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Southwold

Southwold Pier

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!

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The Jolly Sailor in Orford

Jolly Sailor Orford

The Jolly Sailor is a centuries old pub near the quay in picturesque Orford

It was built sometime between the late 16th and middle of the 17th century allegedly from wrecked ship’s timbers. The pub once had a reputation as a smuggler’s haunt and is now brimming with nautical memorabilia. They have fantastic log burning fires for those cold winter days and in the summer an extensive patio and garden area. They are both child and dog friendly. Ask the barman for a dog biscuit!

The current owners took over the Jolly Sailor in September 2013 having had many years experience between them

They have put in place an exciting new menu using as many fresh and local ingredients as possible. The menu changes daily, however firm favourites like the fresh beer battered line caught fish and chips and juicy rib-eye steaks are always available as are home-made soups and vegetarian options

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The Anchor in Walberswick

Anchor Walberswick

A fabulous pub & restaurant right on the beach at Walberswick, a stunning little seaside village on the heritage coast

Sophie & Mark Dorber have created a village local that’s family friendly and a welcome retreat for all who enjoy good conversation, food and drink

We’ve been there several times and there is always a warm welcome, beautiful comfy surroundings and a fabulous range of wines and beers (Adnams of course) and a superb menu. It’s no surprise then that in January 2104 they gained the position of 36 in the Top 50 Gastro Awards!

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The Bell Inn in Walberswick

Walberswick Bell Inn

A great pub on the heritage coast overlooking the sea, serving home cooked and locally sourced food, fine Adnams ales, wines and whiskies. What’s not to like?!

Walberswick is a beautiful little seaside village with a number of great pubs, adjacent to the rolling dunes and Harbour. Centuries old, it’s steeped in history and sat smack bang in the middle of an area of outstanding natural beauty

The Bell oozes Suffolk character with quirky snugs, beamed ceilings, hidden alcoves and worn flagstone floors. Well known for their friendly and welcoming atmosphere, The Bell is a perfect all year round destination

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Thornham Coach House

Thornham Coach House

Fabulous family restaurant in the middle of the woods

What a great find! It’s off the beaten track yet still only a mile or so from the main A140 Stowmarket to Norwich road

Nestling in the forest of the 2,000 acre Thornham Estate with 12 miles of way-marked paths, the Coach House was converted to accommodate dining in 2001 and is now operated by family team who also run Sweet & Savoury ; a café restaurant at Stonham Barns and a deli & sandwich shop in Needham Market

They’ve had the coach house since 2010

See our other piece on Thornham Walks – they are right in the middle of it!

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The Moon & Mushroom – Swilland

Moon & Mushroom

Proper pub serving good, hearty, wholesome food. They’ve even won awards!

It’s a 16 Century free house, which means they have a great selection of local ales from breweries such as Woodfordes, Wolf, Nethergate and Buffys

Wandering in one cold evening to meet a mate for a beer I was greeted by a very nice barmaid who asked a question I haven’t heard for years; “Would you like a straight glass or a tankard”! So shocked was I that I went for a straight glass and when my mate arrived he opted for the tankard. As the other chap at the bar also had a tankard they ganged up on me and my beer was swiftly and cheerily decanted into a tankard. It’s tough out here in the country but that’s the sort of circles I move in and the decisions I have to make. Anyway, my pint of Dapper Dog was lovely

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The Four Horseshoes – Thornham

Four Horseshoes

Great proper old Suffolk Pub/ Restaurant serving freshly cooked food and a great selection of beers and wines

The Four Horseshoes is a beautiful 12th Century pub, set in the pretty Suffolk village of Thornham Magna, with lots of original features and a roaring log fire

It’s a family run place and they provide an array of refreshments from early morning breakfast for both guests and visitors to light lunches or a la carte specialities in the Shire Restaurant

The inn boasts a large bar with inglenook fireplaces and an extensive wine range from across the world as well as the traditional cask conditioned ales and lagers offers the visitor a selection of perfect refreshments