Wherever you’re staying in Suffolk, there’s an abundance of local and independent produce just waiting to be discovered. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites to help you get the most of our county’s fantastic food, and help you on your way to stocking the quintessential Suffolk frigidaire.
Established in 1999, the Woodbridge Farmers and Fine Foods Market is one of the oldest in the country. If you’re a foodie that is also environmentally conscious, the market is truly the place to shop to your heart's delight without hurting the planet (or for that matter, your conscience). Established with the help of the local council to encourage the provision of local food, the market aims to lower “food miles” whilst offering a healthier, more organic alternative to consumers. Traditional offerings of cheeses, meats and veg are available as well as stallholders that offer gluten, wheat and dairy-free products.
The market is run on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9.00-12.30 in the Community Centre, next door to the Deben Swimming Pool - make sure to save the date!
This fantastic farm shop offers a variety of local meats, cheeses, veg, bakery and dairy products - fresher than supermarket food and at a fraction of the cost! Top quality ready meals, cakes, chocolates, ice cream and biscuits are also amongst the shop’s offerings, as well as gifts for any occasion, greetings cards and plants. A particularly good destination if you’re searching for food to fill the picnic hamper.
Open Monday-Friday 8.30-5pm.
A wholefood shop in Melton specialising in ethically sourced and produced items, Poppy’s also caters to vegetarian and vegan diets, representing a range of lifestyles. It also functions as part of Realise Futures CIC, giving people the chance to gain work experience and social interaction through catering, retail and packaging in a community environment. An ethical choice all round!
Poppy’s also runs a café at St. Mary’s Church, Woodbridge every Tuesday between 10-2pm.
Perhaps one of Woodbridge’s oldest businesses, the Butcher’s in the Turban centre has provided an integral service to the town’s residents for over 100 years. Committed to supplying locally sourced, high welfare beef, lamb, pork, poultry and game, the business aims to provide customers with the highest quality meats, whilst keeping food miles as low as possible.
Handily located just next door, the greengrocers stocks only the best, tastiest and freshest seasonal fruit, veg and juices as well as a deli counter offering cheeses, olives, cold meats and preserves. Exotic specialities, fresh herbs and spices are also available making it an ideal place to shop whatever your dinner plans. Both businesses have a history of building long-term relationships with local producers, large and small, and are committed to ensuring sustainability.
This Butchers has won both regional and national awards for their products and services, including The Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best stand in The Food Hall at the Suffolk County Show and the BPEX Eastern Region Pie Championship for their wonderful sausage rolls. Well known for speciality bacon, sausages, gammon and hams, Five Winds use traditional dry curing and smoking methods, using only the finest quality supplies.
Make sure to check in for seasonal specialities, with the winter months promising locally sourced game and the summer over 40 barbecue products. As the largest stockist of meat, poultry and game in East Anglia, a trip to this local treasure is a must for the pantry!
The oldest business in Woodbridge, The Cake Shop Bakery has been producing hand-crafted cakes and breads since 1946. Whilst the family-run bakery is much loved within the community itself, its reputation extends beyond the sleepy country town of Woodbridge; the business won the title of ‘Best Baker’ 3 years running in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and also received national coverage in 2014 after being crowned the winner of ITV’s ‘Britain’s Best Bakery’.
Now in its third generation, the Bakery’s passion for creating “beautiful products from the simplest ingredients” is certainly evident in not only the quality but range of produce offered, with options to suit a variety of dietary requirements such as nut, gluten and dairy-free cakes. Highlights include the ‘Nossage Roll’, a delicious vegetarian alternative to the British favourite - divine! Make sure to get there early to avoid queues, as the Bakery’s popularity often means that stock runs out fast.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7am - 4.30pm, and Saturday 7am - 3.30pm
Woodbridge is lucky enough to boast two fantastic bakeries within its vicinity! Whilst The Bakehouse isn’t as high-profile as its nearby competitor, it's quaint and understated nature is certainly appealing, and you will be pleasantly surprised to find its many delights tucked away in a side road from the high street. Established in 1974, the business was taken over in 1989 by Neil Moss, a baker himself since 1980.
With a variety of options to tempt you, from farmhouse, Danish, cheese-topped and seeded breads, you truly are spoilt for choice - and this isn’t even including the wonderful sweet treats on offer! Heavenly Cakes at the Bakehouse specialises in an exciting range of cupcakes and cakes made using natural, locally sourced ingredients. A tantalising range of doughnuts, Danish pastries, muffins and cookies make for a tough decision at the counter!
A traditional fishmonger’s located in the Turban centre, Paul’s stocks top-quality, sustainable local produce, including cod, skate, rock eel, cromer crab (when in season) and traditional oak smoked fish. Paul’s also stocks Simper’s produce, a family-run business that has fish-farmed in Suffolk for over 8 generations. Supplying all types of seafood, expect a wide selection of live, fresh, frozen and smoked fish as well as their own catch. The only place to go for freshly-caught fish in Woodbridge should you plan on cooking up a seafood supper.
No pantry would be complete without a hearty supply of wine! Look no further than the Woodbridge Wine Company, a local independent wine and spirit merchant located on the Thoroughfare. Constantly searching for wines that “excite and inspire,” the company stocks wines from France, Italy and Spain as well as the emerging regions of Hungary, Georgia and Brazil, with wines to suit any occasion and budget. Perfect for discovering a new, unique tipple to serve alongside an evening meal (or to enjoy on its own!).
Opening hours are 12-10pm Monday - Friday, 11am - 12pm Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re a fan of ale and are staying in Woodbridge, you really need to get down to the Adnams store. The beer has a long and rich heritage, brewed on the same site as the present brewery for at least 670 years. Located nearby to Woodbridge Station with plenty of space to park your car and browse at your leisure, Adnams promises to bring a quintessentially “Suffolk” brew to the pantry.
Opening hours are 10am - 6pm Monday - Saturday, Sunday 11am - 4pm.
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