7 restaurants that opened in Suffolk in 2021
- 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.
Where: Bannatyne Health Club, Horringer Road, Bury Saint Edmunds, IP29 5PH
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
- 1 New cafe toasts successful first week
- 2 Patrols 'throughout the night' following dispersal order in Suffolk town
- 3 Thatch roof of cottage 'fully alight' in village near Needham Market
- 4 Young driver crashes car just a week after passing
- 5 New state-of-the-art army attack helicopters undergo testing in Suffolk
- 6 Police warning after Suffolk driver speeds at 126mph
- 7 'Versatile, hungry, athletic and technical' - McKenna on new signing Bakinson
- 8 Harper and El Mizouni made available for loan
- 9 'Dream come true': Excitement as new salon opens in Woodbridge
- 10 Bakinson's the 'mini Pogba' who has been a big hit on loan before and will now look to prove the doubters wrong
Where: 36 Station Road, Sudbury, CO10 2SS
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
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
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
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 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
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.