I have been visiting Southwold for years. It fast became an Easter time tradition to spend a long weekend in the pretty Suffolk town and this year, I was lucky enough to be spend a week there. South Green is in the heart of Southwold with easy access to the beach, the pubs and the shops!
I am told that Southwold in the 80’s had very little tourism. These days, the cafes are heaving with families and at 6.30pm there is an orderly queue of customers in the Red Lion, all keen to place their food orders.
You feel instantly relaxed in Southwold and the town has everything there to help you unwind from a busy work and social calendar. A favourite pastime was visiting the Two Magpies Bakery and indulging in a slice of drunken apple cake or Adnams Broadside pudding!
A walk along the beach at 7am is another wonderful way to pass the time. I took the opportunity to take some photographs one morning when only joggers and the milkman were out and about. I enjoy reading what beach hut owners have called their little havens, and my Aaron Paul crush meant that this was a clear winner!
Southwold Pier is terrific fun for all ages and has a superb ‘Under the Pier Show’ which is a must see! It is also the perfect place to buy a mini beach hut to take home!
Another pleasure whilst away, was catching up on some reading and purchasing some new books. Southwold Books is a delightful bookshop and sells lots of books written by local writers including Dani Church, who is the fifth generation to row the Southwold-Walberswick ferry, a business now 127 years old!
There are so many wonderful places to eat in Southwold and I haven’t tried them all yet…the Sole Bay Fish Company is on my wish list next time I visit! My top food find is the Lord Nelson…such a warm welcome with friendly staff, the food is amazing and their creme brulee really does need renaming to dream brulee!
For vintage discoveries, I highly recommend Wow Vintage. It is such a fun shop and is full of nostalgia. The perfect place to find a gift for the person who has everything!
We rented our cottage through the wonderful Suffolk Secrets. Their offices are in the Old Water Tower and the team are the nicest people. Our cottage had an open fire and despite the amazingly warm weather, we enjoyed a roaring fire almost every evening.
I now have the Southwold blues and am planning when I can return again soon. There really is nothing quite like packing the car up with wellies, kites and suncream and soaking up some Southwold magic!