After a morning meeting in the enchanting village of Clare, I knew it was going to take a while to travel the eight miles or so back to Lavenham. Why? Because between Clare and Lavenham there are too many distractions for someone like me!
Stop one was Number One Deli for a mug of good coffee; even when the village is relatively quiet this small deli is always buzzing with chatter and clatter. Stop two was one of the wonderful little treasure trove shops, not much bigger than a small front room and packed from floor to roof with all sorts of gorgeous goodies. Stop three was the fabulous butchers and then as I approached Long Melford I knew I couldn’t head home before paying a visit to my favourite teeny weeny bakery, Tanswells Cakes, on the High Street.
No larger than a cupboard and with just a couple of small ovens, this bakery turns out the very best carrot, chocolate, lemon and blueberry muffins. Belgium Buns with just enough stickiness and proper doughnuts crammed full of sticky jam. I popped in for one cake and came out with seven! The total cost? Less than a fiver. Now that’s what I call having your cake and eating it!