Life slows down at Pump Street Bakery and Café. They pride themselves on being part of the slow food movement and all the bread baked is sold fresh on the day with no preservatives, softeners or additives. The café has one large scrubbed wooden communal table, where you can enjoy an artisan tea or coffee with a freshly baked pastry and let the conversation flow as time ticks leisurely away. The light lunch menu changes daily to reflect the seasons and their buttermilk pancakes for a weekend brunch are a must.
The saying goes there are more pigs in Suffolk than people, which could explain why we’re known the world over for our bacon and hams, with Emmett’s Suffolk black ham the most famous of them all. They use Blythburgh free-range pork, which is dry cured in the traditional way on the premises. You can even take a journey back in time and watch how they do it. Emmett’s is also a little bit of Spain in Suffolk with their array of olives, almonds, tapas, wine and olive oil.
Everything you need for a posh picnic on Southwold beach is in this treasure trove of a deli. Raised pork pies, ‘Ginger pig’ sausage rolls, Suffolk farmhouse cheeses, cold meats, pates, an array of tempting olives, fresh bread and shelves stacked with preserves, chutneys and pickles. The salad bar is bursting with seasonal combinations including their own recipe for coleslaw and a sweet tooth is catered for too with everything from muffins to macaroons
Keeping it local with low food miles is very much at the heart of this local and national award-winning delicatessen. Blythburgh free-range pork goes into their home made pies, tasting the cheese and cured meat before you buy is actively encouraged, there are bowls brimming with shiny plump olives and all their bread is organic. Game, asparagus, apples and salads from local farms can all be found on offer as well, depending upon the season.
The Cake Shop has been a feature
of Woodbridge life for over 70 years and retains its traditional qualities. This family run business is now on it’s third generation of bakers and their passion for fresh bread and cakes using simple, quality ingredients paid off when in 2014 they were voted Britain’s Best Bakery. Bespoke celebration cakes and special dietary requirements won’t faze them at all with nut, gluten and dairy-free options all available.
Good coffee and great bread are always
on the menu at this artisan bakery and café in Southwold. There’s a range of daily bread specials, with sourdough a speciality, as well as traditional loaves, cakes and pastries to eat in or take away. On Saturday night the café turns into a pizzeria with their sourdough hand-stretched pizza, which you can eat in or take down to the sea front for an early evening beach picnic.