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Welcome to Simply Southwold blog, here we have a infallible love for Southwold, with my family living here for over 60 years it really does have a special place in my heart. I’m so lucky that I get to share this with you and help make your holiday one to remember!

If you’re anything like me before I go on holiday I love to see recommendations of what there is to do, places to eat, family days out then you are in the right place.

Here you will find my personal recommendations and ideas on everything you need relating to a self catering holiday on the Suffolk heritage coast.

I will keep you updated with up and coming events in the town and surrounding areas too!

The Red Lion

Places to eat

With Southwold being on the Suffolk coast we are lucky to have array of places to eat, there is something for everyone.

If you wanted to make the most of your cottage we have Mills & Sons butchery which is family ran and been open for over 200 years which is the oldest shop in the town on the market square. A short walk down the high street you will find a great selection of bakeries.

If eating out is more you then there are plenty of places to visit. A few of our recommendations are:

Café 51

Offering a great range of breakfast and lunches. They do have a outside area to eat when the sun is shining.

Tiptree Tea Room

Perfect place for a tea and cake stop, a light lunch or afternoon tea.

Suzies Café

Suzies is situated on the promenade providing breakfast filled rolls, hot and cold drinks or even ice cream. You will find a beautiful view of the famous beach huts from here too!

Le Roc @ Harbour Café

This is around a 20 minute walk from the centre of Southwold or 5 minutes in the car but a lovely place for breakfast or a light lunch. They also had a few picnic benches outside and dogs are welcome too!

Broadwalk Restaurant Southwold Pier

Perfect place if you wanted a coffee, lunch or a evening meal. There is seating outside on the pier and you can sit relax and listen to the waves crashing in.

The Clockhouse Southwold Pier

Here you will find a selection of homemade cakes and pastries. Ideal if you’ve headed to the pier nice and early and skipped breakfast.

Harris and James

You will find Harris and James situated on the corner of East Street. They offer a great selection of ice creams, fresh coffee, hot chocolate, milkshakes, fresh cakes and much more!

The Red Lion Pub

Although The Red Lion doesn’t offer breakfast you can stop by here for lunch or an evening meal with a great menu and daily specials you are bound to find something you love! Families and dogs are welcome. There is an outdoor seating area too.


Fish and Chips

You cannot visit a famous seaside town and not have fish and chips there is a great selection and you will find they do get very busy especially throughout the summer, be prepared to queue.

Mrs T’s - Southwold Harbour

Little Fish and Chip Shop - East Street. 

Things to do

Southwold is the perfect destination whether you are travelling solo, couples, families or a group of friends wanting to enjoy a get away together.

If you are wondering what to do in Southwold here are a few things to help

Southwold Pier

Southwold pier has a lot of choice for everyone. The arcade is suitable for every generation and they have new machines coming in Spring 2022. You also have Under the pier show, take a step into ‘the world of Tim Hunkin’s Machines’. The pier also has a lovely gift shop where you will find souvenirs and much more.



For the optimal crabbing experience and a inexpensive day out jump on the short ferry to Walberswick and crab from the harbour wall. The ferry is open from Easter-October every year. Opening times vary. Crabbing is also available from the pier if you wanted somewhere more central.

Adnams ‘Make Your Own Gin Experience’

This lasts around 2 hours where you will learn the crafting of gin, have a tour of the Copper House Distillery and teach you all about distillery too. You will have the chance to make your own full size gin to take home along with a goodie bag.


Adnams Brewery Tour.

Adnams have been brewing in the heart of Southwold since 1872, walking the streets you will often smell the hops. This tour will explain the making of beer from start to finish and usually lasts around 1.5 hours.


Afternoon Tea

There is always time for tea and cake!

The Swan Hotel


Southwold Boating Lake


Tiptree Tea Rooms


If you would prefer to explore more of Southwold nature there are plenty of woodland walks on offer. Reydon Wood Nature Reserve is a short drive or within walking distance from Southwold town centre.

Southwold Beach

This is the ideal place to spend the day why not set out early and catch the beautiful sunrise. If you are still on the beach in the evening you are in the best place for the sunset. BBQ’s and picnics are welcome.

Southwold Market

The market takes place every Monday and Thursday 9:30-noon.

Southwold Maize Maze

The ideal place for families, this is located at Old Hall Farm, Reydon. Just a few minutes outside the centre of Southwold. They have a delicious café to enjoy breakfast, lunch or snacks. Along with outdoor fun for the whole family. The maize will reopen on the 9th April. They do have a Easter event running through the holidays too.


Africa Alive.
A short 15 minute drive from Southwold will find you at the local zoo. Open daily from 9:30 you will find mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians & invertebrates. There is a safari train to take you around the park. You will also find a number of animal shows throughout the day too! You can take a picnic or treat yourself to lunch from their restaurant. Africa Alive has a lot of fun waiting for all the family!

Pleasurewood Hills.
You can also had a fun filled day out at Pleasurewood hills theme park you will find this located near Lowestoft roughly around 35 minutes away from Southwold. The park is open from 10am daily, you can book tickets online and children under 90 cm go free. You will find over 35 rides, shows and attractions to enjoy. Picnics are welcome or they do have a good selection of restaurants if you’d prefer.

Southwold Pier

Africa Alive

Southwold Harbour