Thursday, 3 March 2011

Host Profile: Sotherton Farm Beef

Just outside Halesworth on the route of the Halesworth Wheel and just before Strawberry Lane, the turning for Westhall, is Sotherton Farm, famous with locals and foodies for its home-made pies and beef.

The Sotherton herd consists of traditional beef breeds; the Simmental and Angus cattle graze on rich water meadow glass on the banks of the River Blyth. A well fed and contented herd ensures a wonderful flavour.

The farm shop offers high quality pork and beef matured for 28 days and butchered on-site as well as great value meat, hams, pies, bacon and salt beef from animals born and raised on the farm.

One of the farm workers is a keen cyclist himself who has been known to cycle to work from Bradwell near Yarmouth!

The Bike Aid Kit is kept at the shop. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sotherton Farm Beef
White House Farm
Sotherton, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8NW
01986 873123

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Host Profile: Racehorse, Westhall

Westhall is one of Suffolk's very special places. The dipping, twisting and confusing single track road to the village frequently deceives car tourists; diverting them through a crack in the space/time continuum onto Brampton or Beccles unawares. A myriad of quiet lanes surrounding this 'mystery spot' are popular with walkers and cyclists.

Village life is very active and hasn't yet reached the tipping-point caused by second-homes. The villager's pantomime and other festivities are legend.

Cyclists and walkers can easily reach Westhall by rail from Brampton Station on the East Suffolk Line and Sustrans National Cycle Route One passes nearby offering a couple of miles car-free cycling to Halesworth across a former WW2 airfield. Look out for the dragon house and some other treats only those who venture there can discover.

The Racehorse
Westhall, Nr Halesworth,
Suffolk IP19 8RQ
01502 575706

Photo by Peggy Cannell