The Brudenell Hotel at Aldeburgh is in a stunning seafront setting, just a few steps away from the beach on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast.
It has wonderful panoramic sea views to the front, while at the back it overlooks the river Alde and surrounding countryside.
Privately owned, the four star, 44-bedroom hotel is renowned for its AA two rosette Seafood & Grill restaurant and large sea-facing terrace for dining and drinking al fresco on warmer days.
Menus in the Seafood & Grill, created by Head Chef Ben Hegarty, focus on sustainably sourced fish and seafood just landed from the sea and fantastic Suffolk produce.
The seasonal shifts are an incredibly exciting time for the chefs, each bringing different tastes and flavours into the restaurant. In January and February, you can look forward to delicious, big meaty varieties such as turbot, halibut, hake, brill and monk fish, while in spring expect crayfish, prime gurnard, skate and foraged vegetation including sea purslane. In later months of the year crab, cuttlefish and salmon all come into their own.
Dine in private
If you are planning a special birthday or anniversary gathering for up to 22 guests and prefer the idea of sitting around a large table in your own private dining room, book the Avocet room at the Brudenell.
Add some fine bottles of wine, seriously good food and wonderful views straight out to sea, and you have the perfect setting for your celebration. The head chef will also be pleased to discuss your personal choice of menu for the occasion.
Coastal themed décor
Chic interior furnishings in the Seafood & Grill, lounge and reception area feature vibrant seaside colours creating a stylish contemporary style venue.
Sea facing bedrooms have coastal themed décor; where size allows there’s a seat by the window to relax and watch the ever-changing sea. Get up early and see the sun rise over the glistening sea on a fine day, or great for storm watching in winter, while comfy and warm indoors. Finished in countryside colours, the Aldeburgh facing rooms have views over the river to the gentle landscapes beyond.
Aldeburgh and surrounds
A favourite holiday venue with discerning visitors since Victorian times, Aldeburgh’s big skies, wide beaches and charming cottages have also been a magnet for musicians, artists and writers.
In Tudor times it was a bustling port with an important shipbuilding industry; the Golden Hind, the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe, was built here in the 16th century. Dating back to the mid-1500s, Aldeburgh’s timber framed Moot Hall was once in the town centre but it’s now near the sea, which has gradually advanced over the centuries. It was regularly used for public meetings; the town council still meet here and its home to a small museum.
A stroll along the beach towards Thorpeness will lead to the Scallop, a tribute to composer Benjamin Britten who lived in Aldeburgh, by Suffolk sculptor Maggi Hambling. Standing 15ft (4m) facing the sea and the sunrise, the steel sculpture has a quotation from Britten's opera, Peter Grimes, "I hear those voices that will not be drowned", pierced on the edge so that it can be read against the sky.
Thorpeness is home to an 18-hole golf course and the picturesque Meare boating lake and its islands. With over 100 boats for hire including rowing boats, kayaks, canoes, punts, dinghies and sailing boats there is a vessel to suit everyone.
Inland the Sailors’ Path leads six miles to Snape Maltings home to a concert hall as well as galleries, studios and workshops for artists and musicians, several eateries, shops, a nature reserve and sculpture park with works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth amongst others. It follows an ancient route used by sailors and smugglers who moored on the river Alde at Snape Maltings to unload goods and, after finding boats stuck at low tide, were forced to walk back home to their cottages in Aldeburgh.
To make a reservation call The Brudenell on +44 (0)1728 452071; details can also be found on www.tahotelcollection.co.uk; dogs welcome.