Why I love Suffolk – James Barber



4:30 p.m. January 2, 2022


My favorite memory is my first trip to Portman Road in 1987! We played against Manchester City in the old second division and won 3-0. I remember while we were going to football I had my scarf hanging out the window. Grandpa took us to soccer while dad took mum shopping in town. We would stop first for breakfast and a milkshake at a cafe in Kesgrave.


It must be the abbey gardens. I grew up just outside of Bury St Edmunds and have fond memories of playing there with my friends during school holidays. I love the wildlife and the colorful flowers, I also remember when the peacocks roamed free!

Place to eat

Suffolk has so many amazing places to eat and I have a lot of favorites. While this is a take out and technically not a ‘place to eat’, I love the Simply Thai take out in Manningtree. I love Thai food, and they do it really well there, it’s especially nice with the show kitchen.


Being a boy from Suffolk, any pub that sells Adnams gets a big thank you from me, but I really like the White Hart in Aldeburgh, a very traditional pub, a real pub! It’s even better during the summer months when they’ve turned on the pizza oven in the back yard.


For nostalgic reasons, I love Felixstowe beach. We had a beach hut there when I was young. I have fond memories of swimming in the sea, followed by fish and chips, then a putting green.


We have a lot to be proud of in Suffolk. One of my favorite Suffolk brands, loved around the world, is Dingley Dell pork. I had the chance to tour the farm with director Mark Hayward. They have a sophisticated breeding program with a very high level of welfare, and the product is delicious! Dingley Dell also has the Million Bees Farm Project and is a big supporter of a Suffolk-based children’s charity that I sponsor, Over The Rainbow.


I love the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. They do a lot of good work with injured owls and other birds of prey, and it’s really nice to see the flying demonstrations, they have meerkats too!


My favorite event has to be the Suffolk Show – I love it. It’s sad without that in recent years. I normally do a cooking demonstration.



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