Suffolk has a hard-earned reputation as “The Foodie County”, boasting an abundance of amazing local produce, fine dining restaurants, seafood cafes, farmers markets and cookery schools. Visitors can feast on wild foraged mushrooms, hand picked oysters and the freshest bread made with flour milled at Woodbridge Tide Mill, washed down with an Aspall’s cyder or a glass of wine from Wyken Vineyards.
If you’re visiting in September make sure you visit Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival – a two day extravaganza of over 100 local producers showcasing their edible delights.
BabyBreaks has researched the best places to eat in Suffolk so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
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1. Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich
This award-winning farm shop and restaurant will delight families looking for authentic local produce to sample. At the Cookhouse Restaurant, which boasts panoramic views across the estuaries of the River Orwell, chefs cook up a storm in the open kitchen, creating delicious seasonal dishes using the best local ingredients.
The children’s menu is equally as appetising, with garlic and herb focaccia fingers and smoked bacon mac and cheese.
Address: Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AB
Phone: 01473 786610
2. The Walnut Tree, Thwaite
If you’re a meat free family or you just fancy something light and healthy, The Walnut Tree is well worth a visit. The innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes are sure to dazzle your tastebuds and get the kids excited about eating their five a day! Tuck into lentil, chesnut and cider paté, Lebanese kibbeh cakes and smoked almond tofu ramen.
The children’s menu has also dishes they will recognise and love, like Quorn nuggets, macaroni cheese and homemade hummus.
Address: Norwich Road, Thwaite, Eye IP23 7ED
Phone: 01449 766003
3. The Ship at Dunwich
Just minutes from the stunning Dunwich beach, this is a great place to refuel after a morning walking, paddling and building sandcastles. Adults can enjoy pub classics as well as some more adventurous dishes like haggis & black pudding croquette and Keralan fish curry; there’s a good value children’s menu too.
Moreover, meals can be enjoyed inside the traditional pub, complete with crackling log fires in the winter, or outside in the sunny beer garden in the summer. Good news for walkers – it is very dog friendly, with pooches even being offered their own breakfast if you stay overnight in one of the 16 stylish bedrooms.
Phone: 01728 648219
4. Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich
On one hand, this smart hotel and restaurant is a beautiful place for a long lunch on a summer’s day. Although the setting is impressively elegant, don’t be put off if you have young kids – they are very welcoming to children, who can work up an appetite playing on the huge expanse of rolling lawns.
On the other hand, the food is as fantastic as the setting – there’s everything from light sandwiches to mouthwatering steaks, game and seafood for the adults, and mini burgers, pasta and ice cream for the little’uns.
Address: Hall Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2PU
Phone: 01473 333741
5. The Sail Loft, Southwold
Finally, located right by one of our favourite beaches in Suffolk, The Sail Loft is a laid back eatery where you can enjoy simple, hearty food, rustic furniture and welcoming service. You can also roll right off the beach into this place, sandy feet and all. Great if you have a couple of suddenly ravenous kids on your hands!
The distinct seaside vibe is evident in both the restaurant’s decor and its menu, not surprising given its amazing location, surrounded by the freshest local seafood. If you’re after a quick bite, order the 1/2 pint of prawns with aioli and bread, or for a more substantial lunch go for the lobster bisque risotto followed by buttermilk panna cotta with berry compote… delicious!
Address: 53 Ferry Rd, Southwold. IP18 6HQ
Phone: 01502 725713
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