Eating and Drinking: a quick guide
When you arrive, we will give you an up to date guide to local eating and drinking. Below are a few suggestions of places which we have enjoyed and can recommend, it is advisable to book where possible.
Through the Summer the Middy Bar, (otherwise known as the Kitchener Arms) is across the road at the MSLR is open on Friday evenings from 6pm til late. It serves a wide range of local ales and cider, wine and spirits and is a good place to sit out. Food (pizza, chilli or the like is sometimes served,). Closed in Winter, but open at Bank holidays, Easter and the Christmas period on occasional days. Check the MSLR website here or ask us for details.
The Hog and Hen at Mill Green (near Debenham) is a well stocked farm shop with a cafe and outside space, open Tuesday to Sunday. The River Green Cafe and Deli in Debenham offers delicious food . 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. Nutshells in Gipping Road near Stowupland offers a café set in pleasant countryside.
Thorndon Black Horse – 2 miles North in the neighbouring village of Thorndon offers traditional pub grub and carvery at weekends. Under 2 miles up the AI40 at Thwaite, directly on the main road ( towards Norwich) is the veggie pub The Walnut Tree, which has good reports from all who have tried it. It is best to ring and book in advance for weekends and other busy times. Another couple of miles further on the A140 is The White Horse, with good straightforward cooking and a pleasant atmosphere, while at Thornham Magna ( turn left towards Thornham at the White Horse,) The Four Horseshoes is a family run, 12th century Inn, perhaps the oldest surviving pub in Suffolk, offering reliable home cooked food. Newly refurbished The Crown at Stowupland is pleasant 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 its own beer, try the Victoria Bitter, one of the best pubs anywhere. The Cretingham Bell at Cretingham also offers excellent food.
The Bull Auberge, Yaxley, 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.
There are a number of good food shops in the area. For supermarkets: Tesco at Stowmarket is probably the closest. Morrisons and Tesco can both be found on Victoria Road, Diss.
Debenham has a modest sized Coop store, open every day, with Post Office(check opening hours). It also has a chemist, first rate butcher, Palfrey & Hall. There is also a greengrocer, newsagent and a hardware shop, Abbotts.
The Hog and Hen at Mill Green is a well stocked farm shop with cafe. Towards Diss at Stuston, Place Farm Shop is open daily and offers a good selection of local produce including cakes, local cheeses and locally roasted coffee.