SUFFOLK GOURMET - FOOD & DRINK ON THE SUFFOLK COAST
Home to some of the region's finest food producers and restaurants, the Suffolk Coast is blessed with a broad range of quality local produce including smoked fish, Suffolk ham and pork, quality beef and lamb, hand-picked asparagus and strawberries, cheese, honey and jams, artisan chocolates; a taste sensation for all foodies.
There's plenty of choice when it comes to dining out with a wide selection of quality restaurants and bars throughout the area too. Take advantage of the Ferry Cottage kitchen to have a go yourself at creating culinary delights with our fabulous produce, or sit back, relax and have your supper cooked for you during your visit to The Suffolk Coast.
Pump Street Bakery, Orford
Pump Street is a small, family-owned, award-winning bakery and cafe in the village square of Orford. We offer outstanding bread and handmade pastries, all made daily in the village. We showcase our bread and pastries in our intimate café by serving breakfasts, sandwiches and savouries alongside the best directly traded, artisanal tea and coffee. Be early as it gets busy.
After mastering naturally-leavened bread, the family ventured into making chocolate from beans imported directly from single estates and cooperatives around the world. We now proudly produce the finest craft chocolate, a must try while in Suffolk. Provenance and process are key to our finished bars. We source cacao from the best growers who ferment and dry the beans at origin. We then tailor our roasting, grinding and conching to yield the best tasting chocolate possible.
Pinney’s of Orford
We visit this shop daily when in Suffolk as it is only metres from Ferry Cottage. Pinney’s have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950’s and have a traditional smokehouse supplying freshly smoked fish every day, while their fishing boats provide a variety of locally caught fresh fish. This is a Suffolk institution and famous for providing the best and freshest the Suffolk coast has to offer. Their shop sells their full range of fresh and smoked fish, while their fishing boats provide daily catches of sole, bass, cod, skate, lobsters and crabs according to the season.
The smokehouses are still situated at Butley Creek near to the oyster beds. Trout, mackerel, cod roe, wild and farmed salmon, kippers and eels are among the products that are smoked every day for the shop. Tip – try a smoked oyster, they will change your life.
Adnams produce amazing beers and spirits from grain-to-glass in their coastal home of Southwold. They are proudly focused on sustainability, supported by ever-evolving technology, to make great products and create memorable and fun experiences for their customers. You can find their award-winning beers and spirits in the Adnams flagship store in Southwold, in their managed properties, partner pubs and in outlets nationwide and overseas. The Jolly Sailor, (across the road from Ferry Cottage) and The King’s Head (just off the village square) pubs in Orford both proudly stock Adnams.
Crown and Castle, Orford
The Crown and Castle is an award-winning bistro featuring a creative British menu using quality Suffolk produce including Orford landed seafood and locally reared meats. Enjoy fine wines, cocktails or local beers on the terrace, overlooking the famous Orford castle. "We very much welcome families and children into our restaurant during lunchtimes, but please note we do not permit children under eight into the restaurant in the evening."
Butley Oysterage, Orford
A simple and uncomplicated approach best defines this restaurant in the village square in Orford but it’s the great oysters, smoked delicacies, fresh local fish and shellfish that keep their customers coming back again and again. The atmosphere here is relaxed and informal, marble cafe tables, metal framed chairs and chalked up specials are all part of the charm. But the reason this little restaurant, tucked away on the Market Square at Orford, is so popular is the superb quality of the fresh seafood
Snape Maltings, Snape
Snape Maltings is an arts complex on the banks of the River Alde at Snape, Suffolk only five miles from Ferry Cottage, Orford. It is best known for its concert hall, which is one of the main sites of the annual Aldeburgh Festival. Today, a collection of boutique shops, art galleries, a diverse selection of restaurants and the Concert Hall fill the old buildings.
The Snape Malting’s Farmers' Markets is on the first Saturday of most months, 9.30am–1pm. It is one of Suffolk’s finest food markets, offering an exciting array of fresh and local produce all under one roof.
The Moving Plaice
An Orford institution, the Moving Plaice is Traditional Fish and Chip van visiting Orford during warmer months of the year and is normally located either in front of Orford Castle or in front of the Orford recreation ground. Shaun, the owner is very proud of his work and one of the friendliest people in Suffolk.
Riverside Tea Rooms, Orford
The Riverside Tearoom is situated on the left hand side of the Orford Quay. The tearooms are comfortable and welcoming and staff are always happy to help. There are various paintings of Orford and the surrounding areas by local artists, adding to the atmosphere of the tearooms. The large windows provide wonderful panoramic views of the river and beyond where you can sit and gaze as you enjoy mid-morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea and a slice of our delicious local cakes. Our daughters recommend the hot chocolate.