All Seasons Cottage Breaks - Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Saxmundham, Suffolk
Date:June 06, 2015

Local Food & Drink

The good old ‘Fish & Chips’ is a must by the sea – but there’s much more to local food & drink in Suffolk!

Locally-produced ‘Suffolk Food’
Due to the advantageous climate, East Anglia is well known for its arable farming. It is also the largest pork-producing area of the country, so ‘local pork’ will often be on the menu. And, when you are this close to the coast, fish is always on the menu! It will be whatever the fishing boats landed that morning in Aldeburgh, Orford or Lowestoft, so you know it will be fresh! (There’s nothing quite like fish & chips by the sea!)

The restaurants, pubs and cafes in the region serve what is ‘in season’ at the time – whether asparagus or samphire, crab or pheasant…

Food & Drink Festivals
Food ‘festivals’ are very popular events in Suffolk, and are celebrations of the best examples of Suffolk produce. The very popular ‘Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival’ is held at Snape Maltings (just 4 miles – approx 10 mins drive from your holiday cottage at Saxmundham) towards the end of September each year, and the subsequent ‘fringe’ events are held at various smaller venues in the surrounding area.

Other large events include… the ‘Ipswich Food, Drink and Garden Festival’ in May each year, and the ‘Festival of the Sea’ held at Southwold in June.

More quirky food events include… ‘Apple Day’, held in Woodbridge each October; and the ‘Suffolk Herring Festival’! (See the ‘Calendar of Annual Events’ for more details)
There are also regular weekly Farmers’ Markets held all year, and some excellent Farm Shops nearby – all selling home-grown and locally-produced seasonal foods every day.

FARM SHOPS (open 7 days a weeks, and all within approx 10-15 mins drive)

  • Maple Farm – Kelsale, Saxmundham
  • Railway Farm – Benhall, Saxmundham
  • Reckford Farm – Middleston, Saxmundham
  • Friday Street – Farnham, Saxmundham
  • ‘Farm Shop & Café’ – on the A12 (near Marlesford)

FARMERS’ MARKETS – within 30 mins drive)

  • Snape Maltings – 1st & 3rd Saturday mornings
  • Halesworth (Holton Village Hall) – 2nd Saturday morning
  • Woodbridge – 2nd & 4th Saturday mornings
  • Easton Farm Park (nr Wickham Market) – 4th Saturday morning
  • Southwold (Pier) – 4th Saturday morning


FARMERS’ MARKETS – within 45 mins drive)

  • Beccles (heliport) – 1st & 3rd Saturday morning
  • Ipswich (Corn Hill) – 1st Sunday (10am -4pm)