The town’s backbone, is the high street, with just the right eclectic mix of shops, services, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Known for their individuality, quality and care, within a naturally contemporary environment.
All nestling among countryside to take your breath away. Unassuming, yet often spectacular scenes that inspired 18th century painters, Constable and Gainsborough.
Twentieth century artist Cedric Morris spent forty years in Hadleigh. A post impressionist and pioneering gardener, he founded a school with painter and sculptor Arthur Lett-Haines, whose students included Lucian Freud and locally raised Maggi Hambling.
While local hero Oswald Gayford a fearless long distance flyer, held the world record in 1927, 1933 and 1938.
Sitting on the River Brett, established as a market town in 1252, there is a gentle and yet lively bustle with its population of approximately 9000.
Looking restfully idyllic, the homely atmosphere is testimony to the many families and individuals remaining residents through several generations.
Hadleigh is central to; Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Colchester and Sudbury – and noteworthy villages such as; Clare, Dedham, Kersey, Lavenham and Long Melford.
Social and cultural activities keep this community celebrating their collective wealth.
Expect a friendly welcome and relaxed hospitality wherever you go.
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‘Be’ goes by ‘chic, unique and antique’ – a swish and accessible collection of arts and crafts for the home. Bright and stylish across an eclectic and tasteful range; ‘from painted furniture, interiors, housewares, art, glassware, silver jewellery and gifts’. On top of this there’s an excellent selection of Autentico chalk paints, from testers to quantities.
Be – is also the owner’s name, beginning her enterprise 18 months ago, having returned from living in France for many years and originally from the area. Sitting back from the High Street on Market Place, this beautiful Georgian building can take a while to get noticed but once found and inside, the spaciously laid out interior invites relaxed pondering. Be likes to offer tea and coffee to customers, who quietly muse away, or engage in a leisurely chat.
“Sometimes we might suffer with the perception we’re expensive”. Yet she says, “we’ve had customers from London and more recently Brighton, exclaiming how much more something like this would cost in their home town”.
This summer, Be began a Vintage Market. I asked her how she came about setting this up?
“I went to the one in Manningtree (on the last Saturday of the month) and could hardly find a place to park – was therefore very busy”. Speaking to some of the surrounding businesses, she discovered they were quick to appreciate significant cross-over of trade occurred when the market was on. Approaching Hadleigh Town Council and finding friendly support, Hadleigh now has its own Vintage & Collectables Market on Market Place, running April to October from 9am to 3pm on the second of Saturday of the month.
Be is keen to support local artists displaying small collections. She’s frustrated because of the loss of a slip of paper with details of someone who recently came in and keen to exhibit. (If this is you..?) And for those who’d like to try their hand, Be runs an ever popular, Chalk Paint Workshop. The next one is on the 24th September and is £65 inc. all materials and is almost fully booked.
Sometimes customers bring items in to sell or Be beavers around auctions looking for the right antique or more often contemporary piece.
What book are you reading? James Patterson, one from the Alex Cross series First record you bought? T.Rex – Metal Guru Favourite place to visit in Suffolk? Kersey What’s top of your bucket list? Drive along Route 66 on a Harley/Learn Sign Language The last film you saw? Harry Potter Where do you like to go on holiday? Somewhere especially hot, last year, the Caribbean
Anthony started The Coffee Pod in April this year, having been trained up by Bury-based Frank and Earnest, whose coffee he uses and sells (both ground and whole beans). He was taught on his gleaming ‘Pod’ using an Anfi Milano Burr coffee grinder and Fracino Duel expresso machine. He’s intent on making the very best crafted coffee that’s ‘focused on flavour’. There’s a care and attention to detail that requires intricate setting-up and consistent delivery.
Locally roasted and ethically sourced, looks good and tastes good – all from the pod in the middle of the market.
What book are you reading? Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain – Bill Bryson First record you bought? AC/DC – Back in Black Favourite place to visit in Suffolk? Southwold What’s top of your bucket list? I’d like to jump out of a plane but suffer with a touch of vertigo The last film you saw? Spiderman Where do you like to go on holiday? Orwell Meadows
Lee has been experimenting around cooking since school days. Throughout his career as a chef, always had thoughts about producing chutney, alongside select baking. Six months ago the jars found labels and The Pickled Jam on Hadleigh Market began. Always keen try newly invented recipes, where possible with seasonal produce, there’s popular favourites like the classic Apple and Pear Chutney, through to zinging spicy delights, such as Brinjal Pickle.
‘Pickles, puddings, pies and much more…’ the crackers are waiting to dip in for a taste.
What book are you reading? Zibizi – Tom Parks First record you bought? Adam Ant – Friend or Foe Favourite place to visit in Suffolk? Rendlesham Forest What’s top of your bucket list? Any travelling, from a list of about 150 countries The last film you saw? Pineapple Express Where do you like to go on holiday? North Yorkshire Moors