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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 couples getaway...

Check out these top romantic spots for some serious wooing-spiration!

Beccles

Beccles - View from Bell Tower

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 and Waveney Valley at Hippersons Boatyard; listen to the sound of the river lapping beneath you in their over-water glamping pod, or opt for a riverside pod and watch the birdlife and wildlife swim past your door as you wake up. The site is located close to independent shops, cafes and restaurants and pubs, for dinner, take a short walk to Oakfired at The Royal Oak; an award-winning pizzeria that serves genuine Neapolitan wood-fired pizza and a range of Italian inspired seasonal dishes, washed down with Italian wines.

Start your Sunday with a visit to the Urban Jungle Cafe; relax amongst the vines and palms and choose from buttermilk pancakes with yoghurt and fresh fruit, Shakshuka or scrambled egg on toast, complemented by a range of fruit and herbal teas or a pot of organic fair trade coffee, before making the short drive to the seaside town of Lowestoft for a walk along the beach, stopping in one of the coastal cafes for a mug of hot chocolate to warm you up. 

Visit: www.hippersons.co.uk, www.oakfired.co.ukwww.urbanjungle.uk.com

Woodbridge

WTS - The Crown at Woodbridge - Bedroom

Ideal for couples, start your day in Woodbridge and 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. You can stay here too; the 10 boutique bedrooms are luxuriously furnished with goose-down pillows, crisp cotton bed linen and a selection of REN products in each bathroom. For a special treat, book the overnight spa package which includes dinner, bed and breakfast, a cocktail on arrival, a bottle of Prosecco in your room and a one-hour treatment per person at Bathsheba Spa.

In the evening, catch the latest blockbuster and enjoy a pre-film meal at The Riverside Theatre (where you can snuggle up on the double couch seats!), or take a drive out to the surrounding villages and sit by the fire with a glass of wine and a delicious meal made with locally sourced produce at The Unruly Pig or The Ufford Crown. 

Spend your Sunday relaxing in a comfy robe and soaking in bubbles at the Spa at Ufford Park, or for golfing fans, have a round or two on the 18-hole championship golf course. 

Visit: www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.ukwww.theriverside.co.ukwww.firestationcoffee.co.uk, www.theuffordcrown.com, www.theunrulypig.co.uk, www.uffordpark.co.uk

Aldeburgh

Brudenell Hotel Aldeburgh

If you want to treat your other half to a shopping spree, Aldeburgh'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.

Afterwards, walk up the High Street to the Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop and buy freshly caught and cooked fish and chips - they taste best when eaten straight out of the paper, whilst sat on the beach!

Located within the town, there are three beautiful hotels to choose from; situated right on Aldeburgh's famous beach you will find The Brudenell. Wake up to panoramic sea views in one of the contemporary styled, seaside chic bedrooms. The hotel's Seafood & Grill Restaurant is a must-visit too; with an impressive menu of locally caught seafood and shellfish on offer.

Snuggle up in one of the cosy rooms available at The White Lion and indulge with afternoon tea followed by a 3-course meal in the restaurant Brasserie Bleue; which serves a menu of fresh fish from Dean's Shed, situated on the beach opposite, and for breakfast, smoked kippers from nearby Pinneys of Orford.

This historic Wentworth Hotel is just a stone's throw from the beach; packed with character, the sumptuous lounges are the perfect place to sit, read the papers and enjoy a pot of tea. The rooms are beautifully furnished, feeling more like a country house but with the added bonus of breathtaking sea views!

Situated just a mile or so outside of the town you will find Five Acre Barn; a contemporary styled converted barn set amongst 5 acres of gardens. The five 'Scandi' rooms have free standing baths and floor to ceiling doors opening out onto your own patio - the perfect place to get away from it all!

Visit: www.brudenellhotel.co.ukwww.wentworth-aldeburgh.com, www.whitelion.co.ukwww.ocbutcher.co.uk/, www.slatecheese.co.uk/, www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk

Orford

WTS - Crown and Castle Woodbridge - Bedroom

Offering peace and tranquillity, 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. The restaurant, which also features 21 cosy bedrooms, is perfect if you desire a bit of peace and quiet. The food on offer is excellent too and there's an impressive wine list available to complement the menu. 

After breakfast, take a short drive to Rendlesham or Tunstall for a walk or cycle ride through the forest, followed by lunch at The Oyster Inn at Butley; a 400-year-old village pub where you can sit by a roaring fire, tuck into a hearty meal and enjoy a pint of ale made in the pub's very own micro-brewery!

Visit: crownandcastle.co.ukbutleyoyster.comwww.pinneysoforford.co.ukwww.pumpstreetbakery.com

Southwold

WTS - Swan Hotel Southwold - Outstanding Bedroom

One of Suffolk's most popular seaside towns; Southwold is ideal for a romantic winter weekend on the coast. Start your weekend with a day wandering around the town's boutiques, homewares shops and delis. Treat your partner to a designer handbag or luxury cosmetics at Collen & Clare; named as one of the Top 50 Boutiques outside of London by The Times Stella Magazine, before heading to the beach for a walk along the beach hut lined promenade and out to sea with a stroll on the town's famous Edwardian Pier.

Take a stroll along the prom and down towards the harbour stopping at The Sail Loft for lunch, or extend your visit with a stay; the 4 individually decorated rooms boast views of the marshes and sea - perfect for a relaxing, romantic stay. 

Alternatively, whisk your loved one away to The Swan Hotel. Situated in the centre of the town, Adnams flagship hotel re-opened in Autumn 2017 and has subsequently been named as one of the top picks of the Best British Hotels of 2017 in The Times and The Sunday Times Cool Hotel Guide.

The Excellent, Outstanding and Fabulous Rooms are beautifully styled, combining the hotel's history, seaside location and connection to the Adnams Brewery. You will receive complimentary bottles of gin from the distillery and Temple Spa toiletries in addition to the luxury bedding, wireless speakers, smart TV and Nespresso Coffee Machine.

During your stay, be sure to book a table in The Still Room, trying the 7-course tasting menu and finish your evening with a glass of brandy in the lounge.

Visit: theswansouthwold.co.ukwww.southwoldpier.co.ukwww.collenandclare.com, www.sailloftsouthwold.uk



Things to see and do

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.

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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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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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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

Check the website for times of Milling Demonstrations and Wheel-Turnings. The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years.

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WHERE TO EAT

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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The Cafe at Urban Jungle

The Cafe at Urban Jungle

The Café at Urban Jungle is quite unlike any other cafe you’ve ever been to. The food is bold, colourful and tasty, just like the surroundings! Filled with luxuriant plants which will whisk you away to the tropics.

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Sea Spice

Sea Spice

Taking lead from the ancient Spice Route and Aldeburgh’s historic role as a valued Tudor port, Sea Spice unites local Suffolk produce with classic Indian flavours originating over 4,000 miles away. 

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Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery & Cafe

Pump Street Bakery is a small, family owned bakery and cafe in the village of Orford on Suffolk's Heritage Coast.

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Oakfired at the Royal Oak

Oakfired at the Royal Oak

‘Your taste buds won’t regret it’ - EDP review October, 2017. Award winning bar and restaurant in Beccles serving authentic Neapolitan pizza cooked in front of you from their wood fired oven.

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The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut

The Tea Hut cafe/restaurant sits on the banks of the beautiful River Deben in Woodbridge. 

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The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig

The Unruly Pig is a 16th century Suffolk Inn offering exceptional food, great wines, craft beers and really friendly service in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

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Pinney's of Orford 

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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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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Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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where to stay

Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf, Spa

Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf, Spa

Woodbridge

Spreading out from Ufford Park's 90 bedroom hotel are 120 acres of historic parkland, including their 18-hole championship golf course.

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The Ship At Dunwich

The Ship At Dunwich

Dunwich

Whether you want to use The Ship at Dunwich as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk Coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, you’re guaranteed the warmest of welcomes.

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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 Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel

Southwold

This heritage hotel is situated on the beautiful Southwold marketplace, and has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. 

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Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich

Kesgrave Hall has 23 bedrooms, all individual in size, décor and style ranging from standard through to super de-luxe (think bathtubs in rooms and huge walk in showers).

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Sibton Park - Wilderness 

Sibton Park - Wilderness

Saxmundham

Set within a 4,500 acre private country estate two hours from London, Wilderness is a unique luxury collection of manors, farmhouses, country cottages and follies in the heart of rural Suffolk.

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Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Salthouse Harbour Hotel

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich is one of Suffolk's most iconic hotels. It offers a 4-star luxury experience and award-winning cuisine in one of the counties most beautiful settings.


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Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness 3 star Hotel offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course. 

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The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge

The Crown at Woodbridge offers all that is great about escaping to the country, with all that is good about staying in a wonderful market town. 

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The White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

The White Lion Hotel is a contemporary coastal town hotel with views, character and two fantastic restaurants on the Suffolk Coast on the beachfront in Aldeburgh. 

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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  *Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice 2018 award for Restaurant with Rooms *

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The Westleton Crown

The Westleton Crown

Westleton

The Westleton Crown combines the character and charm of its coaching inn heritage with the comforts of contemporary living: smouldering log fires, 34 stylish bedrooms, award winning AA 2 rosette restaurant, sophisticated wine list and delightful terraced gardens.

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The Wentworth Hotel

The Wentworth Hotel

Owned by the same family for nearly 100 years, the Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh effortlessly combines traditional hospitality with contemporary comfort and style. 

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The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell is centrally located in Felixstowe, within easy walking distance of the railway station, town centre and seafront. 

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Five Acre Barn

Five Acre Barn

Just a short walk from the beautiful Suffolk coastline and the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness.

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The Sail Loft

The Sail Loft

The Sail Loft is Southwold's beachside hideaway! Offering four spacious, smart bedrooms and a relaxed café-bar-restaurant close to the harbour and a short distance away from the cosmopolitan, bustling High Street. It's the perfect place for a seaside retreat!

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