Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Southwold
Hardens guides have spent 15 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
“Fish and shellfish fresh off their own boats” is the trump card at this quirky-looking harbour shack with “their own smokehouse”. “Sticking with the local ethos” they now have a licence with “drinks from the local Adnams brewery/wine merchant/distillery”, but it’s all still pretty rough and ready by the standards of chichi Southwold.
2. Sutherland House British, Modern restaurant in Southwold 56 High St - IP18
“If it’s Southwold it has to be fish, and this is the place to get it intelligently and excellently cooked” – a period-charm-packed B&B now run by former GM Andy Rudd and his wife Kinga – “always a pleasure to visit”.
3. The Swan British, Traditional restaurant in Southwold The Market Pl - IP18
All agree that the “peaceful and genteel” Adnams brewery’s flagship 17th-century hotel “on Southwold’s bijou market place” was “in definite need of a facelift hotel-wise and a thorough kick-up-the-behind cooking-wise”, and it reopened in October 2017 after a year-long re-fit. It’s been a mixed success though. Fans feel “it could have only improved (which it has)”; and feel “the new Still Room restaurant looks great”. More common, however, are those who say: “oh dear! they misjudged with a more-Shoreditch-than-Southwold refit and threw the baby out with the bathwater”. It doesn’t help that “bills seem to have increased to reflect the massive cost of the refurb”, so despite the fact that most reports actually do applaud “charming staff who are trying their best” and “good and inventive cooking”, being charged “the upper end of London prices” contributes to an impression that “the whole concept just isn’t working”. (Those who are most enthusiastic ate in the old bar: “it’s now named the Tap Room and ticks all the boxes”).
4. The Crown British, Modern restaurant in Southwold 90 High St - IP18
This popular and handsome Adnams inn has attracted sparse feedback this year, but the ratings indicate there has been little or no improvement in a food offering that “varies from tasty to heavy and uninspired”.
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