25 Suffolk seaside treats

PUBLISHED: 12:05 30 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 20 February 2013

25 Suffolk seaside treats

25 Suffolk seaside treats

Comfortable hotels, cosy pubs, delicious fresh food. The Suffolk coast has so much to offer in the summer

Comfortable hotels, cosy pubs, delicious fresh food. The Suffolk coast has so much to offer in the summer


Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Recently refurbished four star hotel thats just a stones thrown from the beach. We love the very stylish, bright new rooms and we like the sound of a new venture - Fishy Thursdays where you can treat the family to a delicious fish and chip or seafood pasta supper served in the panoramic restaurant or seafront terrace from. 8.50 per person.

Crown, Southwold
The combination of intimate small hotel, wine bar, pub and restaurant works well here . . . the Crown in Southwolds High Street is always buzzing with a lively informality. The food is usually very good and the wine list wonderful.

The Swan, Southwold
You hope they never try to revamp this lovely landmark hotel with its timeless style, allied to modern comforts., The drawing room facing the Market Square is the perfect place to chat, read and relax perhaps with a pint of Adnams. The two AA rosette-awarded restaurant serves up some lovely courses too.

Wentworth, Aldeburgh
Hotel thats been in the same family for more than 85 years and traditional values are important in this comfortable and popular retreat. Sea facing rooms have binoculars, useful for scanning the horizon or taking out with you for the day.

Blyth, Southwold
Simple yet stylish, the Blyth is contemporary seaside hospitality at its best, all in a characterful Edwardian building not too far from the sea. The restaurant won our 2009 food and drink awards best restaurant award.

Crown and Castle, Orford
The hotel of the Hotel Inspector herself. You would expect premises owned by Ruth Watson to be very good and thats the case here . . . fine food, stylish, comfortable accomodation and lovely views all around.


Butley Orford Oysterage
On the square of this delightfully out on a limb village. Call in for pts and a large range of fresh and smoked fish.

Springtide Fish, Felixstowe Ferry
Down by the ferry quay...freshly landed fish including cod, crab and prawns. Go early if you want cockles.

The Company Shed, West Mersea
It doesnt sound too inspiring but give this fishmonger and cafe a visit. Located among the salt marshes and boatyards of Mersea island most of the fish is bought from local fishermen and the owners also have an oyster farm.

Richardsons Smokehouse, Orford
Recently visited by cookery writer Nigel Slater, the owners are keeping a family smokehouse tradition alive . . try the ham hocks marinated in black treacle and cider.


Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop
Two in the towns High Street and both serve up some of the best fish and chips in the region (perhaps even Britain). Fair prices, fleshy fish in refined beer fat and wonderfully potato-ey, floppy chips.

Flora Tea Rooms, Dunwich
Great on a warm day where you can sit outside, look out at the coastline, and watch the gulls swooping overhead. Some of our feathered friends may go for your (very good) fish and chips so watch out!

Red Lion, Southwold
A pub by the Green enabling those able to get an outside table to watch this charming town go about its business. Good crisp chips and well-battered fish.

Ferryboat Inn, Felixstowe
Known as the FBI to locals, heres another case of a pub selling tasty fish and chips our writers couldnt nominate a fish and chippie in the town as good.
Local legend has it the pub has its own boat for fishing and bringing back to shore the freshest fish.


Plough and Sail, Snape
The Maltings is a great, near-the-coast venue and while you are there this little pub/restaurant offers all the refreshments a weary shopper or passing tourist could possibly need.

Harbour Inn, Southwold
Good position by the water, top class Adnams beer but according to our reviewer last summer - the food can be rather expensive so choose carefully.

The Anchor, Walberswick
One of two good pubs in Walberwick this one is especially fine for its variety of beers and family friendly atmosphere. We like the food too.

Eels Foot, Eastbridge
Close to Minsmere and the Heritage Coast, this off-the-beaten track pub is for birdwatchers and walkers. A place to retire after a morning, or afternoon, in the fresh air.

The Ship, Dunwich
Here is one to seek out. Ideal cliffside location we love how the new owners have kept the tradition but smartened it up. Cut above pub food and refreshing ales.

Golden Key, Snape
Easy to miss this one if you are heading for the Maltings but drop by to sample wonderful local food and beer in this full-of-character little pub.


The Regatta, Aldeburgh
Brightly-coloured, coast-themed High Street premises. Watch out for a local lobster, crab and scalllops evening, six courses, wines and coffees (50 per head) on July 2.

The Alex, Felixstowe
Situated on the seafront enabling diners to watch the ferries on the horizon. A caf bar and brasserie thats always popular.

The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh
Still going strong after 15 years and well liked by the locals. Good food and unstuffy service are the comments we are hearing.

Sutherland House, Southwold
Town centre small hotel, with a rich history, that has an award-winning restaurant majoring on local produce.

Bonnet, Felixstowe
Restaurant with a sense of style in Felixstowe. Stop by for a main meal or a snack.

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