7 restaurants that opened in Suffolk in 2021

Carolyn Munro - chef patron of The Fish Dish in Sudbury

Carolyn Munro - chef patron of The Fish Dish in Sudbury - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The last year has been a difficult one for those selling food and drink, with the lows of lockdown, the highs of freedom day and now the uncertainty surrounding Omicron making it a bumpy ride for anyone in hospitality. 

However, lots of new restaurants have still taken the plunge and opened up in Suffolk, despite this uncertain climate. 

Here are seven new hospitality venues that have opened in the county in 2021. 

1. Woodlands

Where: Bannatyne Health ClubHorringer Road, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP29 5PH

The beer-battered globe artichoke with homemade herb and caper mayonnaise, pea puree and hand cut ch

The beer-battered globe artichoke with homemade herb and caper mayonnaise, pea puree and hand cut chips at Woodlands restaurant, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Charlotte Smith-Jarvis

Opened inside the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Bury St Edmunds, this vegan restaurant serves food from breakfast until supper, including afternoon tea in its elegant dining room.

Dishes include sticky pulled jackfruit with noodles and stir-fried vegetables, as well as lavender panna cotta and chocolate fondant tarts with pistachio ice cream.

2. Fish Dish Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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Where: 36 Station Road, Sudbury, CO10 2SS

The Fish Dish has just opened on Station Road in Sudbury

The Fish Dish has just opened on Station Road in Sudbury - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The Fish Dish Restaurant started life out as a pop-up, but now owner Carolyn Munro has a permanent base to work from. 

Selling fresh seafood platters to eat-in and takeaway, some of the items on offer include swordfish, salmoriglio, calamari and oysters. 

3. Trio's at St Peters Brewery

Where: St Peter's Hall, South Elmham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1NQ

Amy Goodyear, events manager, at Trio's Restaurant in St Peter's Hall, Bungay

Amy Goodyear, events manager, at Trio's Restaurant in St Peter's Hall, Bungay - Credit: Danielle Booden

Based in the 13th century St Peters Hall, Trio's grew out of Natalie Creegan's catering business, which rapidly outgrew its original premises. 

As well as serving tea, coffee, cakes, snacks and lunches, Trio's offers Tapas on Friday nights with a selection of British and Spanish small plates. 

Even deserts come with a twist, served in miniature portions so you can try more than one of them. 

4. Burgers, Wings and Ribs Stowmarket

Where: Station Rd E, Stowmarket IP14 1RQ

Burgers, Wings and Ribs have won awards for their fancy fast food

Burgers, Wings and Ribs specialise in fancy fast food - Credit: Burgers Wings and Ribs

The award winning Colchester takeaway start-up took over the former Portman Pub in Stowmarket earlier this year, and now offers dining, drinks and takeaway to people after fancy fast food. 

Jack Shaw, managing director, said: "This is an opportunity to bring high quality takeaway to an area underserved by the big chains - we think that Stowmarket will appreciate our high quality independent food."

5. Mark G at The Old Blue Anchor Stores

Where: 133a High St, Lowestoft NR32 1HP

The venue is now known as Mark G at The Old Blue Anchor public house with dining.

The venue is now known as Mark G at The Old Blue Anchor public house with dining. - Credit: Mick Howes

Based in the historic Old Blue Anchor Stores pub in Lowestoft, Mark G's is a seafood restaurant which was previously based in Pakefield.

Since opening in September the restaurant has been very popular.

Owner Mark Gee said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had since opening here at our new home. 

"It has been really great with lots of bookings from customers both old and new and we thank everyone for their support."

6. The Greek Hut

Where: 12 Tacket Street, Ipswich IP4 1AY or 20 Pownall Road, Ipswich, IP3 0DS

The Greek Hut in Tacket Street

The Greek Hut in Tacket Street - Credit: The Greek Hut

The Greek Hut opened in Pownall Road in February and has been serving Hellenic classics including souvlaki, Ioukaniko and halloumi. 

When our reviewer visited she thought that the food was "an authentic taste of Greece", and clearly Ipswich agreed, as a new branch has opened in Tacket Street. 

7. The Moloko

The Moloko, on Lion Street in Ipswich

The Moloko, on Lion Street in Ipswich - Credit: Danielle Lett

Where: 8 Lion Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DQ

Serving up delicious tapas and cocktails since spring of this year, The Moloko offers Spanish and Italian inspired small plates. 

It turns more into a bar at night, when a DJ plays and an outdoor terrace opens up. 

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