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