Mark Waldock, Head Chef at the White Lion on Aldeburgh’s seafront, has redesigned the hotel’s food offer with exciting fresh ideas and new dishes combined with timeless classics all focusing on the flavours of Suffolk’s finest seasonal produce.
Set opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts, the White Lion offers relaxed, all-day dining in its contemporary style AA rosette Brasserie restaurant. Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea or pop in for a sociable drink in the hotel’s vibrant cocktail bar, a popular meeting place for locals and hotel guests alike.
For lunch and dinner, choose dishes from Mark’s new à la carte menus. Starters are from £5 for soup of the day, while the mains ‘Coast to County’ selection ranges from £12 for Adnams Mosaic beer battered haddock with hand cut chips up to £23 for a prime rib eye steak, cooked as you like it. Changing with the seasons, the tempting desserts begin at £7, or there’s a cheese plate with traditional accompaniments.
Menus also include plant-based vegan and vegetarian choices within the ‘Plants and Herbs’ selection such as a superfood salad and falafel with roasted pepper and tahini dressing. Or if you prefer a smaller meal, look under ‘Driftwood’ for dishes that come in two portion sizes including roasted Mediterranean vegetables, a Suffolk pork board or a tasty platter of Pinney’s smoked prawns, smoked salmon and mackerel pâté; add oysters for an extra treat.
Enjoy relaxed time at the White Lion with Mark’s Brunch menu served daily from 10am until 2.30pm. Choose from popular favourites such Pinney’s smoked salmon with scrambled egg or a smoked haddock kedgeree; there’s also a traditional full English served on a croissant for £10 or a vegetarian Suffolk Gold cheese pancake with wild mushrooms and wilted spinach.
Families are made especially welcome with a separate children’s menu to appeal to younger appetites, while tempting afternoon teas with an optional glass of bubbles and quarterly changing themes are also a speciality at the White Lion.
To find out which part of Suffolk your food comes from, look on the back of the menus for a map showing where the main producers of Mark’s ingredients are located. Pork from Lane Farm at Brundish, Gressingham duck, leaves from Thorpeness and fish and seafood from Dean’s Shed, a few yards from the White Lion in Aldeburgh, for example. Many of these farmers, growers and fishermen are still family run today.
To make a reservation to dine or stay call the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh call 01728 452720 or for more details visit www.whitelion.co.uk. B&B for two sharing is from around £115 for an inland facing room and £135 for a seaview.