There are few seaside towns quite as quintessentially British as Southwold. With its sandy beach and beach hut-lined promenade, Southwold offers a wonderful environment for holidays and weekends away, as well as a thriving market town atmosphere.
Southwold is home to the Adnams Brewery, winner of The Good Pub Guide 2011’s ‘Brewery of the Year’. The brewery itself is very much the focal point of the town with its brewing rooms set just behind the High Street and adjacent to the town’s lighthouse. Brewery tours are on offer throughout the year, and there is no shortage of pubs and restaurants at which to sample the variety of Adnams beers on offer. More recently they have added a distillery, which as well as the wine shop, guarantees your favourite ‘tipple’ will be available!
Collen & Clare is a beautiful multi-brand store in Southwold offering womenswear, menswear, beauty, lingerie and accessories. Further along the coast you’ll also find their contemporary womenswear and accessories store in Aldeburgh.
How about buying a beautiful gift which will always remind you of Southwold? The Amber Shop in the High Street holds an extensive range of exquisite amber jewellery and is, in fact, the largest amber specialist in the UK. You’ll find carvings and artefacts from around the world here too and story boards to explain the history of amber.
After all that retail therapy, you’ll be glad of a sit down and refreshment. The Two Magpies Bakery has become a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike whether it’s for a morning coffee and pastry, a loaf of the day’s freshly baked bread or one of the delicious treats displayed temptingly in the window.
You really can’t leave Southwold without visiting the iconic Pier which hosts a wide range of things to see and do. Take a moment to watch the cheeky water clock as you wander around the cafés, restaurants, shops and an amusement arcade.