Snape Maltings is a world-renowned landmark on the Suffolk Coast. Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.
In the 1960’s Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears feel in love with the Maltings and its magnificent settings. From the largest Malthouse they created one the finest concert halls in the world. Music, dance and the arts is celebrated at this cultural hub throughout the year from Britten’s great classics to the fun and festivity of the August Proms.
Over forty-five years the owners of the site, the Gooderham Family, have converted the buildings into shops and galleries and the most recent edition of a House & Garden emporium. This stunning conversion of these Victorian buildings with their high roofs and timber frames houses an artisan delicatessen, a bountiful food hall, and a stunning furniture and homes department which items are hand chosen from across Europe.
Shopping here is far removed from any high street. Locals and visitors enjoy wandering through the wonderful selection of truly British independent with their unique style. There is something for everyone, from food and homewares, to fashion and books, childhood delights, galleries and an antiques and collectors shop.
Snape Maltings has become a food hub on the Coast with its monthly farmers market, food festival, a Tea Shop serving homemade cakes and light lunches and the relaxed, contemporary style of Cafe 1885 with its team of Chefs utilising fresh local ingredients.
The Maltings plays an important role as a hub to promote local producers through its well known monthly Farmers Markets and the nationally recognized Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival which it hosts annually. The nation’s leading chefs and food writers, including Angela Hartnett, Brett Graham, Valentine Warner, Henry Harris, Mark Hix, Fergus Henderson, Tom Parker-Bowles, Rose Prince and Matthew Fort have all participated in this event to celebrate Suffolk food and drink.
On the first Saturday of each month the Snape Maltings Farmers Market is held with the region’s leading producers. Fill your baskets to the brim with real Ale, Smoked Salmon, free range chicken and pork, homemade cakes, award winning cheeses and freshly pressed apple juices. During the months of August they host an additional market on the third Saturday.
River trips run from Snape Maltings from Easter to October on the River Alde which is rich in both wildlife and history. Over 100 years ago, Snape Maltings quay was a busy port yet today you can appreciate the tranquility of the swaying golden reeds and the wading birds. Sailing times vary as the river is tidal so do telephone in advance if you wish to book a ticket. The river trips take 50 minutes and tickets can be purchased from the Shop on the Quay.
Throughout the year a number of key events take place at the Maltings including the Roald Dahl Storytelling Centre & Museum event, the Vintage and Craft Fairs and Painting and Craft Courses.
Snape Maltings offers is an ideal base from which to explore this fascinating area, which is located in an Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty. The Snape Explorer offers two wonderful walks on the banks of the River Alde.
Snape Maltings is open daily from 10 am with free car parking.
To contact, telephone 01728 688303, or visit the Snape Maltings website. You can also write to Alesha Gooderham, Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP17 1SR