Pub walk in Southwold
This walk is a nice stroll found in one of the pub guides I own. It starts in Southwold, Suffolk, goes across the river into the village of Walberswick, and returns to Southwold. Southwold is the home of Adnams' fine ales, so all the pubs will have some of their beers.
You can start at any of the nice pubs in downtown Southwold. Most people aim for the Sole Bay Inn since it's between the brewery and the quite conspicuous lighthouse. I like The Crown Hotel, especially the old pub-like room in the back.
After this, head up the High Street away from town. When the road divides, head left, across the green with rugby pitches, towards the water tower. A narrow road leads across a golf course and through the marshes down to the river.
Once at the harbour area around the river hit the Harbour Inn for a fish meal and another pint. There's small-scale, old-time fishery to be seen herem so hang about a bit.
Turn right out of the Inn and walk along a track by the river until you reach a metal bridge that takes you over. Again, a straight track will take you 10 or 15 minutes through the marshes and a B-road. Turn left there to go into the village of Walberswick. You'll cross a green, then turn right when you reach Ferry Road to the Bell Inn, an excellent pub.
After some pints there, walk down to the river and take the small student-manned ferry back to the north side of the river, and walk back to Southwold.
Image of the Crown Hotel under CC license, from Rictor Norton & David Allen: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rictor-and-david/1152377011/
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90 High Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6DP
Timinator wrote on 18-05-2008 “This is a nice hotel on Southwold's High Street. It's old and attractive, and interesting because it's divided up into a few areas. The clean white street facade leads you to a large wine bar with cushioned seats and a large fireplace. The back room is my favourite bit, though: smaller, pubbier,...” more...
Blackshore, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6TA
Timinator wrote on 18-05-2008 “This old place is definitely a fisherman's pub. Lots of room inside, in an adjacent fishing shed converted to restaurant, or at tables outside looking over the boats. It's well-known for its locally-caught seafood menu: mackerel, plaice, skate, cod, lobster, and lots more. Everything I've had...” more...
Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6TN
Timinator wrote on 18-05-2008 “Love this pub. It's close to the ocean, off the main green of a little Suffolk village. It's large: a warren of rooms and nooks inside with lots of high-backed benches, low beams, flagstone floors, and fireplaces. I was here at the end of a pub walk and had already eaten my lunch, so I only ate...” more...