoured techniques are blended with the finest Marybelle milk from award winning local cows to make nutricious premium ice-cream and yoghurts. Suffolk Meadow produce many flavours of ice cream to suit every taste, including a milk-free sorbet and ice cream made to a diabetic suitable recipe. Flavours include all the traditional favourites plus Mocha Coffee, Choc Chip and Creme de Methe. Find them in local farm shops and markets.

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Suffolk Pork - Suffolk is well know for its pig rearing, and despite the trials and tribulations of the Pork industry in recent times, you can still find excellent Pork in Suffolk. One of our leading producers is Blythburgh Pork whose pigs are born on the sandy soils of Blythburgh along the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The piglets remain with their Mothers in insulated arcs for nearly four weeks until they reach a healthy size and strength to be weaned off milk onto solid food. This system is quite common in the UK, however, it is when the piglets are weaned that their unique free range system comes into play which is what improves the meat quality. Fortunately for those that can't come to Suffolk in the near future, Blythburgh offers special pork boxes which can be delivered direct to your door from the farm.

See their website for great pork recipes, learn more about their traditionally reared pork that has flavour, succulence and tastes the way pork used to taste - Blythburgh Free Range Pork.

To wash all this food down with, have a look at Suffolk Breweries and Beer which will give you a flavour for some local falling down water!

Talking of strong, Jules and Sharpie make the hottest preservaments which are original, full of fruit and flavour and deliciously different. The jellies and chutneys are perfect accompaniments to hot or cold meat, game or poultry and are really tasty with cheese or in sandwiches.


Try the jellies too in salad dressings, marinades, dips, sauces, gravy and casseroles or even in fruit salads. There are 11 products in the range so you'll be spoilt for choice, and they include hot pepper jellyvery; jellyhot redcurrant; and for the really brave, hot mmmarmaladevery! See their website for more details and catch their products at local farm shops and deli's in Suffolk - Jules and Sharpie, Leiston.

Suffolk is proud to have been the birthpace of Lady Eve Balfour who founded the Soil Association in 1946 as a result of her strong belief that food quality influences health and itself depends on the health of the soil in which it is grown. To read more about her work see Organic Suffolk
Maple Farm Kelsale is a small family run Organic farm that produces a range of top quality vegetables, flour, honey, eggs......see their display for more details - Maple Farm Kelsale

Every year we have the Aldeburgh Food Festivbal to celebrate local food producers.
This is a fantastic Festival with cookery demo's, competitions and many many food and drink producers from around the region exhibiting their wares. After the 2 day Festival at Snape Maltings there is a Fringe Festival with events all over the county where you can meet local producers. So if you're interested in good, fresh, local, seasonal, traceable, some organic, low food miles..this is the place to be. Please see
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival and
Aldeburgh Fringe Food & Drink Festival for more information

 Related Content

Fine Dining in Suffolk
Eating Out in Suffolk
Suffolk Vineyards and Wine Producers
Shoppers' Guide to Suffolk
Suffolk Breweries and Beer


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