Last Updated on March 9, 2023
If you’re looking for a romantic evening in Suffolk, we’re not short of suggestions for our favourite intimate eateries – but here are six that will definitely up the romance factor for your night out!
Of course, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Suffolk, there’s no better place to stay than Woodfarm Barns. With our luxurious two-person Cottages, complete with comfortable double beds, log burning fireplaces and – to top it all off – large hot tubs to enjoy under the night sky, Woodfarm is a haven for couples who want some alone-time in the tranquility of the countryside.
Woodfarm Barns has been booked many times for couples’ first breaks together, as well as for honeymoons, anniversaries, and even proposals. We’re no strangers to romance here! But we’ll let you in on a secret – our pair of Holiday Barges are just as romantic! Like our Barns, they’re cosy hideaways with all the comforts you might need for your romantic break. The only difference is that they’re on the water, so you can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Suffolk’s waterways during your stay.
Both our Luxury Holiday Cottages and Barges are within walking or driving distance of some very romantic restaurants in Suffolk. Here are the Woodfarm team’s tried-and-tested top five favourites…
1. Maison Bleue
If you’re looking for attentive service, attention to detail and elegant decor – and, of course, five star seafood – then Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds is the place to be. Its excellent reputation as one of Suffolk’s finest restaurants has been established by chef and owner Pascal Canevet, who creates artistic dishes that complement a truly romantic evening.
Visit Maison Bleue’s website here.
2. The Galley
For a more relaxed experience, Woodbridge’s The Galley is an intimate restaurant with a menu that was made for food lovers. If you want your romantic break to include a flavour explosion, this vibrant dining experience is sure to tick that box. Owner Ugur Vata utilises his Turkish background and family experiences to create dishes that are nothing short of incredible – just try to tear your concentration away from your plate once in a while, so that your other half doesn’t feel left out!
Visit The Galley’s website here.
3. The Mariners
Step aboard this converted Belgian gun boat for a relaxed, intimate dinner among the twinkling lights of Ipswich Marina. The classic interior and mood lighting sets the scene for a delectable French seafood menu accompanied by an excellent wine list – dominated by, of course, French wines. No need to bring your deck shoes; this stylish (and static) restaurant calls for equally stylish attire.
Visit The Mariners’ website here.
4. The Unruly Pig
Bromeswell’s treat for the tastebuds, The Unruly Pig, features an award-winning menu of seasonal British food with an Italian twist. Enjoy your delectable courses over stimulating conversation in the warm and inviting atmosphere of this 16th century Suffolk inn, with the attentive service of the restaurant’s stellar waiting staff.
Visit The Unruly Pig’s website here.
5. The Walnut Tree
Just down the road from our Barns in Stonham Aspal is the inviting Walnut Tree pub in the charming village of Thwaite. Serving a menu of vegetarian and vegan food, this restaurant is an excellent choice if you or your partner have allergies or special dietary requirements – or just fancy some delicious meat-free dining! The Walnut Tree’s atmosphere is casual and inviting and serves excellent food without pretence.
Visit The Walnut Tree’s website here.
6. The Riverside
Dinner and a film? There’s no better place than The Riverside in Woodbridge. Cosy up with your significant other to watch a brand new blockbuster or a vintage classic, and follow up with a discussion about your viewing over dinner! The Riverside is situated right by Woodbridge Quay on the River Deben (a stone’s throw from our Twee Gebroeder’s Barge) so expect mouthwatering fish dishes and other local ingredients!
Visit The Riverside’s website here.
Complete your romantic break
One of these restaurants is bound to take your fancy – so all you need to do now is book your stay with us! Visit our Cottages page, or go to our Woodfarm Barges site to book one of our beautiful Barges. We look forward to welcoming you for your romantic break.