Spend Christmas by the Sea

Magical three-night breaks by the sea at the White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh

Set opposite the beach and fishermen’s huts on Suffolk’s Heritage Coast at Aldeburgh, the White Lion Hotel is a magical venue for Christmas breaks by the sea. Book a three-night full board package starting on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December, and enjoy some luxurious festive food with much-loved favourites and tantalising treats.

Celebrations start as soon as you arrive with a festive afternoon tea and glass of mulled wine served in the warm, cosy lounge beside the twinkling Christmas tree. Later, enjoy a glass of fizz and canapés with fellow guests before sitting down to a splendid three-course dinner in the hotel’s AA rosette Brasserie restaurant. Dishes have been specially created by Head Chef, Mark Waldock focusing on the flavours of Suffolk’s finest ingredients.

After a Buck’s Fizz breakfast on Christmas morning, there’s plenty of time to open presents and take a refreshing walk along the beach to build up an appetite for the traditional six-course lunch.

Begin your feast with a welcome fizz followed by Suffolk honey and roast parsnip soup and a classic prawn cocktail. Clear your palate with a Newby’s green tea and passion fruit jelly before the traditional roasted Suffolk bronze turkey with all the trimmings; LillyPuds Christmas pudding and coffee with homemade mincemeat Bakewell tarts complete the meal. And if you are feeling hungry come the evening, there’s a buffet supper and quiz.

On Boxing Day wrap up warm and watch the brave as they enter the freezing North Sea for the town’s annual charity swim at 11 am; then it’s back to the hotel for lunch. There’s time to explore the local area during the afternoon before a buffet dinner with entertainment, while the next morning it’s a fond farewell to friends old and new after breakfast.

The privately-owned, White Lion Hotel has 38 bedrooms with stylish contemporary décor. Facing east, the sea view rooms are also a great vantage point to watch the sunrise over the glistening sea in the morning.

The three-night festive package is priced from £552.50 per person based on two sharing an Aldeburgh facing room; sea view rooms are available at a supplement. To book call the White Lion on 01728 452720 or for more details visit www.whitelion.co.uk