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Smokey joes burger deli Ipswich

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis checks out Ipswich’s newest burger joint

Local chefs teamed up with students at West Suffolk College, in Bury St Edmunds, to put on a Best of Suffolk dining event at the college's Edmunds restaurant.

Students and diners got the best of both worlds at the West Suffolk College campus.

FOOD REVIEW: The Lakes, Stoke By Nayland

Monday, February 1, 2016
The Lakes Restaurant at Stoke by Nayland offers excellent modern British cuisine

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys an early Valentine’s date at Stoke by Nayland Hotel

ICE Lunch Bar dishes

Infusions for Chefs, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative cooking equipment and ingredients, has launched a brand new approach to dining at ICE – its cookery school and shop in Rougham.

Review: The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Salmon Rillette at The Unruly Pig

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis finds a cool spot for a cold night in The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell

family life

Bobby George at the Taj Mahal. Photo: BBC/Twofour

‘Don’t run our country down. Go to India and then you’ll see the difference. We’re so well-off’

Tinnitus affects more than 10% of the adult population

It seems to affect a large number of musicians but they are by no means the only ones to suffer with tinnitus. Sheena Grant reports on a condition that affects more than 10% of the population and finds out about local events during Tinnitus Awareness Week

Nitro Circus in action. Photo: Mark Watson

What a breathtaking show. At least I think it was, I watched parts of it peering through my fingers.

Tracy Root with Ruff and Tumble... or Tumble and Ruff. 'I definitely love cats as much as dogs, but I think dogs give you more back than a cat'

The BBC has set the cat among the pigeons with the launch of a short series with a provocative title – Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?


Comedian, activist and journalist Mark Thomas comes to Bury St Edmunds with latest show Trespass this week

Rabble-rouser Mark Thomas wants us to stand up and turn our corporate squares and sold-off communal spaces back into the playgrounds of our youth. He spoke to entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

Wander through rural High Suffolk

Monday, January 4, 2016
Hepworth walk, Bill Baldry

Bill Baldry finds plenty to enjoy in the open fields and large skies, even on a short winter’s day

Sudbourne walk, Boxing day, Richard Tyson

Richard Tyson explores forests and fields, managing to avoid too much mud

A crisp winter morning at Sutton Hoo.
 Suffolk has some fantastic walking country

Want to slim down and get healthier in the New Year? Forget trendy workouts and pricey gym membership - according to research, you’re better off going for a walk. And what better time to start than now, during the Ramblers’ annual Festival of Winter Walks? Sheena Grant reports


The morning after

It was a dark and stormy night... which was probably why three-year-old George and 11-month-old Wil woke up at 4am, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Ellen's husband and son

My husband is a mamil – a middle-aged man in Lycra, writes Ellen Widdup.

Have you thought of getting the knitting out and making your own?

It all started with the Christmas gift of a pom-pom, writes Sheena Grant.

The Lodge family, Mitchell, Gemma, Mila, Seth, Will and Finley.

Superdad Will Lodge tries to keep all the balls of family life in the air

Is it time we took a long, hard look at our relationship with alcohol?

Something to celebrate? Pop open some bubbles. Bad news? Take comfort in the bottle.

homes & garden

Wood Hall, Little Waldingfield

This outstanding country house is a Grade II listed former rectory, set in its own gardens in Little Waldingfield near the market town of Sudbury.

Lancaster House is the last remaining property for sale at Amberfield after the sale of Devonshire House in November

A five-bedroom family home built on the site of the former Amberfield girls school at Nacton has sold for £875,000, latest figures from the Land Registry reveal.

How much does your road name add to your property value?

Homes with the words Warren or Chase in their address tend to be the most expensive, according to analysis of common street names.


View from above Hong Kong

We were only in Hong Kong for a day, but this was enough to whet my appetite for a return, writes Andrea Powell.
For a start, the drivers were so polite! One advantage of a cruise ship tour meant that where others had to walk, we got to use the bus up the steep hill to see the Big Buddha - and I was impressed to note how our slow bus gave way to every car behind it. From someone who has spent endless hours on the old A12 to Lowestoft and the A140 to Norwich crawling at 20mph, I could not help thinking how great it would be if we adopted a similar idea here!

Group hug. Andrea Powell and her dogs

This was the first time we had been away at Christmas-time, writes Andrea Powell.

The cable car over Bracelona

I could see Hubby was sceptical at the idea. A Winter City Break? Some cities suit a winter break and other maybe less so.

Vienna town hall

For those with last minute shopping still to do, it is not too late to head off to the Continent for a visit to one of the many Christmas markets.

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