Clare, Woodbridge and Mid Suffolk
Take time out by the River Deben
TO fully appreciate just why Woodbridge draws visitors from across the county and further afield, you have to visit the beautiful riverside town for yourself. With deep connections to the River Deben, the busy market town is full of things to see and do – both on land and on water – as well as quaint coffee shops, well established restaurants to while away some time, and a wide selection of independently own boutiques to find something stylish.
Woodbridge is not short of historical sites either. Across the River Deben the road takes you to Rendlesham Forest, the location of the famous UFO incident of 1980, and Sutton Hoo, the site of a 7th century Saxon ship burial.
Whatever type of item you’re looking for, Woodbridge will have a shop that sells it, from DIY and craft supplies to wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques and delis.
In the town centre, the Thoroughfare is lined with boutiques, each filled with beautiful clothing and accessories for all ages. These include Laura Jane, Ninny Noo Boutique and Holly Blue Boutique.
When it comes to shopping for food, you’ll also be spoilt for choice. The Cake Shop Bakery is a family run business that has been lovingly baking hand crafted bread and cakes since 1946, while butchers shop J.R. Creasey has been an integral part of Woodbridge for over 100 years.
“Whatever type of item you’re looking for, Woodbridge will have a shop that sells it, from DIY and craft supplies to wool shops, outdoor clothing, boutiques and delis”
FOOD AND DRINK
Woodbridge is the perfect place to sample a fantastic array of eateries, from fine dining experiences to traditional pubs, and from farm cafés to cute and quirky tea rooms.
The Crown, on the Thoroughfare, makes the most of local produce, serving up a rustic dining experience in four different dining areas, while the restaurant at The Riverside, which also has a cinema and theatre, offers
delicious modern dishes. The set menu even includes the price of entry to a film. Or you could try The Galley or the Kings Head, up on Market Hill.
If you’re after a sweet treat to satisfy sugar cravings, the wide selection of cafes and coffee shops in the town will not disappoint. The Firestation, has tasty cakes and bakes, which can be enjoyed with tea, coffee and cocktails. The coffee shop even roasts its own speciality coffee in its roastery out back.
A slice of the action can also be had in other independently owned coffee shops too, including Honey + Harvey, The Georgian Coffee House and the Wild Strawberry Café.
There’s been a mill of operating on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years, harnessing the reliable and green energy of the tide. The current Woodbridge Tide Mill, built in the 18th century, is now one of only two tide mills in the country still producing stone ground wholemeal flour.
Since it was unearthed in 1939, Sutton Hoo has been said to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Found to contain a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure, it is believed to be the final resting place of the East Anglian ruler, King Raedwald.
The award-winning exhibition, the fullsize reconstruction of the burial chamber, stunning replica treasures and original finds from one of the mounds make Sutton Hoo a fantastic place for a fascinating and educational day out across the river, in and around Woodbridge.
Woodbridge tide mill set against blue skies
Market Hill , Woodbridge.
Market Hill , Woodbridge.
The Wild Strawberry Cafe, Woodbridge. Left, Charlotte Bones and Suzy Sledmere.