Eating and Drinking: a quick guide

When you arrive, we will give you and up to date guide to local eating and drinking. Below are a few suggestions of places which we have enjoyed and can recommend.

Cafes   The Deli and Cafe just one mile south down the A140 serves delicious food all day. The Vanilla Bake House in Debenham offers good lunches and teas with home baking, and also in Debenham Lucy Jane Florists serves delicious coffee and cake. The Thornham Coach House – 3 miles north and part of the Thornham Walks is a rustic cafe set in the grounds of a country estate with a good playground and beautiful walks.  Alder Carr Farm just outside Needham Market is a delightful small organic and pick your own farm with shop and café. Mr Allard at Stowupland offers a good butchers, deli and grocery and has a newly opened café in pleasant countryside.

Pubs Thorndon Black Horse – 2 miles North in the neighbouring village of Thorndon offers traditional pub grub and carvery at weekends. At Thornham Magna just 3 miles North up the A140, The Four Horseshoes is a family run, 12th century Inn,  perhaps the oldest surviving pub in Suffolk, offering reliable home cooked food .  The Stoke Ash White Horse is a Seventeenth Century coaching inn on the A140 about 3 miles north on the A140 with good food every day of the week and has been a reliable local for many years, and was voted best bar in 2014 by local newspaper readers. The newly refurbished The Crown at Stowupland is a pleasant gastropub with an interesting menu alongside basic pub grub while 5 miles up the A140 Oaksmere, Brome  offers bar food or fine dining in a relaxed setting of a country house, children can run free in the garden and climb the full size boat . The Victoria, Earl Soham serves first rate pub food and beer brewed by the pub itself, one of the best pubs anywhere. The Cretingham Bell at Cretingham also offers excellent food.

Restaurants The Bull Auberge, Yaxley -a family run restaurant  which has kept a high local reputation deservedly.  Weavers Wine Bar, Diss – good restaurant in the centre of Diss – “traditional dishes with a modern flair. 7.45pm is also worth a detour, at Moat Farm about 3 miles away ( booking essential) it serves supper at 7.45pm ( oddly enough!) on Friday and Saturday nights only.

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