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Southwold

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Postby Gaggsy » September 8th, 2018, 4:14 pm

It's my wife's birthday next weekend and she fancies a trip to the Suffolk coast - Southwold was mentioned.
Very short notice, but does anyone have any tips for where to stay and what to do?

TIA
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Re: Southwold

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Postby tea42 » September 8th, 2018, 8:35 pm

If you paint, take your gear to Walberswick an Artist paradise. Walberswick… .eat fish and chips. Take the ferry across the river and admire the Amazon if she is rowing. Obvious things - brewery visit and the pier. RSPB Minismere is nearby to admire the Avocets.

Nice place

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Re: Southwold

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Postby AleisterCrowley » September 8th, 2018, 8:40 pm

I've always fancied a trip to Dunwich.
And Adnam's brewery of course.

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Re: Southwold

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Postby Nimrod103 » September 8th, 2018, 9:10 pm

You may be interested that Southwold figures in today's Guardian - 'Let's move to' series. Some advice on pubs and eateries, and a warning against buying a second home there. As ever, the comments under article ooze with envy and malice for the well off.

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Re: Southwold

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Postby Imbiber » September 8th, 2018, 9:19 pm

Southwold is splendid, have stayed there many times but has become increasingly expensive. Blythe Hotel is good and cheaper than town centre hotels but often fully booked. Several good B&B places and dozens of self catering. Best pub for beer and fish and chips is The Lord Nelson, better than the Sole Bay (aka soulless) or the Red Lion. Good walks to Walberswick and Dunwich. Be prepared for it to be very busy. We are crowd averse and our best trips have been in January and February, very bracing...

Enjoy

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Re: Southwold

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Postby tea42 » September 9th, 2018, 10:47 am

Great quip in the Guardian comments. Landlord of the Lord Nelson…. "Time gentlemen please, havent you got second homes to go to! " :lol:

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Re: Southwold

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Postby melonfool » September 9th, 2018, 4:55 pm

My parents live there, so I know it reasonably well, but not really as a tourist - though we used to go for holidays when we were kids.

There's no longer a decent restaurant in the town to be honest. Even The Swan has gone downhill.

I'd recommend here, assuming you like fish of course: The Swan Inn, Barnby though it's a bit of a drive out.

Walk along the pier (see if you can see my granddad's plaque) and look at the water clock, and the George Orwell mural. There is also a mini museum of old pier slot machines.

Mark's does good fish and chips, or The Harbour pub, but not the new chippy, don't go there. Though the best fish and chips were always at Wrenthem, a but up the A12 (where my great aunt Eva lived).

Worth a walk along the front and on/past Gun Hill to see the armaments. I agree that Walberswick and the walk across there over Southwold Common is very nice. Come back on the ferry (used to be 5p - no now!) and maybe have a trip to Dunwich to the tea room there, walk on the beach, or Minsmere to the bird hides.

Aldburgh and Snape are lovely too.

Mel

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Re: Southwold

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Postby Gaggsy » September 12th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Thanks everyone.

I didn't realise until I started looking how rare (and hence expensive!) accommodation seems to be in Southwold. £270 a night at the Swan is more than I wanted to pay! The Blythe Hotel is definitely cheaper, and available; but I think there's good reason for this judging by the reviews on TripAdvisor etc.

In the end we've booked a B&B near Aldeburgh that we found by calling a fully booked B&B and asking if they knew anyone else. They're not on the usual listings but it looks lovely so fingers crossed.

Now to book restaurants...

I'll let you now how we fare.

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Re: Southwold

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Postby melonfool » September 12th, 2018, 8:28 pm

The Blythe changed hands a year or so ago and is now awful - my parents live quite near it and it's a real pain they can't go there any more as it's close for them to walk to.

I stayed there many years ago with a boyfriend (before the parentals moved there) and it was fine, and I had dinner there with the parents maybe ten years ago and it was OK.

But now - nope. Ruined. So unnecessary.

Shame my parents aren't nicer/more sociable, they have three spare bedrooms with their own bathroom!

Mel

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Re: Southwold

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Postby Watis » September 13th, 2018, 9:23 am

melonfool wrote:The Blythe changed hands a year or so ago and is now awful - my parents live quite near it and it's a real pain they can't go there any more as it's close for them to walk to.

I stayed there many years ago with a boyfriend (before the parentals moved there) and it was fine, and I had dinner there with the parents maybe ten years ago and it was OK.

But now - nope. Ruined. So unnecessary.

Shame my parents aren't nicer/more sociable, they have three spare bedrooms with their own bathroom!

Mel


Three spare rooms in Southwold, eh?

It sounds as though your parents would make a fortune as Airbnb hosts!

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Re: Southwold

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Postby melonfool » September 13th, 2018, 11:29 am

Watis wrote:
melonfool wrote:
Shame my parents aren't nicer/more sociable, they have three spare bedrooms with their own bathroom!

Mel


Three spare rooms in Southwold, eh?

It sounds as though your parents would make a fortune as Airbnb hosts!

Watis


Yeah, I did suggest it to them, when I was there for Latitude - but they would make the worst hosts ever!

And they don't need the money, they can't spend their pensions, try as they do....

Maybe when they die we'll keep the house and use it as a holiday rental.

Mel

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Re: Southwold

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Postby moorfield » September 13th, 2018, 10:24 pm

If you fancy heading north and are a cyclist - we did a round trip from Kessingland (staying there - not Southwold) and back along the clifftops and nature reserve last summer. 15 miles, not too knackering, and that stretch of coast is glorious on a sunny day.


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