Made in the Waveney Valley
With green pastures, arable land, forestry and river ways, the Waveney Valley is packed full of an outstanding diversity of food and drink.
Enjoy the wide range of wonderful dairy produce made from Waveney Valley milk at Fen Farm Dairy. From delicious cheeses and raw milk, to fantastic flavours of local ice cream. The Waveney Valley has so many tasty treats on offer.
Locally Reared Meat
There are some fabulous pork producers within the Waveney Valley, including the popular Friend Farm at Alburgh. Local butchers will be able to advise you on breed, sourcing and traceability of the meat they supply. A wide range of seasonal game is available throughout the year. For those visiting around Christmas picking up a famous Norfolk Black Turkey from Rumburgh Farm or White House Farm near Halesworth will be an extra special treat. Specialising in rare-breed meat direct from their farm, why not try something different at Maisebrook Farm Shop?
East Anglia is barley-growing country, and the Waveney Valley is home to quality breweries using the finest malted barley and wheat. In the picturesque village of Alburgh is the award-winning Grain Brewery, producing a delicious range of beer at their site in a converted dairy. Near Bungay is St. Peter’s Brewery, brewing a range of classic English cask-conditioned ales made from Suffolk malts and with water drawn from their own source within the chalk layer well under the Hall.
Wines and Cider
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy a visit to Valley Farm Vineyards, Flint Vineyard and Chet Valley Vineyard. Visitors can explore on a tour and sample the wines. For alcohol free, try local, traditionally produced apple juice and cider at the Suffolk Apple Juice and Cider Place in the beautiful Illketshall St. Lawrence.
You can pick up some of these delicious treats at the many farm shops and farmers’ markets in the Waveney Valley.
St Peter’s BrewerySt Peter’s Brewery Contact: John Hadingham
St. Peter’s Brewery is based at St. Peter South Elmham, near Bungay in Suffolk. The brewery itself was built in 1996 and is housed in an attractive range of traditional former agricultural buildings adjacent to St. Peter’s Hall.
Siting the brewery at St. Peter’s was ideal because of the excellent water quality from our own deep bore-hole. Locally malted barley is used, together with Kentish hops, to produce a range of classical English cask-conditioned ales. In addition the company produces a range of superb bottled beers.
We brew ‘traditional’ beers (bitters, mild etc.) as well as some more unusual beers such as honey porter and fruit beer. (We are replicating what was common practice up to the Nineteenth Century to add fruits and honey to beers to create special seasonal brews).
Thus blackcurrant and gooseberry beers would be brewed when soft fruits were readily available while at Christmas-time dried fruits, spices and orange peel would be added to create a special Christmas Ale.