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Visitors enjoying a drink on the terrace at Ickworth Estate
Enjoy a cuppa on the terrace at Ickworth Estate | © James Dobson

Places to eat in Suffolk

Whether you feel like a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of homemade cake, or a meal made from fresh, local ingredients, you’ll find the cafés and tea-rooms in Suffolk are great places for delicious food and drink.

Cafés and tea-rooms in Suffolk

Coffee being freshly brewed to order in the barn Cafe at Springhill
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Eating and shopping at Ickworth 

Treat yourself in one of the cafés at Ickworth with a variety of tasty treats, light snacks and hot and cold drinks. Or grab a bargain as a souvenir of your visit in the shop or Plant Centre.

Plated hot food including Ziggy's famous Rarebit at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk
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Eating and shopping at Sutton Hoo 

Enjoy a bite to eat after you've explored the grounds, or search for your own treasure to bring home from the shop.

A young girl eating a scone at Brownsea Island
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Eating at Melford Hall 

The tea-room at Melford Hall in Suffolk is the ideal place to treat yourself to a cuppa and a tasty treat before, during or after your visit.

A stylised photograph looking down on table with a cream tea for two, with scones and jam and mugs of tea.
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Eating and shopping at Flatford 

Treat yourself to a cuppa and a tasty treat in the Flatford tea-room and find the ideal gift for you or a loved one in the shop.

Visitors in the tearoom at Lavenham Guildhall, Suffolk
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Eating at Lavenham Guildhall 

Take a break and enjoy coffee and cake when you visit Lavenham Guildhall. Sit outside in the sunny Courtyard Garden or relax inside the Tudor tea-room.

Coffee and cake at the Orangery restaurant Cliveden National Trust
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Dunwich Heath and Beach 

The Coastguard Cottages tea-room at Dunwich Heath is open for hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals.

Dunwich, Suffolk

Partially open today

Perfect picnic spots in Suffolk

If you're seeking peace and quiet, or somewhere the family can get together in the great outdoors, here are some great picnic locations with picturesque backdrops.

View of Bridge Cottage beside the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk
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Flatford 

With the River Stour creating a path through the landscape, relax by the water’s edge or take shelter under a shady tree and imagine you’re in a scene from Wind in the Willows.

East Bergholt, Suffolk

Partially open today
View across the canal towards the Summer House, church, walled garden and Rotunda at Ickworth, Suffolk.
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Ickworth Estate 

At Ickworth the Italianate Garden makes for a great picnic spot, as does the Walled Garden. From here you can walk off your lunch, by taking a stroll up to the 80ft monument.

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Fully open today
Visitors in the garden at Melford Hall, Suffolk
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Melford Hall 

Settle down on the lawn at Melford for a picnic, surrounded by flowers. Why not pick up a tasty treat, perhaps a home-baked cake or ice cream to finish off your lunch?

Sudbury, Suffolk

Closed now
Sunrise at Little Haugh, on the banks of River Deben at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, with a clump of trees on the left on a grassy field running to the river
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Sutton Hoo 

We have the choice of two picnic spots at Sutton Hoo, one near the children’s play area and the other along River View Walk, where you can enjoy views over the River Deben.

Woodbridge, Suffolk

Fully open today
Bench with sea view at Dunwich Heath and Beach, Suffolk
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Dunwich Heath and Beach 

When you visit Dunwich Heath you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic locations. Would you like a view across the heath or a picnic on the beach?

Dunwich, Suffolk

Partially open today
View across the canal towards the Summer House, church, walled garden and Rotunda at Ickworth, Suffolk.

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A county filled with natural beauty, from its picturesque coastline and Constable Country in the east, to wool towns in the west.