“I couldn’t believe what I had discovered,” said John Roberts as a young artist. “Who would not wish to come to Woodbridge?”
So he did and stayed. From his base in the Top Floor Studio John created paintings that he hopes “will keep alive the special visual delights that are uniquely Woodbridge “
So if you are going shopping why not come to such a place that lifts you because of how it looks?
John has painted the approaches into Town including the one as you enter from the Ipswich direction on the Woodbridge Road as in the painting on this page.
There you will find Notcutts Garden Centre.
It is a family-owned business now in its fourth generation of ownership. Since the beginning Notcutts has shared its passion for gardening with customers offering a friendly service with quality products. A visit to the garden centre now offers a wonderful experience with inspiring plant displays and the show-stopping Notcutts display garden that transforms throughout the seasons.
The new spacious, airy restaurant serves delicious breakfasts, lunches and snacks and is the perfect place to relax with a coffee and cake. Customers can also enjoy the Woodland walk and look out for the wooden animal carvings as well as the abundance of nature and plants.
The restaurant participates in the “Eat out to Help out” scheme on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of the month where you can enjoy 50% discount up to £10 off per diner on all food and non alcoholic drinks.
When I asked my grand-children what they liked about Notcutts they said, “The food was quick” ! They also enjoyed the puzzles on their food boxes(eg “What kind of key opens a banana ?” ) but did not forget the flowers, coming away with Oenothera (Twilight) and Solanum (Venus), both stunningly beautiful.
What are they? You will have to go there to find out the answers but for me Notcutts “do” different wonderfully well and the restaurant is a glorious oasis.
Moving into Town you will find many other businesses in Woodbridge that have been in the same family for generations that underpin our unique collection of shops.
A dynasty that has recently emerged is the Risby family.
Sue owns Holly Blue Boutique at 55 Thoroughfare . It is well established. 10 days before lockdown her Daughter ,Nicky,opened The Attic and the Wardrobe next door. Adjusting accordingly Nicky created a website at www.theatticandwardrobe.com to sell new and upcycled furniture, home décor and gifts.
However she recently re-opened her doors next to her Mothers shop at 57 Thoroughfare for her brave and ,as she said, “exciting” new venture.
Although Sue also has a website at www.hollyblueboutique.com she offers a relaxed, personal service that her customers have been desperate to sample again. Now they can.
To complement this dynasty Nicky’s husband owns the unique Barbers shop “Carl’s Barber Shack” situated by the Quayside.
Just across the road John Roberts has added to the Woodbridge family dynasties because he is being followed by his daughter, Joanna, in the old studio, now TFS Photo. There, Joanna and her partner (both with degrees in art and former heads of art at the Abbey and Woodbridge School) continue the family fine art tradition and also offer state-of-the-art photography and printing (including passports).
So if you feel the need to get out and shop for yourself why not do it in a Town that is pleasing on the eye.
John Roberts said he could not believe what he had discovered. Come and see what he means.