A short dog-friendly break in Aldeburgh
Written by Emma Kemsley
Sunshine calls for a trip to the seaside, so when the sun made a sudden appearance a couple of weekends ago, we packed our bags and headed for a dog-friendly break on the Suffolk Coast.
No matter how many times I visit Aldeburgh, which I must admit is not often enough, it always leaves a lasting impression. The sea breeze and the taste of salt in the air, the colourful sea front houses and the fisherman selling their catch of the day on the shore – it’s picture perfect; a town that’s managed to escape the fast pace of today’s world.
After a short visit to Woodbridge en route to Aldeburgh, we arrived at the dog-friendly White Lion Hotel, where we parked right outside and was promptly checked-in to our sea facing room, much to the delight of our dog Fletcher, who wasted no time finding himself a prime window seat to watch the waves come crashing in.
Spacious and stylish, and a bathroom I can only dream of having (imagine a roll top bath, marble, his and her sinks, walk-in shower – ultimate bathroom goals!), it was hard to believe it was a dog-friendly room.
After settling in, we crossed the road, accidently walking across a family’s bowls game and headed for the beach. One of the best things about Aldeburgh is that a section of the beach is dog-friendly year round. The White Lion Hotel is conveniently located close to this area, making it a prime spot for a summer getaway with your dog.
Fletcher wasted no time bouncing through the waves, but despite being a beautiful sunny day the sea was quite rough. As a second wave crashed over his head I intervened, much to his disappointment, and made him chase ball along the shore instead. He wasted no time in making friends with dogs of all shapes and sizes who were enjoying paddling their paws – including a naughty cockerpoo who stole a sausage roll from his owner’s bag while we chatted about Aldeburgh property!
As the sunset we headed to the High Street to enjoy a sundowner at a local pub, before returning to the White Lion Hotel for a nap and freshening up for dinner at the hotel’s Indian restaurant, Sea Spice!
We left Fletcher in the room where he was more than happy to relax, and popped the bone shaped keyring that we’d be given at check-in on our door to make hotel staff and housekeeping aware that a dog was in the room unattended – a great idea to prevent dogs escaping into the crooked and charming corridors.
Sea Spice served up some of the best Indian cuisine I’ve had for a long time. We sampled the lobster starter, prawn moilee and East Suffolk Muntjac vindaloo (made mild for me). The delicious meal, helpful staff and a warm and inviting atmosphere was the perfect end to a day on the coast.
We turned in for the night, awaking refreshed at 8am to the sounds of gulls. We stayed at The White Lion on a bed and breakfast basis, and there was plenty of options to choose from at breakfast. After coffee and eggs sunnyside up, we enjoyed one last walk to the Maggi Hambling scallop and bought fresh seafood for our dinner later that evening (seafood pasta in case you were wondering). We then started our two-hour journey home, feeling relaxed and sun kissed, finishing our Aldeburgh visit with a browse at The Snape Maltings.
If you’re looking for a short dog-friendly break that ticks all the boxes, then put the White Lion in Aldeburgh on your list.