Suffolk Has Some Invitingly Cosy Cafes for Winter Treats
Suffolk has so many locations for al fresco dining, but the days for sitting in the warm summer sun are sadly now over. But that doesn’t stop us from exploring Suffolk’s other possibilities for enjoying a morning coffee or an afternoon tea. Cosy cafes are now the desirable destinations and we’re lucky to have some gastronomic gems on our doorstep.
Bricks and Bresummers
At Ixworth (not to be confused with Ickworth) just a couple of miles from our lodges, there’s The Coffee House, situated in Ixworth High Street. Now a regular meeting place for Suffolk locals and visitors alike, the olde world appearance with exposed timbers and red brickwork make you feel comfortable straight away. You’ll find a mixture of comfortable seating and local magazines for a leisurely tea-break or lunch. We like the changing blackboard of cafe specials, and their sausage rolls are something else! In our lodge you’ll find a number of Suffolk footpath guides which include Ixworth.
A Welcome at Moriarty’s
In an easterly direction you’ll find the attractive village of Walsham le Willows with a stream running through the centre. Close to the village hall you’ll easily spot Moriarty’s Cafe, a recent addition to the West Suffolk local foodie scene. Even vegans and gluten-free diners are thought of here, in this brightly lit interior with views out onto the village street. Expect a very good lunch offering as well as a fine range of teas and coffees. If the weather is fine then the sheltered courtyard at the rear gives an additional seating option.
Wander to Wyken
For a more rural location, and within walking distance of Upthorpe Lodges, the cafe at Wyken Vineyards is a treat at any time of day. Word has got round so be prepared to wait for seats at busy times, but the offering is well worth it. Expect to pay more than you might at the average cafe, but a pot of tea provides two generous cups and the cake portions aren’t skimped on. The adjacent restaurant offers a-la-carte dining if you’re seeking something very special.
There are plenty more offerings which visitors may want to seek out too, but don’t keep them to yourselves! Each of our lodges has a ‘local recommendations’ book with contributions from previous guests.