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!