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Quintessentially British; Afternoon Tea

Visitors to The Suffolk Coast are spoilt for choice when it comes to a little indulgence and that very English pastime of taking afternoon tea.

The open skies and vast panoramas of The Suffolk Coast provide the perfect backdrop for so many hidden gems of cafés, tea rooms and restaurants - many nestling in close proximity to the sea.

Once the preserve of the rich and landed gentry, afternoon tea is still a bit of a luxury but its popularity is such that it can be found in all sorts of venues and needn't break the bank! Forget those little squares of cucumber sandwiches, afternoon tea is so much more than that as a quick tour of The Suffolk Coast will show.

Our local hotels are a good place to start… With stunning panoramic views of the sea and Aldeburgh’s shingle beach is The Brudenell Hotel. Treat yourself to their Tea by the Sea with a mouth-watering sweet and savoury selection.

Head a few miles inland to find The Westleton Crown, a traditional Suffolk coaching inn that retains its character and rustic charm. A delightful place to enjoy afternoon tea before exploring this quintessential Suffolk village.

Articles - Afternoon Tea - Cookhouse View

With panoramic views of the River Orwell, The Cookhouse Restaurant at The Suffolk Foodhall serves homemade sandwiches, freshly made fruit scones with Marybelle clotted cream and jam and indulgent mini cakes on a beautiful vintage cake stand.

And if taking yourself off on wander along the Suffolk Coast is your thing, you could always end up at The Ship at Dunwich. Set in this quiet, idyllic village with a wealth of history (including smugglers!), you’ll be sure of a warm welcome and a delicious afternoon tea.


Full listings of where you can eat Afternoon Tea on The Suffolk Coast, can be found below:

Things to see and do


Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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WHERE TO EAT


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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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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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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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 Tea Hut

The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut cafe/restaurant sits on the banks of the beautiful River Deben in Woodbridge. 

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farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle is renowned for a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere that allows guests to enjoy their surroundings and feel free to take their time.

Winner of *Sawday's British Hotel Award 2017 for Fabulous Food*

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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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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 Crown Hotel Southwold

The Crown Hotel Southwold

Southwold

The Adnams Crown Hotel is situated in The High Street, in the heart of Southwold. The atmosphere is always buzzing with a lively informality.

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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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 Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Executive Chef Rory Whelan and the team have a great relationship with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the menus are fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced. 

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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 them 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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