Southwold borders on the North Atlantic Sea. The water inlet between the town and Walberswick in Suffolk is ‘the’ place to come for the best fish and chips in Southwold, but now also for platters of shellfish.
Although I missed the opening, I was fortunate enough to check out the Sole Bay Fish Co’s revamped decor a day later. An outside eating area has large tables overlooking fields with Southwold’s distinctive lighthouse in the distance. Poppy, my puppy, was allowed into the restaurant although we ate in their courtyard which has large sharing tables. We landed up eating with another couple who immediately introduced themselves, and my girlfriend and I chatted to them for most of the evening.
During the day at its entrance the restaurant has a fishmongers where an impressive array of fresh fish is sold. The restaurant section is open from midday to 3pm when, if you want to eat here, you need to bring your own bread and wine. In the evening when the menu is mainly seafood, their drinks’ licence kicks in. Platters of seafood, depending on how many there are of you, can be ordered for any amount of people although on the menu as a main course for two. There are various menus, mainly with either crab or lobster as the base and served with smoked salmon, shrimps, New Zealand mussels, cockles and winkles. If shellfish isn’t your thing, there is also a fish alternative such as, on the day we visited, locally sourced seabass fillet served on a bed of samphire.
Prices are realistic. The crab platter for 2 is £25.00 with 1/2 chargrilled lobster and chips £15.00. A definite plus for the area. Open seven days a week.
T. 01502 724 241