7 great places for a spring meal in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:39 22 March 2019
After heading out in Suffolk for a lovely spring walk, drop into one of these great places to refuel on delicious fare from right here in the county
High St, Tuddenham, Newmarket IP28 6SQ | 01638 713552
A run of national recognition in recent years, which includes being named Suffolk’s best restaurant three years on the trot by the Good Food Guide, alongside three rosettes for food and service and ‘notable wine list’ awards from the AA Restaurant Guide, hasn’t gone to Chef Patron Lee Bye’s head.
The regular influx of diners who visit this converted mill near Bury St Edmunds can still expect to receive Lee’s unpretentious trademark cuisine.
He offers up rugged, locally sourced ingredients on a menu that changes with the seasons and mixes contemporary methods with classic styles.
And should you overindulge on the wine and food, feel free to sleep it off in one of the boutique hotel’s beautiful loft suites or chic meadow Nooks. In fact, Tuddenham Mill’s current ‘Dine and Recline’ offer, including room and a generous food allocation, is the perfect excuse to do just that.
Low Rd, Hasketon, Woodbridge IP13 6JG | 01394 610343
The Turk’s Head is an award winning proper country pub serving perfectly kept local real ales. They are well-known for their extensive gin selection and wine list, including a fine wine list, with many available by the glass.
Their restaurant uses the finest local ingredients to create menus offering beautifully executed seasonal dishes. They are particularly well-known for a delicious Sunday roast.
They welcome dogs in the bar and the snug and they can often be found curled up in front of one of their log fires on a chilly afternoon after a long walk in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.
They host regular cookery demonstrations and supper clubs. In March they have a ‘Gin Pairing Supper’ and in May guest chef Emma Crowhurst will demonstrate fabulous canapés while the annual ‘Beer, Cider and Gin Festival’ is from 3rd May until 5th May.
Orford Rd, Bromeswell, Woodbridge IP12 2PU | 01394 460310
Great food. Fab service. Relaxed vibe. That’s what The Unruly Pig is all about with multi award-winning food, a friendly atmosphere, eclectic pop art, roaring log burners and two characterful candle-lit dining rooms for parties & family celebrations.
The set menu offers two courses for only £16.50 - not available Friday dinner after 7pm, Saturday dinner and Sunday - with ‘Free From’ menus (including Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian and Vegan menus) always available.
Open for Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sunday with their renowned Sunday roasts and seasonal a la carte menu, The Unruly Pig serves over 60 wines by the glass, craft beers and has an impressive gin list, fun cocktails, home-made cordials and an interesting range of non-alcoholic drinks.
Also dog-friendly with a large al fresco dining area and beer garden, the Unruly Pig is a Suffolk ‘gastro-gem’ just minutes away from Snape, Sutton Hoo and Aldeburgh.
The Kings Arms, 3 Old Street, Haughley, IP14 3NT | 01449 257120
In the pretty Suffolk village of Haughley The Kings Arms is a 14th century building now housing a popular food and drink venue focusing on local produce and a seasonal menu.
Dine in the recently refurbished restaurant area or pop by for a drink in the bar after a walk with the dog. There is also a sunny terrace to enjoy the food and drink on the warmer days with a large beer garden.
There is a lunch time menu including a set menu with two courses for £16 and three courses for £20 with an a la carte menu in the evening. A traditional roast dinner is served on Sundays from 12pm to 3pm - bookings highly recommended!
All menus are created and cooked by owner and Head Chef Grant Newland who has recently been nominated for Chef of the Year at the 2019 Suffolk Food and Drink awards.
The Green, Long Melford, CO10 9DN | 01787 312356
The Black Lion has created a series of menus that cater for all tastes from pub classics to that something a little bit more special.
Whether you want to start the day with a hearty Suffolk breakfast, a casual lunch, a naughty afternoon tea or a more refined dinner from the a la carte menu, there’ll be something for you.
Their head chef has created a special spring menu which come a la carte or a fantastic set menu at lunchtime at only £16 for two courses.
The wine list features a selection of both old and new world choices. They have provided a wide selection by the glass and will even be tempting you to try before you buy!
Bridge Street, Moulton, CB8 8SP | 01638 751818
At The Packhorse Inn, they cater for all tastes, from their affordable fixed price menu (starting at £16 for two courses), through to the à la carte, which delivers smart, contemporary dishes full of vibrant flavours.
The menu is best described as Modern British and is prepared with passion, integrity and originality by their talented team of award-winning chefs.
Please let them know at least 24 hours in advance if you have any dietary requirements and they will be happy to have their chefs make you up something suitable.
Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1HP | 01284 339604
The Taste of East Anglia – their special spring Menu.
From the flour mills of Pakenham to the salt marshes of the Colne Valley and from the gin stills of Southwold and the farm fields of Freckenham, let their kitchen team take your taste buds on a culinary journey across East Anglia.
Each course celebrates the freshest, seasonal produce from a specific area in the region. Sample them all at their Chef’s Table where head chef Greig Young will take you through your gastronomic tour, sharing the story and provenance behind each dish. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxing meal with friends in the dining room or on the terrace.
- Norfolk peer potato terrine, black garlic and quail’s egg
- Salt baked hake, sea herbs and vegetables
- Assington strawberries, lemon posset, sorrel ice cream and strawberry sorbet
Enjoy four, five or seven courses from £35.