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Alfresco Dining on the Suffolk Coast

As summer stretches before us and the weather gets warmer, it’s a rare pleasure to be able to dine alfresco.

All along the Suffolk Coast there are pubs and restaurants that serve great food – in market towns, in sleepy villages and in bustling seaside resorts.

So take a look at our favourite alfresco dining spots on the Suffolk Coast…

The Sweffling White Horse is a magnet for real ale lovers, serving beers from a selection of small local brewers. And although they don’t have an extensive menu there’ll be something on the menu to complement the local beer. The small beer garden with a rustic arbor is enchantingly lit by candles and fairylights at night. The beer garden is open from spring equinox to autumn equinox, every Sunday lunchtime and every pub night until 10pm.

The Boardwalk on Southwold Pier offers the chance to sip a glass of beautiful wine in the gentle sea breeze and enjoy one of the classically prepared dishes. With the stars above and the waves shimmering below you have no excuses for not getting a little bit romantic!

There’s a daily changing menu at The Ufford Crown, near Woodbridge. Created by Head Chef Will Hardiman, it is hearty, wholesome British pub food with a French influence made with fresh, local ingredients. With a terrace and garden at the rear you can enjoy warm summer evenings and some fine alfresco dining.

The Ramsholt Arms faces south over the River Deben and is the place to enjoy great food and beautiful Suffolk sunsets. The sun-soaked terrace is the ideal place to enjoy fresh, locally caught fish.

Here’s what Condé Nast Traveller had to say about The Ship at Dunwich, “The pick is The Ship at Dunwich, a little pub with rooms that dishes up huge portions of fried fish - cod, haddock or plaice - with some of the finest chips in the land. Washed down with a glass of Adnams Southwold Bitter, this comes close to heaven”.

And all this can be enjoyed in the secluded courtyard or in the enormous garden that’s dotted with fruit trees.

For character and rustic charm it has to be The Westleton Crown, a 12th century coaching inn close to Southwold and Aldeburgh. Enjoy alfresco dining in their charming terraced garden, choosing from the creatively indulgent menu.

Or for a relaxed evening sat underneath fairy lights and lanterns, dine or drink at The Table in Woodbridge.

Go on… take full advantage of the warmer weather and treat yourself to alfresco dining on the Suffolk Coast.

Things to see and do


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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events


Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival - Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep 2017

Come and enjoy with the whole family this fantastic Food Festival set within the grounds of Snape Maltings, Suffolk on 23rd - 24th September 2017

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WHERE TO EAT


Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Ipswich

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering 2 hour Brunch and 3 hour A la Carte Lunch, Sunset Supper or Candlelit Dinner Cruises. Serving freshly prepared on board wholesome food and drinks.

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The Sweffling White Horse

The Sweffling White Horse

A traditional pub in the village of Sweffling near Saxmundham and East Anglia Pub of the Year 2015

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View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe

View Point Cafe is a warm and friendly cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

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Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold Pier - The Boardwalk, Beach Cafe and Clockhouse

Southwold

Southwold Pier has a fabulous choice of restaurants and cafes to fill the gap from breakfast, through to morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner!

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The Ufford Crown

The Ufford Crown

Woodbridge

The Ufford Crown is a Michelin recommended, family run pub and restaurant in the village of Ufford, near Woodbridge, run by Polly and Max Durrant and Head Chef Will Hardiman.

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The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms

Woodbridge

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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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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Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant offers a more traditional dining experience with fresh local produce complimenting the daily changing menu.

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Dunwich

Head Chef at The Westleton Crown restaurant, James Finch, and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation.

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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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Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Cream Tea Island at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom

Southwold

Inside, the tearoom can seat 16 people comfortably, with far more seating available outside. Families and friends can also hire the venue for birthday parties, anniversaries, mother and toddler groups, small wedding parties, wakes and coach parties.

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The Oyster Inn

The Oyster Inn

A traditional village pub serving real ale and home-style food, The Oyster Inn has been at the heart of Butley since at least the 17th Century. 

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The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Situated at the top of the bustling Thoroughfare, in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

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The Table

The Table

The Table is a relaxed brasserie style restaurant in a lovely setting ideal for hosting light lunches, family gatherings, romantic dinners, street food events, coffee and cake, special celebrations and more.

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The Ship Inn, Levington

The Ship Inn, Levington

Ipswich

Idyllic country pub situated on the banks of the River Orwell, with a delicious local menu and an excellent range of Adnams beers, wines and spirits. 

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