Eating & shopping

Picnics allowed

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Orford Ness is a special place. In keeping with its character there are no catering facilities, so please bring your own food and drink. There are plenty of places to sit, relax and enjoy a picnic. The beach offers an ideal location for this. Likewise there is no National Trust shop, but guidebooks are available in the ticket office on the quay and from the volunteers caravan once on the 'Island'. Please remember not to leave any litter behind. You can learn more about the amazing hidden history of Orford Ness from volunteer Paddy Heazel's book Most Secret: the Hidden History of Orford Ness. Pick one up when you visit, or read up before you arrive.

Where to eat and buy

Buy fish straight off the boat or enjoy a cuppa with river views

Buy fish straight off the boat or enjoy a cuppa with river views

Orford village is remarkably well served with shops and places to eat. In the market square there's a bakers, village shop and cafe, plus the paper shop and an antiques shop. 

The craft shop sells wicker and other wares while the butcher opposite stocks local Suffolk meats. 

Behind the seafood restaurant you'll find one of two local smokehouses selling fragrant kippers, meats and cheeses. 

Produce from the other smokery is available at the quay, as is fish fresh off the boat and refreshments in the tea-room. 

Two pubs, one on the quayside, one by the church, offer alternative beverages and food, and the village hotel boasts a fine restaurant.

So whatever takes your fancy, you should find something to suit you!

Take home...

... a taste of the coast from local smokehouses, or freshly caught fish straight off the quay. 

Discover Suffolk's well earned reputation for fine local food, and carry the flavours of the countryside home with you.

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