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The Suffolk village that is often overlooked but ticks all the right boxes

Long Melford is an underrated place in Suffolk <i>(Image: Newsquest)</i>
Long Melford is an underrated place in Suffolk (Image: Newsquest)

Despite not always receiving national praise, this Suffolk village ticks all the right boxes and is well worth a visit.

Long Melford, near Sudbury, is one of the county's up and coming foodie destination and is becoming a real hotspot for visitors.

Here is why Long Melford is well worth a visit.

Cafés and tearooms

The village is home to a number of lovely cafés and tearooms.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ivy and Bond Tearoom in Long Melford
East Anglian Daily Times: Ivy and Bond Tearoom in Long Melford

Ivy and Bond Tearoom in Long Melford (Image: Charlotte Bond)

Most of the businesses are family run and have a real warm and welcoming feeling.

Since the start of the year a number of café have opened up along the village high street, including Ivy and Bond, Hygge and Long Melford Tea Room.

Richard and Lisa Fenn opened their dream business Long Melford Tea Room in March this year.

Walks

There are a number of amazing walks in and around Long Melford.

The old railway walk between Long Melford and Sudbury is a great place to get some steps in and take in the fresh air.

Linking the village to the market town, fallen leaves are scattered over the path – making it the perfect autumn picture.

While walking along the old railway you can also divert off and walk along the River Stour.

Stately homes and National Trust sites

Long Melford is home to two stately homes that has grounds that are open to the public.

East Anglian Daily Times: Kentwell Hall
East Anglian Daily Times: Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall (Image: Newsquest)

Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall attract thousands of people each year.

East Anglian Daily Times: Melford Hall
East Anglian Daily Times: Melford Hall

Melford Hall (Image: Newsquest)

Both sites regularly host events and are also great places to spend a day.

Pubs

You are never far from a pub in Long Melford, with almost 10 to choose from in the area.

East Anglian Daily Times: The George and Dragon is one of many pubs in Long Melford
East Anglian Daily Times: The George and Dragon is one of many pubs in Long Melford

The George and Dragon is one of many pubs in Long Melford (Image: Newsquest)

The Black Lion was recently named one of the best places in the county for a roast dinner.

Describing the pub, the Muddy Stilettos said: "We love the family sharing roast concept here- a board of meats, lots of seasonal vegetables, nice big Yorkshires and crispy roasties, all served sharing style like you'd enjoy at home but with none of the washing up."

On the outskirts of the village is Nethergate Brewery.

The brewery also hosts a beer festival which sees hundreds of people from accross the county attend and enjoy a variety of beers, street food and live music.

Independent businesses

The village is full of independent businesses that you need to check out.

Whether that be bakeries, butchers or antique shops, there's plenty to discover in the area.

Melford Antiques, Interiors & Lifestyle Centre can be found in the Grade II listed Old Maltings in Hall Street.

The shop was named one of the best antique stores in the UK at a national awards ceremony.

Tanswell's Cakes also has a variety of sweet treats on offer.