Friday, 4 February 2011

Host Profile: Yoxford Post Office

Late in 2012 we heard that Carl Bennett had sold his business to a publican Adrian Straatman and his partner Annabelle who now operate the Yoxford Post Office and Tea Room. We hope the bike aid kit remains in place but at the moment we haven't been able to confirm this. The host profile below remains as historical record until we can update it.

Sole Bay Cheese Co

For years Carl Bennett was getting up early and setting out his stall at Suffolk's many food markets to sell fine cheeses until the thoughts of a warm and cosy shop with a coffee machine that stocked a larger selection of great cheeses, pies and cakes tempted him to open a shop and cafe inside the Yoxford Post Office.

Drop in for a proper cup of cappuccino (locally blended and roasted), all your postal needs, free WiFi, local papers and gossip and naturally, the best selection of cheese anywhere. Or you might see his partner Anne, seen here manning their market stall. 

The Bike Aid kit is kept behind the dry goods counter. As Yoxford is in a valley, everyone could use some extra fats and concentrated protein before tackling the incline to Darsham or Saxmundham or pumping up their tyres.

Yoxford Post Office Shop, Yoxford High Street.

Set satnav to IP17 IJX
01728 668520 or 07792 896 846.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Host Profile: Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music is not in the town of Aldeburgh any more but is based at Snape Maltings, a site it shares with the Gooderham Family who operate retail establishments, holiday cottages and host the Aldeburgh Food Festival there, so clarification for visitors is sometimes necessary.

Aldeburgh Music are a performing arts charity who operate the world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Britten-Pears School and present a year round schedule of concerts. They produce many programmes and events including the Aldeburgh Festival in June.

Hundreds of people visit Snape Maltings on bicycles every year. In the area are many quiet roads with excellent pubs and delightful discoveries. Cycles can be hired - if booked in advance - in Snape Village (ask at the village shop) and electric bikes can be hired in Saxmundham and Leiston nearby. It is difficult to reach Snape solely by public transport. Over a million people a year visit by car but there is no bus  connection to Saxmundham, the nearest railway station.

The Bike Aid kit is kept in the Aldeburgh Music Visitors Centre on the corner of the main concert hall. We don't know if Ben and Peter, as everyone refers to Aldeburgh's founders, liked cycling but they liked walking and guided walks are programmed as part of the festival.