Surrounded by fertile farmland and the salty waters of the North Sea, Southwold has a deserved reputation for an abundance of all things foodie.
High Street, seafront, pier and harbour are a gastronome’s delight, packed with welcoming pubs, character-filled cafés, rosette-awarded restaurants, bustling bakeries, tempting take-aways and drool-inducing delicatessens – all offering delicious, locally-sourced fare to suit every purse and palate.
However you spend your holiday, you’re sure to work up an appetite. And whether you eat out or eat in, here in Southwold you’ll always eat well.
You can be sure that what you’re eating has been well-produced too. The local farmland is generally more open than elsewhere in the county and modern techniques have made it possible to work the land successfully –large fields of cereals and vegetables are a common sight, and outdoor pig units are part of the agricultural crop rotation on the light, sandy soils. More traditional grazing by cattle can be seen on the marshland close to the Common, Harbour and upstream along the River Blyth, and sheep are still found grazing on local heathland.
Southwold Harbour is still a busy fishing centre – wander along the Blackshore and you’ll find fishermen repairing their nets or preparing to set off to sea in all weathers. Here, too, you’ll find plenty of places to purchase their catch – the family-owned Sole Bay Fish Company, synonymous with Southwold, sells and serves fish and seafood direct from its own boats and even has a ‘posh fish and chips shop’ in the town centre.
And wherever you are in Southwold, when you simply want to sit back and soak up the atmosphere, a pint of beer or a glass of bubbly is never far away – just head to one of the friendly hostelries or hotels for refreshments bearing the name of perhaps our best-known resident, the Adnams Brewery.
Eat, drink and be merry… all year round!