Suffolk Food Hall: 10 things you need to try
PUBLISHED: 11:24 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 13 March 2017
As a champion of local food the Suffolk Food Hall provides visitors with fantastic foods and products produced locally. From butchers, to bakers and delis we suggest 10 things that you have to try when you visit.
1. The Butchers:
The award-winning butchers is at the heart of the Food Hall; in cooperation with local farmers it provides a delicious range of high quality, expertly crafted meats. Whether you’re after a free range bronze Suffolk Turkey for your Christmas dinner or some traditional handmade pork breakfast sausages for the perfect sausage sarnie, a visit to the Butchers is a must.
2. The Bakery:
It’s worth visiting the Food Halls bakery just to enjoy the irresistible smell of freshly baked bread. Staff bakers Lee and Chris work seven days a week to create an impressive range of artisanal bread from scratch. They even follow the traditional method of using levain to produce a more rich and satisfying aroma.
3. The Delicatessen:
The Food Hall deli is a foodie haven bursting with the areas best locally made cheeses, antipasti, pies, chutneys and quiches. Shoppers should make sure to try the charcuterie, most of which is made locally and some even comes straight from the on site kitchen, prepared in the Hall’s cookhouse.
4. The Grocer:
At roughly 8,000 square feet, the Hall’s grocer – housed in a converted cattle shed – supplies an incredible selection of some the greatest food products that Suffolk has to offer. From rare fine-dining curios to your kitchen cupboard essentials, half the fun of a visit to the grocers is in exploring the range of goods on offer.
5. The Fishmongers:
With a myriad of the freshest fish from local waters as well as a selection from exotic shores further afield, the fish counter is a feast for the eyes. With excellent customer service, Andy and his team of fishmongers are always on hand to provide advice and help to customers with any questions or queries they may have.
6. Fruit and Vegetables:
Supplied exclusively by local farmers and gardeners including the Hall’s own farm, there is always an incredible array of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables on sale. Anything that can’t be grown locally is supplied directly from importers in Spitalfields.
7. Wine and Beer:
Whether you’re a beer drinker, a wine connoisseur or just partial to a nice G&T, The Hall has just what you’re looking for. It has an amazing array of beers and spirits from East Anglian breweries, and wines from all over the world including a superb range of English wines from local vineyards such as Giffords Halls and Dedham Vale.
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For anyone with a sweet tooth The Hall is home to a concession for the luxury chocolatier Charbonnel et Walker. As one of the first and finest British chocolatiers it is even reported to be a favourite of The Queen.
9. Café & Restaurant:
The Café in the Food Hall provides delicious teas and coffees and cakes and toasties if you’re feeling peckish. As well as serving on the balcony, the terrace and the paddocks, there is also a Beach Hut that sells Italian-styled ice cream. For something more robust the Cookhouse restaurant is perfect as guests can enjoy a meal from the wonderful menu focusing on local produce and seasonal recipes or an indulgent afternoon tea while enjoying stunning views down the River Orwell.
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10. Home & Garden:
This season’s plants are all stocked up and ready for you to take home, having been brought in locally from Essex and Suffolk. There is a beautiful selection of Dahlias from Woodbridge as well as Shrubs and Perennials from other areas of the county. For anyone feeling creative you must pay a visit to the Starglazing studio where guests can enjoy activities such as ceramic painting, screen printing and stamping your own personalised gifts.