56 High Street, SOUTHWOLD, IP18 6DN
The original parts of the building date from the 15th century, with the Georgians and Victorians chipping in along the way, to create a period house of genuine charm. There are wooden beams from ships that fought in the battle of Sole Bay (and that was in 1672!) and ornate ceilings, coving and real fireplaces throughout. The fixtures and fittings cut a more contemporary dash, giving a decidedly chic finish. Likewise, the cooking impresses with its modern ambitions, passion for seafood, and loyalty to local ingredients (fruit and veg come from their own allotment, and there's a local flavour all round - 'food yards', as they say). Start with Debden mussels in classic marinière style, or English snails with a parmesan and asparagus soufflé. Main-course roasted cod loin comes with champ, clams and brown shrimps, and a meaty option might be 28-day-aged fillet steak with sweet potato skinny fries. Dessert stage might deliver bread-and-butter pudding with a brûlée topping and vintage marmalade ice cream, or lemon and ginger cheesecake with candied lemon.
Tel: 01502 724544
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: 25 Dec, 2 wks Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Cooking type: Modern British, Seafood
Chef: Jed Tejada
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Sunday lunch: £10.00-£24.00
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