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Festive treats in the Waveney Valley

PUBLISHED: 15:43 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:43 06 October 2014

The impressive dining decor at the Wheatacre White Lion.

The impressive dining decor at the Wheatacre White Lion.

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Our towns and businesses are at the heart of our communities, and our people make them flourish. So, what better time than Christmas to celebrate the places where we live by making use of the shops and businesses that make the community tick?

It is hardly surprising that hotels, pubs and restaurants in the Waveney Valley get booked up early for the Christmas period.

The area of north Suffolk and south Norfolk has such a wide variety of first class establishments to offer.

The bustling market towns of Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth and Loddon have some super hotels, restaurants and pubs all ready to offer some great Christmas party nights and special festive menus.

On either side of the River Waveney there are scores of pretty villages, all with their own pub or restaurant, offering a superb venue for a family gathering or a wonderful outing for work colleagues.

As well as finding the right venue there is also the need to arrange transport.

If groups are travelling by car one member of the party has to be responsible and not drink alcohol to become the designated driver.

The alternative, of course, is to book a taxi, minibus or even a coach.

Once again the Waveney Valley has plenty of companies able to help make sure that local residents not only have a great festive party or meal but, more importantly, stay safe on our roads.

For a largely rural area there is a wide choice of venues on offer.

The towns, and some villages, have large hotels and pubs able to offer a dine and stay option.

With so much on offer it is not surprising that the advice from all quarters is not only to book local but to book quickly.

One of the pubs that is already getting booked up for the Christmas period is the Wheatacre White Lion near Beccles.

Landlord Tim Sizeland says: “Like all pubs and restaurants the festive period is a busy time.

“I am pleased to say that a lot of people are booking early and already the popular weekends throughout December are taking bookings. We also have more than 40 people booked to have their Christmas Day lunch with us.”

Like the vast majority of establishments in the Waveney Valley the White Lion at Wheatacre has produced special menus for the festive period.

“We offer both traditional English food and Thai food so we like to think we give our customers the widest choice possible,” says Tim.

Whatever style of cooking people like they can find something to enjoy at a hotel, pub or restaurant in the Waveney Valley. There is no doubt that larger towns and cities such as Ipswich and Norwich have their attractions but for those of us living and working in the Waveney Valley it makes sense to take a close look at what establishments closer to home can offer. You may well be surprised what great venues we have right on our doorstep.

Click here to find out more about the Shop Local This Christmas campaign.

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