Buy your Festive Fayre!

Tuck into a festive feast made with Suffolk's finest produce and buy local this Christmas...

Here in Suffolk's foodie town, Bury St Edmunds we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh, high quality, locally produced food and drink for our Christmas dinner. This year, choose to shop locally and source all your food and drink- the sprouts, the turkey and even the wine- from local producers. Not only will you taste the difference but you’ll be supporting local producers in the process...

Our guide to where to buy your 'festive fayre' is all you need for a festive feast this Christmas!

For your Turkey & Sausages - Ben’s Farm Shop

For all your quality, seasonal and fresh produce, head to Ben’s Farm Shop where you can pick up all sorts of ingredients for the big day- guaranteed to be of excellent quality and flavour. Pick up a locally reared turkey as the centrepiece of your special meal and perhaps even some free-range, rare breed pork sausages from Ben’s own pigs. In addition, you can choose from some fantastic local cheeses for the cheeseboard, including Suffolk Brie and Baron Bigod. If you want an alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding, why not select one of Ben’s luxury cheesecakes, which as well as being decadent and delicious, are real showstoppers to look at. Choose from cookies and cream, chocoholic, caramel chaos and strawberries and cream.

For your Veg - Farmers Markets in Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham and Long Melford

Pick up the freshest fruit and vegetables from local farmers markets in Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham and Long Melford, whilst soaking up the hustle and bustle of the outdoor markets on these crisp December days. The market at Bury St Edmunds is on the second Sunday of every month (apart from January) and you can be sure to pick up all of the veg for your Christmas dinner as well as flourishes such as locally produced chutney, fish for the starter and even handmade candles for the centrepiece.   

The market at Lavenham is on the 20th December from 10am and takes place in the village hall. Browse a range of locally reared meats such as pork, beef and even venison and game, for something a little different. The farmers’ café serves quiche, homemade soup and cakes as well as excellent coffee, so you can make a day of it.

Long Melford market on 12th December is open from 9.30am and has a wide range of stalls and small-scale local producers selling everything from cheeses and pate to pickled veg, jams and chutneys. Pick out craft and food items for last minute gifts and even beautiful garden plants.

For your Ales - Greene King Brewery

Indulge in a selection of local ales this Christmas when you drop into the Greene King Brewery’s well stocked shop. Choose favourites such as Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen as well as seasonal guest ales such as Rocking Rudolph Christmas Ale, which really packs a punch with full-bodied, malty and fruity flavours and hints of redcurrant. 

While you’re there, why not visit the café, and if you've got Christmas presents left to buy, you could buy friends or family a brewery tour and tasting of the brewery’s best sellers and build your own beer box- the perfect gift, or a Christmas treat to yourself!

For your Adnams Shop for Spirits and Beers

Indulge in a little ‘Christmas spirit’ with Adnams’ extensive range of beers wines and handcrafted spirits, perfect for your festivities this year. The shop stocks import wines, as well as locally produced beers and even has a tasting bar so you can sample a range of the beverages before buying. There is a ‘Gin lab’ where visitors can book to create their own bespoke gin, a great Christmas present for the gin connoisseur. After all, what’s Christmas without a little tipple?

For your Wine - Giffords Hall Vineyard

At Giffords Hall it’s ‘all about the wine’. This family owned vineyard grows several varieties of grape including Bacchus, Rondo and Pinot Noir. East Anglia is fast becoming a recognisable wine-growing region and has consistently won more gold medals for Bacchus than any other county. Choose from white sparkling, award winning rose and red wines to accompany your Christmas dinner and to add that little extra talking point during the meal. You can also buy liquors for that all important digestif.   

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