Happy New Year from both of us! I thought I’d start the year off with a look back at the photos from our trip to Southwold on a sunny day in November. With the floods and Christmas, and everything else that’s gone on in between, it seems like a long time ago already, we had a fantastic, (and needless to say food-focused) day so hopefully you’ll agree that the photos are still worth sharing.
Breakfast seemed like the logical way to start the day, and that was all the excuse we needed to visit Two Magpies Bakery (@2magpiesbakery) on the high street. The beautifully designed bakery and cafe opened last year and has quickly won lots of fans (including us) and earned them a runner-up place in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2013 best independent retailer category. And it definitely delivered the (baked) goods. Neither of us could resist the work of art that was the pain au chocolat, which also tasted amazing.
But with an energetic walk ahead of us, and in the knowledge that it is just that little bit too far to travel on a particularly regular basis, we knew we needed to try some more. Bring on the Eccles cake… And the breakfast roll…!
So, we may have overdone it slightly, but no regrets! We set off towards Walberswick via Southwold Harbour, which was pretty quiet because of the time of year, but looked fantastic in the Autumn sunshine. I just hope that the floods in early December didn’t cause too much lasting damage.
From there we walked to Walberswick on the other side of the Blyth Estuary. As it was still too early (and we were still too full) for lunch, we spent some time on the almost-deserted beach before heading back to Southwold Harbour.
As you walk along the harbour, from outside the Sole Bay Fish Co looks like a hut selling fish, but it also has its own smokehouse (@SouthwoldSmokeH) and a seating area where you can enjoy cooked and smoked fish platters.
We somehow managed to get through the mixed platter which included prawns, mussels, crab, whelks, cockles, crayfish tails and smoked salmon and sprats. It was fantastic, if a little chilly (the front of the building is open and the fish was cold too), and I feel stuffed just thinking about it!
It’s a really simple set-up – plates, glasses and cutlery are provided, along with napkins, but if you want any drinks, bread or condiments with your fish, you need to bring them yourself. Luckily we’d come prepared with a loaf of Southwold Sourdough from Two Magpies.
We managed a waddle around town afterwards, as well as down the pier. Southwold is a really lovely place to visit, especially if you’re able to get there on a beautiful day, out of season. There are loads of lovely independent shops and cafes; I feel like we’ve only just scratched the surface. And with Eccles cakes like that, we’ll most definitely be back!