Long Melford

Linger a while in this charm­ing vil­lage where there are two stately homes to ex­plore

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LONG Melford is one of Suf­folk’s most at­trac­tive vil­lages, with al­most cer­tainly the long­est high street.

It’s lined with a fab­u­lous range of in­de­pen­dent shops, art gal­leries, an­tiques cen­tres, pubs and restau­rants, cafes and tea shops.

Long Melford has a lot to of­fer to vis­i­tors, whether you’re in­ter­ested in his­toric build­ings, an­tiques, shop­ping, good food or fash­ion. At the top of the vil­lage is Holy Trin­ity Church, a late 15th cen­tury wool church, with the brick hos­pi­tal next to it, founded in 1573 for 12 poor men and two poor women.

Long Melford has con­tains two stately homes, Ken­twell Hall and Melford Hall, both vis­ited by Queen El­iz­a­beth I, and built from the pro­ceeds of the wool trade in the Mid­dle Ages. Ken­twell Hall and Holy Trin­ity Church were fi­nanced by the Clop­ton fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar by John Clop­ton. Both Ken­twell Hall and Melford Hall are open to the public. Melford Hall is a Na­tional Trust prop­erty, which or­gan­ises events through­out the year. wwEx­plore its con­nec­tions to Beatrix Pot­ter. www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/melford­hall. Ken­twell Hall is well known for its his­tor­i­cal re-cre­ations www.ken­twell.co.uk.

The vil­lage’s his­tory is recorded in the Long Melford Her­itage Cen­tre, which con­tains finds un­cov­ered in the July 2011 Long Melford Dig. There are dis­plays of old pho­to­graphs, and an­cient finds from in­clud­ing a good col­lec­tion of lo­cally found Ro­man arte­facts.

COME TO THE FAIR

Long Melford is great for shop­ping, par­tic­u­larly fash­ion, art and an­tiques, and gifts. If you’re plan­ning a visit, don’t miss the Com­mu­nity Street Fair on Sun­day, July 9. More than 100 stalls, two mu­sic stages, a spe­cial­ist en­ter­tain­ment area and street per­form­ers, bouncy cas­tles, dance per­for­mances, live bands, fash­ion show, food stalls, craft stalls, fundrais­ing and pro­mo­tions, chil­dren’s fair rides, an­i­mals, tombola, raf­fles, cake stalls . . . and free park­ing on the vil­lage green

www.long­melford.co.uk

EAT­ING AND DRINK­ING

The Long Melford Swan is a Miche­lin listed bou­tique, two rosette restau­rant with rooms, of­fer­ing brunch, lunch, din­ner, tast­ing menu, group party menu or tra­di­tional Sun­day lunch. www.long­melfordswan.co.uk/

The Bull Ho­tel is a fine tim­bered house, orig­i­nally built in 1450 and the per­fect set­ting for a week­end break or spe­cial oc­ca­sion. It has two restau­rants, the Cordell and the Ken­twell, of­fer­ing sea­sonal menus, while cream teas can be served in the bar or court­yard. www.old­englishinns.co.uk/ our-lo­ca­tions/the-bull-ho­tel-long-melford

Scutch­ers is an award win­ning restau­rant es­tab­lished in 1991, which holds sev­eral Good Food Guide Awards as well as the Miche­lin Bib Gour­mand. www.scutch­ers.com

Tiffins Tea Em­po­rium, tra­di­tional tea rooms, serv­ing a large va­ri­ety of loose leaf teas,and de­li­cious home made cakes and scones, baked daily. Break­fast, lunch, af­ter­noon tea. tiffins-tea-em­po­rium.co.uk

Below: Beatrix Pot­ter fun day and cel­e­bra­tions at Long Melford Hall.

Above: Crowds in Hall Street en­joy the Long Melford Street fair

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