We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe

North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
+44 7771 781739
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (30 reviews)
“crisps” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (170)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 170 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two boating lakes/ppls near to pier. The cafe is fine but water in both pools is filthy and could do with a good clean out. Otherwise Southwold is my favourite seaside town.

Thank Essexwoman59
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth seeking out to enjoy sitting on the veranda and have a delicious cream tea - you only get one scone but it's enormous so was definitely enough. Vintage mix and match tea cups and teapots plus a visit around our ankles from some of...More

1  Thank JessieO111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many 'moons'have passed since my sons boated on the lake -today we enjoyed the pleasant cafe fayre . Albeit a little pricier - £10 each for a sandwich & drink; ordering was slow but food fine. The garden plants colourful with many bees , the...More

1  Thank polartrek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Cafe late in the day after walking around Southwold. It is located close to the main car park but you could be a million miles away thanks to the lovely gardens and boating lake located right outside the cafe. The staff were...More

1  Thank gazzagutbucket
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited the Boating Lake tearooms today - a bit windy and not as warm as the past few days, but a lovely warm welcome from the staff! We sat out on the deck, beautifully sheltered from the wind, listening to the local community radio...More

1  Thank Sallie H
Reviewed 18 June 2017

I recently went on a coach trip from Bedford to Southwold. A beautiful sunny day before the crowds appear. After spending a delightful day exploring Southwold and making our way back to the relative small coach park, we saw a short walk away a small...More

2  Thank groovygranBedford
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

After a lovely walk past the duck filled boating lake and looking at the beautifully planted boarders at the sides, we reached the little cafe. Staff were very friendly and we chose to sit at the tables in the conservatory at the back of the...More

1  Thank Roverlass
Reviewed 2 June 2017

As a local person I have visited the boating lakes as a child, with my children and now with my grandchildren. I have never seen this attraction looking better than it does today. David and Penny have put their heart and soul into their business....More

1  Thank Johnthefish
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Waited in line for ten minutes, then told that orders weren't being taken as the cafe was too busy. The cafe wasn't particularly busy either. I wouldn't bother going back.

2  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 29 May 2017

A super little bungalow-style cafe with lovely staff. Great breakfast in a bun. Just like something out of a seaside novel set in the 1940s. The owners have done a huge amount of work on the surrounding environment to make it wildlife friendly, and have...More

1  Thank captain_jeb
Nearby Restaurants
Sutherland House
1,260 reviews
.71 km away
The Little Fish and Chip Shop
489 reviews
.73 km away
No. Fifty One Cafe
420 reviews
.72 km away
Two Magpies Bakery
585 reviews
.72 km away
Nearby Attractions
Southwold Lighthouse
333 reviews
.55 km away
Southwold Pier
1,775 reviews
.20 km away
Adnams Distillery
76 reviews
.57 km away
Southwold Sailors' Reading Room
82 reviews
.65 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Southwold Boating Lake and Cafe staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: North Parade Car Park, Southwold, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Southwold
  • Phone Number: +44 7771 781739
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing