Support local! The best farm shops near you
If you’ve vowed never to go back to piling your supermarket trolley sky high and ignoring your local shops, let us help you keep your promise with our pick of the best farm shops in Suffolk & Cambs.
We’ve got more amazing farm shops in our area than you shake a locally-grown leek at. Let’s show them some love this lockdown and shop local for our food and drink. I’ll see you at the cheese counter…
This huge farm shop is the reason my bank account is always empty, because it’s just down the road from me and it’s impossible just to buy the things on your list! Shopping here is absolute bliss and makes you never want to go back to miserable old supermarkets. As well as being chock full of locally grown (literally from metres away on the farm) produce, it also has a huge gift area, freezers packed with home made ready meals, rows upon row of wine and beer and a deli, cheese and meat counter. Credit cards at the ready.
At the bottom of the wonderfully named Gog Magog hills you’ll find this delightful award-winning farm shop that is made up of a shop, deli and butchery. You might have seen The Gog on various TV shows and it stocks local wines and spirits, Monmouth Coffee, COOK meals, and fresh fruit, veg and meat from local suppliers.
A trip to Burwash Manor is always a good idea if you’re looking for something to do and want to support lots of local shops in one fell swoop. During lockdown The Larder is allowed to stay open as a food store, so you can continue to support this lovely shopping village with a trip here. You won’t get meat fresher than from the butchery here – the pork comes directly from Burwash Manor Farm’s own herd of Essex Saddlebacks and veg is picked from the farm’s own beds.
This farm shop started out as an orchard in 1922 and is still a huge and idyllic area that produces brilliant fruit. The farm shop is huge and sells loads of locally grown fruit and vegetables, homemade baked goods, delicious confectionery and preserves. There’s a lovely cafe too (not open during lockdown).
Newsflash – this is a brand new farm shop that has only been open a matter of weeks so now is a brilliant time to support them. You’ll find the shop tucked away between Wendens Ambo and Newport and it stocks all manner of lovely goodies including flowers from LBB member The Botanical Alchemist. During lockdown they’re open as usual from Tuesday-Saturday (9am-6pm), Sunday (10am-4pm).
One of our Muddy Awards winners in 2018, Johnsons of Old Hurst is normally – outside Covid times – so much more than just a farm shop (there’s a cafe, Steak House, Tropical House with crocodiles and a farm walk on site). For now though you can still go to the farm shop and pick up fresh meat, local cheeses, sweets, alcohol and jars of jam and chutney. There’s a fabulous bakery too, so leave your healthy eating willpower at the door.
La Hogue is a lovely, fully-stocked farm shop just outside Newmarket and it recently opened a gorgeous cafe (one to add to your list for after lockdown). The farm shop is known locally for its brilliant butchery counter – all meat is traditionally reared on local farms in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and the lamb is home produced on the Euston Estate near Bury St Edmunds. The shop can also make up hampers full of local goodies, which make great gifts. Check out a La Hogue recipe here.
This one is on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and is an absolute must-visit. There’s a pretty courtyard with a collection of shops including the farm shop, a home & garden treasure trove and a lovely restaurant. The farm shop is one of the largest in the region and is well known for its butchery with a strong emphasis on locally-sourced game and venison. The rest of the shop is packed with seasonal fruit and veg, local cheeses and chutneys at the deli counter, sweet treats and alcohol. During lockdown 2.0 the shop is open Thursday to Monday 10am – 4pm and you can get takeaway from the restaurant.
Not far from Aldeburgh is Friday Street, where you can usually enjoy delicious meals in the Kitchen, but for now you’ll have to be content buying the produce in the shop and cooking up a storm at home! The shop is family run and has been open sine 1976 and you’ll find local free range eggs, milk, freshly baked bread and cakes, local meat and fish from nearby smoke houses and locally sourced cheeses, preserves, and pastas. They’re open seven days a week.
This is the mother of all the farm shops here in Suffolk, and it’s an absolute gem. In freer times you can spend many hours here enjoying the shop, restaurant, cafe, play area, walking along the river… But for now there’s still the huge farm shop full of all the best produce from Suffolk farmers including an on-site bakery (smells like heaven), as well as the cafe, which is doing takeaway during normal trading hours.
Another long-standing family business, so definitely one to support during lockdown (and beyond!). The veggies are home grown so you won’t find fresher and there’s loads of lovely locally-sourced products to peruse. Outside of lockdown there’s also a cafe and a hair salon on site. Open Tuesday – Sunday.
We chanced upon this farm shop on a trip to the coast the other day. As I said “I’m hungry, we should stop somewhere”, to my husband, this farm shop and cafe materialised like magic. The cafe is large and bright and welcomes dogs and children (there’s a large field out the back where they can play while you watch out the window over a cappuccino) and the menu is really extensive. The farm shop is bijou, but well stocked with local produce, home-cooked freezer meals, and little gifty bits.
Probably the most famous of the farm shops in Suffolk – The Butchery & Larder is in the coverted barn at Jimmy’s Farm and during lockdown they are running a click and collect service for an Essentials box that includes sausages, bacon, fruit, veg, eggs etc. The shop is also well known for its free range turkeys at Christmas and these can be ordered now.