For some reason even though I’m a foodie all be it a pescatarian one, I haven’t yet written about really good places to eat around here along the Suffolk Coast and there are many. It’s not just colourful houses although we definitely have our fair share.
I’ve put together a little list just incase you are looking for somewhere to unwind this Summer and have a good meal if you’re in the area – and could probably recommend plenty more if you’re looking for something specific.
Two Magpies Bakery
If you have a sweet tooth then I would definitely suggest heading to to Southwold Highstreet and popping in to Two Magpies Bakery. Their handmade pastries are delicious. They also make breads on the premises which can you see in progress as they have a window to the kitchen. It’s a good looking place with clean white tiled walls and on trend decor. There is always a decent queue out of the door which speaks volumes.
Pinney’s of Orford
You mustn’t let the rustic interior of this smokery restaurant think they anything less than super serious about excellent food here. It’s a place that attracts people from far and wide. They are very much in to sustainable fishing. Luckily they have a shop too so if you want to take something home with you then in my opinion they offer the best smoked salmon pate I’ve ever tried. Orford is a pretty village too so worth a look around.
Harris & James
I’m not joking when I say that I had the best cake I’ve ever tried in there last Autumn. It was toffee and apple. I still think about it to this day even though I don’t eat sugar now. Fairly new to Southwold and Aldeburgh ( yes there are two ), Harris & James is essentially a Gelato shop and is tucked away on East Street in Southwold and on the highstreet in Aldeburgh – both with an inviting front. Inside neon wall lights and an array of treats made in the shop. They have a selection of dreamy ice creams – well worth trying. You can sit in or take away. Savoury light meals are also on the menu too. Honestly, I think you’ll like it there. The crew that run Harris & James are really nice people.
The Bell Inn
After a spot of crabbing or a wander around the pretty village of Walberswick a nice spot of lunch at The Bell Inn pub is recommended. On sunny days you can sit outside in their large garden or inside for a cosy Suffolk beamed setting in the winter. A really busy, buzzy place so you might need to book for bigger parties. The menu suits most people and there’s lots to choose from. You can also stay upstairs which would be nice after a chilled day on the beach.
Suffolk Food Hall
Just under the Orwell Bridge near Ipswich. We have eaten here countless times. Birthday get togethers, Sunday meet ups and lunches with mates. The Cookhouse has the most spectacular, panoramic views of the bridge, boats and surrounding fields. You can see a little taster of it here. The meals cooked in an open kitchen and they offer seasonal menus. I tend to have their fish pie – it’s so good.
In the huge Food Hall which is full to the brim with, vegetables, deli type foods and drinks, they also have a cafe for snacks and drinks. There’s also a gift shop and plant centre and giant air pillow for kids to jump on. A whole afternoon out really ?
Butt and Oyster
This pub is down at Pin Mill which is not far on from Suffolk Food Hall. The setting is just beautiful overlooking the Orwell River. They do good local beers and they work herd at providing an interesting menu that really does live up to it’s reputation. In fact I had a really healthy meal there last time and came away feeling very virtuous :)
It’s set down a pretty little long lane which adds to the whole experience of finding somewhere a bit special.
In the lovely seaside town of Aldeburgh. I may have photographed this area once or twice on my instagram :) … The Lighthouse has been popular for many years. In fact, I think almost 20. The outside is impressive and instantly recognisable with it’s tall lighthouse facade. The staff are friendly and offer a diverse selection of À La Carte, traditional lunches and puddings. Definitely worth booking ahead on this one. They do a cool little lunch if you’re heading next door to the little old cinema.
Sole Bay Fish Company
Down by the harbour in Southwold you will find one of the best fishmongers ever. Completely fresh and caught on their own boat. You can eat in at their restaurant or take fish away with you. It’s open 7 days a week from 8 am – 4 pm. They also own the Little Fish and Chip Shop on the high street. You can’t miss it – its a thing of bright blue beauty. Oh… and you can also get champagne with your order.
This is an excellent place in Southwold for soups, sandwiches, family meals – all sorts really. They are consistently good and helpful and aim to please. It’s cosy with lots of character. They have really cute window displays throughout the year – always a very easy on the eye in their cafe.
Aldeburgh Fish and Chips
As a bit of a fish and chip connoisseur ( I have my uses .. ha ! ) I can’t tell you enough how good the take aways are from here. People come from all over the place to eat them. They also own the Golden Galleon chip shop so you can’t go wrong with either. The lines around the building tends to start way before they open every day. I can’t bear greasy chips and these are just perfect and chunky. We often grab some and then head down past the pretty homes to the stoney beach to eat and gaze at the sea. It’s the simple things in life sometimes isn’t it ?
I have such big respect for anyone running their own business so really want to give a big shout to these places – please do add any other places in my comments that you’ve enjoyed along the Suffolk Coast.
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