Sole Bay Fish Co
Sole Bay Fish Co sits in Southwold Harbour, a stone’s throw from the Southwold-to-Walberswick ferry. A basic wooden shack from the outside, once inside you’re face to face with a glistening wet-fish counter showcasing the catch of the day. You’ll find all sorts of fresh fish and seafood, from rock oysters and crabs to mackerel and Dover sole. Walk past the fish counter and you’re in the restaurant – and what a delightful dining room it is.
Wooden furniture, exposed brickwork, an old kitchen range, quarry tiles, a lovely bar and a buzzing atmosphere are not what you expect when you see this shack from outside, but that’s what you get. Add the location on the River Blyth estuary, and you’ve got a perfect setting for eating well-cooked, exquisitely fresh fish and seafood.
Whether you order the fish and chips (superb), seafood platter, something smoked in the restaurant’s smokery, or one of the daily changing specials, you’re in for a treat. Don’t visit Southwold without trying Sole Bay Fish Co, but make sure you book. It’s popular and for good reason.
During the summer season, it’s open for evening meals too, otherwise just for lunch. Here’s their website.
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