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The Sail Loft, Southwold, Suffolk
Run by Suffolk chef Jonny Nicholson, The Sail Loft is a beachside restaurant with rooms that brings an almost Mediterranean air of relaxation to this corner of East Anglia. It serves food all day and has five simply furnished but contemporary rooms upstairs for those who can't bear the thought of going home. Just outside the centre of Southwold, it's an ideal base for visiting Suffolk's most genteel resort, as well as other parts of this enchanting stretch of coast. With country walks on your doorstep, it makes a versatile and very appealing weekend escape from London.
We love getting up and walking just a few yards to get your toes sandy and dip them briefly in the sea before breakfast.
The hotel is right on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, a 10-minute walk from the popular seaside town of Southwold with its historic pier, shops and restaurants.
By car: The hotel is 3 hours 20 mins from London, 2 hours from Cambridge and 3 hours 30 mins from Nottingham. There is free private parking on-site.
By train: London Liverpool Street to Darsham (via Ipswich) takes 2 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Sail Loft is the place to go if you're pining for the sounds, smells and vibe of your last beach holiday. It's also a fab spot for lunch once you've worked up an appetite with a walk on the beach, or across the marshes.
Service & Facilities
The atmosphere is deliberately informal, with the vibe of a New England seafood shack.
- Beach access
- Free Wi-Fi
The largest room up in the rafters has a standalone bath and sea views. We love the views in all directions of all the good stuff that awaits you outside.
Double, Twin, Superior Double with Sea View
Facilities include: ensuite shower room, luxury toiletries, hairdryer, TV, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
Chef Jonny uses foragers who occasionally pop up with tasty mushrooms, samphire and other 'found' ingredients. The crayfish or lobster bisque risotto is delicious.
The Sail Loft: all-day dining, international dishes, fresh seafood, breakfast and brunch. Open daily. Mains from £11.95.