LUXURY SELF CATERING HOLIDAYS IN SUFFOLK
In this section, you will find useful tourism information about Aldeburgh, Suffolk, East Anglia.
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Holidays in Aldeburgh, Suffolk
For a relatively small town, Aldeburgh has a remarkable selection of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. There really is something for everybody. Most of what Aldeburgh has to offer can be found on or just off the High Street, so we haven't listed every establishment so as to leave you to discover the rest!
No visit to Aldeburgh is complete without a visit to the Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop or The Golden Galleon. Visit www.aldeburghfishandchips.co.uk for both. Owned by the Cooney family since the 1970s, it was described by The Times as 'possibly the finest on the east coast'.
If you are unable to shake your Starbucks addiction or just need an amazing breakfast, visit Munchies at 163 High Street.
Further afield at Orford both the Butley Orford Oysterage (www.butleyorfordoysterage.co.uk) and The Crown & Castle (www.crownandcastle.co.uk), run by Ruth Watson of Hotel Inspector fame) are consistently highly rated.
Being in the heart of Adnams Country means you are never far from a good pint. There are two popular pubs in Aldeburgh, The Cross Keys (01728 452637 / www.aldeburgh-crosskeys.co.uk) and The White Hart (01728 453205).
Further afield, there are two pubs in Snape that we have been to, The Crown and the Golden Key, and enjoyed good food.
There are two farm shops within easy reach of Aldeburgh. Friday Street Farm Shop, Farnham (01728 602783 / www.farmshopsufflok.co.uk) is on the corner where the Aldeburgh Road joins the A12. It is a veritable emporium of interesting food. There is also a café, home store and pick-your-own. Reckford Farm Shop Middleton (01728 648253 / www.middletonfarmshop.co.uk). This is a real farm shop selling only locally produced and mostly organic food. Look for the locally produced organic wholemeal flour (just the thing for The Gables' breadmaker that you can find in the pantry).
Aldeburgh is, of course, famous for its music festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, held in June each year and founded by Benjamin Britten. This has now been going for over 60 years (www.aldeburgh.co.uk). However, the area and the Snape Maltings have now become a focus for music all the year round. Visit www.snapemaltings.co.uk or visit the Box Office at 152 High Street. Britten's legacy is commemorated by Maggi Hambling's wonderful Scallop sculpture is a short stroll north along the seashore.
The small independent cinema and summer theatre is located in the high street. The cinema is one of the few independent cinemas still remaining in the country. Purpose-built, it seats 286 in modern comfort and boasts the latest technology. Current releases are shown daily in the evening. See www.aldeburghcinema.co.uk or telephone 01728 454884.
Aldeburgh Golf Club (01728 452890 / www.aldeburghgolfclub.co.uk) has two courses: the challenging 18-hole links course (which has a no 4 or 3 ball rule) and the 9-hole River Course should satisfy golfers of all abilities. The River Course (with no bunkers) is ideal for low key family golf. In both cases, it is best to ring the Professional's Shop (01728 453309) to check that there are no competitions and obtain the best times for starting. As an alternative, Thorpeness has an excellent 18 hole course(01728 452890).
The public tennis courts are ten minutes' walk away. Turn right out of the drive, turn right along Park Road, over the hill and down the other side. Just turn up and take your turn, paying the court fee into the honesty box or at the pavilion if it is open.
Thorpeness Country Club has extensive tennis courts with professionals to give lessons and holds an annual tournament.
Sailing, Rowing and Boating
Aldeburgh Yacht Club has produced more than its share of round the world and Olympic sailors, and is a friendly and safe place to mess about in boats. Temporary membership can be arranged by calling the Secretary's Office (01725 452562).
Nearby at Slaughden there is a public slipway where, for a small fee, boats can be launched. Tides can be strong, so it is always a wise precaution to set off against the tide. Tide tables are published on the town noticeboard next to the Tourist Information Centre (01728453637), 152 High Street, and also in the Aldeburgh Gazette.
The boating pond next to the Moot Hall is an enduring attraction for small children and big ones! No parent has truly experienced Aldeburgh until they have waded into the middle to rescue a stranded yacht.
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