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Eating out is always a gamble, but we want to help take the guess work out by sharing some of our region’s hidden gems with readers. Each week our team of food reviewers travel the length and breadth of East Anglia hunting out quaint English pubs, explosive Asian cuisine and romantic restaurants.


Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis experiences some of the best food she’s ever eaten at Grain restaurant in Colchester

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis isn’t sure what to make of this East Coast Cafe in Aldeburgh

In 2014 Suffolk tourism bods scrapped their slogan ‘the Curious County’. But the fact remains there really are some curious things to discover in Suffolk. From ancient burial mounds, to a giant shell sculpture on the beach, via a pretty cool new dinosaur-themed American golf course at Ufford.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis loved the buzz about The Queen at Brandeston pub.

Food editor Charlotte Smith-Jarvis takes her mum for a relaxing all-inclusive lunch at Hintlesham Hall.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis tries out a family meal at The Dog and Duck in Campsea Ashe, which was renovated at the end of 2016.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis is left hungry after almost 90 minute wait for food at Coast to Coast restaurant in Ipswich’s Buttermarket

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis doesn’t quite find the dream Sunday lunch she was hoping for at Jimmy’s Farm, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Dairy firm Müller plans to pull the plug on its East Anglia milk supply network as part of a major restructure.

Nicola Warren visits The Barn Cafe at Alder Carr Farm in Creeting St Mary

A bird flu “postcode lottery” is putting free range egg businesses at risk, sector chiefs have warned.

Review: The Crown Inn, Stoke By Nayland

Friday, February 10, 2017

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis visits popular country restaurant The Crown Inn in Stoke By Nayland

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis tries out the cocktails and food at Bury St Edmunds’ newest restaurant and hotel, The Northgate

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis finds great value at Pump and Grind in the centre of Ipswich.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys relaxed dining at the award-winning Crown and Castle in Orford.

Review: The Angel, Bury St Edmunds

Sunday, October 9, 2016

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

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

Review: Tea @ The Shed

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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.

Food review: The Tuddenham Fountain

Friday, September 9, 2016

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis reviews The Tuddenham Fountain near Ipswich

Review: The Pier, Harwich

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis enjoys a luxurious seafood supper at The Pier, Harwich.

The veggie lifestyle – or semi-veggie lifestyle – is one that seems to be appealing to more and more people, and in Suffolk we have a number of fantastic restaurants and cafes dedicated to serving tasty vegetarian food.

The Case is Altered in Bentley is a welcoming village pub, in every sense of the word.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis speaks to the new team at the Easton White Horse

Review: The Cookhouse, Wherstead

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis samples food from the Synergy grill at the Cookhouse, Wherstead

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis and friends enjoy supper at The Waveney Inn near Beccles

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