Walberswick Holiday Guide
The village and beach at Walberswick is one of the prettiest on the Suffolk Coast and a self-catering holiday in one of our Walberswick holiday cottages makes for an ideal family holiday retreat or romantic getaway at any time of year.
This charming village is within a few minutes' walk of the sand and pebble beach and the River Blyth, while the picturesque village green, with its swings, hosts a variety of gift and tea shops. There are also two characterful village pubs serving excellent food, as well as a general shop and the Post Office takes place in the Village Hall weekly. Try the Bell Inn or The Anchor or locally sourced food and great fish dishes. The newly opened Black Dog Deli serves delicious black treacle cured bacon butties and freshly ground coffee as well as home made goodies perfect for a picnic on the beach. Pop in to Tinkers on the Village Green for gifts and homewares both vintage and contemporary, or pop into The Parish Lantern for a mooch or a bite to eat.
There's plenty to keep the family occupied: in summer, children go crabbing with their buckets, fishing lines and bait along the river bank and bridges, the annual village fete (usually opened by someone of ‘renown’ living locally!) is hosted in August each year, and Southwold is just a short bike ride or walk away along the river tow-path; or you can take the hand-rowed ferryboat across the River Blyth.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are over a thousand acres of heath and marshland around Walberswick, making it a magical place to explore on foot or by bike. Alternatively, you can just sit back and take in the magnificent coastal scenery at one of the many seaside cafes and village pubs in the area. Or watch the surfers and kite surfers, who use the beach on a regular basis, when the wind and tides are right.
Attractions and things to do
Moored on the Walberswick bank of the River Blyth, the Panther is a 30’ angling boat offering offshore fishing from May through to October, with inshore fishing available out of season. The maximum party size is 6, and the skipper welcomes keen amateurs and experienced anglers.Walberswick Bank Southwold Harbour Suffolk IP18 Tel: 07710 224165 Website
‘A quirky amusement arcade, a rather surprising water clock, some lovely gift shops and great home-made food: it’s all here! Laugh out loud at the mad collection of home-made slot machines, read the sentiments on the 3,000 plaques along the sea railings, or sit back with a coffee, or fish and chip meal and be captivated by the view!Southwold Pier North Parade Suffolk IP18 6BN Tel: 01502 722105 Website
Local pubs and restaurants
The Anchor, Walberswick
A highly-regarded gastro pub with a ‘home from home’ atmosphere, The Anchor has a heartening log fire in winter and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the many barbeques laid on in the summer months. Seasonal, local organic food is a speciality and there’s an impressive wine list and regular events, from curry nights to jazz evenings and wine tastings.Walberswick Suffolk IP18 6UA Tel: 01502 722112 Website
The Bell Inn
An excellent family pub just off the village green with great Suffolk character: hidden alcoves, open fires and a large lawned garden – the number of tables shows just how busy this place gets in the holidays! Excellent locally sourced pub food with all the favourites – Steak, Adnams Ale and Mushroom Pie, Deep Fried Battered Fillet of Fresh Cod – and plenty more to choose from.Ferry Road Walberswick Suffolk IP18 6TN Tel: 01502 723109 Website
The Parish Lantern Tea Room
Tucked away to the side of the Parish Lantern gift shop is a tiny tea-room, ideal for a cosy lunch in winter or, just to the back of the gift shop, there is also a delightful walled garden for eating out in the summer. On offer are delicious cream teas, amazing homemade cakes and donuts and friendly staff.The Green Walberswick Suffolk IP18 6TT Tel: 01502 723173 Website
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