Our Story

the merchant's table

In the market town of WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK, on CHURCH STREET is a double fronted Georgian shop, fronting a 16th Century merchant’s house layered with merchant’s tales and trading. We sell beautiful hand-crafted objects for the home by independent British makers and artists, with a focus on our local communities in Suffolk and London. We believe in bringing customers closer to the individuals behind the work and hold workshops and supper events throughout the year, in which makers and producers share their craft and knowledge.

Behind the Merchant's Table

Susanna Cook

Behind The Merchant’s Table is Susanna Cook, Founder & Creative Director of Allies Design, a studio who proudly work for independent, principled and visionary food clients, the best within their field. (Oh and that is Monty, Susanna’s loyal Toy Parti Poodle!)

The Merchant’s Table and Allies Design Studio share a strong relationship with food and a mutual intention to work only with independent makers.

In our

Design Studio

Allies Design Studio create branding, packaging, literature, merchandising and overall styling for independent, principled and visionary food clients.


Working within food and drink, we have always been fascinated by the table and what it represents to different people. For us, it is a place to share; creativity, experiences, knowledge and food. The Merchant’s Table has evolved as a natural extension of the work we do within our design studio and has given us the opportunity to bring exceptional makers, artists and producers to our table to collaborate with them and create limited editions you will not find anywhere else.