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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Contactless payment
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

A popular, long-standing eatery, with bright yellow décor, amiable service and a laid-back feel. Constantly changing menus feature fish from the boats ...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Simple restaurant
About
Sam and the team at The Lighthouse restaurant welcome every customer into a relaxed atmosphere which instantly makes you feel at home. With three different eating locations, downstairs, upstairs and the courtyard, The Lighthouse offers a 'Sleepy Suffolk' approach to eating out, with you dictating the pace of your evening. The Lighthouse chefs work tirelessly to continue to produce mouth-watering dishes for the A la carte menus and, the lunch & pre-cinema menu. With the creations of the dishes, Head Chef Guy Welsh ensures that the ingredients for all his dishes are as local as possible, with much of the fish coming right off the beach in Aldeburgh, our duck coming from Norfolk based Gressinghams,
PRICE RANGE
US$14 - US$49
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
European
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 10 January 2021 via mobile

Really enjoyable evening. Charming and attentive staff. Food was delicious and there was an open tap for pastis ricard, which I adore!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 5 January 2021

This wonderful place is an absolute gem. We were worried about eating out during Covid but the staff were so fastidious with their cleaning regime that our minds were very soon at rest. They were also exceedingly friendly and engaging. The atmosphere was relaxed and...the Christmas decorations were charming. The food was absolutely amazing and beautifully presented. After having discovered this wonderful place on the first night of a weekend away, we found ourselves eating there every day thereafter and we certainly intend to return. Each visit was such a pleasurable experience (and do try the GF brownies!) so we cannot recommend this place highly enough. Brilliant.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 17 December 2020

Best meal we had in the area, great across the fish, meat and vegetarian options we chose. Would thoroughly recommend

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 14 December 2020

We went here as a couple and found the quality of food, service, presentation and cleanliness to be fantastic. The price was much cheaper than we had expected for such high end service. The staff made us feel really welcome and went out of their...way to make our night special. Highly recommended! Top marks.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 13 December 2020 via mobile

Lovely food and friendly attentive staff. Not rushed at all a very pleasant relaxed evening. Would recommend a visit.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 9 December 2020

Absolutely first class experience from start to finish. Super friendly staff and efficient service. Food was excellent and extensive wine list. All in all highly recommend.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 8 December 2020 via mobile

Lovely meal with the friendliest owner/staff we’ve encountered in a restaurant for a long time. From being referred to as Mr Harrison when my husbands glass of wine was delivered to a personal goodbye using my name. It just showed they’d taken the time to...know who was dining in their restaurant. This isn’t local to us unfortunately, if it were we’d be back again and again. The food was just lovely and a really good price. It’s just a shame we couldn’t fit in dessert. I would recommend the sausage and mash with red cabbage it was amazing. My husband loved the salmon starter and his duck for main.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 4 December 2020 via mobile

Couldn’t have chosen a nicer place to celebrate the reopening of restaurants in Suffolk. A warm welcome and a delicious three course meal sent us home happy and sated. My scallop starter was melt in the mouth delicious and husband was delighted with the fish...soup. Calves liver was cooked to perfection. We both had desserts, possibly a course too far, but worth every calorie. Portions are very generous, prices most reasonable in my opinion. Staff working really hard to keep us all safe as well as happy. Not our first visit and won’t be our last.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

Love this restaurant. Great food, staff/owners and ambience. Ive been a chef for 20 years and travel from Essex to Suffolk a few times a year to dine here weve been going out of our way to eat here for years

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 11 November 2020

This is one of our favourite Aldeburgh restaurants and one we frequent regularly. We were here on the very last free evening before the latest incarceration and had a lovely time. Sam & Maxine work so hard to make everyone welcome and to prepare super...meals. They had, at great disruption, even made Jam Roly-Poly especially for me, for which I thank them, hugely. Roll on freedom, when we can go again and again.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Pat E
14 August 2019|
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Response from daviescameron | Reviewed this property |
Dear patnowfree, Dogs are allowed in the restaurant, however it is best to ask for a table downstairs, because the upstairs is busy and your dog may not want to go upstairs. Cameron
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Steve F
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Response from AldeLighthouse | Property representative |
Hi Steve, We do serve gluten free food, we clearly label everything on our menu so you are aware which food contains gluten. Always feel free to ask a member of the team if you wish to create a slight variation of the... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lighthouse

  • Yes, The Lighthouse is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • The Lighthouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5