My husband and I often stop there for lunch in the Wilkin & Sons Tea Room when we're out in the direction of Colchester. I like Dedham because of its "oldie worldie" charm and Michael likes it because there are only a few shops to browse around, so we're not there forever.
Yesterday was no exception, we were able to park right outside the tea room and after our lunch just had a browse around the Dedham Arts and Craft Centre.
It's a very pleasant walk from Dedham along the river to Flatford Mill, which we have done on a better weather day. Infact yesterday we did advise a group of keen walkers to drive to Flatford. We didn't like to say but, high heals and wet, soggy constable countryside don't mix.
We left Dedham and drove up to Hadleigh, a place we'd never been to before. We were just amazed at how nice it was, a market town, just outside Ipswich. There is an Adnams of Southwold, Cellar and Kitchen Store there where we had a sample taste of their own Christmas pudding and advokaat custard. Well, we had to buy that, it was delicious!
Also, they have another great shop - Partridges which was a real surprise, an ironmongers that sell everything you may ever want or need. Michael and I split up in there, he went upstairs to the tools, nuts, bolts, screws and nails section and I stayed downstairs looking at everything else. Did I buy anything - no!
However, I now know the place to get it from when I do need it!!