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Top 10 Places to Slurp an Ice Cream on The Suffolk Coast

With the sun still shining now’s the best time to give you our Top 10 places to slurp a Suffolk Coast ice cream…

1. Claremont Pier

Situated right next to the promenade and the wide sandy, award-winning beach at Lowestoft, the kiosk in front of Claremont Pier sells the normal range of branded lollies, plus delicious Mr Whippy cones, topped with a flake and hundreds and thousands. Stroll along the beach, paddle a while but make sure you do it with ice cream in hand!

2. Southwold Boating Lake and Tea Room

A quirky 1940s tea room in the pretty seaside town of Southwold; at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom you can sit amongst the reeds and have a few moments soaking up the sun as you enjoy your ice cream overlooking the boating lake, surrounded by wildlife and enjoying the views.

Afterwards, children will love a ride on the pedalos and a round of crazy golf!

3. Southwold Pier

A fine example of a Victorian pier including many period attractions, the Beach Cafe at Southwold Pier sells a range of ice creams, plus sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees and fish & chips. Once you've picked your flavour, stroll past Southwold’s famous beach huts as you savour your 99.

Southwold Pier

4. The Riverside Theatre & Restaurant

Woodbridge has a fab ice cream kiosk, located at the Riverside Theatre & Restaurant. Grab one before enjoying a film or show and sit outside on one of the brightly coloured deck chairs whilst you soak up the September sun.

5. South Kiosk at Martello Park

Described as a 'Great little find' by customers reviews on TripAdvisor, at South Kiosk in Martello Park in Felixstowe you and your dog can have your favourite ice cream. Yes, that’s right, ice cream for your pooch topped by a bone shaped biscuit! If the weather takes a turn for the worse, you may prefer to tuck into the warm sausage rolls and hot chocolates instead!

6. View Point Café

Overlooking the busy Port of Felixstowe, the View Point Cafe is the ideal spot to slurp an ice cream while watching huge ships enter and leave the port. The cafe also serves a range of breakfasts, lunches and butties if you fancy filling your boots before a day of exploring.

Felixstowe-Ice-Cream

7. Suffolk Food Hall

Located at Wherstead, near Ipswich, Suffolk Food Hall is renowned for its large array of locally produced food and produce. When you’ve stocked up on supplies relax with an Italian-style ice cream from The Beach Hut.

8. Ives Ice Cream Parlour

When you visit Aldeburgh make a beeline for Ives Ice Cream Parlour in the High Street. The ice cream comes from individual UK farmers and suppliers with over 30 flavours to choose from including raspberry cheesecake, stem ginger, pistachio, maple walnut, salted caramel, orange and chocolate and Devon toffee to name but a few!

9. Paravannis 

Fancy ice cream to take home? Paravanni’s in Beccles has been making ice cream since 1898 and boasts flavours such as Jaffa Cake, Cherry Bakewell, Bubblegum, Cinnamon, Strawberries & Cream and around another 30 delicious flavours. Look out for their vans which serve towns and villages across The Suffolk Coast!

10. The Little Ice Cream Company

Located near Felixstowe's Seafront Gardens, The Little Ice Cream Company make their own ice cream using locally sourced ingredients including fresh milk from Felixstowe’s dairy herd at Adam’s Farm. Favourites include candy store, complete with hundreds and thousands and pick and mix, and honey monster with chunks of honeycomb swirled in!


Things to see and do


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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Southwold Pier

Southwold Pier

Southwold

Southwold is a popular destination for the many visitors to the East Coast and its most prominent attraction, the pier, hosts a wide range of things to see and do.

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Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre

Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is situated in between Lowestoft's Award winning beaches in South Lowestoft. 

It's a hive of activity and entertainment, from traditional fruit machines and video games, to roller skating, fantastic live music, perfect party venue, great fish and chips and fabulous brasserie dining with the best sea views in town!

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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


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 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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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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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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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


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 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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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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Anchor Smokehouse

Anchor Smokehouse

Anchor Smokehouse is a Smokehouse in Lowestoft specialising in Oak Smoked Fish. Their Smokehouse is over 130 years old and they still use the traditional oak smoking methods, and not an electric kiln in sight!

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Anchor Smokehouse - Award


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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The Fludyers Hotel and Restaurant

The Fludyers Hotel and Restaurant

The Fludyers offers a variety of dining options with food served all day in either the bar or restaurant and when the weather permits on the substantial terrace overlooking the sea.

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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 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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Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous seaview venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.

At promenade level there is also The Terrace; a cosy beachside venue with plentiful outdoor seating and a Mediterranean ambience with the sea views framed by palm trees.

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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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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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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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Dog friendly


Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds is a family run business based in Suffolk and has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. 

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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 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 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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The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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