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Called in to cafe to break long journey to find cafe "not serving food as it's too busy". Sunny half term Fridays will be! more »
Went this weekend to pick up food for a weekend away on the boat. Great selection on Suffolk food and drinks. Best saltbeef I have tasted in ages. more »
Have been a few times and staff at the coffee shop are never very friendly. Today we paid for a meal and a piece of cake. The cake never arrived. I then asked a coffee shop member of staff for the cak... more »
2 hugely disappointed kids today as it would seem that the ever popular bouncy pillow has ceased to be. Apparently it has got a big hole in it and is an ex bouncy pillow. The worst type of bouncy pillow I'm informed by the kids. "Worse than no bouncy pillow at all." Food hall is fun but choice is limited. Seems like a lot of fudge/chocolate or sauce. It's not a place you could do a weekly shop. Rather collect a few expensive nicer bits while the kids bounce. Or not.
Excellent gem of a place. Super local and regional produce. The home store is particularly good, with some really special items which I haven't seen before. Although I only had a coffee from the cafe, the quality of it was better than a Starbucks equivalent I had earlier in the day. Lots here for kids, with a lovely climbing frame and the ever brilliant jumping pillow. All this is next to the Orwell and under the shadow of the bridge.
If give it no stars if it were possible. Didn't even eat there. Arrived to the counter to order food, the waitress and I made eye contact and without a sound she turned her back and went into the kitchen. We stood at the hatch waiting where we could see three women working. One came out hearing a phone ring and she came out to pick up the phone, clearly seeing me and my mother waiting, and took the phone into the kitchen. We continued to wait this time quite loudly as we gained the attention of two other groups of patrons eating already. We heard the phone call end through the hatch then we heard a conversation start up in the kitchen. That was the last straw and we left. As we headed out I did look back but still the girls remained having a good time in the kitchen. Never again will I attempt to eat here and I WILL be telling others to not bother also.
Stephen G Anderson
As a vegan, my expectations when shopping in general stores or eating out are always modest. Unfortunately, my expectations weren't met by the Suffolk Food Hall. It was very disappointing when I visited on a Wednesday morning. Too little care taken seems to have been taken over quality of fresh produce on sale. The prices would have been acceptable if the fruit and veg had been fresh. But virtually all the veg was passed its best. The cauliflowers were turning, the mushrooms looked many days old, and so on. Even the locally grown turnips were soft. I persevered, though, and decided to buy some bread. Because the bread had premium pricing, my expectations were high. The white loaf was acceptable, but no better than a Sainsbury's bloomer at under half the price. The sourdough was ... well, it had the consistency of the white loaf, not of sourdough, and it wasn't very sour at all. Given the poor range of bread available, (and having been before when the range on offer was much greater) I've concluded that the place probably exists for weekends, which is when the fresh produce is put out for the throngs of shoppers. It's not like a local version of London's Whole Foods Market that I was rather hoping for, but more like a larger version of those food shops tacked onto many garden centres selling overpriced 'value added' food items. So far, an opportunity missed.
Good local produce and nice variety of homewares and gifts. Easy parking and nice kids play areas next to the cafe. Beautiful location overlooking the Orwell Estuary and bridge.
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