The Suffolk Coast
  • Eat, drink and be merry on the Suffolk Coast

Eat, Drink and be merry on the Suffolk Coast

The Suffolk Coast has plenty of fantastic places to grab a drink or a bite to eat.

We’ve picked some pubs and cafés that you’ll love to visit – great food, great drink and a great atmosphere – what more could you want?

Starting our little tour in Felixstowe, there are four delightful cafés for you to try…

Café Bencotto offers Mediterranean style fayre, where its sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen. Café Bencotto is open every day offering pizza, pasta and grill items cooked to order, plus the specials of the day.

The fabulous seafront setting for The Alex Café Bar, just across from the promenade in Felixstowe and offering fantastic sea views, is where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying great food and drink!

The Café Bar on the ground floor, offers a full range of drinks plus a menu featuring breakfasts and the Café Favourites in a relaxed setting. 

Head over to Martello Park in Felixstowe and you’ll find South Kiosk. There’s plenty of outside seating and a picnic area where you can sample the South Kiosk’s legendary signature home-made cakes - Lime & Coconut, Coffee & Walnut, Lemon Sponge, Toffee Apple, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Ganache, Gluten free slices and Bakewell tarts made with home-made Jam.

Felixstowe welcomes some of the world’s biggest container ships and for a close up view of the port’s activity head down to View Point Café at Landguard Point. It’s a warm and friendly café with both indoor and outdoor seating serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fish and chips, 'dish of the day', cakes, ice cream, teas and coffees.

Moving up the coast and the Woodbridge area has pubs and cafés in abundance.

The Crown at Woodbridge serves a well-balanced and extensive wine list alongside a variety of local beers and contemporary cocktails, all within the historic walls of a thriving 16th century coaching inn.

The Ufford Crown has a spacious restaurant, a cosy bar and a stylish lounge area which is popular for diners as well as private parties. There is a terrace and a garden at the rear where warm summer evenings and lazy Sundays can be enjoyed.

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub, situated on the banks of the river Deben. Being the only south facing pub on the river, the Ramsholt Arms enjoys beautiful sunsets and is popular in the summer with holidaymakers, families and sailors who make the most of the sun soaked terrace, neighbouring beach and crab fishing jetty.

Fancy a bite to eat in Woodbridge and you’d do well to visit The Firestation Café or The Cake Shop. Both situated in The Thoroughfare, you’ll be spoilt for choice on breads and cakes.

A visit to Snape Maltings wouldn’t be complete without calling in to The Granary Teashop and Café 1885. It gets busy here so best to ring and book a table.

In nearby seaside gem of Aldeburgh pay a visit to The White Lion. Situated right opposite the beach you can enjoy tea, coffee, drinks, light bites and sweet treats throughout the day.

Dunwich was once an important port and second only to London in size – that is until it was consumed by the sea. The mystery that surrounds Dunwich draws visitors from far and wide, many choosing to pop into The Ship at Dunwich for a pint (or two) of Adnams.

And we’ll wind up this tour of the Suffolk Coast in Southwold.

The Crown Hotel on the High Street is always buzzing with lively informality and is another great place to sample a pint of Adnams.

Not far from The Crown is the Two Magpies Bakery. It has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

The Suffolk Coast is undoubtedly the spiritual home of artisan baking, and this is one bakery that never fails to be full of customers coming in for their morning coffee and pastry, for a loaf of the day’s freshly baked bread or for the delicious treats displayed temptingly in the window.

Just a short walk away is the popular Southwold seafront with its famous beach huts.

Head down to the Victorian Southwold Pier and you’ll find the Beach Café serving an all day family friendly menu that has something for everyone and everything is freshly made.

And we finish our tour at The Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom. Quirky and unique are words that spring to mind… Glorious cream teas, freshly baked cakes and pastries, tasty breakfasts, lunches and homemade snacks - Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom is one of the gems of Southwold.

You’ve no excuse now not to eat, drink and be merry right here 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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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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events


Lunch Sails from Ipswich

Lunch Sails from Ipswich

Ipswich |

A relaxing three hour cruise from Ipswich Dock down the River Orwell to the mouth of the river and back.

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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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A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

A Feast of Local Food: The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

Woodbridge | Fri 30th Sep - Sun 02nd Oct 2016

The Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival is back for a fifth year, from 30th September to 2nd October. 

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An Evening with Forrest Wines

An Evening with Forrest Wines

Woodbridge | Wed 12th Oct 2016

Doctors John and Brigid Forrest are Forrest, a small, very much 'hands-on" producer of premium quality white wine from their home vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Sherry and Port Dinner

Sherry and Port Dinner

Woodbridge | Tue 08th Nov 2016

Bodegas Hidalgo Sherry, Taylor Ports and Fonsecca Ports make up our evening dinner with a difference. 

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WHERE TO EAT


South Kiosk at Martello Park

South Kiosk at Martello Park

A hop skip and a jump from Felixstowe Beach, Suffolk, South Kiosk is described as a 'Great little find' by customers reviews on TripAdvisor. Home made baked goods and cake, organic juices, fruit smoothies and ice cream. Dog friendly, with plenty of outside seating and a picnic area.

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The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

The Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters

Woodbridge

A small cafe and bar serving delicious coffee, cocktails, snacks and rather impressively roasting their own coffee!

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Free wifi Dog friendly


Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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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 King's Head (The Low House)

The King's Head (The Low House)

The King's Head in Laxfield (known locally as the 'Low House'), is a wonderfully unique pub famous for being without a bar.

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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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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 Granary Teashop and Café 1885 at Snape Maltings

The Granary Teashop and Café 1885 at Snape Maltings

Snape

Delicious local produce, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea set in one of the coast's most stunning landscapes at Snape Maltings

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Café Bencotto

Café Bencotto

Offering Mediterranean style fayre, Café Bencotto's sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen.

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The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

The Alex Café Bar & Brasserie

Offering panoramic sea views, The Alex has a fabulous seafront setting just across from the promenade in Felixstowe where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying great food and drink!

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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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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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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 Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

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

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Free wifi


Two Magpies Bakery

Two Magpies Bakery

Southwold

Situated Southwold’s High Street, The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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Dog friendly


The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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