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10 great places to eat along the Suffolk Coast

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For some reason even though I’m a foodie all be it a pescatarian one, I haven’t yet written about really good places to eat around here along the Suffolk Coast and there are many.  It’s not just colourful houses although we definitely have our fair share.

I’ve put together a little list just incase you are looking for somewhere to unwind this Summer and have a good meal if you’re in the area –  and could probably recommend plenty more if you’re looking for something specific.

Two Magpies Bakery 

If you have a sweet tooth then I would definitely suggest heading to to Southwold Highstreet and popping in to Two Magpies Bakery. Their handmade pastries are  delicious. They also make breads on the premises which can you see in progress as they have a window to the kitchen. It’s a good looking place with clean white tiled walls and on trend decor. There is always a decent queue out of the door which speaks volumes.

Pinney’s of Orford

You mustn’t let the rustic interior of this smokery restaurant think they anything less than super serious about excellent  food here. It’s a place that attracts people from far and wide. They are very much in to sustainable fishing. Luckily they have a shop too so if you want to take something home with you then in my opinion they offer the best smoked salmon pate I’ve ever tried. Orford is a pretty village too so worth a look around.

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Harris & James

I’m not joking when I say that I had the best cake I’ve ever tried in there last Autumn. It was toffee and apple. I still think about it to this day even though I don’t eat sugar now. Fairly new to Southwold and Aldeburgh ( yes there are two ), Harris & James is essentially a Gelato shop and is tucked away on East Street in Southwold and on the highstreet in Aldeburgh – both with an inviting front. Inside neon wall lights and an array of treats made in the shop. They have a selection of dreamy ice creams – well worth trying. You can sit in or take away. Savoury light meals are also on the menu too. Honestly, I think you’ll like it there. The crew that run Harris & James are really nice people.

The Bell Inn

After a spot of crabbing or a wander around the pretty village of Walberswick a nice spot of lunch at The Bell Inn pub is recommended. On sunny days you can sit outside in their large garden or inside for a cosy Suffolk beamed setting in the winter. A really busy, buzzy place so you might need to book for bigger parties. The menu suits most people and there’s lots to choose from. You can also stay upstairs which would be nice after a chilled day on the beach.

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Suffolk Food Hall

Just under the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich. We have eaten here countless times. Birthday get togethers, Sunday meet ups and lunches with mates. The Cookhouse has the most spectacular, panoramic views of the bridge, boats and surrounding fields. You can see a little taster of it here. The meals cooked in an open kitchen and they offer seasonal menus. I tend to have their fish pie  – it’s so good.

In the huge Food Hall which is full to the brim with, vegetables, deli type foods and drinks, they also have a cafe for snacks and drinks. There’s also a gift shop and plant centre and giant air pillow for kids to jump on. A whole afternoon out really ?

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Butt and Oyster

This pub is down at Pin Mill which is not far on from Suffolk Food Hall. The setting is just beautiful overlooking the Orwell River. They do good local beers and they work herd at providing an interesting menu that really does live up to it’s reputation. In fact I had a really healthy meal there last time and came away feeling very virtuous :)

It’s set down a pretty little long lane which adds to the whole experience of finding somewhere a bit special.

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The Lighthouse

In the lovely seaside town of Aldeburgh. I may have photographed this area once or twice on my instagram :) … The Lighthouse has been popular for many years. In fact, I think almost 20. The outside is impressive and instantly recognisable with it’s tall lighthouse facade. The staff are friendly and offer a diverse selection of À La Carte, traditional lunches and puddings. Definitely worth booking ahead on this one. They do a cool little lunch if you’re heading next door to the little old cinema.

Sole Bay Fish Company 

Down by the harbour in Southwold you will find one of the best fishmongers ever. Completely fresh and caught on their own boat. You can eat in at their restaurant  or take fish away with you. It’s open 7 days a week from 8 am  – 4 pm. They also own the Little Fish and Chip Shop on the high street. You can’t miss it  – its a thing of bright blue beauty. Oh… and you can also get champagne with your order.

No 51

This is an excellent place in Southwold for soups, sandwiches, family meals  – all sorts really. They are consistently good and helpful and aim to please. It’s cosy with lots of character. They have really cute window displays throughout the year  – always a very easy on the eye in their cafe.

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Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

As a bit of a fish and chip connoisseur ( I have my uses .. ha ! ) I can’t tell you enough how good the take aways are from here. People come from all over the place to eat them. They also own the Golden Galleon chip shop so you can’t go wrong with either. The lines around the building tends to start way before they open every day. I can’t bear greasy chips and these are just perfect and chunky. We often grab some and then head down past the pretty homes to the stoney beach to eat and gaze at the sea. It’s the simple things in life sometimes isn’t it ?

I have such big respect for anyone running their own business so really want to give a big shout to these places – please do add any other places in my comments that you’ve enjoyed along the Suffolk Coast.

Lucy x

Clothing c / o Boden:

Renee Shoulder Bag, Klein Blue Neck Top, Mayfair Skinny Jeans, Ruth Sandals.

Three Ways to Serve your Christmas Punch this Year

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Having been the person that doesn’t drink at many party occasions .. ( but not always )  I feel extra aware of the friends and family who can end up with a sparkling water or apple juice in their hand because the main focus is often put on just the booze and that’s understandable – it is a time to unwind after all. But it takes little than a few minutes to make something tasty for the non – drinkers – and you can always slip in your favourite tipple with these also so they’re not strictly non alcoholic.

I’m sharing three super simple combinations that you might find useful and it also gives me a chance to show off my new handmade glassware from LSA International. Presentation is key in making your guests feel special so very happy with these this year. Lots of shimmering candles around adds to the atmosphere and makes a lovely soft glow in the room. These beautiful Pleat Tea Light Holders are inspired by the draping and gathering of fabric as is the larger Pleat Storm Lantern.

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For the ‘ mocktails ‘ recipes this Punch Bowl and Glass Ladle is definitely big enough to pour in the ingredients needed – it can hold over 6 litres to be precise and actually make a fab Christmas present don’t you think ? The Punch Cups come in a box of 4 and are a superb way to serve your guests with something a bit different.

As I mentioned earlier I have added some alcoholic  additions too if you fancy adding a drop of alcohol to any of them but they are primarily full of fruits.

Here are the 3 options for an alternative Punch.

3 cartons of unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 carton of fresh smooth orange juice and half a litre of good quality lemonade. Then slice some orange and add along with some fresh cranberries and ice ( although they can be quite sour so depends on your taste buds but they are super healthy and good for dressing the drink anyway ). A little sprig of rosemary on top of the glass for decoration finishes it nicely.

You could replace the lemonade with prosecco or vodka.

This one will give a nice kick.

3 cartons of cranberry juice, 3 mugs of orange juice and half a bottle of non – alcoholic ginger  beer. Again add some cranberries and orange slices. Ice is good to keep it cold.

Or another version using cranberries as your base flavour is:

3 cartons of cranberry juice. a carton of apple juice ( not from concentrate ) and a bottle of fresh pear juice. You could add some mulled pears, cinnamon sticks and oranges. This is making me thirsty !

Of course you could add a tipple of gin to make it alcoholic. Just warn your guests first :)

Let me know if you try these and like them. Do you have any favourite punch recipes? Would love to hear of some more – do leave me a comment under this post.

Lucy x

Thank you LSA International for my glassware gifts.

Inspire Me with Jackson and Levine on their Debut Habitat Collection.

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There’s no stopping Laura Jackson and Alice Levine. Not only do they have their own very successful careers broadcasting on television and Radio 1 respectively. They also run the the very cool London ‘ Supper Club ‘, have written a book to inspire the perfect dinner party and now have their debut collection for Habitat.

I love the Habitat designs and so had several questions for Laura and Alice about their journey together and how they manage it all …

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Where did you originally meet and how did you decide to work together ? 

It’s a romantic story. We met at a jumble sale about 5 years ago when we had stalls next to each other. We pretty much talked about food non-stop the whole time and became friends following – going to new restaurant openings together and also trying out new recipes on each other. We then decided it would be fun to take on the challenge of setting up our own supper club together – hosting evenings in our apartments that would bring together strangers over food, drink and music. We both work in TV and Radio and this is a great change from what we do day – to – day and is a real passion project. Held every 2 months in a warehouse in Haggerston, we seat 16 people around our communal table and serve up seasonal treats from our kitchen. In the past we’ve made ricotta filled ravioli with deep fried sage, hare ragu and lemon posset amongst other things. We always try and source ingredients locally or celebrate the great produce around us by using neighbourhood bakers and wine merchants.

How did your famous Supper Club evolve in to working on a range with Habitat ?

When we started our supper club, we got a bit carried away on guest numbers for our first event meaning that we didn’t actually have enough crockery ! So we basically approached Habitat with a bit of a love letter email to ask if they would be up for potentially giving us some spare dinnerware that we could use at the supper clubs. We didn’t actually expect them to come back however they did and sent us some beautiful hand-glazed tableware which was a bit of a result ! As the supper clubs have grown in popularity over the last few years, Habitat has helped us out with a few different events and we both love the focus that Polly Dickens, Habitat’s Creative Director, has put back onto hand-crafted textiles and ceramics in the collection. This hand-crafted look has always been a key visual element of our supper clubs and last year we got discussing a potential product collaboration with Polly – and the rest is history !

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What reaction have you had so far to your new Habitat range ? 

We have been thrilled with the reaction to the range – it’s become one of Habitat’s fastest selling kitchen linen collections so we are genuinely delighted! When we started the project, Polly suggested working with a khadi based fabric from India, made using traditional skills that are becoming less commonplace due to mechanisation. This means that each piece is entirely individual – not machine uniformity – and the cloth has a wonderful loose quality that gives a relaxed, informal feeling to it. You can see that human hands have worked on these products and we think this is what people are really liking about the collection.

Did a particular era inspire the range and why ? 

We tend to bring a lot of different ideas to each supper club that we produce – we like to make each one entirely individual so we don’t necessarily have a house ‘ style ’ that defines us – so the whole process began with us producing a mood board that included design inspiration from ornate Chinese wallpapers, delicate 1900’s embroidery and French fashion illustrations to botanical prints and floral sketches. Working with Habitat – especially their Pattern Designer Martha Coates – we started to narrow these conceptual ideas down to focus more on botanicals as we both felt it appropriate as it gives a nod to the foraged herbs we use in our cooking and table decorating.

Were you both involved in the design process?

Yes – it was a really fascinating process working alongside Habitat. We wanted a range of products that would be classic, chic and timeless – products that would appeal to everyone and that were genuinely useful. We wanted the linen to be washing machine friendly, so it could be washed hundreds of times and still retain its shape and beauty. We knew we wanted to have a print – which we worked on with Martha – but in terms of colour, we wanted a cool, neutral base and a stripe to underpin the whole collection – allowing you to layer colour on your table on top. The apron was also a massive triumph for us as we spend most days in the kitchen wearing aprons but we’ve never struck on the perfect design that is simple, stylish and practical. If you’re spending a lot of time lovingly preparing something, then we think you should you have something equally lovely to wear and hopefully we’ve achieved that !

With radio and tv presenting – how do you find the time for designing this gorgeous Habitat collection and running Supper Club ?

Haha – the secret ? A lot of our Rocket Fuel cocktail to keep us going ! It’s been quite a whirlwind year – we’ve just launched our first recipe book  – Round To Ours – too alongside the collection with Habitat so it’s been a lot of hard work but a lot of fun as we’ve done it all together. We both really enjoy the spontaneity of ‘what’s next’ and love being busy – never say no and always say ‘ why not give it a go ? ’

Blue plate for dinner party

If you were holding a Supper Club for colour lovers which pieces from your range would you use and what menu to accompany it ? 

The printed napkins look amazing with coloured glass or a glazed plate in a punchy pigment. The radish, radicchio and sweet pecan salad we created for Habitat is almost too pretty to eat – a total pin up of a plate with all the pinks.

What are your tips for creating the perfect atmosphere when hosting a Supper Party ? 

  • Making the table look striking doesn’t have to cost a fortune – sprigs of herbs as place settings are a lovely touch and make the table smell wonderful. Flowers and houseplants can make a huge impact on a room – we have hung giant alliums from the ceiling, had a regimented row of dusty pink hydrangeas in pots and pressed auburn Autumn leaves to scatter on the table. For something inexpensive – separate out a bunch of flowers into individual stems and place in glass jars or just use foliage on the table for a fresh green look.
  • Ambiance is very important – you want everyone to feel welcome and relaxed. No one ever felt that way by sitting under a 100w central light! Soften the room with table lamps and lots of candles. Music can also make or break the night – if you’ve run out of time to curate the perfect party playlist, stream one of your favourite movie soundtracks or check out the ‘ Mood ’ sections of Spotify.
  • If we’re cooking a menu for friends we’ll always ask what their favourite ingredients are and work up a menu around those. It’s a really nice touch to do this – it shows you care and have made an effort and means they don’t have pretend to love tripe! The same goes for drinks. Find out their favourite cocktail and as soon as guests arrive, make sure they have a drink in hand. In the summer, we make up large jugs of gin, elderflower cordial and prosecco with lots of ice. It’s much better than fussing with making individual cocktails.
  • Don’t get bogged down with the food being perfect – rough and rustic is perfect for a dinner party. Try sharing platters rather than plating up everyone’s portions individually as it really creates a more intimate, shared experience that will make everyone feel part of the dinner. Everyone likes seconds so make more than you think you need.
  • Try not to be chained to the oven – the best way to do this is to have some elements that can be made in advance or that just require compilation. We find serving a cold starter and cold dessert makes life a lot easier. Timing food for big numbers can also be daunting – so try cooking a large cut low and slow. Lamb shoulder or silverside of beef are great ones for a crowd and they just get better and better, so even if guests are little late they will have a melt in the mouth meal.

Can you both describe your style in 5 words ? 

It changes all the time.

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Will there be any more collections for Habitat ?

Stay tuned! We both loved the process of designing a range with Habitat so hopefully there is more to come next year !

Big thanks to Laura and Alice. It’s made me hungry !

What do you think of the Jackson and Levine Habitat Collection ? Has it inspired you to run your own Supper Club ? It has me.

Do leave me a comment under this post. Would love to hear from you.

Lucy x

A Little Pasta Sauce Recipe for You, Using My Dotcomgiftshop Happy Homeware

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This post is a chance to show you some lovely new interiors products from dotcomgiftshop and share a very simple recipe at the same time. It’s a pasta sauce instead of using basil, which is what I tend to add usually – I’ve used mint instead.

Before the recipe though as promised – I need to show you my new home additions –  this flamingo being one of them.

My love of flamingoes is a longstanding thing. I’m kind of fascinated by them. They’re so elegant yet quirky at the same time. So needless to say – any opportunity to add one here to our house – I’m in.

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This pretty pink lady is actually a little watering can. What a cool idea ? Kind of looks great just hanging around the house anyway but has a purpose too. She’s perfect for tending to the herbs in this arboretum / indoor herb garden.

It’s really useful to keep all the herbs I use in one place, but in a compact and stylish way.  The arboretum is metal, sturdy and I love the green colour. I’ve found it’s a good way for my girls to learn how to cultivate food.

dotcom-chives-pot Inside it has six plant pots with labels that you can chalk the names on to – and easily wipe off and change if you need to. Dotcomgiftshop always seem to come up with interesting new home goodies. They have variations on this style in different colours if you’re more of a blue or ivory kind of person.

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It’s really handy reaching over and grabbing a few herbs in the kitchen when I’m making a meal.

We use chives in loads of dishes but on a salad it’s particularly yum !

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The bowls as I mentioned are also from Dotcomgiftshop – they’re from their Japanese range of tableware. The striped ones are called  ‘Sunburst ‘ and the floral plates and bowls are from the ‘ Daisy ‘ collection. The ‘ Green Circles ‘ are a nice contrast  – they have lots of different colours and patterns. I do like a mix and match, eclectic look. I think it’s great for a relaxed feel for a dinner party. They’re good quality also.

They have side plates, dinner plates, small bowls for snacks, salad, main and dessert bowls mugs etc in this range – so a whole set that you can buy individually. The colours compliment each other and the prints look great against colourful meals.

Which leads me to the pasta sauce …

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For this quick recipe you will need:

2 cans of chopped tinned tomatoes.

1/4 cup of olive oil.

few pinches of fresh mint.

1 onion finely chopped.

1 garlic clove – crushed. ( optional  – nice without but some people love garlic in any pastas sauce )

1/4 cup mozzarella.

black pepper.

Salt.

Pasta of your choice.

Method.

Add the oil to a saucepan and heat on a flame or hob. Put in the onion and garlic and gently fry until golden. Add the tinned tomatoes and mozzarella and mix in well. Stir until it is has thickened a bit and then add a pinch of salt and as much pepper as you personally like to use.

Let it cool for a few minutes and then add a little chopped mint and the mozzarella. Mix all together and then add a sprig of mint on top to finish it off.

Mix it in to cooked pasta and enjoy.

It’s quite refreshing and I eat this well in to the Autumn. That’s the handy thing about having the herb garden. You can keep them going for longer !

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As you can see for dessert here, we had a few tasty florentines and an espresso with some shot cups. The espresso coffee pot is fantastic because you use it on a stove or electric hob with fresh coffee  beans. Maybe a widely known fact but news to me ! It smells amazing – I so wish you had the option scratch and sniff your screen.

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The coffee pot is a  good way to complete a meal with friends. Especially an Italian dinner.  Again dotcomgiftshop makes these in different colours and slightly different finishes.

If you’re inspired by my new home pieces or fancy having a look at their lovely colourful store – then you can do so here. I really want to get some of the other different designs now  – the ‘ Blossom ‘ print is really pretty.

Do you love trying out new recipes? I hope you like this one if you do give it a go ? Also – hope you like my new homeware ? Leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with dotcomgiftshop  – all opinions are my own.

Chilling Our Boots with a Homemade Raspberry & Choc Ice Cream Recipe

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It’s still very much trial and error with my attempts to grow fruit and vegetables in the garden. We’re enjoying it though. My friend Lou told me that raspberries grow easily so of course I rushed out and bought a plant last year – and she was right. They do.

Hoe Grown Raspberries

Betsey loves them and there’s nothing nicer than popping outside and helping ourselves to a few organic raspberries – and I seriously don’t want to waste any of them. In fact, I’d go as far to say that I’m obsessed with not wasting anything that we’ve grown. It tastes so good and we’ve spent so long nurturing everything. I probably sound like that lady with the dungarees from the 70s sitcom ‘ The Good Life ‘  – but we have a long way to go before we have pigs roaming in the garden.

Home Made Ice Cream

Anyway, we decided that as we have practically been melting in the heat this week it would be a good time to use our new ice cream maker and try out our own simple recipe for raspberry and dark chocolate ice cream with fresh mint. As we have sampled it and like it a lot..  ( it’s so intensely fruity ) – thought you might like it for yourself ? You don’t actually need a machine to make this but if you do have one  – saves a little bit of time. It’s really quick and easy.

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Ingredients.

1 and a half cups of raspberries.

200 ml  extra thick double cream.

75 g white sugar.

40 g dark chocolate chopped into small pieces.

1/ 4 teaspoon of vanilla bean extract.

a few sprigs of fresh mint to decorate.

Method.

Puree 1 cup of raspberries and chop most of the other ones in to little pieces – adding them a bit later in to the ice cream mix for texture and also save a few for topping.

Add the sugar, chopped raspberries and vanilla extract to the puree and mix together. Then add the chocolate, saving a few pieces back. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 mins.

Next put it on the ice cream maker or mix steadily until the consistency has thickened a little. Pour it in to a bowl suitable for the freezer and then sprinkle the last few bits of chocolate over the top.

Pop it in to the freezer, ideally over night but for at least 4 hours. You have ice cream !

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To serve  – add a few fresh mint leaves and raspberries to the top – it looks nice and colourful but also adds lovely flavour.

If you try it out – hope you enjoy it – do let me know how you get on ?

Have a good one.

Lucy x