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The Beach Series | Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh is a gorgeous little seaside village in Suffolk where I have spent many days mooching with my Mummy. It's a rather stony beach, and dogs aren't allowed on it during the summer months, although I love winter there just as much! Sizewell beach isn't far though and us hounds are allowed on it all year round. After a day playing in the water, chasing pebbles and digging in the sand, we all need a place to munch some yummy food, and Mummy found a cute little café in the heart of

Aldeburgh called East Coast.

We were pleasantly surprised that we didn't have to sit outside, especially as it wasn't a particularly sunny day and I needed to warm up a little after drenching myself in the sea, chasing those pesky seagulls.

The breakfast menu was exciting for my Mummy, and I sniffed out the smell of sausages wafting in the air so it was just as exciting for me too!

The thing Mummy loved about the East Coast is that I was never a problem for the lovely staff. They didn't make much of a fuss of me, but neither did they seem irritated by me, or pull a funny face when Mummy served up my breakfast in my travel bowls, with sausages cut up and thrown in. I was inconsequential to them. Does this make them fully dog friendly? Well, I was left alone to eat, drink, then sleep, and sometimes this makes my Mummy's life much easier because it means she gets to eat her food without me pulling on my lead to be fussed. My lead pulling often means her food hits the floor because I get so much fuss when we are out together. I keep telling Mummy that this helps her diet, but she doesn't seem to be losing any weight and doesn't seem to agree with me!

Aldeburgh is a lovely place to visit, not just because there are places for me to eat with my Mummy. It has an amazing walk all the way from the Wentworth Hotel to Thorpeness, and the reserves at RSPB North Warren and Snape Warren also lets us hounds in as long as we are on a lead and stay on the main footpaths and bridleways. Heading north along the beach towards Thorpeness you will come to the stainless steel Scallop, designed 10 years ago by local artist Maggi Hambling. I was allowed to climb all over it but in the summer months it is just too hot for my paws!

There is a part of Aldeburgh that many people forget to visit, and there is some real sand up there for me to dig in! Grab some fish and chips from the best chip shop in town, and keep heading up through the High Street towards the southern end where you can find the Martello Tower: built as a defence against Napoleon.

If you wander up this way in the evening, you will see some amazing sunsets drifting across old derelict boats.

I liked this end of the beach because no one is really up there in the evening as Mummy let me off the lead. It meant I got to play in the waves and crunch all over the pebbles while the seagulls dived on Mummy's chips and she swore quite a bit.

There are also quite a few pubs in and around Aldeburgh that allowed me in: not that Mummy goes to pubs all the time (she gave me a slice of sausage to say that).

The Brudenell Hotel lets us hounds relax on the outside terrace and makes for a nice evening walk when the sun is going down along the esplanade.

The White Hart is a cosy and dog-friendly pub at the southern end of Aldeburgh’s High Street; it has a courtyard area where humans and hounds enjoy their seaside-grub from the chippy next door, and a drink from the pub itself.

The Eels Foot Inn in Eastbridge is a short drive from Aldeburgh and is a lovely traditional, dog friendly pub, with a large garden to relax in.

Up the road, in Snape, us hounds are welcome in the Plough and Sail, The Golden Key and The Crown Inn. There are also the Castle Inn and Lemon Tree in Framlingham.

Aldeburgh is awash with art festivals, ice creams, freshly caught fish (and other creatures from the sea that make my tummy rumble), classic car shows, bespoke little shops, old bookshops that smell of words, and the scent of yummy foods drifting on the salty air. It is full of life, atmosphere, colour, smells, and excitement, and one of our favourite places to visit both in and out of season. If you are there for more than a few days, there are so many other beaches close-by to visit, and little villages like Framlingham, where hounds are welcome as much as the humans.

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