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Robert and Laura Strathern from Fairfields Farm potatoes

An Essex crisp maker which grows its own potatoes has bagged contracts with two major Hong Kong-based retail groups.

Curry is a superfood!

Yesterday, 13:33
Juliette with tumeric at Tanshikar organic spice farm, India
Photo: Giles Bryant

Nutritionist and superfood chef Juliette Bryant shares her knowledge and recipes each week, helping us to eat and feel much healthier...

Glasses of fizz

Is a new style of bubbly about to take the supermarket aisles by storm with its mix of two favourite tipples?

Maxine and Sam Hayes, owners of The lighthouse, Aldeburgh, which won Bookatable's Suffolk Restaurant of the Year award. Picture:  LUCY TAYLOR

The owner of a Suffolk restaurant has spoken of his pride after winning an award for best in county based on consumer reviews.

Food review: The Long Melford Swan

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Review: The Long Melford Swan. Our reviewer loved the tender duck and its cherry sauce at The Long Melford Swan and gave it 10/10.

Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys dinner at The Long Melford Swan, one of Suffolk’s best-loved pubs

family life

Ipswich born artist and model Ryan Barrett, taking part in BBC2's The Great Pottery Throw Down.  Photo: Love Productions/ BBC/ Mark Bourdillon

Ipswich born artist cum model Ryan Barrett is certainly getting viewers of TV’s The Great Pottery Throw Down fired up.

Motoring editor Andy Russell gets a hack's eye view of the Citroen's C3's camera. Picture: ConnectedCAM Citroen

Ever wished you could capture a magic moment on a memorable drive? Now you can with a clever car camera from Citroen. Motoring editor Andy Russell gets in the picture.

Curry is a superfood!

Yesterday, 13:33
Juliette with tumeric at Tanshikar organic spice farm, India
Photo: Giles Bryant

Nutritionist and superfood chef Juliette Bryant shares her knowledge and recipes each week, helping us to eat and feel much healthier...

Homegrown East Anglian talent: L-R Cary Grant, Ed Sheeran and Myleene Klass.

The stars weren’t always stars, and our region has played its part in shaping the careers of some of the most famous performers in this country and internationally. Take a look at 10 of the stars who began their road to fame in East Anglia.


Gallery: Five places for a festive walk in Suffolk

Monday, December 26, 2016
Christchurch Park, Ipswich

After the over-indulgence of Christmas, you may fancy donning some warm clothes and boots and heading out for a refreshing walk with the family. Here are five places in Suffolk where you can enjoy a festive family walk.

Richard Tyson walks in Woodbridge

The days are getting short now and some paths can be muddy so this week I am writing a shorter walk which I have been taking for a long time, writes Richard Tyson.

Some of the views around Sweffling

Richard Tyson enjoys a three-mile walk around the village of Sweffling.

All Saints Church, Hawstead

Chris Barker has a glimpse of a fascinating heritage project taking shape in west Suffolk with the latest in our weekly walks.


NFU legal board chairman Trevor Foss.

The cost of contract disputes ran to nearly £700,000 in 2015/16 among members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), it has revealed.

Ellen's children

There are many vocations that require people to work closely with their natural opponents, writes Suffolk mum Ellen Widdup as she confesses she never follows through with her wild threats.

Sheena has just used the last of her Christmas sprouts to make a soup

Suffolk mum Sheena Grant is single-handedly tackling food waste by using up her leftover Christmas veg - in February.

The night sky provides hours of free entertainment. 
Picture: James Hilder/PA

The natural world is the friend of the thrifty, writes Sheena Grant as she continues her endeavour to life a less costly existence.

Opinion: Wherever you look, Suffolk parents are under attack

Monday, February 13, 2017
Ellen's youngest son

The criticism of our parenting skils comes from all sides. We are over-involved or overly permissive. We are over-protective, over-sensitive, over-zealous. We over-diagnose, over-medicate and over-accommodate our kids, who are hideously overindulged, writes Ellen Widdup.

homes & garden

A blue plaque has been unveiled at the home of Roger Crompton Notcutt, who founded Notcutts Garden Centres 120 years ago. Left to right: Andrew Notcutt, Caroline Notcutt, William Brookes Keith, Sarah Lovatt, Beryl Campbell and William Notcutt. Picture: GENESIS PR

The forefather of a celebrated Suffolk business, which now employs 1,300 people at 18 garden centres throughout the country, has been honoured with a permanent memorial.

Gwyn Church, Strutt & Parker.

Rural business owners and farmers with diversified enterprises are being advised to check the implications of their business rate revaluation now, as some see rateable values double.

Martello Tower makes for an unusual home in Felixstowe. Picture: Chris Rawlings

At Felixstowe there is something special on the market - The Q Tower, a Martello tower originally built to see off potential invaders, and now a special home still with commanding views of the bay and Felixstowe port.

Strutt & Parker's Farmland Database analysis of the farmland market

English farmland values are more polarised than at any time in living memory, according to a land agent.


The wooden Zenkov cathedral

Mike Pickup and his wife weren’t entirely sure where they were even going when they signed up to a trip to Kazakhstan - and even had to open the Atlas to check, as he reveals.

Nueva, Asturias - cheese stall at the market

Roger Hermiston and Eileen Wise found more riches than they could have imagined exploring the Northern Spanish coast.

Dorf Andermatt

Switzerland is a land of contrasts. And this year the Swiss are celebrating the completion of one of the world’s greatest engineering projects that connects two strikingly different parts of the country, writes James Marston.

The pistes blend into one another in Courchevel

The main streets are littered with designer names including Dior, Prada and Chanel, the pavements are heated and only the best champagne is served.

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