There are many areas of great local interest ALONG THE SUFFOLK COAST

As an area of outstanding natural beauty, The Suffolk Coast is the ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend, romantic getaway, family holiday or outdoor adventure.

If quirky shops, cafés and boutiques are what you desire, head to Woodbridge market town, where you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to independent shopping. You can also stock up on the best of Suffolk’s produce in one of the many delis and farmshops in the surrounding area.

Visit the ancient burial grounds of Saxon Kings at National Trust Sutton Hoo, discover Suffolk military history at Landguard Fort and Bawdsey Radar and visit one of the UKs only working water mills at Woodbridge Tide Mill. Why not grab an ice-cream or enjoy home-made cakes at Bawdey Quay, before you take the Bawdsey Ferry across the River Deben.

Bawdsey Hall is on the Suffolk Coastal Path, therefore we offer a playground for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers; The Suffolk Coast is home to RSPB Minsmere and RSPB Havergate Island, as well as national trust Dunwich Heath, Rendlesham Forest, not forgetting the stunning coastline and waterways of Orford. 


The Alderton Swan

The Swan has been completely refurbished in the last couple of years and offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors. 

The owners offer an eclectic mix of cultures and global experiences and aim to offer the very best food, fine wines and cocktails in this charming historic grade two listed building.

The Swan offers both a cosy comfortable atmosphere along with simply delicious food and a varied and interesting wine list. In Spring, Summer & Autumn it is open seven days a week and welcome families, dog walkers, cyclists and many visitors to the area. The delightful courtyard garden is perfect for al fresco dining in the warmer months. Please check their website for opening times.

The pub is dog-friendly and there are some lovely walks in the surrounding area - details of which can be found on the website. 


Email:, phone: 01394 411366 

Address: The Alderton Swan, The Street, Alderton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3BL



The Ramsholt Arms

The Ramsholt Arms is a popular riverside pub and dining room, situated on the banks of the river Deben. The pub is recommended in the Michelin guide and in July 2015 was voted one of the top 20 places to dine alfresco in the UK by the Sunday Times. Being the only south facing pub on the river, the Ramsholt Arms enjoys beautiful sunsets and is popular in the summer with holidaymakers, families and sailors who make the most of the sun soaked terrace, neighbouring beach and crab fishing jetty. During the summer months visitors can enjoy a variety of fresh locally caught seafood, sharing platters and pub classics such as the Ramsholt open fish pie. As the nights draw in, the menu features hearty winter warming dishes, taking advantage of game from the local area.

The pub is very dog friendly with some great dog walks in the area and treats and water bowls always available.

During the summer months the pub is open all day every day serving food lunch and evening and all day at weekends. As the nights draw in some evenings may be closed so it is best to check the pub's website for up to date information.

Email:, phone: 01394 411209

Address: The Ramsholt Arms, Dock Road, Ramsholt, IP12 3AB

The Sorrel Horse

The Sorrel Horse is a community-owned quintessential English country pub with tap drawn cask ales, thatched roof, tiled floors and an original bar billiards table. Nestled right in the heart of picturesque Shottisham, it's the perfect stopping off point for exploring the area.

In August 2011, a community-led project purchased The Sorrel Horse with the aim of ensuring the pub's long-term viability for the local and wider community. This has been a huge success and culminated in Flag of Suffolk (managers of the nearby Alderton Swan), taking over the management of the pub in 2017. They believe this partnership ensures customers continue to enjoy a friendly warm welcome, excellent service, great beer and delicious food.

During Spring, Summer and Autumn The Sorrel Horse is open seven days a week serving lunch and evening meals and on Sundays breakfast/brunch too. There's a garden at the front and rear of the pub as well as the Pightle, complete with corral for tethering your horse. The family-friendly pub warmly welcomes both horses and dogs.

Regular music and other events are very popular - please check out the website for more information.

Email:, phone: 01394 411617

Address:The Sorrel Horse, The Street, Shottisham, Suffolk IP12 3HD



The Shepherd and Dog

The Shepherd and Dog Inn, at Hollesley is situated in the centre of the village just a mile and a half from Shingle Street.

The pub offers a wide range of Beers, Real Ales and Wines. There is also a medium sized restaurant serving traditional and local dishes, home cooked and using many local products. Bar snacks, sandwiches and take out are also available.

Boules (or if you prefer Petanque) Tuesday night is boules evening at the Shepherd and Dog.  Everyone is welcome to go along and try their skills at their Open Boules evenings, held most Tuesday evenings on the car park, unless there is a scheduled match it is just "turn up and play". Play starts at 5.30pm, (Suffolk time) subject to the weather and someone will usually lend you some Boules if you don't have any of your own.

Phone: 01394 411855

Address: The Street | The Shepherd and Dog Hollesley, Hollesley IP12 3QU

The Boathouse Cafe

The Boathouse cafe at Bawdsey Quay is a unique hideaway right at the mouth of the River Deben, on a stretch of the Suffolk Coast rich in history and wildlife. The picturesque wooden building has a veranda with breathtakingly wide river views. The Boathouse cafe is run by Diane Clouting, whose passion for home cooking and locally sourced food has made it into a favourite haven for Bawdsey regulars and visitors.

Email: Phone: 07900 811826

Address: The Quay, Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3AZ