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“Watch the world go by”

Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe
Ranked #23 of 50 Restaurants in Southwold
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Southwold Boating Lake is a good place to sit and watch the world go by and also a good spot to observe the local wildlife. Marsh Harriers and Kestrels hunt over the nearby Creek. The boating lake is frequented by swans, ducks, jackdaws, crows, gulls, geese and pied wagtails. As an added attraction, there are a couple of long horned sheep currently (March 2014) grazing the perimeter of the lake. During the summer months it is fascinating to watch the model yachts and more high-tec craft that are sailed on the lake. Some of the seats around the lake are in poor condition and sometimes covered in bird poo, There is one new covered seat facing the lake that offers shelter from the rain. The Tea Rooms adjacent to the lake are at present being renovated and re-painted. At the right time of year, orchids can be observed in the grass fringing the boating lake. During July and August one can watch large numbers of swallows, martens and swifts swooping above the surface of the lake in search of insects.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

If you haven't taken in the cafe at the Southwold, it's a delightful place to spend a lazy summer day.

Thank igfield
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

A tremendous amount of time and money has gone into making this a really lovely place to stop and enjoy good food with a great setting and better still the youngsters can enjoy "boating" whilst you sit and relax

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Thank smallhouse
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

A group of 34 ladies from the Red Hat Society visited Southwold today. We had booked Afternoon Tea at the cafe. When we arrived the tables were laid with cloths, china cups and saucers, tiered cake plates and lovely red flowers on the table.
The sandwiches were freshly made, the scones were beautiful and a very good cup of tea.
I can highly recommend the cafe. the food was 1st class & the staff were extremely helpful.

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2  Thank Q Cinnabar V
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We visited this cafe over the summer and it is really delightful in appearance, with the most beautiful tranquil views over marshland. The new owners have done a very good job in maximising the ambience and setting and have provided tables and chairs in various locations, some inside, some at the front overlooking the boating lake and the most desirable (in my view) on the wooden veranda at the back: a quintessentially Suffolk landscape. The food is good too but, although the children's meals were good value, I felt the sandwiches were expensive at around the £5 mark for tuna mayonnaise with a rather unimaginative salad dressing. Bacon sandwiches were £4.50 - when one bears in mind that a bacon sandwich can be bought for only £2.50 including a coffee at the beach kiosk, with a view of the sea, this does seem a little on the steep side. Service was also extremely slow, although they did warn us about this before we ordered as the place was busy during the glorious summer weather.

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Thank kategod
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