Official: the 10 best cafes in Suffolk, voted by you

Suffolk is blessed with hundreds of delightful coffee shops and cafes, serving delicious food and providing top-notch service. From town centre establishments to quaint village or coastal locations, it seems you can’t get enough of them.

According to official TripAdvisor rankings, the top performers have five-star votes from hundreds of happy customers.

So, without further delay, here are the official top ten best cafes in Suffolk, voted by you. All photos are from TripAdvisor.

1 Edwards, Halesworth

The cafe proudly claims it serves home cooking at its best, and it seems you all agree. The reviews on TripAdvisor for Edwards in the Thoroughfare, Halesworth are extremely positive.

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From traditional breakfasts to coffee and cakes and a full Sunday roast, customers love the food and service.

The owners must be doing something right for their establishment to sit top of 309 outlets in the Suffolk ‘cafe’ category on TripAdvisor.

A recent review reads: “Had a breakfast with the family here, fantastic food, sausages were great! Very helpful and accommodating staff. Will definitely go again!

2 Petite Pancakes, Stowmarket

Business certainly isn’t flat in this pancake restaurant! Customers love the variety of pancake fillings and the service on offer.

One happy diner wrote: “We eat here regularly and have tried almost every variety for pancake filling on offer, not one of them has disappointed. Not only do they cook lovely pancakes there is a huge variety of teas, coffee and smoothies, why not try a slice of cake with your tea if you can’t manage the pancakes? If you have a sweet tooth try the chocolate and salted caramel, savoury favourite has to be pulled pork.”



3 Prandium of Southwold

It’s no surprise to see a Southwold establishment so high on our list. The Suffolk resort has a fine selection of cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Prandium supplies a diverse menu, including full English, baguettes, or even granola and yoghurt. Add salads, sandwiches and daily specials like Chilli and chicken Korma and there’s plenty of reasons to return.

A review left yesterday states: “The three of us had a delicious meal there today and were impressed with James who cooked fantastically and looked after us brilliantly. He was also very entertaining during our visit. I recommend his cafe/restaurant Prandium to anyone visiting Southwold.”

4 Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea rooms

Who doesn’t love the gorgeous Suffolk wool town of Lavenham? It oozes history and has lovely shops and architecture. Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Rooms is a timber-framed, 16th-century cottage and you’ll be taken back in time, with bone china cups and saucers and tea cosy on the teapot.

A review this week wrote: “Beautiful soup and great ploughman’s with local pork pie. Great hostess and lovely environment. Thoroughly recommend trying.”

5 The Old Bank Tearoom, Bungay

Everything you want from a traditional tearoom, in an old bank. Yes, the Old Bank Tearoom in Bungay has it all, including antique collectables in the bank vault, and two gallery rooms for local arts and crafts! Oh, and all with 1930s to 1950s music in the background!

A recent reviewer wrote: “Booked the Old Bank for a double birthday celebration afternoon tea and couldn’t have made a better choice. The surroundings, staff and food were fantastic. We were not rushed and the price is very good for an afternoon tea of this standard.”

6  No. Fifty One Cafe, Southwold

Southwold’s second entry in the top ten, No. Fifty One Cafe is a lovely cafe bistro serving fresh, home-cooked and locally sourced food from breakfast, lunch, tea and coffees. Don’t miss the tasty cakes, made on the premises.

One recent reviewer was especially keen on the breakfasts, writing: “Went here every day we were in Southwold for breakfast. Great selection on the menu. Great food, cooked lovely, great quality! Staff were all really good and friendly. When in Southwold will only be having breakfast here!”

7 Baileys 2 Coffee and Tearooms, Bury St Edmunds

Historic Bury St Edmunds has many lovely places to pop in for a bite to eat and a drink. Baileys 2 makes the top ten of Suffolk’s cafe category on TripAdvisor, so is well worth a visit.

Situated in Whiting Street, visitors adore the traditional tearoom experience. One wrote: “Very welcoming, great menu, specials on the board, yummy cakes, what more do you need for a break from shopping. The staff have always been very polite and it is a treat to go there.”

8 The Common Room, Framlingham

Home to a beautiful castle (and Ed Sheeran), Framlingham is a favourite destination on Suffolk’s tourist trail. Tucked away in Bridge Street, you won’t want to miss the Common Room, which goes the extra mile to delight customers.

One wrote: “Cosy inside. Just a few tables. Second hand books on shelves and games. Great music. Selection of old songs to make a well-curated playlist. We had coffee and cake but most people were enjoying lunch or brunch. All looked good and they seemed to be regulars. Worth a look.”

9 Earsham Street Cafe, Bungay

Bungay’s second entry in the top ten, Earsham Street Cafe has a strong reputation for service, food and atmosphere.

A recent reviewer summarised: “Our first time visiting Bungay and a great find following a bright sunny morning walk in the surrounding countryside. We enjoyed the sunshine sitting in the courtyard at the back eating soup and sandwiches, before being tempted by the cakes.”

10 Ruby’s Kitchen, Felixstowe

It’s pleasing to see an establishment from Felixstowe making the top ten. The resort is on something of an upward curve and Ruby’s, on Bent Hill, is a good example.

There’s a full menu for breakfast and lunch, plus seasonal specials, and customers love everything about it.

One recent visitor from nearby Ipswich reported: “Have had lots of breakfasts here, they are super. Today we tried the roast beef dinner – you need to book for this – it was outstanding. Plentiful vegetables – beautifully cooked, they included heritage carrots – even individual jugs of gravy and horseradish sauce. The deserts of white chocolate and raspberry pavlova and waffles with ice cream and toffee sauce were wonderful. Staff although busy, were very cheerful and friendly. fully deserves 5 + stars.”

So, there you have it. There’s plenty of outstanding choices in Suffolk for your cafe and tearoom enjoyment. And with many fine establishments just outside the top ten, you won’t find it hard to find somewhere perfect to enjoy tea, coffee, cake, breakfast or a full roast.

This top ten is compiled by going to TripAdvisor, searching for Suffolk, then restaurants and clicking on the Cafe category. Then you sort the list by ‘Ranking’.