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Sole Bay Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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7 East Green, Southwold IP18 6JN, England
+44 1502 723736
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Steeple Bumpstead
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dived into the nearest pub after completing a brewery tour, escaping the wintry weather. It was a good decision. The menu was quite extensive but we'd already promised ourselves fish and chips! We weren't disappointed with the food- and of course the beer. The atmosphere in the pub was very convivial and we actually shared a table with another... More 

Thank David A
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fav Southwold pub next to the lighthouse with arguably the best Adnams in Southwold. However has it changed hands ? I was told all the menu items frozen ( it's the time of year) including the homemade beef burgers and indeed the baguettes ! So sad as this pub used to have great food and management ! What happened!... More 

Thank Stephen U
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of our favourite places to eat when visiting the area during the summer. The food is always good quality and good value.

Thank myrestaurantreviews
Peterborough England
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123 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good range of Adnams ales (wider ranger than some of the other pubs) decent menu of light bites for lunch. Would visit again

1 Thank GBains
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to end up after a wet New Years day walk around Southwold. Fantastic selection of Adnams ales and comfortable bench to watch the world go by. Looking forward popping in on our next trip to Southwold

1 Thank Mark F
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a find! Great proper local pub. Adnams beer, great food and very friendly. Although quite small, we were able to sit at a table and enjoy tasty home cooked lunch. Would recommend.

2 Thank Sharon C
Essex, UK
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136 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good place to pop in for a drink if you've been at the brewery. Seems to get pretty busy, and popular for food with locals and second home owners alike. A wide selection of Adnams produce on sale as you would expect, well-kept beer.

3 Thank Essexscot
Norwich, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Headed out yesterday for a bracing seaside walk and stopped off at The Sole Bay for a lunchtime bite. Grabbed a table, the menu contained a handful of decent hot and cold options plus a specials board. We opted for a couple of rounds of sandwiches and a side washed down with a pint of excellent Adnams Old Ale. Great... More 

3 Thank Jonathan D
Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dropped in briefly for a pint on a walk around Southwold before catching up with friends for dinner. The bar was absolutely packed with not a free table available - some were eating, and the food looked good, but we did not eat here so can not comment on the standard of fare! The beer was great though, and... More 

4 Thank andrearobbiebebop
Banbury, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

As with all Southwold pubs, Adnams are the key provider but warm welcome from the staff, nice interior and good beer. didn't eat as eating elsewhere but menu looked good.

3 Thank Steve A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 25
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 East Green, Southwold IP18 6JN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Southwold
  • Phone Number: +44 1502 723736
Traditional family pub with a warm friendly atmosphere, located just underneath Southwold's famous Lighthouse. Food served 7 days a week, 12 noon to 9pm.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?