What is it about the English seaside that’s so enchanting?
You go for the day but need almost an entire suitcase of clothing options, from a bikini to a coat! And you sit on a wind swept pebble beach eating fish and chips from a paper bag whilst constantly removing and putting on layers of clothing as the sun dips in and out of the clouds. But yet we are all still drawn to the Great British seaside and I’m no exception :)
The main draw for me is the fresh seafood and on my recent trip to the quaint seaside town of Southwold on the Suffolk coast, the discovery of the Sole Bay Fish Co was a real treasure. Daily caught fresh fish and shellfish are served in their very rustic restaurant or for sale and all smoked in house too.
The vast selection of fish and shellfish available in our waters is astounding and the delicious cold seafood platter I demolished was too…
Fresh prawns, with and without shells, cockles, winkles, crayfish tails, dressed crab, smoked salmon and smoked mackerel all washed down with a large glass of Chablis. Now that’s my idea of a British seaside lunch! Even their version of fish and chips was delicate and delicious crispy sea bass and fat chips, not forgetting the side of mushy peas :)
If anyone happens to be visiting Southwold I highly recommend lunch at Sole Bay (make sure you book in advance). And if you happen to have a second day, they also own the best fish and chip shop in town called The Little Fish and Chip Shop.