Best Restaurants in Southwold

5 Best Restaurants in Southwold

Southwold is a small town on the English North Sea coast in Suffolk. It is a quintessential British seaside town, with family friendly sandy beaches dotted with colourful beach huts and souvenir shops.

It is also a town with a rich and fascinating history, stories which include fossil discoveries, sea battles and the rise of the literacy giant George Orwell, who lived in Southwold for many years.

Southwold is also famous for supporting independent shops and restaurants on its high streets. Let’s take a look at some of the best restaurants in Southwold.


12 Queen Street, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6EQ

best restaurants in Southwold - Coasters Restaurants

Coasters is a smart eatery, offering a modern British menu, which evolves with the seasons, and uses, where possible, locally sourced produce. They have cleverly adapted to the current challenges and restrictions by offering delightful private colourful beach huts that you can book for your party of diners to share. Check out some of the specials from the menu below.

Pigs Cheek & Aspall Cider Terrine, Fig Chutney, Piccalilli Puree—

—7 Hour Slow Roasted Belly of Dingley Dell Pork, Apple Sauce, Parmentier Potatoes,
Sautéed Baby Onions, Bacon, Mushrooms, Jus—

Lamb, Mushroom and Haggis Puff Pastry Pie Top, Mash and Tenderstem Broccoli—

— Stilton Glazed Ribeye of Beef, Cherry Tomatoes, Hand Cut Chips, Onion Rings & Peas—

Sutherland House

56 High St, Southwold IP18 6DN

Best restaurants in Southwold - Sutherland House

With historical features dating back to 1455, Sutherland House is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Southwold. It has been fully restored to a beautiful standard and now offers adult – only dining in its 2-AA rosette awarded restaurant.  The perfect destination for a romantic meal or a special catch up with friends. With an emphasis on fresh fish, the restaurant serves an interesting menu using locally-sourced ingredients, and some of the stars are shown next.

St. Peter’s Beer Battered Monkfish Goujons, Wild Garlic Mayo, Crispy Capers—

Pan Roasted Halibut, Sun Blushed Tomato & Basil Crushed New Potatoes, Pesto Cream & Tender Broccoli—

—BBQ Bon Bon, Garlic & Thyme Fondant Potato, Carraway Cabbage, Jus—

—Strawberry Pimms Cheesecake, Pimms Jelly, Fresh Summer Berries & Micro Mint—

The Sail Loft

53 Ferry Rd, Southwold IP18 6HQ

best restaurants in Southwold - Sail Loft

The Sail Loft enjoys a glorious location, right next to the beach, and comfortably set back from the bustling town. Offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere they welcome friends and family of all ages. There is an exciting modern British menu on offer and some of the options on the menu are shown below.

Moules Marinier with shallots, herbs, cider & cream—

Sticky BBQ Buffalo chicken wings, American blue cheese dip

Gourmet ploughman’s platter to share, with our own pork pie, scotch egg, sausage roll, Suffolk cheese, carved ham, chutneys & relishes, plus fresh breads—

— Beetroot chickpea & goats cheeseburger with relish, chips & slaw—

The Boardwalk

 Pier, Southwold IP18 6LT

best restaurants in Southwold - The Boardwalk

Enjoying an enviable position overlooking the sea, The Boardwalk is a popular eatery that employ talented chef’s who use seasonal produce to create a delicious and innovative menu. During good weather there is the option of sitting al fresco and taking in the sea air and glorious views. Some of the stars of the menu are listed below.

fish finger sandwich, tartare sauce and chips—

—Homemade beef burger, mature cheddar, brioche bun, relish, tomato, gherkin and chips—

—Deep fried halloumi burger, brioche bun, relish, tomato, gherkin and chips—

—Blythburgh pork belly, hassel back potatoes, greens, Aspall cyder sauce—

Harbour Inn

Black Shore, Southwold IP18 6TA

restaurants in Southwold - Harbour Inn

Harbour Inn is a quaint old inn that embraces its fishing history throughout the restaurant, particularly in the décor and the memorabilia on display. The nautical themed top bar has a cosy wood burning stove and an interesting range of nautical object for diners to admire.

Beautifully located right on the water’s edge, the menu showcases freshly caught seafood and other fresh locally sourced ingredients. Some of the mouth-watering menu items are shown below.

— Suffolk smoked haddock and leek chowder, freshly baked baguette—

Cheddar-glazed fish pie (cod, oak smoked haddock, salmon, prawns, grated egg), steamed seasonal vegetables—

— Adnams Ghost Ship battered locally smoked haddock, served with chips, crushed minted peas, lemon wedges, tartare and curry sauce

Sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream—

Have you decided which one you will try first, or do you already have a favourite?

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