Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Southwold
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Southwold restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Southwold and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Southwold restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Southwold Restaurants
1. Sole Bay Fish Company Fish & seafood restaurant in Southwold 22e Blackshore - IP18
“A shed on the harbour at Southwold” it may be, but this “quirky” fish shack (attached to a “terrific fish shop”) has earned a big and enthusiastic following thanks to its “posh fish ’n’ chips” and “wonderful shellfish platters”; and “their smokery (and hook-up with the local Adnams merchant) is now adding to the menu” too.
2. Coasters British, Traditional restaurant in Southwold Queen St - IP18
2017 Review: With the “feel of a converted tearoom”, this diminutive outfit makes “a great alternative to Southwold’s prestigious but pricey hotel kitchens”; “excellent local fish” dominates the modestly priced menu, and there’s a “well-chosen wine list” to go with it.
3. Sutherland House British, Modern restaurant in Southwold 56 High St - IP18
“A must when you’re in the area” for the “variety of fish dishes on the menu” – Andy & Kinga Rudd’s “comfortable restaurant-with-rooms” (the oldest house in Southwold) is “still the most reliable place to eat in town”.
4. The Swan British, Traditional restaurant in Southwold The Market Pl - IP18
A major, much-needed overhaul in 2017 hasn’t been quite the triumph intended at the Adnams brewery’s seventeenth-century hotel, with the “overly designed Still Room restaurant rather soulless” (“looks fabulous but does not feel right for the town – is it styled to make Londoners feel at home?”); and a seemingly rapid turnover of staff suggests “the new concept just wasn’t working”. A glimmer of hope, though, according to one regular: there’s been a “definite attempt to take a step back from the changes”, with “far more approachable prices and cooking” of late.
5. The Crown British, Modern restaurant in Southwold 90 High St - IP18
This good-looking, “relaxed and enjoyable” Adnams-owned inn is unarguably a “really great place” with massive potential – but its food offering continues to leave too many guests disappointed – “it’s nowhere near as good as it used to be”. Perhaps its enviable position in this popular town means it can afford not to try too hard.
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