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How to spend a morning in Southwold, Suffolk

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already spotted that I escaped London for a bit last weekend. My boyfriend’s family is from Suffolk, so we headed there on Friday evening. We managed to spend some time in the countryside as well as visit both Norwich and the beautiful seaside town of Southwold, all in just one weekend! We visited the latter for lunch and a seaside walk on Sunday morning, and it was the best way to end our little weekend away from the busyness of the capital.

 

Southwold is located on the east coast of England and has a population of about 1100. It’s just the right size for a daytrip visit too – we only spent a few hours there but it has a lot more to offer than what we managed to squeeze in. You can spend ages just walking along the beach and the pier and once you get to the high street there’s lots of little boutiques to rummage through as well as restaurants and bakeries for those with a rumbling stomach and a sweet tooth.

 

 

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One of the biggest “sights” in Southwold is the Adnams brewery and distillery making beers, wines and spirits in the centre of the town. You can find their drinks in a lot of pubs around Suffolk and the rest of the nearby area – there’s even an Adnams pub in London and several more serving their beers!

 

If you’re curious about the brewing and distilling process and would like to learn a bit more (and sip some drinks at the same time!), Adnams also does daily tours around their factory which last about one hour each. At the end of the tours there is also a little tasting session lasting 30 minutes, and there’s also a store where you can buy the products you just sampled if anything took your fancy. Both brewery and distillery tours cost £15 each which I think is not too bad at all!

 

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We went for lunch to a French restaurant called Le Roc that has a lovely selection, from toasties and baguettes to salads and soups (and lots for veggies, too!). I had a craving for goat’s cheese so I went for the warm goat’s cheese salad with green leaves and walnuts as well lots of different veggies such as tomatoes (technically a fruit, I know..!), cucumber & radishes. It was so good and exactly what I needed after a weekend of not exactly eating the healthiest of foods!

 

Le Roc was such a lovely place for lunch with the sweetest and most attentive staff. My boyfriends’s mum also told me that they are very good with different diets and allergens and willing to make changes to the dishes to make them suitable. For example, the vegetarian toastie can easily be made vegan too! I would definitely recommend this place – they have a counter full of sweet treats too if you still have space for dessert after your main.

 

 

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After lunch we strolled around the high street for a little while, window shopping and admiring all the lovely pastel coloured buildings (ok, that was mostly me…). Southwold town centre has a very “olde world” feel, with lots of locally run shops – the only chains (Tesco and Costa) are relatively new, and their arrival was not without controversy amongst the locals!

 

Our train back to London was at 1pm so we had to hop in the car and drive to the station (the closest train stations are Darsham and Halesworth, both about 10 miles away).

 

Our morning in the beautiful Southwold was so relaxing and definitely the best way to end this little staycation. I would definitely recommend a visit for anyone who loves a bit of sea air & quaint little towns. I loved it!

 

Have you been to Southwold? Where should I visit the next time I go?

 

 

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16 comments so far.
  • I have never wanted to go somewhere MORE than Southwold.. you’ve made it look GORGEOUS!!!!

    • Laura Emilia

      Haha, pretty sure that’s the highest level compliment I could get – thank you! Hope you make it to Southwold one day! 😀

  • editionemmagrace

    Looks so pretty and colourful! I love your photography babe xx
    editionemmagrace – Lifestyle Blogger & Style Sharer

    • Laura Emilia

      Thanks so much! It’s definitely a lovely place to visit. xx

  • Emily

    What an absolutely charming town! Your images are beautiful! I am heading to the English countryside tomorrow, not the same area, but your photos still got me excited!!

    Emily
    http://www.threadsandblooms.com/blog

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you very much! I hope you enjoy your English countryside weekend! xx

  • What is that bread with maybe cheese on it? It looks AMAZING! I need it to my life. Anyways, such a beautiful place. I would love to visit there someday xx Btw, hi from Finland!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

    • Laura Emilia

      It’s a cheese toastie with roasted veggies inside – YUM! Would recommend Southwold if you’re ever close by.

      Moi takaisin! 🙂 xx

  • I’m from Norfolk originally, and always wish I’d been to Suffolk a bit more while I was there. Southwold looks so lovely, your photos are amazing. I’m off to York in a couple of weeks, and really keen to get exploring more of the UK inbetween ‘big’ travels!

    • Laura Emilia

      So many places to explore, so little time! Maybe you can visit Southwold one day when you go visiting your family in Norfolk! We went to Norwich too, actually, on our trip last weekend and I loved it a lot! Really want to explore more of Norfolk too. 🙂 xx

  • I’m quite a noob when it comes to the coastal cities in England, however I have been thinking recently that I also want to get a break from London and just go somewhere in England that’s quieter and where it’ll be easier to relax. So will definitely keep this in mind!

    http://skylish.co.uk

    • Laura Emilia

      Yes I know the feeling – I haven’t visited them enough either! But I would definitely recommend Southwold if you ever have the chance to go 🙂 xx

  • Absolutely stunning photos, I’ve never been to this part of the country but it looks so wonderful to photograph!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

    • Laura Emilia

      Thank you so much Anika! I hope you get to visit it one day! xx

  • I looove Southwold, we visited around this time last year! It was just too beautiful. The best doughnuts in the world can be found at the Two Magpies Bakery and there’s a charming pub that does really delicious food along the coast in Dunwich (it’s a lovely walk from town to town too) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Laura Emilia

      It’s so lovely, isn’t it! We actually walked past the Two Magpies and I really wanted to go in, but there wasn’t enough time. Next time, definitely! xx