More than just beer, wine at Adnams Southwold Store and Cafe
As you walk past rows and displays of beer, wine, spirits, kitchenware and gifts at the Adnams Southwold Store, you’ll find a cafe full of indoor and patio tables.
The Adnams Cafe best serves as a quick stop for a light meal and a drink before shopping along Southwold’s High Street or exploring the beach and pier.
You can pick up cold items and baked goods on your way to the till, and all hot breakfast and lunch meals are delivered to your table.
During my last visit to the cafe with my wife, she started with a sausage roll and lemonade. I ordered a ploughman’s lunch and pint of Broadside, a strong ale that commemorates when the English fought the Dutch in 1672 off the Southwold coast in the Battle of Sole Bay.
The Adnams Broadside is brewed with pale ale, chocolate malt and hops. It’s lightly hopped with a spiced fruitcake aftertaste. There’s almost no carbonation and it goes down very smoothly.
My wife’s lemonade was, well, lemonade, but the sausage roll had a soft, flaky pastry exterior with a mild sausage interior that she drenched in Adnams brown sauce.
Brown sauce is a traditional condiment in the U.K., with ingredients varying from a combination of tomatoes, molasses, dates, apples, tamarind, spices, vinegar and raisins.
My ploughman’s lunch was a platter of meat, cheese, mixed olives, Adnams Broadside Chutney, lettuce and half of a baked baguette.
I had to cut the enormous pieces of iceberg lettuce lightly dressed with mustard vinaigrette and sprinkled with sunflower seeds with a fork and knife.
After the salad portion was out of the way, I started having fun mixing bites of the different items together and then refreshing my palate with a swig of ale.
I messed with various flavor combinations of meat, cheese, chutney and olives until there was nothing left but bread.
It was just enough food to fill us up but not leave us stuffed for our day trip into Southwold.
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Address: 4 Drayman Square, Victoria Street, Southwold IP18 6GB, England. About a 90-minute drive from RAF Mildenhall via the A11.
Directions: Follow the A11 to the Norwich Southern Bypass/A47 and A146 to Copland Way/B1127, then follow the B1127 to Drayman Square in Southwold. Closest free parking is at the York Road Car Park, a short walk from the store.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays- Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Prices: Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. and ranges from 1.95 pounds to 8.95 pounds ($2.55 to $11.70); lunch prices range from 8.50-10 pounds and baked goods from 2-3 pounds.