Aldeburgh town in Suffolk gets is name from ‘Alde’ and ‘burgh’ meaning ‘old fort’, however, it is now famed for its exceptional food culture.
The town was once known for its shipbuilders that were responsible for the creation of famous vessels such as the Virginia Company’s Sea Venture which was built in the 17th century.
Sitting just north of the River Alde, the seaside town is known for its views seaward and also facing the river inland towards Orford.
The coastline also inspired the music that made its resident Benjamin Britten one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
Today, pastel-coloured 19th-century holiday villas line the promenade and the pebble beach is still lined with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch.
Visitors travel far and wide specifically for a stroll along the clean, pebbled beach in the quaint seaside town.
Nicolas, writing a review on Tripadvisor said: “Alderburgh beach is a step back in time with fisherman’s huts selling fresh and smoked fish.”
Another user was impressed by the “unspoilt, shingle beach” writing there is a “must-see” sculpture called the Scallop which stands on the north end of the town’s beach and is over 10ft tall. The sculpture is a tribute to composer Benjamin Britten and made by local-born artist, Maggi Hambling, an ardent fan of his music.
Other tourists claimed the town is home to the “best fish and chip shops” in Suffolk.
Another user advised travellers that it is best to buy fresh fish “directly from fishermen who have shacks on the beach” for the best bargains and tastiest delicacies.
Every September, Suffolk’s best food and drink businesses come together for the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival. The next event will be held next month.
It’s an annual event held in Snape Maltings, which has around 130 producers from start-up businesses to established eateries.
A range of local and celebrity chefs give demonstrations and presentations throughout the festival, which lasts for one weekend in autumn.
Snape Maltings is just six miles away and situated on the outskirts of Aldeburgh with people visiting the coast for the “lovely walks, fun shops, and tempting goods”.
However, prices are known to be slightly on the expensive side with some tourists labelling the food here as “highly overpriced”.
With your stomach full and having absorbed the coastal views, The Red House is a must-see for Benjamin Britten’s fans. The composer and his partner once lived there and the studio where he composed is open to visitors.
You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries and museums in the town.
The Aldeburgh Museum is housed in the iconic Moot Hall, a Grade I listed, timber-framed building, also home to the town council.
It will inform you on the fishing and shipping industries and archeological discoveries.