The Randolph Hotel, Reydon, Suffolk, October 2016

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside,
Oh I do like to be beside the sea…

You know the song. And I do like to be beside the seaside. I grew up reasonably close to the seaside, and we spent many weeks away on a great British seaside family holiday.

Now we live not far away from the geographical point furthest from the sea, so getting to the seaside takes a bit of effort, but it’s all the more appreciated when you get there.

Being beside the seaside will often lead to an increased intake of fish as I do enjoy a good bit of fish. Fish was on the menu at lunchtime, and tonight it was fish again. Triple fish nirvana is a thing (I have witnessed an attempt at it once, but the fish content in crab sticks calls it into question). It’s not something I will be rushing to attempt, but it should be done in style by starting with kedgeree or similar.

Anyway, that was not on the cards after this morning’s fry up. And as soon as I spotted fish’n’chips on the menu, it was definitely going to be an evening for fish.

I was a little wary, because last month there was a travesty served up in Leicester with a thimble full of green stuff:-


I was fairly confident that lightning wouldn’t strike twice, and a pub/hotel so close to the coast couldn’t get away with anything like that, particularly with so much competition around. And I was right, a delicious plate of cod and chips turned up, tasty, flaky fish (a big portion), good chips and a decent amount of mushy peas

To accompany, a pint of Adnams Ghost Ship (yes, you guessed it, it’s an Adnams house), its very gentle hoppiness goes ok with the fish, but I’ve never got any of the lemon and lime aromas claimed by Adnams. It’s an average pint which works better with food.

A very nice meal at The Randolph Hotel, Reydon, a hotel that is also a nice local pub, with friendly staff and very handily placed if you are staying in Reydon, just on the outskirts of Southwold.


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