Suffolk: New restaurant will ‘pop up’ across county

SUFFOLK’s first “pop-up restaurant” is set to launch and hopes to take over venues across the county – maybe even people’s homes – throughout the year.

Award-winning chef David Williams and his wife Susanne are hoping to open their own restaurant, The Truffle Pig, somewhere in Suffolk.

But until then they are joining the “pop-up restaurant” craze, taking their innovative recipes and friendly and relaxed service on tour.

Pop-up restaurants come in various shapes and sizes and the idea is they take over a building for a short-period of time, such as a couple of days.

Mr and Mrs Williams, from Orford, near Woodbridge, will be launching their travelling restaurant and menu at the Queen’s Head pub in Brandeston, near Framlingham, on January 29 and 30.

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Mr Williams, 37, said: “We have been looking forward to this for quite some time. Suffolk has some excellent produce and it goes without saying we will be working with it.

“The support of the local business community has been great; we are excited about our first weekend.”

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The couple say they will offer an “outstanding larder” using many local producers including Food Safari, at Framlingham; Lawson’s Delicatessen, at Aldeburgh; Pinney’s of Orford; Pump Street Bakery, Orford; Lane Farm, Blythburgh Free Range Pork; and Red Poll Meats, at Worlingworth.

Mr Williams has spent 16 years in award-winning kitchens in Paris, Cambridge and Dorset, including one, two and three-star Michelin restaurants. He promises “tried and tested techniques” with “innovative, exceptional produce and creativity”.

Mrs Williams, 35, who previously worked as a general manager of a four-star boutique hotel in Nottingham, said the restaurant would concentrate on a “genuine, friendly” service with “exceptional” food, rather than aiming for awards.

“We’re very excited about it. We’re open to offers where we run the restaurant – it could be anywhere,” she said.

“We’re looking at opening our own restaurant and this is a good way of putting what we do out there and gauging interest.”

The couple also run the Hotel and Restaurant Consultancy, which offers hands-on help to small businesses.

For more information about The Truffle Pig project go to

n Suffolk missed out again when the latest Michelin Guide was launched yesterday.

No restaurant in the county has a star in the guide, which highlights culinary excellence in the UK.

It is believed the most decorated restaurant is the Bildeston Crown with three AA rosettes.

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