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Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe

North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
+44 7771 781739
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (34 reviews)
“crisps” (7 reviews)
“mackerel pate” (3 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 am - 5:00 pmAll hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited after a lengthy walk and rewarded with a delicious scone. Truly scrumptious. The setting is quaint and perfect for an unhurried cuppa. With views of the boating lake and surrounding marsh land this is a perfect spot to unwind whilst enjoying a yummy treat.

1  Thank diane b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We popped in for lunch by the lake, Excellent sandwich & pot of tea. Relaxed, mellow vibe, the cakes & scones looked great but I didnt give in to temptation this time!

1  Thank Judith S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a regular to the boating lake Cafe, I'm pleased to say the quality of food at this place remains high. The food is all home cooked and their speciality sausage rolls are being cooked batch after batch. Their menu is quite small, which should...More

1  Thank Johnthefish
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our second visit to the crazy golf course in Southwold. Why doesn't Aldeburgh have one. Loved playing it, but had to take a mulligan (9 shots max) on three of the holes. Really testing course.

1  Thank KinkyNoodle
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Southwold with loved ones you must stuff your face with this afternoon tea! Lovely view, friendly service and nice home cooked cakes served on the decking looking out towards the beach huts and Summer sky. Always able to fit this location...More

1  Thank Mark C
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Been to the boating lake cafe today and what an amazing place, food was just delicious and their scones are to die for, best I've ever had, had my grandson 11 month old with us and of course he wanted some scone, cream and jam...More

2  Thank anita38
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We always have afternoon cream tea here when we visit, the scones are just fabulous! Such a wonderful tea room .

1  Thank Lorraine L
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Great day in Southwold and as usual, Southwold boating lake and cafe didn't disappoint. It's unfortunate that the boating lake is out of action for no fault of the tea rooms. Unfortunately when the sea defences were improved the council cut off the water feed...More

1  Thank Amy W
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Never mind the boats, get over to thorpeness for that, I'll review that later. This tea room is terrific with a lovely veranda front and back. Good bird watching spot with views over the marsh. Water level down a bit and hence no boats. Get...More

1  Thank SimeyWimey
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Looked like it would be good place to take young children to go on a small paddle boat BUT sign said closed due to shortage of water !! Couldn't believe , it was almost next to the sea and shortage of water - surely something...More

Thank Bridget S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Southwold
  • Phone Number: +44 7771 781739
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