Sudbury Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Sudbury

November 17, 2017 Russell Mellin

Sudbury is a historic market town in Suffolk, one of the largest counties of England in East Anglia. Sudbury itself is worth exploring on foot, a small family friendly town with a shopping area (mostly full of chain shops but with a few great local shops), and a few good bars and restaurants. Fans of art history will be pleased to discover the house of Thomas Gainsborough on the appropriately named Gainsborough Street at the bottom of Market Hill, and book lovers may be amused by the plaque at St Peter's Church which acknowledges the fact that the town was referenced in Dodie Smith's classic 101 Dalmations.
Things to do in Sudbury

1. Henny Swan

The Henny Swan Henny Street, Babergh District CO10 7LS, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$220 +44 1787 267953
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 307 reviews

Henny Swan

Beautiful 17th Century building in a stunning setting by the River Stour. Modern & relaxed style with 3 distinct Seating areas to choose from internally,including the restaurant, as well as the Terrace & garden. 16 beers on tap & extensive wine list. We open at 12 noon daily & normally serve food & drink all day. Booking for the restaurant is advised. Please check our website for details of our food service times. There flat access to the bar & toilets & a small step between the bar & restaurant (we have a ramp)

Reviewed By SaffagirlUK - Ely, United Kingdom

Whilst on holiday in the area, we recently had dinner at the Henny Swan. We had booked a table but it wasn’t needed as the restaurant was empty when we arrived at 6pm. Service was very good, with all the staff exceedingly friendly and helpful when we arrived and throughout the evening. We came in through the pub and ordered drinks before being shown to our table. The restaurant area was a bit of a surprise, much more open plan modern restaurant than cosy riverside pub. We ordered the smokey cheese burger and steak off the restaurant menu and the food arrived in good time. My partner found his steak to be cooked to perfection (and exactly how he’d requested it) and said it was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with the burger. The flavour was lovely but both the bun and the burger were a little dry and the cheese was barely melted and a tad rubbery. We both opted for Deserts, which we very much enjoyed. The orange sorbet was particularly tasty. I wouldn't rule out a return trip, should we be in the area again, but I don't think it would be our first choice.

2. Case Restaurant with Rooms

Assington, Babergh District CO10 5LD, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible British, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night HK$447 - HK$447 +44 1787 210483
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Case Restaurant with Rooms

Reviewed By BobtheBrit - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Joni Mitchell - The Case Restaurant with Rooms, Assignton
My wife enjoyed a 'significant' birthday last year and amongst her gifts was a voucher, from a group of friends, to be spent at 'The Case Restaurant with Rooms' in Sudbury. Several friends had visited before and had spoken highly of it.
We'd booked a 'premium' room for the night of our (34th) wedding anniversary, but sadly my wife passed away before we could enjoy the stay, so I rescheduled for the spring of 2017.
It was to be a poignant visit.
'The Case' is located at Assignton, about seven miles from Colchester on the Sudbury Road, three miles shy of Sudbury, on the edge of Dedham Vale. Just over an hour's drive for me, after a busy Saturday, I had spent the afternoon waiting for a Delivery that arrived three hours late.
I arrived a tad after eight and was greeted warmly by Linda - the menu states that "Linda and Barry established The Case 32 years ago now. Barry still cooks in the kitchen whilst Linda keeps the customers happy at the front of house."
I was shown to my room (3/burgundy) by Ruby - the waitress - and after dropping my bag off I headed back to the restaurant. The other guests had dined early so I was the only diner, but both Linda and Ruby were attentive, avoiding any 'billy no-mates' awkwardness.
As a starter, I ordered the "Ham Hock Terrine'. The terrine was firm, well textured, tasty and meaty, served with a home-made piccalilli and some artfully charred toast. The piccalilli was piquant, possibly the nicest I've ever tasted.
For my main course I ordered the sirloin steak, again artfully charred, but thick and juicy, with garlic field mushrooms, 'cajun' wedges and a hot/sweet chilli sauce. My wife would probably have ordered the ham, (duck) eggs and chips.
I skipped dessert and can't comment on the wine list, I stuck to draught Peroni, but the whole meal was delicious and a friendly experience.
The accommodation was clean and comfortable with some nice homely touches. There are six rooms in what might once have been a stable block, but may have been custom built. There's a 32" flat screen TV and the most comprehensive selection of (as Sheldon Cooper would put it) hot beverages with delicious home-made biscuits.
And an 'honesty' basket of chocolate goodies.
There's wi-fi but it's painfully slow, 0.8Mb/s in the restaurant, up to 1.61Mb/s in my room - first world problems.
Breakfast on Sunday morning was freshly cooked tasty and plentiful - sausages, eggs, bacon, field mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, fried new potatoes, fried home-made bread, toast, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. I couldn't finish it.
All in all a very pleasant visit if, as I said earlier, poignant.
I left with a selection of home-made sauces and chutneys from their deli-counter, including the piccalilli and chilli sauce I'd enjoyed the night before.

3. The Angel

43 Friars Street, Babergh District CO10 2AG, England Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$8 +44 1787 882228
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 265 reviews

The Angel

THE ANGEL INN, Traditional Gastro Pub & Restaurant Just a Short Walk off The Main Market Hill in Sudbury Down Friars Street, Dating Back To The 16th Century, Boasting character with Exposed oak Beams & Open Log Fires for Those Cold Winter Days & Nights. Our Extensive Menu is Served Daily, Lunch & Dinner with Daily Specials in Both Our Restaurant & Surrounding Bar Area, Sourcing Fresh Local Ingredients From Either a Lunchtime Freshly Baked Baguette to a Freshly Prepared Meal For That Special Occasion with Friends or Family in Either of Our Two Dinning Areas. Home Cooked Traditional Sunday Roasts with a Glass of Wine or a Pint of Landlord is a Must Try, Using Only The Best Scotch Sirloin Beef, Pork Loin & Chicken, Homemade Yorkshires, Crisp But Fluffy Potatoes Served 12pm to 5pm The Well Seated Enclosed Garden is a Real Sun Trap For Alfresco Dining on Warm Summer Days & Evenings, Watching The Sun Set With A cold Glass of Sauvingnon or Refreshing Gin & Tonic.

Reviewed By Graham D - Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

We called in for a light lunch and pint following a morning's country walk.
We were greeted by exceptionally friendly staff (we think the licensee and spouse) who were happy to chat - until it got busy.
There was a small choice of real ales available (in saying small this is offered as a factual comment, not a criticism) that suited our taste.
We each chose a cheese baguette to eat, one with pickle and one with tomato and there was a choice of white or granary bread. Food and drink were good.
The premises were bright and airy and in a good state of repair and decoration. It all looked attractive, including the dining room area which we could see into, where the tables were nicely laid up. We chose to eat in the bar area rather than the restaurant and noted this area was not particularly large, though more than adequate for our needs.
Whilst we were there (we were early for lunch) members of a local club started to arrive and gather, then went into an adjacent area to eat, so this did not disturb other customers. We understood, through chatting, that many local clubs choose to meet here indicating the establishment is popular.
This was a very enjoyable lunch and, based on this positive experience, we are likely to return.

4. Ballingdon Valley Indian Cuisine

57 Ballingdon Street, Babergh District CO10 2DA, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1787 376777
Excellent
66%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

Ballingdon Valley Indian Cuisine

Reviewed By Adrian W - Ipswich, England, United Kingdom

I've been to all the highly rated Indian Restaurants in all the large local towns and Sudbury has the best 2, this one being the very best, its just a cut above all the others. Ive eaten in Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Manningtree, Marks Tey. Great service too and very tasty food at a good price

5. The Secret Garden

21 Friars Street | Buzzards Hall, Babergh District CO10 2AA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1787 372030
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

The Secret Garden

This establishment operates as a tea room Monday to Saturday during the daytime, and offers an evening restaurant service on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Reviewed By Cathey P - suffolk

Such a lovely setting for a restaurant. From aperitif to desert we received the best possible service. We thoroughly enjoyed the scallops and game ragout for starters and the crispy belly pork and risotto for main. The Deserts were delicious and the wine recommendations spot on. We eat all over the world and this restaurant ranks in our top ten .

6. The White Horse Inn Edwardstone

Mill Green | Edwardstone, Babergh District CO10 5PX, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +44 1787 211211
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

The White Horse Inn Edwardstone

This traditional Suffolk pub is situated on the edge of Constable Country on a minor road in the small village of Edwardstone, Suffolk. We have featured in the 'Good Beer Guide' for getting on for 20 years, and also appear in the 'Good Pub Guide'. A winner of CAMRA's 'Pub of the Month', Silver Awarded for 'Green Tourism' for our Self Catering chalets, and well known for having the world's most eco-friendly micro-brewery on-site. The White Horse is also a haunt of real ale enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists, campers and those who enjoy seriously good food in a wonderful rustic environment.

Reviewed By Hammersteve1

We arrived at the Edwardstone White Horse and it was packed . However there were only 2 people serving in the beer tent we managed to finally get a drink but we never managed to get a second drink because of the lack of staff and people pushing in . Next year can you have more staff.

7. The Codfather

37 King Street | Sudbury, Babergh District CO10 2EQ, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, British, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1787 882100
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

The Codfather

A good fish and chip restaurant in the centre of Sudbury

Reviewed By Michelle N - Sudbury, United Kingdom

Popped in early evening and it was delicious, the fish (small cod) was cooked to perfection, served with a bountiful portion of chips and a beautifully dressed side salad. My husbands haddock was enormous (he didn't leave a bit). We ordered mushy peas each, but it was a big portion so would recommend sharing. The puddings sounded amazing, just couldn't fit it in. Really nice place to stop and eat and one of the best fish and chips I've ever had!

8. David's

51 Gainsborough Street, Babergh District CO10 2ET, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, British, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$47 - HK$86 +44 1787 373919
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

David's

A continental coffee shop for grown ups! The best coffee, fine scrambled egg, home made cakes, warm croissants and a warmer welcome.

Reviewed By Gary T - Beccles, United Kingdom

The staff and the cafe were very nice but overall the food was just great. There are lot's of options and we all had something different and we all said it was really good. Prices were very good value to. Would come back here again.Thank you for your comments, they are important to us and we look forward to serving you again very soon.

9. The Mill Hotel

Walnut Tree Lane, Babergh District CO10 1BD, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 1787 375544
Excellent
40%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 307 reviews

The Mill Hotel

Reviewed By Trish B - Lowestoft, United Kingdom

This is the fifth time we have stayed here, this time we had treated friends to dinner bed and breakfast package for their Christmas present. As usual the food was excellent and the service impeccable although there were no baileys crème brulee left when we ordered dessert and the only other veggie option was sorbet :-( .
A couple of niggles however, when we were there in August my partner flooded the bathroom as the shower curtain is too short, we reported this however in the same room again this time and the shower curtain has not been changed. We had a bath instead!! We had extras to pay on the bill as we had drinks before dinner, wine with dinner and another drink after dinner, also chips as an extra with dinner. All fine, however when we got home my partner checked his credit card and found they had taken a further £23 from it!! He phoned and was advised we had a bottle of wine and a lamb shank that wasn't at the time, that most certainly was not the case, none of us had a lamb shank and the wine they had taken for was not one we had ordered, we had indeed paid for all of our wine and drinks. I'm not sure they should be taking money from credit cards without authorisation and we are still waiting for the refund.

10. The Hare Inn

High Street | Long Melford, Babergh District CO10 9DF, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1787 310379
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

The Hare Inn

We are a traditional village pub serving home cooked, fresh food at lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as stone baked pizza in the evenings and on Saturday. Our bar is dog friendly and we have a fantastic beer garden with a small fenced off play area.

Reviewed By jamesgandolfini - south coast

We were a part of six, booked in and shown quickly to our table, where the waitress offered to take our drinks order. Two of us checked out the ales at the bar and were pleased with the choice, offered samples and decision made satisfactorily. The menu a little limited, but it was between Christmas and New Year, but what most of us had was good. One complainer, who chose not to complain when it arrived, ate it and then said it was cold. Silly man! We will return when in the area.

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