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Blown Away by The Brudenell…

The award winning four-star hotel ‘The Brudenell’ is located on the Suffolk Coast, incorporating a classic Seafood Restaurant, in the beautiful town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

Aldeburgh really is a charming little town full of everything that a British seaside holiday expects.

The high street is an extraordinary place, with none of the discomforts: no chain stores, no fast-food outlets, and better still little mobile phone reception, making an escape from everyday life possible.

The Brudenell Hotel is part of the TA Hotel Collection, which also includes the likes of The White Lion in Aldeburgh, The Crown in Woodbridge and The Swan in Lavenham.

Bounce Magazine were kindly invited to stay at the Brudenell Hotel for stay and dine review and this is what we thought.

“Located at the far end of Aldeburgh High Street you will find the grand hotel building backing straight onto the seafront.

A stand out feature is its restaurant and terrace bar, (which overlooks the sea), decked in a fusion of blues, with a subtle coastal scene running throughout.

If you are partial to a board game or two or enjoy reading, the living-room lounge looks out onto the paved, Riviera style terrace and miles of shingle-shore swimming in the hazy dusk, which I have heard is beautiful all year round, particularly in the summer months.

As a rule, we particularly love hotels packed with history and the Brudenell is certainly not short of that. We were told that it was originally “two or three” 19th-century seafront houses belonging to merchant families, one of them named Brudenell.

During the First World War, part of the Brudenell was a refugee house for 100 children evacuated from Belgium. Now it’s a chic, award-winning getaway in one of coastal Britain’s best-kept secrets.

The 44 rooms include spacious family units and accommodation customised for disabled guests, and our compact sea view room so close to the lapping tide that we could have been in a far away land. After settling into our beautiful room we made our way down to dinner.

In the restaurant you can enjoy panoramic sea views from every table and a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year. There is also a stunning terrace for outdoor dining, al fresco!

“We were blown away by the offerings on the menu”…

There was a lot of choice, from appetisers and starters to shellfish dishes, seafood, vegetarian options and, of course, the meat and grill section. I found it near impossible to make a decision. So whilst we browsed, we nibbled on the locally sourced Pump Street Bakery white & seeded sourdough bread.

My starter of ‘Lentils du Puy salad, Chilli Tomato Pesto, Feta and Squash’ was light and flavoursome. A good way to begin off the Meal. In the meantime my partner Sam had the ‘Balsamic beetroots, Goats Cheese and Chicory’. I am not a fan of goats cheese so I can’t tell you how this one tasted, but he looked very happy.

Both in the mood for curry, our mains of ‘Spiced Vegetable Tagine served with Wild Rice and Naan Breads’, were simply delicious, having just the right amount of spice.

Of course, no dinner is complete without dessert and, despite feeling full, we eagerly eyed the pudding selection.

There’s plenty here – Cranberry & Pear Frangipane Tart, Apple & Blackberry Crumble, but we opted for the sharing board of Trio of Chocolate on the special menu.

I also have to commend the very friendly and attentive staff. No glass was empty for long, nor empty dish undisposed of.

After a few glasses of wine we made our way back upstairs to the bedroom and although it was a chilly night, we decided to brave it and enjoyed the sound of the lapping waves through an open window. It made the perfect atmosphere to drift of to sleep, and I felt utterly relaxed.

Overall our stay was extremely wonderful, from the atmosphere to the food and décor of the Brudenell it was definitely a place we would be more than happy to visit again”.

Rooms at the Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh, start from £130pn B&B, based on two sharing an inland-facing room; sea view £160pn | 01728 452071

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