You’ll get a very friendly vibe from Sasha, who comes out to greet you in the pretty garden. You can have afternoon tea and homemade cake here or inside by the open fire in the sitting room surrounded by beautiful fabrics and wallpaper designed by Sasha’s mum, Anna French. The timber-framed house dates back to the 1500s and was originally the village pub.
It’s worth coming for Sasha’s breakfasts alone – she’s a committed foodie. You may start with her homemade pear compote with organic ginger yogurt and a sprinkle of pecan and treacle granola, or a fruit salad of mango, melon, blueberries and pomegranate; there’s toasted sourdough or croissants from Pump Street Bakery and homemade marmalade from a Dundee recipe. If you still have room there’s local coffee-cured salmon or kippers, scrambled eggs and award-winning sausages, bacon and black pudding from the butcher in Aldeburgh. Sasha has also been discovering good walks in the area for the last twenty years and you can join the Sailor’s Path from Snape Bridge, a ten-minute drive.
Walk over the road to a good pub in the village or visit the church with its carved and painted ceiling. You’re 20 minutes from Orford, ten from Snape Maltings and 30 from Southwold, known as Chelsea-on-Sea.