Wherever you’re staying in Suffolk, there’s an abundance of local and independent produce just waiting to be discovered. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites to help you get the most of our county’s fantastic food, and help you on your way to stocking the quintessential Suffolk frigidaire.
If you’re staying in Aldeburgh and are looking for first-class food to stock the fridge, make Lawson’s your first port of call! This award-winning delicatessen, previous winner of the national much-coveted “Deli of the Year” accolade, sells organic bread, home glazed Suffolk ham, fine cheeses, rare breed pork pies, olives, chutneys, coffee beans and more. The delicatessen also provides a range of vegetarian options, including scrummy veggie scotch eggs and quiches.
Daily, the kitchen serves up soups, salads, terrines, tarts, chocolate brownies and a range of high quality frozen meals, perfect if you’re looking for something quick and easy to pop in the oven after a day of exploring the Aldeburgh coastline. If you so fancy, Lawson’s also offer Holiday Cottage Welcome Hampers, helping to make the start of your holiday stress free and enjoyable!
Open 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday, 10am - 2pm on Sunday.
The Aldeburgh Market
The 2011 Good Food Guide described this quirky hotspot as a “fishmonger, deli, greengrocers, and livewire daytime cafe under one roof… a fiercely local foodie enterprise with an eclectic edge”. This glowing view of The Market is certainly well founded; popular with both locals and tourists alike, a recommendation in the Michelin Guide in 2016 cemented its status as a Suffolk seaside treasure.
Offering both seasonal produce, fresh vegetables, specialised deli products and local fish, as well as more exotic products in their Asian food section, a visit to The Market is a must if you’re staying in Aldeburgh. There is also a cafe on the same site, with dishes created only from produce sold in the store.
Offering freshly made local food, this delightful cafe offers both eat-in options and produce from the takeaway deli counter, including salamis and parma hams, sausage rolls, cakes and pastries, homemade jams, local cheeses, local ice cream and much more. Munchies also offers a massive range of fantastic freezer-to-oven ready meals, from starters through to puddings, perfect if you want a fuss-free evening in at your holiday cottage.
Open 8am - 4:30 pm daily.
Choppings Hill Bakery and Cafe
Sitting on the High Street, Choppings Hill Cafe and Bakery serves a delicious array of cakes, pastries, sandwiches and more! If you’re looking to fill the pantry, all food is available to takeaway, including a selection of fresh quiches, bread and cakes, as well as locally produced jams and sauces. Perfect to pop along to in the morning for your daily loaf, as well as irresistible savoury and sweet treats to stock up on. With friendly staff and fantastically good food, what's not to love?
Open 8am - 4pm daily.
Salter & King Butchers
Conveniently located on the High Street, this butchers has developed a fantastic reputation across the whole of the county for its commitment to great meat with provenance, excellent service and traditional values. The team at Salter & King make all of their own sausages, burgers and mouthwatering meatballs with their own meats, as well as pies, savoury tarts and sausage rolls.
If you’re keen to plan your food shopping before you leave for your holiday, Salter and King are ever keen to accommodate; call ahead, and the team will get your produce ready for the journey home.
Open 8am - 5pm Monday - Saturday.
Thorpeness Village Store
As the Visit Aldeburgh site also covers the nearby Thorpeness area, we couldn’t neglect to mention this handy little store! Providing all the essentials for your stay in this gorgeous coastal village, the shop also offers many scrummy treats, such as Suffolk ham glazed on the premises, local sausages and bacon, and a selection of local cheeses. Expect freshly baked croissants and pastries in the mornings and delicious homemade sausage rolls at lunchtime.
There is also a delivery and fridge-fill service available, a perfect way to set you up for your self-catering holiday.
Open 8am - 4pm, Monday - Saturday.
Simply Delicious, Leiston
The aptly named Simply Delicious stocks carefully selected whole foods and health products, catering to both customer convenience and dietary requirements. With artisan food at the heart of its principles, Simply Delicious stocks a wide range of produce, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free products.
Homemade preserves, pickles and chutneys scatter the shelves amongst a variety of specially selected and respected brand names. From the deli, treat yourself to cheeses, meats olives and fish, as well as homemade savouries and cakes. Highlights include a vegan lentil and tomato pie, spinach pakora and an array of home made pizzas.
Open 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Saturday.
Adnams Cellar and Kitchen
If you’re visiting Aldeburgh, or even Suffolk more generally, at least one Adnams ale in the pantry is a requirement! The beer has a long and rich heritage, brewed on the same site as the present brewery for at least 670 years, with shops and pubs dotted all along the Suffolk coast. One of its newest additions is the Aldeburgh shop, handily located on the High Street for all the essential tipples.
Open 10am - 5pm on Monday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm Sunday.