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Butterworth & Sons in Bury St Edmunds highlights some of the best places for coffee and cake in Suffolk



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It’s August. . . how did that happen? I find this a funny time of year. . . it’s not hot, but it’s not cold either. It feels as though we are stuck in a sort of seasonal limbo.

I walk around town and I see people in shorts and vests, stubbornly telling themselves that it is still summer despite their legs and arms resembling a shade of duck egg blue. However, as I turn my head to the other side there is a lady in a full woolly coat with a knitted beanie that is almost as red as her cheeks.

Confusing, to say the least. But, with the new school term approaching, it’s hard to not want to take advantage of the last month of the holiday before the routines fall back into place.

FOLK Café in Bury St Edmunds (58396540)
FOLK Café in Bury St Edmunds (58396540)

The best way to do this – in my opinion – is coffee and cake. Nothing is more pleasurable than a slice of fluffy, moist sponge cake and a cup of hot coffee. It really is my version of euphoria. The best part about it? I don’t have to travel far to find it!

Suffolk is rich in history and culture. From our architecture to our gardens and from our pubs to our theatres. It’s a county that stands tall when it comes to heritage and by blending it so beautifully with the modern world, we have been able to create a real harmony of living. By doing this, we have curated the perfect environment for businesses and individuals to grow and succeed.

Coffee, in particular, seems to be making its mark on the soils of Suffolk.

Applaud in Ipswich (58396542)
Applaud in Ipswich (58396542)

Here in Bury St Edmunds we have FOLK Café which smashes it out of the park on a daily basis with their exceptional brunches, Woosters pastries and home-grown produce. It has a wonderful setting which, when combined with the skilled and smiley staff, creates the perfect scene for a weekday stop (You’re dogs will love it too).

In Ipswich we have the Suffolk Food Hall, which is quite literally a one-stop shop for everything. It has a deli, butchers, café and a restaurant, as well as home and garden shopping available.

If you fancy something more contained and comfortable, you can always visit Applaude coffee, which is also in Ipswich. It has a lovely outside seating area and the whole shop is catered to by an absolutely stunning purple KB90.

In Lowestoft, on the seafront, there is a little striped ‘beach hut’ that is now a recent and new addition to the Black Dog Deli circle. It’s got everything you need for a day out on the beach, including a selection of sandwiches, quiches and sausage rolls. . . and coffee, of course.

Black Dog Deli in Lowestoft (58396544)
Black Dog Deli in Lowestoft (58396544)

The Nook, in Lavenham, is another lovely little coffee stop. It’s a real treat for you bookworms and literature lovers as it’s the perfect blend of bookshop and café. A day out and a purchase of the new edition to the series you can’t get your nose out of? A win-win to me.

You can see that Suffolk has no short supply of good coffee. The above only being a small collection. Other places include locations such as Hullaballoo, Café Piccolo, Eriswell Lodge and The Hive Coffee Shop. Places that not only offer the cup of gold we are after, but they deliver a truly Suffolk experience.

So, although you may be getting prepared to pull out your winter socks, you can be comforted in knowing that all these coffee shop and café locations are here all-year round. . . woolly hats or sunglasses.

So, where are you off to first?

Butterworth & Son coffee roasters and tea smiths are based on Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds.

Owner Rob Butterworth’s job takes him around the world visiting coffee farms to source great coffees.