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Brudenell Hotel a Luxury Retreat Just for You

Brudenell Hotel is a glorious four star hotel in a wonderful seafront setting, just minutes away from the shingle beach with panoramic sea views. We visited this charming hotel and enjoyed a meal at the White Lion, both of which represent the very best that the coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk has to offer.

Situated right by the sea and offering unforgettable views, the Brudenell Hotel offers 44 bedroom accommodation, offering a choice of views, either of the Aldeburgh’s stunning shingle beach, or countryside views over the River Alde.

The hotel provides the perfect atmosphere for rediscovery and relaxation, and guests are able to recline over a morning paper and coffee or enjoy a quiet evening drink listening to the gentle North Sea waves. The setting is truly setting and when combined with the exceptional service and exquisite food the hotel offers the ideal British seaside retreat.

The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortably furnished in a modern and colourful fashion. Our double room was the perfect setting for relaxation, and the hotel itself is quiet and tranquil, offering the opportunity for relaxing and unwinding.

Every possible situation can be catered for, and the hotel offer guests the opportunity to bring both pets and children, and the hotel staff are willing to help guests with anything they need. The hotel even works in partnership with a local childcare agency to offer tired parents the chance to book a babysitter for the evening and enjoy the wonders of Aldeburgh by night, or even just an undisturbed meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

The food at Brundenell is particularly recommended, with the informal and relaxed dining experience perfectly complimenting the hotels calming atmosphere. Menus in the AA two rosette Seafood & Grill are created by Head Chef, Tyler Torrance, and we are told that they specialise in focusing on using locally, sustainably and ethically sourced produce from the land and sea of the region. Most of the fish and seafood is provided by local fisherman landed on the beach close to the hotel, meaning that it the freshest you will ever eat.

Although during our stay the weather did not permit us to enjoy our meal on the hotel’s terrace, we did languish in the panoramic views, both of the beach and the countryside, and in the summer the outdoor dining area would be the perfect setting to enjoy the gorgeous food.

Highlights of our evening meal include the tasty, fresh Tiger prawns served with baby gem lettuce and a rich but refreshing Marie Rose hollandaise as well as the sumptuous roast turbot which came with decedent fondant potato, pancetta, carrots and parsnips. To round off the meal we enjoyed an indulgent dark chocolate tart with whipped cream and praline as well as the innovative and filling croissant bread and butter pudding with luxurious Irish cream ice cream.

Breakfast was an equally indulgent and enjoyable meal. The hotel offers a range of buffet options, including mixed fruit, cereals and a selection of fresh baked products, including decedent croissants and warm bread rolls. In addition we were able to enjoy a traditional Suffolk Breakfast, made fresh in the hotel’s kitchen, consisting of a choice of scrambled, poached or fried free range hen's egg (we can recommend the poached eggs), Procter’s sausage, Suffolk bacon as well as perfectly grilled tomato and mushrooms.

Alongside the culinary delights served in our own hotel we were also treated to a meal in the White Lion, also located in Aldeburgh just down the road from Brundenell, opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts, offering beautiful views. The hotel’s informal Brasserie Bleue restaurant has a strong local reputation for offering great value, beautifully presented classic dishes with an exciting French twist added by Head Chef, Ben Hegarty.

The Brasserie takes great pride in using locally sourced, handpicked produce from in and around Suffolk, which gives the meals a fresh taste, whilst the French style applied to the dishes offers a taste of European panache.

Highlights of our meal include the braised shin of beef Bourguingnon, which was perfectly complimented by the roasted carrots, creamed potato and rich bacon jus it was served alongside, as well as the locally caught river Deben moules marinière, which were served with frites and garlic mayonnaise.

The mussels can also be ordered as a starter, served with bread, however the smoked salmon tartare with lime honey and crunchy Asian salad noodles is highly recommended, as it offered the perfect textural combination as well as a range of bold, exciting flavours.

Overall both establishments offer the perfect relaxing atmosphere and high quality service which is perfect for a relaxing countryside break.

To book a stay at the Brudenell Tel: 01728 452071, www.brudenellhotel.co.uk


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