ESCAPE LONDON – 5 star food, a stones throw from the beach and excellent value for money! The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh.
The White Lion Hotel is situated in the pretty seaside town of Aldeburgh, it is only a 90-minute drive from London, which makes it a perfect weekend getaway. The hotel is right opposite the beach, so close you can step onto the beach within seconds and enjoy the fresh sea air. Although we visited in winter, this beautiful little hotel would be perfect for the summer and makes a great alternative to Brighton. The front of the building is a beautiful white and the photos of the hotel do not do it justice at all.
The hotel is right opposite the beach, so close you can step onto the beach within seconds and enjoy the fresh sea air.
Stepping inside the hotel you soon enjoy the homely feel and great customer service from the friendly receptionists. Around the lobby lay a couple of comfortable lounge areas, which by day gives you a stunning view of the sea and beach.
The bedrooms are a good size and much more luxurious than the 3 star rating the hotel has been awarded. They have been decorated with a modern theme, our room had a huge window overlooking the sea and a huge comfortable bed. A nice touch was providing dressing gowns and water in the room for you to use. The bathroom was cleanly presented with lovely, complimentary products.
The bedrooms are a good size and much more luxurious than the 3 star rating the hotel has been awarded.
The bar area is very modern and well decorated in earthy sea colours, while porthole like mirrors adorn the walls. Beautiful lilies ensure the bar smells divine, soothing jazz music plays in the background and the bar staff are just as friendly as the receptionists. The bar and restaurant are divided by half a wall and really are the heart of this lovely hotel. The bar area is very relaxing, teamed with a great atmosphere and the bar tenders who are happy to make drinks that were not offered on the menu. I am very impressed by the hotels value for money.
The menu provided lots of choice and was also reasonably priced. I began with the Prawn tempura, which proved to be an unusual, but tasty mix of prawns, mango and guacamole. My guest opted for the salmon, dill and lemon potato salad. The refreshing combination of potato and fresh salmon was perfect to titillate the taste buds for the main course.
The food presentation is excellent and the relaxed atmosphere of the bar is carried into the restaurant. For my main I chose the mushroom gnocchi and it was delightful, the portion sizes were very generous and after my starter it was hard to finish the main, but it was so delicious that I managed to eat every bite. The gnocchi was beautifully soft, paired with breaded mushroom and a delicious creamy sauce. The food at the White Lion Hotel is outstanding and superior to many of the 5 star hotels I have visited.
The food at the White Lion Hotel is outstanding and superior to many of the 5 star hotels I have visited.
Waking up from the comfortable sleep, we opened the curtains covering the tall window and were met with the beautiful view of the sea. Some hotels claim to be a stones throw from the sea, but The White Lion Hotel is almost on top of it. Perfect for fresh see air and in the summer a top spot for beach lovers.
Some hotels claim to be a stones throw from the sea, but The White Lion Hotel is almost on top of it.
The breakfast menu was equally impressive and naturally being by the sea it included lots of fish, such as smoked haddock and smoked salmon. The coffee was also delicious and piping hot, perfect for a morning pick you up!
Aldeburgh is a pretty town and the White Lion Hotel the perfect beachside destination to relax and enjoy the sea fresh air. The Hotel is excellent value for money, so you do not need a special reason to visit. Just pop along on a weekend and enjoy great service, delicious food, comfortable beds and a beautiful sea view.
B&B for two sharing an inland facing room is from around £105 or upgrade to a seaview room from around £130; check hotel website for special offers and packages.
The White Lion Hotel, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BJ
+44 1728 452720
Heart London 5 * Rating
Cat, Heart London Magazine