The Suffolk Coast
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A Taste of Wine in the Suffolk Countryside

Fancy a vineyard tour and a spot of wine tasting without having to take a trip over to the continent? Then head over to The Suffolk Coast. You’ll be surprised to know that we give Alsace and Bordeaux a run for their money!

Perhaps that statement is a little presumptuous, however the terroir and mild climate of East Anglia are particularly favourable for wines.  Bacchus is widely grown as it prefers a drier climate and most recently growers have been planting Pinot Noir. Bacchus and Madeleine Angevine are becoming our signature English vine varieties producing distinctive East Anglian flavours. 

One such vineyard is Shawsgate near the Suffolk town of Framlingham where visitors are welcome to do a ‘DIY’ Vineyard Trail at their own leisure. There is no charge to do this and staff will provide you with an information sheet and vineyard map so you don’t get lost! 

The vineyard encourages visitors at any time to watch the seasons change and it makes a lovely walk no matter what time of year you choose to go. You may even catch sight of some of the wildlife and birds that also call Shawsgate home. Dogs are welcome too as long as they are on a lead and accompanied by responsible owners.

Book a Tour & Tasting lasting 1 hour 45 minutes or a 4 hour experience day which includes lunch. Places are in high demand so check in advance for availability.

When it comes to wine tasting, few of us consider ourselves as true experts and simply base our assessment on flavour and aroma. 

Those who are more knowledgeable suggest it’s vital that we make sure the wine is at the correct temperature, taste it away from strong aromas like perfume and keep the palette neutral by steering clear of strong flavoured foods beforehand. You’ll be pleased to know that it really isn’t necessary to spit it out either!

There’s not much you can teach the locally based and internationally renowned company Adnams about alcoholic beverages. They have been brewing beer since 1872 and now make hand-crafted spirits and import fine wines!

A visit and a tour of their distillery in Southwold is a must and, maybe, a little shopping expedition to one of their many stores in Suffolk where you can rely on the expertise of their staff when choosing your tipple! Alternatively, book up to wine and dine at one of Adnams top notch Suffolk Coast hotels.

Over at Valley Farm Vineyards near the pretty market town of Halesworth, Vanessa and Elaine welcomes visitors to their mature vineyard. If you turn up and they are open then you can take the self-guided tour complete with your own map (It’s a good idea to ring beforehand though to avoid disappointment).  Afterwards enjoy a chat and a tasting - The 2015 Madeleine Angevine will be chilled and ready for you!!! 

If you are a group of 6 or more contact Valley Farm Vineyards to arrange a private tutored tour and tasting session.  The tour typically takes an hour with Vanessa, which includes a walk of 1.5 km followed up by a tasting session, with Elaine, of two wines.  

Here’s an idea for a great day out – Travel to Halesworth by public transport, take the challenging circular walk calling in at Valley Farm Vineyards for a tour and taste en-route!

Cheers!

Things to see and do


Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

Halesworth and the Blyth Valley

The Blyth Valley runs 17 miles inland from the coast at Southwold to Laxfield via Halesworth and Huntingfield and is a superb destination for walking, cycling & wildlife-watching as well as being known for its welcoming pubs and local produce!

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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Wheelchair Accessible

WHERE TO EAT


Cleone's Italian Restaurant

Cleone's Italian Restaurant

Cleone's Italian Restaurant - named after the original Maitre D' - was established at The Angel in Halesworth in the Spring of 1995. From the outset, the aim has been to offer seasonal menus featuring classic dishes from Italy's extremely varied culinary regions - but most importantly, to prepare every dish in the typical 'home style' Italian way.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Orford

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk.

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Dog friendly


The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Free wifi


Salthouse Eaterie 

Salthouse Eaterie

The popularity of the waterside Eaterie makes it a destination for many Suffolk locals. The dishes are modern & always surprise with a curious twist of something deliciously different.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

where to stay


Kenton Hall Estate

Kenton Hall Estate

Framlingham

Kenton Hall Estate offers unique glamping accommodation set in heart of the Suffolk countryside.

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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall has 23 bedrooms, all individual in size, décor and style ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (think bathtubs in rooms and huge walk in showers).

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Free wifi


Ivy House Country Hotel

Ivy House Country Hotel

The Ivy House Country Hotel is a "Hidden Gem" nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, among 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes and thatched beautiful barns all with direct access onto the broads.

Guests can enjoy relaxing walks in the grounds or venture out onto the Broads pathways or further still, to the nearby coast.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

An exciting and intimate combination of small hotel, bar, pub and restaurant, The Crown is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible


The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Southwold

This heritage hotel is situated on the beautiful Southwold marketplace, and has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. 

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Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible