Why I Love Suffolk: Melanie Lesser

Melanie Lesser of Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

Melanie Lesser - Credit: Contributed


Playing with my sister Camilla in the children’s play area in the Abbey Gardens and fishing for sticklebacks in the River Lark. This memory was one of the reasons I joined the Bury Water Meadows Group who work to conserve and improve the rivers Lark and Linnet.


Ickworth House. I worked there in the 1990s and have fond memories of organising a variety of musical events and plays. We love to take our dog Kandy for walks there with friends and family.


Aldeburgh beach. When I was working in London I used to come up to Aldeburgh with a group of friends for weekends and we would walk down to the beach as soon as we arrived to smell the sea air. It always lifted our spirits. I still enjoy visiting the beach and playing golf at Aldeburgh Golf Club.


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Hartest. My husband Guy was a GP in the area, and we love to walk or cycle around the village and the surrounding area. Hartest has the steepest hill in Suffolk!

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Francela - a Mediterranean grill and mezze restaurant on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds. Fantastic food, a great atmosphere, and excellent service.


The Bear at Beyton, many happy memories. There is always a warm welcome from Garry and Hannah.


My daughter Olivia and I have visited several NGS (National Garden Scheme) gardens during the pandemic. The owners have been so kind to open their beautiful gardens to the public to raise money for charity.


I must name two. Firstly the Bury St Edmunds Festival. I been a volunteer steward for the festival in the past and there is always a large variety of performances to enjoy. I especially enjoyed the harp and sitar recitals. And then the Suffolk Show. There is so much to see and do. It's a brilliant showcase for all that happens in our fabulous county. I was delighted and honoured to judge the school’s gardens at the show a few years ago.


The Handmade Shop and Gallery in St John’s Street Bury St Edmunds. They stock beautiful work from many local artists. They feature guest artists so there is always something new to admire and buy.


I love to travel, and I am always pleased to see Greene King products for sale wherever I go. It is a fantastic world- wide export from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

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