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13 edible ways to celebrate Suffolk Day 2018

PUBLISHED: 20:16 18 June 2018

Enjoy a pint after an inn to inn walk on the coast, or at Briarbank in Ipswich  Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Enjoy a pint after an inn to inn walk on the coast, or at Briarbank in Ipswich Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Eat your way around the county on June 21.

There are loads of reasons to celebrate our fine county on Suffolk Day (June 21) but we can think of nothing better than getting out to one of our pubs, cafes or restaurants to treat yourself to some local food and drink. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

1. Join an Inn to Inn Treasure Hunt organised by The Westleton Crown and The Ship at Dunwich, from June 21 to 24. Start at either pub, follow the signs, take a selfie with the Suffolk Day sign en route and finish at the remaining pub where your pic will get you a free drink and entry into a draw to win an overnight stay with breakfast. There are three routes to choose from (3.5miles, 5miles or 8.5miles).

2. Slate in Aldeburgh and Southwold will be running tastings on everything from Suffolk honey to chocolate on the day, and is hosting a cheese, wine and pamper evening at Amanda Smith Treatments in Wrentham too, from 7pm. Join them for a night of pampering, fromage and vino. Tickets are £20 per person in advance from either store.

3. The Crown Inn in Woodbridge is running a set Suffolk Day menu all week, with three courses priced at £21. Dishes include Suffolk Shipcord rarebit with toasted Adnams sourdough and real ale chutney, and Simpers Farm asparagus with fried Suffolk duck egg, shaved Parmesan and truffle butter and edible local flowers.

4. Over at Isaacs in Ipswich a Suffolk Day menu is being served from breakfast through to dinner and James Hazell will present his BBC Radio Suffolk show from the balcony between 10am and 1pm. The brewery (Briarbank) is open between 11am and 2pm. And there’s a special quiz with a free bowl of chilli, priced at £3 per person, raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

5. East of England Coop stores, which champion Suffolk ingredients though their Sourced Locally scheme, will have testings throughout the county during the day.

6. At Palace House in Newmarket there’ll be tea tastings and talks with Twinning’s tea specialist Lucy Chappell, who’ll speak about the history of tea in England and its links to Newmarket. The 11am talk is £5 with tea and a pastry, the 12.30pm it includes a cream tea at £10 and the 4pm session is £14 with high tea.

7. Suffolk Vegans club is hosting a vegan picnic in Felixstowe’s Spa Gardens from 6pm to 8pm. Take along your vegan Suffolk picnic to enjoy with the group and take part in a litter pick afterwards on the beach.

8. Stoke by Nayland Hotel is hosting a Suffolk Fruits afternoon tea featuring strawberries and raspberries from the family farms. The menu (served from 12.30pm to 5pm) includes sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and Tiptree jam, and a selection of fruity sweet treats. If you dine in the Medana restaurant on the day you’ll receive a free fresh fruit and cream platter.

9. The Red Lion in Chelmondiston will serve a Suffolk Day sausage and mash lunch from 12noon to 2pm. Priced at £14.95 for two courses the meal includes bangers from Hollingsworth Butchers with mash and onion gravy, followed by Eton mess.

10. Meet head brewer Fergus at Adnams from 6.30pm on Suffolk Day when he’ll be giving a tour and tastings of beers past, present and future. Tickets are £25 and must be booked in advance with the brewery.

11. The Arbor House in Ipswich will be serving a special Suffolk Day burger all day. Slipped into a brioche bun from The Cake Shop bakery in Woodbridge, the burger is a handmade patty with locally sourced bacon, Suffolk Gold cheese and salad. It’s £9 for the meal and you can add a half pint of Suffolk ale or cider for £1.

12. Head for the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe where between 5pm and 10.30pm a Pizza and Pasta set menu will be served in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. Three courses is £18 and £5 from each meal goes to the charity.

13. Ickworth House’s chef is baking a special Suffolk apple cake on the day and there’ll be fre entry to the house throughout the day with free indoor and outdoor tours.

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