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More Suffolk businesses recently handed five-star food hygiene ratings, with locations in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and more





When choosing a restaurant or picking a takeaway, you probably want to know if you are in safe hands in terms of quality and hygiene.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) works with local authorities to enforce food safety rules and award star-ratings to businesses, giving residents an indication of the cleanliness and hygiene.

Here's a list of some of the Suffolk eateries handed the maximum five-star rating after inspections since the beginning of 2023.

This is part two of our deep-dive into businesses awarded top marks this year. Our previous story can be found here.

Bell Inn – Kersey

The Bell Inn in Kersey. Picture: Google
The Bell Inn in Kersey. Picture: Google

In the village of Kersey, near Hadleigh, you’ll find the Bell Inn.

In a March review, inspectors praised this traditional English pub.

In all three categories, hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building, as well as management of food safety, it was handed a good rating.

The pub currently has a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, and is the second highest rated restaurant in the Hadleigh area.

Café Hygge – Long Melford

Café Hygge in Long Melford. Picture: Google
Café Hygge in Long Melford. Picture: Google

Heading towards Sudbury, in the village of Long Melford, we find Café Hygge.

This Nordic-inspired café inside Southdown House in Hall Street was awarded a five-star rating in March.

Like our previous entry, the business was also awarded a good rating in all three categories.

Marquis of Cornwallis – Layham

Near Ipswich, you’ll find the village of Layham, and our next entry.

Styling itself as a ‘luxury hotel, restaurant and bar’, the Marquis of Cornwallis is located in a building that goes back centuries.

Inspectors praised the hotel during a June visit.

Hygienic food handling scored a very good rating, while cleanliness and management of food safety were awarded a good rating.

Green Dragon – Bungay

The Green Dragon in Bungay. Picture: Google
The Green Dragon in Bungay. Picture: Google

Described as a ‘hidden gem’ by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), this Bungay pub is known for its range of beers and its spacious lounge.

FSA inspectors visited the Green Dragon in March.

It shined in two categories, being awarded a very good rating for both cleanliness of building and facilities and management of food safety.

Hygienic food handling was given a good rating.

Bit on the Side – Bungay

Ellie's Boutique opened on June 17. Picture: Kathryn Healey
Ellie's Boutique opened on June 17. Picture: Kathryn Healey

Launched by mum Kathryn Healey in July, Bit on the Side is the coffee shop accompaniment to Ellie’s Boutique in Upper Olland Street.

While Kathryn runs the boutique, her husband manages the eatery, which offers snacks and lunches.

It was handed a five-star rating on July 17 – a little over two weeks after it opened

Hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of facilities and the building were rated good, while management of food safety was rated very good.

The Joseph Conrad – Lowestoft

The Joseph Conrad Wetherspoons in Lowestoft. Picture: Google
The Joseph Conrad Wetherspoons in Lowestoft. Picture: Google

You may not be expecting a Wetherspoons on this list – but the firm’s most easterly pub makes our list.

The Joseph Conrad, in Lowestoft, was awarded a five-star rating in March.

However, TripAdvisor reviews seem more mixed, with it currently holding a 3.5-star rating, with reviews from punters ranging from high praise to harsh critique.

@Twenty5 – Ipswich

@Twenty5 in Ipswich. Picture: Google
@Twenty5 in Ipswich. Picture: Google

To Suffolk’s county town we go, where we find this family run grill in St Nicholas Street.

@Twenty5, in Ipswich, was handed a five-star rating in July.

Inspectors showered praise on the eatery, and it was awarded a very good rating in all three categories.

Revolution – Ipswich

Revolution, in Ipswich. Picture: Google
Revolution, in Ipswich. Picture: Google

Just down the road, near the old Cattle Market, we find our next entry.

The Ipswich outlet of well-known bar chain Revolution was given a five-star rating in April.

It, too, was handed very good ratings in all categories by the FSA.

Arkana Coffee – Ipswich

Arkana Coffee opened in January. Picture: Ash Jones
Arkana Coffee opened in January. Picture: Ash Jones

Our last entry in Ipswich for this list, we go to the independent coffee house Arkana Coffee in St Margaret’s Street.

Run by partners Ian Dobney and Rodica Geogea, the business opened at the end of January, and in February was handed a five-star food hygiene rating.

Like our previous two entries, it impressed inspectors.

In all three categories, it was awarded a very good rating.

The Brewers – Rattlesden

The Brewer's in Rattlesden. Picture: Google
The Brewer's in Rattlesden. Picture: Google

Nestled between Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds is the village of Rattlesden.

One of two pubs in the village, the Brewers, was given a five-star rating in March.

All three categories – hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building, and management of food safety – were considered good.

The Royal Oak – Stowmarket

The Royal Oak in Stowmarket. Picture: Google
The Royal Oak in Stowmarket. Picture: Google

The Royal Oak in Stowmarket was recently reopened by the owners of The Swan in Needham Market, which made our last list.

Towards the end of June, it was awarded a five-star hygiene rating by the FSA.

Inspectors noted that all three categories were worthy of a very good rating.

Edmundo Lounge – Bury St Edmunds

Edmundo Lounge in Bury St Edmunds.
Edmundo Lounge in Bury St Edmunds.

Right in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, you’ll find our last business.

Edmundo Lounge was given a five-star rating in February.

Hygienic food handling and cleanliness and condition of the building and facilities were considered good, while management of food safety scored a very good rating.

Understanding the ratings

The hygienic food handling category includes the preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage of foods.

Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building relates to the restaurant itself, including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control, to enable good food hygiene.

The management of food safety category relates to systems or checks in place, including paperwork, to ensure food sold or served is safe to eat, as well as evidence that staff know about food safety.