Lodge Barn is on my father's farm where strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and runner beans are grown. We finished converting the barn in early 2018. It...
Victorian Gate Lodge in a Woodland clearing
Victorian Gate Lodge in a Woodland clearing
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Your guide to our area
Places to go and things to do (that we rate)
Campsea Ashe – 1 miles
Amazing auction of everything from retro furniture to garden implements via vegetables and the odd chicken and rabbit (alive). Saturday viewing, Monday sale.
Springside village store.
Plant lovers visit Botanica - www.botanicaplantnursery.co.uk
Dog & Duck - really good dog friendly pub, next to children's playground (ie you can have a pint in peace!) www.dogandducksuffolk.co.uk
Wickham market train station (yes strangely in Campsea Ashe)
Tunstall – 1½ mile
The area all around you is ancient forest and common land, heaps of wildlife, herds of deer, look out for the white hart. Miles of tracks and paths to ride, walk, cycle or forage. Have a look at the ordinance survey map or turn right out of your door and walk 50 meters.
The Green Man local pub is ¾ mile up the road, has a pool table and pets! Rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, ducks parrots you name it - kids love it but not great to eat.
Blaxhall Ship next local pub 1 ½ miles traditional pub, slightly better food, real trad music certain evenings and Sundays at 2.30pm. www.blaxhallshipinn.co.uk/
Butley – 3½ miles
The Oyster Inn nice pub www.butleyoyster.com
Orford – 4½ miles
Small village on the estuary with a quay, great walks and sailing and fantastic crabbing.
Brinkley’s shed on the beach, offers fresh caught fish, go early for lobsters or call Peter and put your order in 07530 911458,
Pinney’s shop on the Quay well known for local oysters and fish caught and smoked in Orford. Pinney’s restaurant for no frills just exquisite fish. www.pinneysoforford.co.uk
The Crown & Castle pub for lots of frills and a good Sunday lunch. www.crownandcastle.co.uk
Orford Castle, tall National Trust turret worth a look.
Jolly Sailor & Kings Head – fine pubs for lunch or a drink with roaring fires.
Pump Street Bakery – amazing bread, croissants and chocolate. www.pumpstreetbakery.com
Post office stores, good to stock up on holiday food. Papers from the kiosk at the weekend.
Book a boat trip down the estuary with a 3 course meal as you go on the Lady Florence. www.lady-florence.co.uk
Get a ferry across to Havergate Island. RSPB reserve combined with interesting second world war test bunkers and the invention of radar, great for bird watching. Call for ferry times 01728 648281.
Snape – 3½ miles
The Crown at Snape is an old beamy pub, very good for meat reared on their own land and local fish. www.snape-crown.co.uk/
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Home of Benjamin Britten’s Aldeburgh Music, a world renowned classical music venue.
Various shops, voted Homestore of the year often this is beautiful stuff for you to eat, wear and have in your home. Also galleries, cafes, music, and food. The best farmers market around 1st Sat of every month (til 12pm) and has a great calendar of events, definitely worth a look. Lovely walks via marshes and reed beds, down to Iken church or Aldeburgh.
Friday street farmers market, through Snape turn left at T up to the A12 and it is on your left. www.farmshopsuffolk.co.uk Food, café, PYO.
Walled Garden nursery and garden centre – great for plant lovers, beautiful for the tag-alongs. www.thewalledgarden.co.uk
Wickham Market – 3½ miles
EW Revett - Good butchers with famous revett’s sausages (incredibly good value as well) 01728 746263
Chemist, café, second-hand shop, Co-op
The Greyhound Pettistree - a little further in Pettistree the oldest pub in Suffolk www.greyhoundinnpettistree.co.uk - Nice walks on their website good food.
Aldeburgh - 7½ miles
Smart seaside town, good shops, galleries and cafes and a long Stoney beach.
Fresh fish from the fisherman’s huts on the beach.
Salter & King, extremely good butcher, on the high street www.salterandking.co.uk and Lawson’s Deli opposite.
Good promenade for kids learning to cycle .
(and Jason Mason’s house from Grandpa in my Pocket – a hit with our children)
Maggi Hambling’s shell sculpture on the beach.
White Lion restaurant quite nice. www.whitelion.co.uk
Brudenell Hotel, far end of Aldeburgh, good for a drink on the terrace when sunny www.brudenellhotel.co.uk
Sailing club right at the end then up the shingle road. www.aldeburghyc.org.uk
Aldeburgh cinema – old fashion, even take your glass of wine in with you. www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk
Golf clubs in Aldeburgh, Thorpeness & Woodbridge.
Thorpeness – 9 miles
Looks like toy town, worth a read of the history, but good beach, great for kids and the David the owner of the Dolphin is an understated star.
Dolphin Inn – delicious food, roaring fire. www.thorpenessdolphin.com
Boating lake, with pirate islands, hire yourself a rowing boat and a fine cream tea.
Café & brick-a-brak - www.thekitchenthorpeness.co.uk
Just by Rendlesham is Bentwaters a disused cold war American airbase, full of bunkers with old bits of military planes and for the nerds among you a really fascinating (no joke) cold war museum open 1st and 3rd Sun of month in Summer. www.bcwm.org.uk
Also in Bentwaters is Gerry’s UK Salvage good for a rummage.
Bromeswell (6 miles) and around
The Unruly Pig – on the way to Woodbridge in Bromeswell. Slightly up market, very good for a fine evening meal www.theunrulypig.co.uk
Lovely river walk to Woodbridge.
Sutton Hoo - famous burial ground. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo
Towards Bawdsey – the Ramsholt Arms, best pub for a water sunset. Huge terrace overlooking the estuary. www.theramsholtarms.com. A little further at Bawdsey get the mini-ferry over to old Felixstowe, 1920’s diner, good pub and fish sheds.
Woodbridge – 7½ miles
A lovely market town, some great boutiquey shops along the thoroughfare and up market hill – prepare to spend! And when you need a breather, lovely river walk.
The Angel Pub specialises in Gin. www.theangelwoodbridge.co.uk
The Riverside is a nice meal & cinema www.theriverside.co.uk
The Anchor a good pub with open-mic nights www.theanchorwoodbridge.co.uk
The table is a great little restaurant www.thetablewoodbridge.co.uk
For coffee lovers
Honey+Harvey half way down the thoroughfare – also does gluten free cakes.
Wild Strawberry café at the top of market hill.
Easton – 6 miles
White Horse Easton - 01728 746456
Nice pub, very good pub food, great burgers and steaks.
Easton Farm Park – fun day out for the kids http://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/
Valley farm - good riding stable www.valleyfarm.co.uk
Framlingham – 8 miles
Interesting market town with big castle.
On the way in is The Station pub - very nice (and if you’re very lucky you may even spot Ed Sheeran) www.thestationframlingham.com
Framlingham Castle www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/
The Crown Hotel - good for a coffee or glass of wine
In da Cottage – open on Saturdays, worth a visit - fun owners, eclectic mix of antiques, bread and chocolates. www.indacottage.co.uk
North up the coast
Dunwich – 15 miles
Geat pub – The Ship, amazing beach, Atlantis story and mini museum.
Westleton Crown nice pub on the way to Dunwich. www.westletoncrown.co.uk
Minsmere nature reserve – 11 miles
if you are into bird watching you must go here www.rspb.org.uk/Minsmere
Southwold –20 miles up the coast
Sandy beach yay! Very nice town. At the far end by the boat yards BYOB shacks for fresh fish and lobster feasts, and a ferry over to Walberswick 18 miles– nice sandy beach good pub.
Covehithe - 23 miles
a little further past Southwold but very special secluded sandy beach – bit of a walk as most of the town has sadly fallen into the sea!
Norwich, Cambridge & London
With a train station in our village it is easy to do day trips to cities and towns in the South East of England.
There are many festivals in our area, and plenty of music including Aldeburgh Music a World Renowned venue. https://snapemaltings.co.uk/