My Suffolk -
Naomi Tarry is the owner of the award-winning holiday cottage company ‘Best of Suffolk’. She is also Chair of Aldeburgh Business Association and is East of England Businesswoman Entrepreneur of the Year
How did you end up living in Suffolk?
I grew up in Yorkshire, did a degree in Loughborough, went to work as a civil servant in London, then worked in Essex, Cambridge but all the time we really wanted to get to Suffolk. In the end we moved to a village near Clare and Long Melford. We then bought a house in Badingham which is where I started up Best of Suffolk but we now live in Aldeburgh.
Where do you like to eat out?
I love eating out and we go to restaurants quite a lot. Places like the Regatta, The Lighthouse and White lion in Aldeburgh. For Sunday lunch the Froize Inn at Chillesford has a brilliant carvery. I also like the new pop-up restaurant at Brick Kiln Barn in Peasenhall. There’s the Crown at Southwold, The Butley- Orford Oysterage, Pump Street Bakery and I’m looking forward to trying Number 10 at Halesworth.
What’s your favourite pub?
Probably The White Hart at Aldeburgh because you get such an eclectic mix of people in there; fishermen, holiday makers, second-home owners, weekenders, sailors and local people. If you go in there you’ll always find someone you know.
Adnam’s or Greene King?
Adnam’s, I’m a big fan. I like their new low alcohol Sole Star.
If you had to take one picture that represents Suffolk what would it be?
It would have to be the sea, it’s a big part of my life. I wake up in the morning and let my dog out and the first thing I hear is the roar of the sea. I do the Aldeburgh Beach Bootcamp and when you are out on the beach exercising and the sun rises it’s beautiful. So I suppose my shot would look down the beach and Crag Path looking at the sea.
Where do you like to walk?
One of my favourite walks is around the Minsmere with my dog because it’s so varied. You start at the Dunwich Heath National Trust car park and you cross the heath, which is beautiful when the heather is out, then you walk through woods of silver birches and then there’s open fields and you arrive at the Eels Foot where you can stop for refreshment or a quick lunch then along Sizewell Sluice and back to the beach. Alex, my husband, will sometimes walk from Aldeburgh to Southwold, which is 16-17 miles but I just take the car and pick him up at the other end.
Have you got any hobbies?
I like stargazing but I am very much an amateur. I am interested in watching the international space station and you can get alerts on your iphone when it goes overhead. When there are meteor showers it’s a good time to go and watch the sky on the beach because you can get away from the light pollution. I also read a lot of novels and business books because they help you to pick up new ideas and see things from other people’s point of view. Also, I’m learning to play the harmonica, mainly from the internet and You Tube. There’s a group of us from the office that sometimes play a gig and I wanted to do something other than just singing backing tracks.
If you had to show people around Suffolk where would you take them?
We’d start in Aldeburgh. My brother came down in the summer and we went to the beach with a picnic rug, a bottle of something nice and a kite. Then it would be on to Southwold, to the harbour, the high street and the pier of course. I love taking people to Orford, there are some great circular walks there perhaps stopping off at the Kings Head or one of the pubs. Dunwich is a must too. We’d also go to Framlingham Castle. We are really spoilt with so many great places to take people.
What do you love about Suffolk?
I come from Yorkshire and it’s very different there – lots of hills. Suffolk is special because you can see so far, the big skies but it’s the sea as well. We get the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. For me also it’s very important to be part of the community and I have always felt really welcome here from Suffolk people, many of whom are good friends now.
Are the arts important to you?
I love art and I have a friend who is an artist and we love going to the Alde Valley Spring Festival, it’s such an interesting event. You’ll have work by someone like Maggi Hambling and other top artists hanging in lambing sheds and you are never quite sure what’s going to happen. It’s a little bit BoHo. One year we went there and we were given a stick so we could roast our own lamb on a fire. We drop in and out of Aldeburgh Music and we are really looking forward to Peter Grimes on the beach this summer and of course we love Aldeburgh Cinema.