Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. And I know you probably do too. Suffolk has an incredibly diverse coastline, much of it is preserved. Here are just a few of the great places you can see the sea while staying at Woodfarm Barns.
Scroll down the page until you find something that tickles your fancy, then click the title for more information.
Fabulous restaurant in the heart of historic Aldeburgh
Under the same ownership for 20 very successful years. Robert, the head chef and co-owner, trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche in London before peddling his wares back here in sunny Suffolk
They have a daily specials board and a varied menu. During the Spring and Summer the emphasis is on locally caught fish and seafood but they always have vegetarian, poultry and meat dishes and kids menu available all year round
Great riverside pub near Woodbridge, re-opened in 2013
It’s out on the Bawdsey peninsula, miles from anywhere but worth the trip!
The building was originally called Ferry House and dates back around 350 years. It has a large walled garden and the garden has great views of the River Deben and across the adjacent peninsula to Felixstowe
They are very dog-friendly and have a great menu with many fresh fish dishes and as well as offering the obligatory traditional Suffolk Adnams ales they regularly have guest ales too. Main dishes average around a tenner and they also have a good wine selection
Excellent farm shop and cafe’ right on the A12 so easy to get to for anyone visiting Suffolk’s Heritage Coast
The owner sources the best ingredients and strive to produce the best roadside food possible. It’s had high praise in many national newspapers including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and many others. They use fresh, local produce, using over 100 local suppliers
Not only a great stop off for a cuppa or to pick up some food for supper, they also sell a range of gifts here too
An award winning deli in historic Aldeburgh on the beautiful Suffolk coast. It’s a deli, it’s won a bucket load of awards. it’s in Aldeburgh. What are you waiting for?
Owned and run by Richard Lawson and Claire Bruce-Clayton and team of knowledgeable staff selling carefully sourced and delicious foodstuffs
Many of the products stocked in the shop are sourced from within Suffolk, which has a rich and diverse network of artisan food producers as you’ll see from our other posts. Expect seasonal local game terrines, asparagus tarts, salads, soups and sweet pastries
A small and friendly canoe and kayak hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast
They hire out canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) for people to explore this wonderful stretch of river at their leisure. Discover creeks and flood waters, or gently glide with the tide at low water and get up close to seals basking on the mud banks as well as observing a multitude of different wading birds
Use of equipment can be arranged from a short hire of 1 hour or more on a SUP, and 2 or 4 hours in a canoe or kayak. All craft are suitable for a wide range of skill levels and ideal for couples, groups or family outings
One of the best known pubs in Suffolk and a firm favourite with Woodfarm guests
Famed for great Adnams beers, fabulous home cooked food and the most stunning location right on the river Orwell
A proper old riverside pub with bare oak floorboards, pints pulled straight from the keg and the smells wafting from the kitchen. This place is popular with locals and visitors alike and in the summer is heaving outside giving it a great atmosphere
A great place to visit when in Suffolk and just a stones throw from the Suffolk Food Hall (see our separate post)
A bright and welcoming space to view a striking collection of contemporary art
The work of leading artist Paul Evans inspired owners, Andrew and Julie Knibbs to open their gallery in 2002. Today Paul’s dramatic seascapes and vivid landscapes can be seen alongside the paintings of many other respected artists including Robert Greenhalf, Susie Perring, Derek Chambers and Christopher Osborne to name but a few. Examples of their work can be seen within the ART section of their website
Southwold is arguably the jewel in the crown of Suffolk’s heritage coast as far as visitors to our great county are concerned
Home of the Adnams brewery, famous lighthouse and beach huts. Splendid art galleries, fine shops and pubs and the Blackshore harbourside for extremely fresh fish and the ferry across the River Blyth to Walberswick (see our separate post on Walberswick)
Jam packed with great pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and a fabulous beach and pier, with some quirky old things to see and do!
Walberswick lies on the south bank of the River Blyth, a short ferry ride across from Southwold
It is tucked away amidst a thousand acres of coast, heath and marshland listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The ferry, which transports people across the Blyth in the summer months, is rowed by the fifth generation of the same family. There is also a foot and cycle path where the old railway ran across the Bailey bridge – but the only way by car to Southwold is back up to the A12 and through Blythburgh, making a trip of some seven miles
You’ll find some great pubs around here. See our separate posts on The Anchor and The Bell. There are great little coffee and gift shops too, and rolling sand dunes for a good walk, with or without dogs