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Stradbroke's winter winner

PUBLISHED: 12:38 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:54 20 February 2013

Sue Stenseth of The Ivy House at Stradbroke cooks one of her speciality dishes - delicious and warming Spanish chicken

Photographs by ANDY ABBOTT

Sue Stenseth of The Ivy House at Stradbroke cooks one of her speciality dishes - delicious and warming Spanish chicken Photographs by ANDY ABBOTT

Ruth French discovers much to savour at The Ivy House, Stradbroke

Ruth French discovers much to savour at The Ivy House, Stradbroke




It seems that I have been pleasure-mad in my pursuit of Suffolks best in the food stakes and I must confess that it is a labour of love and particularly so in winter.
The pleasure continued unashamed when I visited the Ivy House in Stradbroke.
The freezing, snow-laden day of my visit couldnt have been a tougher test for this charming, thatched pub restaurant near Eye.
The restaurant is warm, inviting and reassuringly traditional with its claret-coloured walls and black beams.




"The snow-laden day of my visit couldnt have been a tougher test for this charming pub restaurant"




Sue and Egil boast a fine English menu and also a credible Pan-Asian and continental one as well. Sues Spanish chicken dish came highly recommended and was particularly popular on the day but I opted for the oxtail in local ale which really did warm parts that other dishes never reach.
For the cold weeks ahead you might try their slow-roasted Suffolk belly pork or perhaps delicious pan-fried calves liver with Suffolk dry-cure bacon, mash and onion gravy.
Order real ale drawn from hand pumps or treat yourself to a wine from Sues Adnams-stocked wine cellar.
Follow with rich moist chocolate cake and youll feel warm right until the next lot of snow (although we can all wait for that!)





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