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Review: The Angel, Bury St Edmunds

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Review, The Angel Hotel Bury St Edmunds. Cod with prawn beurre blanc.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reviews The Eaterie at The Angel in Bury St Edmunds

Love Thy Burger just before it opened in Ipswich

A self-confessed burger connoisseur is tomorrow opening a brand new eatery dedicated to what’s one of the UK’s most popular fast foods.

Staff at St Elizabeth Hospice  with their Pig, Dr Trott, after receiving £5,000 from our campaign.Mark Miller, Hospice Chief Executive, Rachel Backshall,Director of Income Generated and Marketing, Brian Bolt, Finance Director with staff.

A popular porker fresh from this summer’s successful Pigs Gone Wild trail will be making a special guest appearance at a Suffolk sausage festival.

river bistro, stowmarket

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis dines at Stowmarket’s ‘hidden gem’ The River Bistro

Review: Tea @ The Shed

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Tea @ The Shed, Sproughton

It was a perfect early autumn day when we decided to pay a visit to The Shed in Sproughton – the sun was shining and there was just a slight cool breeze in the air, writes Nicola Warren.

family life

Ruth Madoc in Be My Baby, at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, October 17-22

Ruth Madoc didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for her role as the steely matron with a heart of gold in the play Be My Baby. She talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about her influential mother and her early childhood in East Anglia.

Pc Neil Smith in 2011 with his dog Willow who had just started training at Martlesham Police Headquarters

Throughout a career rich in light and shade as a Suffolk police officer, Neil Smith MBE experienced all human life. Now he has written a thought-provoking blog.

Martin Bell, who will be speaking in Halesworth on Thursday

Martin Bell has travelled a long way since leaving Suffolk as a teenager in the 1950s. The former BBC reporter and MP talks soldiering, war and politics with Sheena Grant and reveals the discomfort of coming face-to-face with his teenage self in letters written home in the 1950s.

Andy Hamilton

Andy Hamilton, the creator of family sitcom Outnumbered, is bringing his stand-up show to Suffolk. He told Sheena Grant about his struggles with modern life and why parents need to go easier on themselves...


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.

Botesdale walk, Bill Baldry, Oct 8 eadt

Bill Baldry finds some fascinating peculiarities on a north Suffolk stroll starting at Botesdale Chapel-of-Ease, an attractive 15th Century building with an engraved Latin inscription.

The Leather Bottle at Pleshey

Pleshey is well known for its motte-and-bailey and is a popular walking area, writes walker Lotte Sherman.

River Waveney Sculpture Trail. Photo: Andrew Atterwill

The River Waveney Sculpture Trail is open. We take a wander down the riverbank to see what’s in store.


American tycoon Donald Trump

Fight or flight is fascinating, writes Ellen Widdup.

YouTube saved Sheena Grant from an expensive plumbing bill

I almost had what can only be described as a Claudia Winkleman moment at the end of last week, writes Sheena Grant.

Have you been blackberry picking?

Smells have an extraordinary power to trigger evocative memories, transporting us back to the past in a fraction of a second, writes Sheena Grant.

Lynne has been clearing our her drawers

I have been clearing out my over-stuffed, mucky old drawers, writes Lynne Mortimer.

Ellen's husband and children

We’ve all heard of love at first sight, writes Ellen Widdup.

homes & garden

One of the most expensive houses sold in Suffolk in August 2016

Four homes in Suffolk sold for more than £1million in July.

Rats. Stock image. Credit: PA

An allotments site in east Suffolk is said to have descended into “anarchy” with a rat infestation that is feared to be affecting nearby homes.

Andrew Brogan is dwarfed by his plants! Photo: Belinda Roll -

Alan Titchmarsh called it “like Belize come to Beccles”. Just two more chances to visit in 2016. Grab them!

A house for sale in Woodbridge that has several castle attributes and was designed and built by local architect William Maj.

They say an Englishman’s home is his castle but rarely could the saying be more accurately applied than in the case of this Suffolk citadel.


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.

Relaxing in the garden spa

Amid the tears, tantrums, snotty faces, tense negotiations, inane chatter and bribery, lies a beautiful concept, writes Naomi Gornall.

Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Norwegian fjords

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

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