OLD HALL SOUTHWOLD CAFE & WALKS
A bit about us...
Our farm is fortunate enough to be situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in 2005 we diversified to create the Southwold Maize Maze. We love the Maze and welcoming our visitors onto the farm and we wanted to take this one step further so that visitors could share and enjoy our very special part of Suffolk for more of the year and not just in the summer. The café itself, designed by Peter Wells Architects and built on the footprint of our old calf shed, looks out across the marshes to the River Blyth. With a complete wall of glass to the south side it gives spectacular views of this incredibly beautiful and wild part of the Suffolk Coast, previously not accessible to the public.
The café itself will be a welcoming place for all to be. Providing freshly prepared food, using exciting and local ingredients to either takeaway if just popping in on your way to or from Southwold, or to eat in taking in the views and soaking up the peace and quiet. It will be a fantastic place to bring the family at the weekend for a leisurely walk before or after a scrumptious brunch, a perfect way to unwind and keep everyone happy. And if you fancy something slightly stronger than coffee then we have a carefully selected choice of local bottled beers and wines.
During the summer, Maze visitors will also be able to access the café using our specially designed hatch directly linking the café with the Maze play park. Or if they would also like a quieter more peaceful break from all the action then they too can use the main café area making use of their Maze admission wrist band to enter or exit the maze play park.
We have been working closely with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Natural England to provide habitats for winter wild birds, creating a series of water scrapes and 2 meadows dedicated to wild bird seed mix to provide food over the winter months and also one for pollen and nectar varieties of plants which provide habitat for bees during the summer months. It is very exciting to be able to walk from our farm to the SWT Hen Reed Beds for some bird watching from the hides there or to join up with the public footpaths which take you all the way to Southwold Harbour and back again.