Scott Russell of Paddy and Scott’s favourite Suffolk things

Scott Russell of Paddy and Scott’s favourite Suffolk things

My fondest memory of Suffolk is of my four boys growing up playing rugby in my beautiful county. From blowing a gail at Southwold RUFC to warm late summer evenings pint in hand at Bury St Edmunds RUFC.


Must be Aldeburgh. I once owned a small fisherman’s cottage on King Street and really felt at home there. I love the walk to Thorpeness along the shingle beach.


My favorite hike is a loop around my village of Badingham. It’s about 5km and I rarely get to finish it without stopping for a chat. Spring, Summer or Winter it always provides a beautiful snapshot of our county, its wildlife and neighborly goodwill.

day out

i love ipswich Nothing beats an early summer morning with a coffee and croissant by the water. There is an abundance of cafes and bars overlooking the marina with its numerous yachts and stunning motor boats.

My ideal day is shopping followed by a game in Ipswich Town in the afternoon. Although I’m a proud West Ham fan, Town is my local side and to be honest the atmosphere on Portman Road is electric. The evening was spent at the Forge for a meal followed by a nightcap at the Salthouse Hotel.


Must be the Orwell Bridge. I travel a lot for my job so as soon as I cross this bridge I know I’m almost home. Some of the best sunsets I have ever seen were seen in my car while crossing this bridge.


I love The Station in Framlingham. Great food, no fries, no music just the sound of laughter and happiness. They manage to blend this old fashioned wet bar and restaurant beautifully into one space.

place to eat

It must be Kesgrave Hall. The food, service, atmosphere and location make it an absolute pleasure to be there. Paul Milsom and his team have always done a great job with their brilliant customer service…the coffee is very special too!

town, village

framlingham It’s the first place I’ve ever visited in Suffolk and I still love it! The castle, the town square, its eclectic shops, small cafes and of course the Crown Hotel and Framlingham College. It’s a short bike ride from my home, and there’s nowhere I’d rather be on a warm Sunday evening.


I wanted Ed Sheeran, but it has to be our wonderful food and beverage producers. We really are so fortunate to have so many good honest grocery brands. It always makes me so proud to travel far and wide and see Suffolk brands being enjoyed.

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