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Travel: Southwold, Suffolk






















A couple of weekends ago on a sunny Saturday, my boyfriend and I headed across to Southwold for an afternoon of fish & chips, beach strolls and ice cream. Southwold is a lovely little town in Suffolk, located on the North Sea coast. It's one of my absolute favourite places to visit so I thought I'd put together a little travel guide!

EAT

Breakfast: Pop into No. Fifty One Cafe located on the High Street, it's quite small but the food is super yummy and it's the perfect way to start the day.

Fish and Chips: A trip to the seaside isn't complete without a generous serving of fish and chips - there's two fish and chip places on the pier and I'd highly recommended heading for the one furthest down (I'm 90% sure it's called The Boardwalk) where you can enjoy some seriously delicious food with a lovely view looking back at Southwold Beach.

Ice Cream: Okay, I know it's traditional to have your ice cream on the beach but stay with me on this one. Stray away from the seafront and head towards the high street and you'll find Beaches and Cream. They've got a huge range of ice cream flavours (go for the salted caramel, you won't regret it) and lots of cool sweets to boot. Best enjoyed on the green, the perfect way to have a little break from that sea breeze!

Dinner: The best way to wind down after a day in Southwold has got to be dinner at The Crown Hotel. A member of the Adnam's Brewery family, this place combines amazing food with a nice relaxed atmosphere. They've just been awarded Suffolk Dining Pub of The Year for the second year in a row so a trip to The Crown should definitely feature on your Southwold to-do list.

VISIT

The Under The Pier Show: Not your typical seaside arcade, The Under the Pier Show features a range of quirky homemade arcade machines and simulator rides created by Tim Hunkins. From a dog walk simulator to an armchair getaway, it's well worth checking out.

The Adnams Brewery: This one is still on my to-do list but from what I've heard the brewery tour is pretty cool - you can even make your own gin! I'd also recommend popping into the Adnam's Wine Shop - you need a bottle of their White Burgundy in your life, trust me!

Walberswick: The best way to work up an appetite for your fish and chips? A stroll across to neighbouring Walberswick. With lots of beautiful views and plenty of running around space if you've got dogs with you, a walk to Walberswick is a great way to spend an afternoon if you've got a longer stay booked in Southwold.

STAY

I can only dream of owning a home in Southwold, so renting out a cottage is the next best thing for that home away from home feeling. There's nothing better than arriving back from a windy walk on the beach, getting cosy and falling asleep on a nice comfy sofa. Check out Best of Suffolk for an idea of the different cottages and apartments on offer.

WHEN TO VISIT

One thing that makes me love Southwold so much is that it's a lovely place to visit all year round. I was a little bit worried that it was going to be horrendously busy when we visited a couple of weekends ago because it was such a sunny day (we usually visit during the colder months so that the puppy-dog can run around on the beach) but I was pleasantly surprised - it was slightly busy but nowhere near as crowded as places like Cromer etc tend to get!
We also spent New Year's Eve in Southwold last year which was amazing - at around quarter to midnight everyone was out on the promenade and there were fireworks on the beach which made for a great atmosphere. The whole going out clubbing on New Year's Eve thing isn't really my scene so this was the perfect way for me to see in the New Year surrounded by my favourite people.


Writing this post has made me want to go back to sunny Southwold already, road trip anyone?


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