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Top Spots for a Romantic Weekend on The Suffolk Coast

With windswept beaches, cosy cafes, country pubs with roaring fires and boutique hotels it's easy to see why The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place for a romantic getaway...


Beccles

The historic market town of Beccles is packed with delightful cafes serving delicious cakes, homemade soups, sandwiches and breakfasts, along with freshly ground coffee. Stock up on a few items from Baileys Delicatessen for a bit of sustenance whilst you peruse chic homewares, antique shops and boutiques, before walking down to the quay for a stroll along the river, or climb the church tower for views across the Waveney Valley.

Spend a tranquil night overlooking the river with a stay at the Waveney House Hotel or book a room at Saltgate House  B&B; located close to independent shops, cafes and restaurants and pubs.

Towns and villages - Beccles - Beccles Quay at sunset

Woodbridge

Ideal for couples, Woodbridge is home to bakeries and cafes, (check out The Cake Shop Bakery and next door Firestation Cafe, Bar & Coffee Roasters) perfect for brunch, before you head down to the marina, where you can explore the historic Tide Mill before setting off on a walk along the river Deben, with a stop off at The Tea Hut.

In the evening, get dressed up and head to The Crown for pre-dinner cocktails and a slap up meal from their award-winning menu. Not forgetting the cosy double couch seats at The Riverside Theatre where you can watch the latest films, live screenings and productions in comfort!

Before you set off home, head to The Anchor or The Table for lunch and a pint of Adnams finest!

Woodbridge Festive Market 4

Aldeburgh - If you want to treat your other half to a shopping spree, the town's pretty high street is famed for its selection of independent shops alongside famous brands including Fat Face, Joules and Crew Clothing. Be sure to stop by O&C Butcher for stylish outdoor wear (needed when taking a brisk walk along the beach!) and Collen & Clare for designer handbags, perfume and clothing.

Aldeburgh Fish and Chips all year round - Photography by Emily Fae

Orford - Offering peace and tranquility, Orford and Orford Ness are the ideal spots for enjoying a crisp winter's morning with your loved one. Take a walk along the River Ore before heading into the village for lunch at the famous Pump Street Cafe or to indulge in some oysters from Pinneys of Orford, along with their prize winning smoked salmon and freshly caught fish and seafood. After you've warmed up spend the afternoon exploring the 12th century Castle before enjoying an evening meal and overnight stay at the historic Crown and Castle Hotel.

Orford Autumn 2015 Photography by Emily Fae-104


Walberswick - Leave the phones and laptop at home and spend some quality time with your loved one in remote Walberswick. Choose to stay at a cute seaside cottage or in one of the cosy rooms at The Anchor pub, but remember to pack the wellies and winter woollies, as no stay would be complete without a walk along the windswept beach and a hop over the river to nearby Southwold for afternoon tea.

Walberswick by Habie Schwarz (1)

Things to see and do


Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Photography by Emily Fae

Photography by Emily Fae

Emily is a professional photographer and is behind many of the beautiful images you see on The Suffolk Coast website.

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WHERE TO EAT


The Cake Shop Bakery

The Cake Shop Bakery

Woodbridge

Award-winning family run bakery set in the historical town of Woodbridge baking fresh bread and creating beautiful cakes using the best ingredients available and designing cakes that are visually stunning and taste delicious.

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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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The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

Woodbridge

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

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where to stay


Saltgate House B&B

Saltgate House B&B

Beccles

Saltgate House B&B is an elegant Georgian Townhouse built onto a former Tudor Merchants House situated in the heart of the beautiful market town of Beccles, just paces away from the centre of town and moments from the meandering River Waveney.

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The Anchor

The Anchor

Walberswick

Plenty of alfresco seating on the 3 beautiful terraces in the summer and a roaring log fire for the winter!

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The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and the tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation.

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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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The White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

Hygge is the latest buzzword for cosiness – it’s what the Danes do in great style when winter drives them indoors. You’ll find ‘hygge’ in spades at the White Lion Hotel on the beachfront in Aldeburgh, a great spot if you’re in need of peace and relaxation in stylish and cosseting surroundings, where the bedrooms are inviting and welcoming retreats, some with sea views as far as the eye can see. 

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The Crown and Castle

The Crown and Castle

Orford

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

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Waveney House Hotel 

Waveney House Hotel

Situated in the picturesque Waveney Valley, the Waveney House Hotel boasts a superb river location with stunning views across the surrounding countryside.

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