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My family loves Southwold and that whole stretch of the Suffolk coast from Pakefield through to Aldeburgh. While there are numerous lovely places to have lunch in Southwold we particularly like the new Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Store. It’s easy to find in Southwold town centre and within a few minutes walking distance of everything else in the town.
Adnams Cellar & Kitchen store was built on the site of the old Adnams distribution centre which has now moved to a purpose built site on the main road into Southwold – you may not notice it as you drive into Southwold because it blends to the surroundings nicely and has an environmentally friendly grass roof.
In my opinion the design of the new build is excellent, a lovely fresh modern blend of wood, glass and steel which fits in with the older buildings around it nicely. There is a small car park and courtyard at the rear. You’ll be lucky to find a parking space there during the summer months but there is plenty of free parking within a short walking distance.
The front of the shop sells an excellent range of wines and beers and some of their other local produce. I always treat myself a jar of Adnams Broadside Chutney when we visit as it’s great with cheese or cold meats. The café is at the rear right hand side of the building. If you’ve got small children navigating the displays of wine and beer on a busy weekend will probably be a little stressful so my tip would be to walk around the outside and enter the café via the rear courtyard entrance.
The café is a lovely light area with plenty of space for young children and the rest of the family. As I’ve said in previous blogs it’s always pleasing to turn up and find that the establishment has invested in good quality highchairs for toddlers. If it’s a nice day there are several tables outside in the courtyard where you can also eat.
For older children there are tables in small alcove rooms which have been formed out of cooper tanks in which Adnams brewed beer years ago. The menu has a good choice of hot and cold meals. These are freshly prepared and very tasty. They also serve proper coffee and do a good pot of tea. I had the steak and ale pie with new potatoes and my husband had the ploughman’s. The ploughman’s had some nice cheese, local ham, chutney, freshly baked bread and a nice side salad with a Vinaigrette dressing – worth every penney.
After a lovely relaxing lunch we walked out through the store and bought a few essentials and stocked up with a few bottles of their Italians organic Pinot Grigio which we really enjoy.