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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.

Suffolk Places to Eat

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.

Boden top Aldeburgh Coast Fish and Chips

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.

Bathroom Trends at Salone Del Mobile 2018

Even though I went to Salone Del Mobile essentially to look at the upcoming sofa and chair trends with DFS. I thought it would be crazy not to share some of the bathrooms that I saw and liked. Some because of the pure colour aesthetics and others because I could see how practical they will be for homes.

When we think of bathrooms generally, we generally tend to think of white as the predominant colour. But many of these palettes couldn’t be further from that vision  – you only have to see these ceramics by Cedit In fact the contrasting walls and features seemed to take centre stage quite a bit – and why not ?

Salone Del Mobile
Olympia Ceramic

We’ve all chuckled at old  ‘avocado ‘ bathroom suites in the past but you know there were loads of not un-similar shades at Salone Del Mobile. Just with a much fresher and luxurious look. I’m saving the brightest bathroom I saw until last – you won’t be disappointed :)

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Arlex Italia

I found the accents quite interesting. Lots of circular shapes and smooth curves. Lots of gold and brass too which gives a sense of luxury and warmth. I did note plenty of black units which is big at the moment here in the UK already.

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Brem.

These radiatiors made me abnormally happy. Honestly, you know you’ve really grown up when a good looking heating device does it for you. But how cool are they ? Such a great way to add some fun and extra style to your bathroom. I’d love to see if they will take off over here in England. I hope so.

Stylish bathroom Salone Del Mobile
Ex – T & Scavolini

Of course there were more neutral and muted tones with a more classic design but they were really beautiful and inviting. Spaces to switch off and relax. I do love a leg on a bath especially when it’s gold.

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Scarabeo

I think if my daughters had been with me these sinks would’ve won the day hands down. They sure caught my eye. Ceramic Buckets. Absolutely perfect for a kids ensuite or just for fun. Who doesn’t need more fun ?

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Scavoloni

This design really stuck out for me not only because it’s very good looking but also for it’s practicality. It’s space saving and could you could pretty much add all you need on the racks and even a few succulents. I can really see this in bathrooms across the country. I just love it.

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TDA

As promised, I saved the boldest until last. I showed it to my sister and she adores it. Of course, it’s not for the faint hearted but it could be muted or just used in accessories. If you want something to wake you up in the mornings then maybe this is it ?

Do you have a favourite here ? I think mine is the the second from bottom but I like elements of all of them.

Leave me a comment if you’d like to. I always enjoy hearing from you.

Lucy x

Once again – thank you DFS for taking me to Milan and for all the inspiration :)

All images are my own.

Salone Del Mobile 2018 inspiration trip with DFS

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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Salone Del Mobile during Milan Design Week as a guest of DFS.

It was incredibly useful for interior design inspiration, not only to view so many future trends but also to spend some time with DFS product designers Rob and Ashley who had already sought out some of the looks that will soon be in our living rooms here in the UK.

But actually, DFS already offer some pieces such as the Hoxton Sofa above that already capture many of the aspects so there’s no need for us to wait.

Hoxton Sofa DFS greys

Through this post I will show you how we can easily add elements of these upcoming trends to our home with some images of the current DFS designs.

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We were really interested to see that there were many more muted colour tones coming through this year. For instance more calming pastels rather than bold brights with some gentler blues and sage greens but also grey greens and blue greys that the Sophia sofa and swivel chairs offers in ‘ Sky ‘ Combination ‘ at DFS.

Neutral tones like mink, stone and off whites worked aside these light colours beautifully.  I saw lighter shades of turquoise too although I was really pleased to see some deep teals still playing a strong game being my favourite colour.

Viera Sofa DFSVelvet Foot Stool DFS

The stronger pops of colour seemed to be mainly on the warmer end of the colour chart generally, deep and brick reds,  burnt oranges and various yellows. Very much like the Viera Sofa in ‘ Bordeaux ‘ here and the Play Hexagon Footstool in ‘ Mustard ‘. On the whole – I felt it was a nod to the cool and relaxed era of the 70s.

Hackney DFS armchair leather

In terms of textiles – layering is big with different types of textures working alongside each other all within one design – you will find buttery leathers, velvets, suedes, open piles wools and wood. I really enjoyed the legs featuring metal – some with with industrial type wheels. I love the DFS Hackney Chair as it has very slick ski style legs with a very vintage vibe – it’s a great example of what’s to come.

This all took centre stage more than prints this year and I also loved the soft organic linens –  I had a field day looking at these combinations together !

Melody Sofa DFS

It seems that intricate detail is prevailing too with outside seams, pleats and large weaves. I noticed some top stitching ( once a dressmaker always a dressmaker ) and strong emphasis on craftsmanship which is fantastic news.

Shapes and forms are organic with curves and L Shapes like the ‘ Cream Combination ‘ Melody Corner Sofa or the Etienne Sofa in the ‘ Duck Egg ‘ colourway below. There still also seems to be quite a boxy theme running throughout.

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So, that’s what we discovered and it looks like it’s going to be quite an exciting time for furniture design. It’ll be interesting to see what DFS come up with in the near future although I am already enjoying their current ranges here.

Did you know that DFS handmade every order own their UK factories ? I honestly didn’t know that. Or that they have been established for over 50 years and now have 110 stores across Europe … I found out quite a lot about them while we all had a delicious meal together in Milan. It was pretty reassuring to hear that they offer a 15 year guarantee on all sofas.

You learn something new every day don’t you ?

Are there any looks that you currently like or trends that you’re looking forward to ? Do leave me a comment  – always love to hear from you.

Lucy x

This post is written in collaboration with DFS but as ever all opinions are completely my own.

All images copyright of DFS 2018.

 

Red Carpet Glamour Comes to Ipswich on October 4th

Film Premiere Ipswich Breathe Andy Serkis Clare Foy Film Festival
Sponsored post in association with American Express®

Coming from a film and theatrical background, I’m always interested to see how new films come to fruition and where the idea has come from. There’s usually a fascinating story behind it. So this post has been a pleasure to research, and I also have some exciting news for you – if like me, you love a good film and the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.

If you live in the Ipswich area, you’re a film fan and fancy something a little bit special, then I have some fabulous news – American Express and the BFI are bringing the 61st London Film Festival to the town next month.

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American Express has been proud sponsors of the BFI London Film Festival for the last 8 years, and this year, along with the BFI they’re bringing the Opening Night gala of the Festival to Ipswich.  Members of the public could experience one of the benefits of being an American Express Cardmember, which includes gaining access to some of the most talked about films during the Festival.

Across the country, regional cinemas will be screening not only a stream of the live red carpet, but also the much-anticipated European premiere of Andy Serkis’ feature directorial debut, Breathe. You’ll find more information about how you can register for tickets at the end of this post and more detail about all of the cinemas taking part.

Breathe Film American Express Andy Serkis Director Claire Foy

I’m so looking forward to watching it, let me tell you a little about the storyline of Breathe.

Written by twice Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, Breathe is a true story about an adventurous man, Robin Cavendish (played by Andrew Garfield ), who meets, falls in love with and swiftly marries a beautiful young lady called Diana Blacker (Golden Globe Winner Claire Foy). Together they move to Africa and enjoy an idyllic life with Diana becoming pregnant, but suddenly, Robin is struck down with Polio, leaving him paralysed from the neck down, and rushed to a hospital and  attached to a respirator that enables him to him breathe. He’s given the prognosis of a few months to live.

A few months on and with a new baby son in their lives, Robin has been moved to another hospital and is being taught to talk again, but has given up. Diana though is adamant that she wants Robin to survive for the family, so instead of letting the illness take control of their future, she manages to bring Robin home from hospital, and between them they amaze everyone with their tenacity and lust for life.

Robin’s good friend and Professor Teddy Hall (played by Hugh Bonneville) develops a homemade wheel chair for him with a battery-operated pump. It means he isn’t stuck in bed anymore and starts to have mobility again.

Breathe film American Express Sponsored British Film Festival 2017

They continue to fulfil lots of their dreams and travel to different countries, all of which gives Robin a new purpose – fighting for the rights of disabled people.

The supporting cast members list is stellar – including Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Stephen Mangan and Dame Diana Rigg. It’s like a who’s who of my favourite actors, reading through all the names. The production team are also hugely acclaimed.

Producer, Jonathan Cavendish, who is actually the real son of Robin and Diana, always felt his father’s life would make a compelling feature film, and when he told William Nicholson one day about his background, the whole film started to take shape. He also works alongside Andy Serkis (famous for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and his recent role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) with their own production company – The Imaginarium.

Breathe Film Clare Foy Andy Serkis British Film Festival

I’m excited because reading up on the synopsis of the film – it resonated with me, and I think it will with many, because it’s a tale of challenges that anyone could face and how one family dealt with it all in such an inspiring way. Also, the way that the film all came together really moved me, as it started out with no money invested but with cast and production crew all keen to tell this story – it became a reality. Cool huh ?

Ipswich Premiere Breathe Film Festival 2017

I’ll be attending my local cinema in Ipswich on the night of the 4th October, and I’m really looking forward to it. The film will be released across the UK and Ireland on 27th October.

To register for limited tickets* to see the 61st BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala film ‘Breathe at Cineworld Ipswich courtesy of American Express visit www.seeitfirst.com/Amex2017  

*Terms apply

I’ve already got my tickets, so I’ll see you there!

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Adventure of a Lifetime on the Road with Coldplay

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If you’ve stayed with me through the last 3 posts you’ll know by this post we are in Toronto and the girls are literally having an Adventure of a Lifetime.

For the last gig and because they opened up the roof of The Rogers Centre we wanted to spend some quality time there during the day. It was literally baking hot and beautiful.

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But first we wanted to eat eat ice cream ( mega ? )and take a trip up the CN Tower especially as it was right next to where we were staying.

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Apparently on a clear day you can see as far as Niagara Falls. it was a pretty good view but if I’m honest I was just keeping it together enough to do brave face up at the top … sssshh don’t tell the girls.

I’m sure the tower sways ever so slightly ? Or was I imagining it ? But it was spectacular to be up there and see the whole of the city. Mae even encouraged me to stand on the glass floor with her – which I did but there’s no way I’m posting that photo.

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You could see the Tower inside the music venue  – and at night it twinkled along with the Coldplay hits and changed colours. I kept looking up at it and trying to paste the moment in my mind for keeps.

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There’s always so much to do on the day of a show. They have the finest team and they work so, so hard. Plus they are super nice with visitors. What a lovely bunch of people.

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Mae and Bets appeared on Coldplay’s instagram stories while over the week. Look a them being all industrious ! :)

So there we have it. Our little road trip. I’ve always wanted to do one but had no idea that we would get to do one as part of Coldplay’s tour. Which by the way was one of the kindest things anyone has done for us in a long time. I will never forget it.

The concerts each time were energising and so rich in colour. I was literally in heaven. I tell you, if you want to see a show that fills you with positivity then this is the show to see. They seem to have a way of connecting with the audiences even when it’s 50,000 and making everyone feel they are special. It’s a pretty cool thing.

The catering was out of this world. Different every day and very tasty. It gave me some ideas for some new recipes.

Mae has come home and played the piano non stop. So all in all an inspiring time for us all.

How am I going to up this for next Summer Hols ? Gulp !

Hope you have enjoyed each post. You can catch up on the other below in my stream and also find me on Bloglovin’.

Lucy x