The Lighthouse - Aldeburgh

Modern European·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of The Lighthouse - Aldeburgh

Gold Award

Ever since The Lighthouse first opened its doors in the late 1990s, the restaurant has been top dog on Aldeburgh’s increasingly foodie High Street. The “busy, buzzy” space continues on its merry way, feeding locals, holidaymakers and festival-goers with the last word in fresh seasonal food.

The two-floor restaurant is a simple space, with both the ground-floor and upstairs dining rooms featuring wooden furniture and an array of paste hues. Overall, the interior is a happy mix of bare tables and café bonhomie with extra space in the sunny full-dress dining room at the back. The Lighthouse’s menu naturally veers towards seafood, featuring the likes of pan-seared scallops and bacon with salad, or a classic helping of beer-battered fish & chips served with peas and tartare sauce.

It’s not all about the seafood though, with meatier offerings including Gressingham duck leg confit with haricot bean and bacon cassoulet, as well as pan-fried calf’s liver and bacon on mashed potatoes with shallot gravy and seasonal vegetables. There’s also Sirloin steak, which arrives at the table with hand-cut chunky chips and a leaf salad, as well as your choice of accompaniment (choose from green peppercorn, blue cheese, garlic and herb butter or shallot gravy).

To finish, perhaps try sticky toffee pudding topped with clotted cream or a boozy banana pancake with toffee crunch ice cream. Those lacking a sweet tooth can instead opt for a delicious cheeseboard which is served alongside savoury biscuits and homemade Lighthouse chutney.

The Lighthouse has also moved with the times by introducing a dedicated vegan menu, which features dishes such as pear and walnut salad with balsamic dressing, Indian vegetable curry with basmati rice and mango chutney, and puddings such as poached pear in a chilli and saffron syrup, served with a scoop of mango sorbet.

Friendly, knowledgeable service is appreciated too, as is the well-spread reasonably priced wine list.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Food Hygiene Rating


77 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AU

01728 453377 01728 453377


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun 12:00-14:00
Mon 18:30-22:00
Tue 18:30-22:00
Wed 18:30-22:00
Thu 18:30-22:00
Fri 18:30-22:00
Sat 18:30-22:00
Sun 18:30-22:00


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2 Reviews 

Michael P

29 March 2019  
The spirit of the Town.

Michael P

24 April 2018  
From the picture perfect setting to the amazing food that is consistently served, the Wellington is a delight. I also love walking through their garden, where they grow the various seasonal veggies that grace their plate. Special recommendatio: the cheese soufflé is to die for!
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