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Steph's Southwold Stay

Steph's Southwold StayPublished: 15 February 2018

Author: Stephanie Coulter

To blow away the winter blues I recently headed away to Southwold in Suffolk to enjoy a break from the norm for the night and experience the newly refurbished Adnams hotel, The Swan.

Southwold’s somewhere we’ve visited a few times on day trips so I was looking forward to being able to relax for the night and experience this quintessentially English seaside town for longer than usual.

The hotel is a wonderful place to get away from it all. With it being recently reopened every room was fresh and inviting and its modern heritage eclectic décor is tasteful while creating an informal backdrop. The super comfy beds made it hard to get up in the morning for the yummy breakfast – but it was worth it. The fact that I didn’t want to leave when it was time to check out says a lot I think!

Southwold is home to the well-known family-run brewery Adnams which along with its beers also produces a range of award winning spirits. Tours are available to see the process first hand - on one you can even make your own gin!

Southwold Pier is well worth a visit. To get there take a stroll along the beach backed by a large array of classic, colourful beach huts. On the Pier there are cafes, shops and an old fashioned fun arcade. Walking right to the end affords a great view of Southwold and its iconic lighthouse – even on as blustery a day as we had.

As all travellers will know it’s always a relief when you choose a restaurant following an online trawl and it lives up to its positive reviews. This was certainly the case at Le Roc, which offers delicious ‘tapas with a twist’ served by a super friendly team.

Another recommendation is to head to the old huts located at the end of the beach road towards Warberswick where you can pick up delicious fresh local fish practically straight off the boat.

There’s lots more to do in and around this quaint, pretty place which is stocked with a great range of shops and eateries and is well worth a visit at any time of year, as a family or as couples, or with friends.

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