The Sail Loft

4.5
89 reviews
£25 and under
British
Welcome to The Sail Loft, our café-bar and restaurant-with-rooms right next to the beach in Southwold.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
What 89 People Are Saying
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RobM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, good value and good vegan options

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LynneB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have eaten here as a family and always enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. It’s close to the beach and easy to find.
We have teenagers who like the burgers, meaty and veggie options for all which makes for an stress free experience. I would recommend the Sail Loft to families . Thanks.

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AnthonyT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely superb meal and desert definitely returning for more

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and staff were super helpful and friendly. Cant wait to go back!

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CG93
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food which came out very fast. We will definitely go back next time we are in the area.

RM
RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our meal at The Sail Loft did not disappoint! Great service and fabulous food.

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ClaireB
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food on New Year’s Day. One comment would be we all had wobbly chairs and the table was sticky (which we were told was due to anti bac cleaner that is used) but surely there’s a workaround? Maybe table cloths?

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lucyb
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always a good choice of lovely food, and friendly service

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ClaireS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having had our reservation for another restaurant cancelled unexpectedly I booked The Sail Loft online on the way to Southwold. We arrived and although the external appearance was more cafe like than restaurant I couldn't recommend this place any higher. The service was excellent and the food was just oustanding in every way. We had a fantastic meal and will definately be returning when we next visit Southwold - in fact we may just go there so we can revisit The Sail Loft. What a fantastic find!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely food

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Avril
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely place to eat, little things like menus and napkins on the floor and the area near the kitchen entrance a bit messy with rubbish and boxes on show

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johnw
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were a large group of 7 adults, 2 children and a baby. Sail loft were very accommodating and coped easily with a last minute change of numbers.
The staff were very helpful and made our lunch a relaxing experience. Couldn't have worked out better.

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COXY
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed it, meal and service brilliant, Well done!
This made up for a disappointing meal we had xmas day in Cambridge.
Pity you are not doing xmas day next year we would have booked for
sure. Happy New Year

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Emily
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service, very friendly and helpful staff plus delicious food!

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ELAINEB
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very wet cold windy day when our family party of 5 got to the sail lift, very cold damp and hungry. We were welcomed shown to our table and given time to select drinks and food from the menu. Service was efficient and cheery. It was warm inside and enough people in there to give a good atmosphere. We have been several times before and never been disappointed with the quality and variety of food together with good service. We will be back.

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SharonH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food, a good variety on offer! Not overly busy at lunch time which suited us just fine with covid on the rise!

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VinnyT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend highly enough!! the team took such good care of us ..nothing was too much trouble and they were so diligent with our vegan/nut allergy in our party.

The food was top notch fresh tasty and table service was perfect

Desserts to die for too .... dog friendly and very welcoming team. Very happy diners we will definitely return and recommend to all.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely place felt very chilled and comfortable , food was great, large portions

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Place in town, for food service and location

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AnneT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, delightful and friendly staff, just a lovely place to be whatever the occasion.

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AngelaC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious freshly cooked meals, lots of options. (Meat, fish, vegetarian)
We shared a delicious mackerel pate with toast to start - light and flavoursome.
I had beef Bourguignon from the specials board and my husband had a burger from the main menu.
Both were delicious - our only complaint would be that the ‘chunky’ chips were kind of crispy and flaky - apparently a supplier issue but had we been pre warned we would probably have made a different choice of sides.
Great service and friendly staff.
Will most definitely be returning!

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maggiep
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food really good- and service! No gluten free beer although reasonable selection of gf and vegetarian food

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TimL
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service and best meal had in Southwold for years.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food, a lovely atmosphere and really nice people looking after us. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic food. Great selection of drinks.
Would definitley go back.

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DavidJ
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were are party of 8.Excellent meal. Really good atmosphere. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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cherryt
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round!the food and service best you get!

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Bunny
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good Food, Service and Drinks, Well worth the walk out from Town

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karene
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First visit to sail loft thoroughly recommend it the food was lovely service good drink good. Did feel they could have done with more staff though as they where running around trying to keep everyone served

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IanS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food, generous portions and pleasant service.

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Foody
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Terrific food, Sunday lunch was huge and extremely tasty with at least seven different vegetables.

The only negative comment I have is that being Sunday it was very busy with dog walkers but if you know that the restaurant is dog friendly it shouldn’t be a problem.

Staff were extremely friendly and efficient.

Overall Great

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Sarah
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you. Great food, great atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely come again.

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RebeccaB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Staff excellent and it’s a good place in terms of atmosphere. Starters excellent but main courses (from the specials board) were both dry and hard to eat

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TomoT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic meal Very helpful manager when my wife has difficult dietary requirements he was very very helpful , food was great this time

JP
JamieP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere and friendly service

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SarahF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue after a beach walk, incredible choice on the menu, lovely cosy atmosphere.
This was great value too, for such fantastic quality food- we had burgers, jack fruit katsu curry and a kids meal.
Can’t wait to come back!
Much better value , service and choice compared to one of the local pubs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Generally OK - and was good to be able to eat a late lunch for 6 people - shared nachos were not very hot - all other dinners were good.

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KayeN
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Very loud and extremely hot, so much so the windows were all steamed up. The food was good, especially our mains and the chicken escalope. Service was slow and was t attentive we would have ordered more drinks but nobody came to ask if we wanted more drinks or even if our food was okay. Took ages to get served for desserts and felt disappointed by the S’mores on the dessert list, it’s not a s’more. Enjoyed it overall, but elements lacking.

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Doris
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Friendly service and a good menu selection. Attentive Staff.

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GeorgeC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lunch out with my grand-daughter, everything was fine but I thought the prawns with my risotto were straight out of the freezer. Fewer but bigger and tastier would have been better.

FAQs

The Sail Loft offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01502 725713.

The Sail Loft is rated 4.5 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.