Sitting on the edge of the water in Suffolk, Southwold is a much loved holiday destination, and we certainly know why.

It captures the interest of many, thanks to its beautiful sandy beach that stretches for miles. Take a walk from the pier, passing the town’s colour-splashed beach huts toward Gun Hill, where cannons commemorate the 17th century Anglo-Dutch Battle of Solebay looping back onto the High Street.  Here you will see many a pastel-painted cottage and plenty of handsome sea-view houses that stand proud for all to admire.    But for those that love their food and drink, the streets of this coastal town are lined with cafés and wonderfully inviting pubs, as well as delis serving a delicious array of local dishes and family run butchers supplying fantastic Suffolk produce.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to the best restaurants, but to save you time, our Property Portfolio & Concierge Manager, Amity has rounded up some of her favourites.  From sea-view cosy pubs to hidden dog-friendly cafes, she has tried and tested them all!

Having grown up in Southwold it would be fair to say it holds a special place in my heart. Early memories of pastel-coloured ice-creams and salty fish and chips always make me smile and whilst those things are still perfection Southwold also offers a delectable array of dining experiences that cater to every discernible palate. From quaint cafes to seaside seafood havens, here is my curated list of the best places to eat and drink in this stunning coastal town.

The Sole Bay Fish Company

They have two establishments, but my favourite summer moments are spent down at the harbour. It’s a takeaway, restaurant and fishmongers all rolled into one in the most effortless way. Whilst the kids can munch on the locally caught fish and chips, adults can choose from treasures such as oysters, mussels and grilled prawns doused in garlic butter. To top it off you can wash all this goodness down with a glass of Adnams Fizz or Bitter. A little piece of perfection.

The Sail Loft

The owners describe it as “Southwold’s favourite beachside hideaway” and I couldn’t agree more. If you want to escape from the busy high street then a short walk along the coast road will lead you to this easy, lazy escape. Don’t let the rustic appearance fool you though. They mean business when it comes to their food and sometimes, I find myself still dreaming about their buttermilk chicken burger. Do yourself a favour and make the visit. Super kid and dog friendly and with the dunes opposite it’s a corker of a spot.


Two Magpies Bakery

It’s almost a rite of passage that when you visit Southwold, you stand in the queue of this popular establishment and pray they still have a cinnamon bun left. Artisan breads, twists and turnovers will keep you coming back again and again. In my opinion they also serve one of the finest hoy chocolates in all the land.

Two Magpies in Southwold
Amity and her boys at Two magpies in Southwold


The Sole Bay Inn

Found in the quaint quieter back streets this pub is renowned for its traditional pub fayre and cosy atmosphere. Here you can bring the dog and a laid-back attitude and indulge in classic British dishes and local ales in this historic establishment.



The Crown

I spent many years working here behind the bar and they were very happy days indeed. It’s a very special place with the secret back bar holding many secrets. Predominately it’s a gastro pub with a modern twist, offering a diverse menu using local ingredients.


And finally, some of my day to day favourites that I visit regularly…

Get your ice cream or hot choc fix at H&J – their Southwold Blend coffee holds two Great Taste Awards stars. Form an orderly queue at the Little Fish & Chip Shop for all the classics served with beef-dripping chips and homemade tartare sauce. Perch there to eat, but better still head to the beach or get lucky with a spot on a sea-front bench. For pizza, Enzo’s Doh Pizza serves up a dose of Italy and football-mania.  Or simply food shopping for tasty suppers during your stay? The Black Olive is full of deli temptations, and meat-lovers will enjoy the spectacular display at Mills & Son butchers. 

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