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“Charming”

Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe
Ranked #24 of 48 Restaurants in Southwold
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
UK
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Charming”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

This place is very Southwold - bunting, vintage china and lots of blue and white ticking. We liked the characterful attention to detail: floral table decorations in teapots, order numbers issued with little playing cards, soft blankets and comfortable cushions on the outside seats, even the upturned boat skeleton with a table at the side of the boating lake.

It's a lovely, tranquil spot for a cuppa. The only thing I'd say is that if the cafe is making the effort to serve full afternoon teas so prettily, it would be really nice if they could offer looseleaf instead of teabags, which can make tea rather weak and not very easy to stretch. Also, the service was a bit slow - but these are niggling deficiencies in an otherwise charming venue.

  • Visited June 2014
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Bradwell, GY
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful Cream Tea in perfect setting with very warm welcome”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at the Tearooms in Southwold overlooking the boating lake, so pretty and picturesque. Our cream tea was beautifully served on a china cake stand and the fruit scone and jam was delicious!
The service was very friendly, all the staff were truly welcoming and helped to ensure this visit will not be our last. It was a prefect lazy Sunday afternoon and we will certainly be back and look forward to sampling some of the homemade cakes, which looked wonderful. We were even given some bread at the end to feed the mother duck and her ducklings - very sweet!

Well done and we couldn't compliment you highly enough. Thank you :-)

  • Visited June 2014
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Suffolk uk
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Really Nice”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Great place to visit, really nice atmosphere and very relaxing. Its a perfect place for a short rest and a great opportunity to soak up the southwold atmosphere

Visited May 2014
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bedford
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing cream tea!”
Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Had cream tea at the cafe and it was sumptuous. Made even better by the gorgeous china and cake stand. The scones were as light as a feather. There are rugs and magazines for the outside area if you have a doggy . A fabulous inside sun room looking out on the cream tea island , swans and beautiful countryside. Priced very well with excellent friendly service. A marvellously relaxing experience. Bliss!

Visited May 2014
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Southwold, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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“Great place for cream teas”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Lovely views, great food, tea in china cups, if you have't been before, you must visit, good friendly service

  • Visited May 2014
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