Wyken Vineyards, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 2DW.
Once occupied by Romans and recorded in Domesday, the ancient estate of Wyken is quintessential Suffolk: country lanes, hedgerows, patchwork fields and woodlands.
Wyken is a 1200-acre farm which includes a flock of Shetland sheep, a small herd of Red Poll cattle and a 7-acre vineyard producing award-winning wines, including the English Wine of the Year. In 2009 our 'Wyken Bacchus' won the East Anglian Wine of the Year.
The vineyard restaurant, The Leaping Hare, is located in our 400-year-old barn. A Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide and now in its 15th year in The Good Food Guide, the restaurant serves meat and game from the estate, fresh fish from Lowestoft and seasonal vegetables grown locally.
The Leaping Hare Country Store, described in Country Living as a 'model of what a shop should be' sells design-led crafts, wool throws and blankets, braided rugs from North Carolina, seasonal clothes in linen and wool.
The gardens at Wyken Hall surround the Elizabethan manor house and are open from Easter until the end of September 2p.m. to 6p.m.(Closed Saturdays)
The Wyken Farmers' Market is held every Saturday from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. 'One of our Top Ten Farmers' markets in the Country.' The Independent, 2008.