The much-loved Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh is under new ownership after 10 years of delighting the community’s taste buds.


Lawson’s Delicatessen in Aldeburgh has been popular with locals and visitors for many years and won numerous awards. After 10 years, founders Richard Lawson and Claire Bruce-Clayton are handing over the reins to new owners Clare Jackson and John Omerod, a father and daughter team.

Managing Lawson’s is a dream for Clare, who has a passion for cheese and the fantastic array of food and drink produced in Suffolk. Clare and John have been visiting Aldeburgh for over 30 years and Clare has recently moved to live near Woodbridge with her husband and young family. Running Lawson’s marks the end of a career break for Clare who has been a full-time mother for the last few years and it is a significant change to her previous career as an accountant.

Clare and John share an ambition to reinvigorate the popular delicatessen. Clare Jackson says “The more I learn about cheese the more I want to share that knowledge with others and to celebrate the incredible quality of artisan cheese produced in the UK. I’m also excited by the quality and diversity of food and drink produced in Suffolk from Pump Street Bakery’s bread and chocolate to High House’s delicious fruit. We will continue to support local producers.

We also plan to introduce some interesting new products for our customers including serving Monmouth Coffee to take away and ground beans to use at home.”

Clare says “Lawson’s has always prided itself on being a friendly, welcoming shop with knowledgeable staff, selling carefully sourced and delicious food. We’re committed to offering the same level of service with the existing team and we are thrilled that Lawson’s co-founder Claire Bruce-Clayton will continue to work in the business for several months to support a smooth transition.”

Claire Bruce-Clayton who created Lawson’s with Richard Lawson says “We are delighted to be handing Lawson’s over to Clare and John, who share our enthusiasm for good food. We wish them every success with the future. We would also like to thank our many loyal customers for their support over the years.”. Claire Bruce-Clayton will continue to provide her popular catering service from the kitchen at Lawson’s.

Lawson’s Delicatessen will be closed from Saturday 21 – Thursday 26 January for redecoration, and it will reopen on Friday 27 January. You can visit the new Lawsons website by clicking here.

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