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.
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!
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.