Seafood Restaurants in Suffolk you need to visit

Southwold Smokehouse and the Sole Bay Fish Company (c) thornypup, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Southwold Smokehouse and the Sole Bay Fish Company (c) thornypup, Flickr (CC BY 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Being so close to the coast, Suffolk is the ideal place to enjoy fresh seafood, and as you’d expect there are a myriad of wonderful restaurants to choose from. Here are 10 of our favourites

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1. Regatta Restaurant, Aldeburgh

Sitting proudly in the heart of Aldeburgh's charming high street this family run, independent restaurant serves up delicious, uncomplicated dishes with the best seasonal produce the area has to offer. The restaurant's owners Robert and Joanna dedicate themselves to creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere allowing guests to feel comfortable and welcome. The menu is comprised of a mouth-watering selection of locally caught seafood, with much of the fish coming from the Regatta's own smokehouse. There are also a selection of meat, poultry and vegetarian options available.

2. Butley Oysterage, Woodbridge

Tucked away on Orford's Market Square, the Oysterage at Butley has been growing oysters since the 1950s and with their very own traditional smokehouse they're able to serve freshly smoked, locally caught fish every day. The Oysterage has a simple, no frills atmosphere with an emphasis on cooking delicious food that keeps its guests coming back week in, week out. They pride themselves on catching all of their own fish; using two of their own boats 'Jolene' and 'Southern Cross' they make daily trips to bring home fresh catches of lobster, crab, cod and much more. For those interested, you can sign up to their 'What's in season' email system to receive a notification on when your favourite fish in stock.

3. Sutherland House, Southwold

Sutherland House based in the beautiful Southwold is a recently restored, resplendent building that is rich in history with a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy drinks by the wood burning stove surrounded by wooden beams and cosy lighting. The menu is limited but well thought out offering a wonderful range of flavours with delicious fresh seafood as well as a few meat and vegetarian options. The food is all locally sourced using seasonal ingredients. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays and due to its popularity it is recommended that you book in advance to ensure you get a table.

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4. The Regal Fish Bar, Felixstowe

The Regal Fish Bar on the Felixstowe seafront is small family run restaurant that also doubles as a fish & chips bar. The Regal serves simple home cooked classics including cod and chips, fish pie and whole tail scampi. There is also a good selection of dishes for meat-eaters ranging from shepherds pie, liver and bacon and delicious selection of omelettes and jacket potatoes. With its friendly service and cheerful atmosphere, The regal has built a loyal following from the local community who hail it as one of the best fish and chips in the area.

5. Sole Bay Fish Company, Southwold

The Sole Bay Fish Company is a charming family run fishmongers cum restaurant that can be found on the harbourside in Southwold. The fish only menu is absolutely superb with a huge range of freshly caught fish, from their own fishing boats, for diners to choose from. Whole and half lobsters, oysters, sole, crab and crayfish are just a few of the items on the menu as well as an assortment of wonderful sides to complement your meal. The restaurant's cosy, intimate atmosphere is perfect for families and couples alike and the staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, and passionate about serving the best food possible.

6. Fish Dish, Felixstowe

This bright and spacious fish restaurant sits right on the seafront facing Felixstowe's pier. Renowned in the area for producing some of the crispiest battered fish and perfectly cooked chips around, the menu also boasts a vast selection of charcoal grilled or poached whole fish. The restaurant's building has a long, successful history for serving great food and Fish Dish strives to uphold that with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and dedication to good food.

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7. The Seafood Restaurant, Great Yarmouth

The Seafood Restaurant is a well established family restaurant in Great Yarmouth. They've dedicated a lot of time to understand exactly what their guests want and strive to provide exactly that every time. All of the fish is fresh and sourced locally; they have been using the same fishmonger for nearly 30 years and regularly change up their menu to follow what is in season. Their food has won many accolades including the 'Waitrose Good Food Guide 2016', 'Great Yarmouth's Restaurant of the Year' and a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Trip advisor.

8. The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh

A jewel in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, The Lighthouse has been serving up mouth-watering dishes for 20 years. The relaxed atmosphere allows for guests to feel at home whether they're local or just visiting for the day. The chefs work tirelessly to produce to a fresh, seasonal menu much of which is locally sourced from the very beach the restaurant sits by. Pay a visit and enjoy the 'Sleepy Suffolk' approach to dining where you decide the pace of the your meal, a variety of local fresh seafood washed down with your choice of fine wine or local Adnams beers.

9. Markg, Lowestoft

Located at The Tramway hotel in Lowestoft, Markg only opened its doors in 2015 but already it has established itself as a champion for producing delicious seafood dishes with eclectic, vibrant flavours. Taking inspiration from British and European cuisine they use locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create fresh, inspiring dishes that will keep you going back for more. Enjoy a drink or two in the lively bar area before moving off into the elegantly decorated restaurant for a more peaceful, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy your meal. We recommend booking in advance as the restaurant is incredibly busy, particularly on weekends.

10. The Third Crossing, Lowestoft

Situated in the picturesque Haven Marina in Oulton Broad, a meal at Lowestoft's The Third Crossing is one you won't forget any time soon. It's relaxed and comfortable environment is the ideal place to sample tipples from the well stocked bar before tucking into the exquisite seafood dishes from their menu. All locally sourced and prepared in the restaurant kitchens, the menu is diverse and samples an assortment of different tastes. We recommend the seafood platter with an added half lobster!