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Saxmundham – About the Town

Saxmundham High Street (wide)

Saxmundham is a small, friendly market-town (market-day Wednesday) on the River Fromus, a tributory of the River Alde. Restored to tranquility since the A12 bypass was built some years ago, Saxmundham is like stepping back in time to a more relaxed pace of life. 

Each of the holiday cottages are just 500 yards (5 mins walk) from the High Street, where there are a number of interesting independent shops to browse around plus those catering for all essentials – including…

  • a newsagents
  • a bakers – selling bread and cakes baked here in the town
  • a stationers – also selling a good range of postcards with local scenes, plus souvenirs and books on the local area
  • a pharmacy
  • a traditional butchers shop – selling locally-reared meat and hand-made sausages and pies
  • two bookshops – both stock a range of local maps and guide books
  • two unisex hairdressers (plus a traditional Barbers for the gents!)
  • TWO supermarkets (WAITROSE & TESCO) – both open evenings and Sundays
  • a hardware shop (which also sells sacks of logs & kindling for the fire)
  • two banks (Barclays and HSBC – both with 24hr cashpoints)
  • and a pet shop.

Saxmundham even has its own Museum and two small art galleries – with regular exhibitions by local artists (including some very well-known artists, such as Maggi Hambling).

The local farm shop, Railway Farm Shop, is about 1 mile out of town – on the main route into Saxmundham, near Benhall village, and close to the A12 junction. It sells a whole range of locally-grown seasonal produce, plus home-made jams and sacks of logs.

Saxmundham - Waitrose from Fromus Square
Saxmundham - town park (from bridge)
Saxmundham - lane from town

There is also a wide variety of cafes, restaurants and take-away outlets catering for all tastes and pockets, and, all are within 5 mins walk from your Holiday Cottage:

  • The Bell – renowned for its cuisine, the food is superb and, amazingly, so reasonably priced!  The Menu changes daily, and all is freshly cooked using local seasonal ingredients. Open daily.
  • The ‘Bistro at the Deli’ – a continental-style cafe (open daytime only, plus Friday evenings) serving speciality coffees, cakes, light-lunches, and sandwiches & paninis with interesting fillings made to order (excellent for easy picnics!).
  • The ‘Prince of Bengal’ – a very popular Indian restaurant which has won awards for its food.
  • Trinity’s – a Tea Shop/Cafe, open from early in the morning until 5pm – so ideal for breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea.
  • The ‘Queen’s Head’ – appears to be a ‘traditional’ English pub, but its original function room is now an excellent Thai and Chinese restaurant.
  • And, for traditional take-away Fish & Chips, we recommend the ‘Trawler’s Catch’ – freshly-caught fish daily, and superbly cooked!
Saxmundham High Street shops - left
Saxmundham High Street - Stannards Butchers
(small pic) Old_Bank_House
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The Local Area
For an evening stroll or Sunday walk, Carlton Country Park is just 10 mins walk away. From the town, you can take a bus or taxi for the short journey into Leiston, Snape or Aldeburgh – for an evening at the cinema, theatre or a concert; or a train to the cinema in Woodbridge, or the Arts Centre in Halesworth.