With its sorbet-coloured houses and stunning shingle beach, I couldn’t wait to introduce Ashling to Aldeburgh on our first ever tm work trip (confession: shooting in 23 degrees heat didn’t much feel like work!).
I first fell in love with Suffolk’s ‘Islington-by-the-sea’ when I lived in its London equivalent. Then Ben and I moved closer when the kids were babies, my sister bought a holiday house down the road (where Ashling and I stayed) and the town became our coastal home from home.
Aldeburgh has a vibrant local community throughout weekdays and winter – you won’t find a Costa on this high street. Within minutes we’d made friends with some lively local characters at Munchies, the bustling café on the high street, owned by Susie Menfeld.
Outside Susie’s cafe, munchies
In fact, many of the shops and restaurants are family-run. Susie’s mum owns Aldeburgh Market, the deli and café serving fresh, local produce across the street: ‘I told her she could open it as long as she didn’t step on my toes!’ Susie confessed.
Another institution is Aldeburgh Fish and Chips, melt-in-the-mouth fried marine cuisine at its best. We took ours to the beach; once Ashling tried it she understood why there’s often a queue outside that snakes down the high street. ( If it’s too long The Golden Galleon is also part of the family fish and chip empire).
After popping into some of the town’s cute boutiques (I couldn’t resist this Counting Starspalm leaf bag! £39.99) we walked along the seafront to Thorpeness; a postcard-perfect village complete with boating lake where you can hire brightly-coloured canoes…we had a Pimms in The Kitchen and browsed its vintage bric-a-brac shop instead!
Counting Stars palm leaf bag! £39.99
3 tm tips we discovered on our tm trip
Famous for Aldeburgh’s festival of music started in 1948 by Benjamin Britten; it’s the perfect place for a cultured classical concert experience.
Aldeburgh’s first Indian restaurant serves fresh, seasonal dishes. Head chef Pratap Singh Rawat hails from London’s top Indian eateries Benares and Tamarind. We loved the lamb bhuna and butter chicken.
stay…. The House in the Clouds
A local couple told us about this cool, unique rental; it may seem steep at £800 per night during peak season, but it sleeps 12 and is perfect for a hen do, birthday or a much needed Mum break.