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There are two excellent eateries at Aldeburgh Music, both located at Snape Maltings Concert Hall overlooking the Alde estuary, giving guests one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.
Aldeburgh Music’s informal Oyster Bar & Kitchen, open for evening drinks and pre-concert dining, with a new team led by Tim Wood and a menu featuring local, seasonal Suffolk ingredients by head chef Michael Hunt. The Oyster Bar opens two hours before a concert and for up to an hour post-concert.
A new wine and drinks list features artisan spirits, local soft drinks and a wonderful range of wines by the glass, so you can enjoy a chilled glass of Shawsgate Vineyard Brut English sparkling wine or an Adnams Copper House gin and tonic whilst enjoying the best view in Suffolk. You can also make your visit stress-free by pre-ordering your interval drinks; please visit the bar before the concert to place your interval order.
Homemade cakes and savouries will be available from the cold counter at the bar, while the Oyster Bar Kitchen will offer a quick, efficient hot and cold food service, leaving you ample time to enjoy your food and the wonderful view.
A few examples of local, seasonal dishes you might find at the Oyster Bar & Kitchen:
Snape Asparagus and Mozzarella
Lasagne with Thorpeness Leaves (vegetarian)
Blythburgh pork glazed with honey & mustard, seasonal vegetables
Pinney’s smoked mackerel and dill fishcakes, charred tomato salsa
Free range chicken, leek and ham pie
Field Mushrooms stuffed with Stichelton
Blue cheese, Pump Street Sourdough Bruschetta (vegetarian)
Pinney’s smoked haddock Florentine with a choice of two salads
Butternut squash and sage cannelloni, walnut and parmesan gratin
The restaurant opens before and after evening performances in the Concert Hall during the Aldeburgh Festival (please check the Festival brochure or with our box office to confirm opening and booking availability). Advance booking is usually essential, call the Aldeburgh Music Box Office on 01728 687110.
A short but varying three course dinner, with a panoramic view of the Alde Estuary, will cost £30.
A sample menu:
Pinneys' of Orford Smoked Fish platter
Warm crab and saffron tart
Carpaccio of Suffolk beef, parmesan and truffle oil
Smoked Stilton, pickled pear, walnut and chicory salad
Beetroot tart tatin, celeriac mash, braised savoy cabbage, red wine sauce (v)
Roast rump of Suffolk lamb with salsa verde, crushed new potatoes, roasted Mediterranean vegetables
Pan-fried sea bass, mussels, roasted garlic mash, saffron fish cream, wilted leeks
Orange and cardamon crème brulee, ginger shortbread
Elderflower and gooseberry trifle
Rich chocolate torte with white chocolate ice cream and a cherry compote
Lemon tart with blackcurrant pannacotta
A range of eateries can be found at Snape Maltings, with Café 1885 in the House and Garden shop, the Granary tea shop, and The Plough and Sail pub.
The Suffolk Coast boasts a wide range of excellent pubs, cafés and restaurants. To see a list of eateries which have chosen to advertise with us, click here.
‘Snape Maltings is one of those rare artistic places where the buildings, the people who visit and work there, the magical setting, come together and enable you to do something out of the ordinary.’ – Alfred Brendel
'A unique selling point about Aldeburgh is that it is a wonderful place to be, no matter if the weather is fair or foul. If the sun is shining, the wide sea vista gleams with a brilliance few places can rival. If the east coast does its worst, the scudding black clouds and biting winds conjure a Peter Grimes atmosphere that is what this town, forever associated with Benjamin Britten, is all about.'
– Richard Fairman, Financial Times, June 2008