Where to eat at Aldeburgh Music

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.

The Oyster Bar & Kitchen and Bespoke's Concert Hall restaurant. Photo: P. Vile


The Oyster Bar & Kitchen

Aldeburgh Music’s informal Oyster Bar & Kitchen, open for evening drinks and pre-concert dining, has a fresh new offer for 2013, with a new team led by Tim Wood and head chef Michael Hunt.

The Oyster Bar & Kitchen

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.

A fresh new food menu has been designed by Michael, often abundant in local, seasonal produce which we are blessed with in Suffolk. Salads and snacks will be available from the cold counter at the bar, while the redesigned Oyster Bar Kitchen will offer a quick, efficient hot 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 Oyster Bar & Kitchen opens two hours before evening concerts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.


The Concert Hall Restaurant from Bespoke

We are delighted that for the Snape Proms in August the Concert Hall Restaurant will be run by Bespoke, bringing their flair to our waiter-service, upstairs restaurant.

The restaurant will be open before and after evening performances in the Concert Hall during the Aldeburgh Festival and for most of the Snape Proms (see Snape Proms brochure to check dates).

A three course dinner, with a panoramic view of the Alde Eastuary, will cost £30 (drinks sold separately).
Please book your table in advance by calling the Aldeburgh Music Box Office on 01728 687110.

A sample menu:

Flaked ham hock salad with cornichons, capers, French beans and soft boiled egg

Beetroot cured salmon, potato, radish and grain mustard salad

Caramelised pears, Binham Blue and grape salad, honey and mustard dressing

Smooth chicken liver parfait, toasted trencher and onion chutney
Salmon, ginger and chilli fishcake, oriental salad and soy

Sauteed wild mushroom, tarragon and feta tart, rocket and balsamic syrup

Smoked haddock and spinach tart, poached free range egg, aged cheddar and seasonal greens

Slow roast pork belly, tomato, red pepper and Borlotti bean stew

Cep, porcini and fennel linguine, spinach and parmesan wafers

Herb roasted chicken, crushed new potatoes with red onion and tarragon, roasted garlic and fine beans

Baked cod, roasted Mediterranean vegetables and lentil dressing

Summer pudding, raspberry coulis and creme fraiche

Tangy lemon tart, lemon sorbet and clear citrus sauce

Warm chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce and vanilla mascarpone

Eton Mess

Vanilla creme brulee with homemade shortbread



Elsewhere at Snape Maltings

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.

Food & Drink at Grimes on the Beach

Aldeburgh offers a wide range of dining options, including two created especially for the occasion:

(Click the above images for more information)

the pop up restaurant on the beach, 100, is the first of its kind in Aldebugrh and is created by The White Lion Hotel and Bespoke by The Crown at Woodbridge. Picnic hampers are from Lawson’s Delicatessen.

Book a Lawson's Hamper online

To make a reservation for 100, please call 01728 452720 or email

There are a number of other excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants in Aldeburgh.

Please visit our Britten Centenary website for more details.

Please be aware that on 17, 19 and 21 June restaurants in Aldeburgh will be very busy.

Other local cafes, pubs and restaurants

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 and Aldeburgh

‘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