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17 Feb 2014

We made the Toptable Diner's Choice List!

We are pleased to announce that The Brudenell was voted onto the Toptable January 2014 Diner’s Choice List!

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First of all, a big thank you to all of our hotel guests and restaurant diners past and present. It if wasn’t for you leaving your kind reviews and appreciating the hard work we put in here at The Brudenell, we certainly wouldn’t have been recognised for this award. And of course, a big thank you goes out to the brilliant team who have helped to make this happen. It’s a great achievement and one that all of us here in Aldeburgh are very proud of.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Toptable and are wondering what this is all about, the Diner’s Choice Lists determine the best local restaurants using reviews given by the thousands of diners using the Toptable service. Toptable itself is the largest online restaurant booker here in the UK, where diners can read and leave reviews, and earn points whilst they are at it. Each month, over 400,000 restaurant reviews are made worldwide using their service! For more information, visit toptable.co.uk.

Once again, a massive thank to those of you who left us such lovely reviews and recommendations. We hope to welcome you back to our Suffolk hotel and restaurant very soon!
07 Feb 2014

Family Fun on the Suffolk Coast

We are a family friendly hotel and look forward to welcoming you and your children for an enjoyable break, on the stunning Suffolk heritage coast, this February half-term.

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There are plenty activities for your children to enjoy in the area to keep them entertained while you relax and take in the beautiful surroundings our great county has to offer. Here are a few suggestions…

Sutton Hoo

This world famous Anglo-Saxon burial site is a must-do when visiting Suffolk. Located in Woodbridge, a short distance from the coast and around 14 miles from Aldeburgh, the popular visitor centre welcomes families year round with exhibitions showcasing priceless treasures and artefacts.

Framlingham Castle
This magnificent 12th century fortress has a long and exciting history which makes for a captivating day out in Suffolk. Children can enjoy a host of interactive features and games, which bring the great history of the castle to life. Audio tours are also available and be sure to take advantage of the fantastic views when on the famous Wall Walk.

Africa Alive
Based in Kessingland, Africa Alive is one of the UK’s largest wildlife attractions where visitors can get up close to rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, lions and hundreds of other African animals and birds. A fantastic day out for the whole family who can enjoy a safari experience with guided tours and a fun-packed Discovery Centre.

Boating at Thorpeness Meare

The picturesque Meare at Thorpeness is a fun and safe activity for families with waters never over three feet deep. Enjoy a multitude of boats from canoes and kayaks to rowing boats and punts, and set on a little adventure around the surrounding islands spread across forty acres of water.

Minsmere Nature Reserve
Enjoy guided wildlife walks and tours through the stunning countryside at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve. Family activities are available throughout the year along with hot and cold meals at the visitor centre and cafe. Children will especially enjoy the Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure!

Rendlesham Forest
The main recreational area for the Sandling Forests, Rendlesham offers a fun and exciting experience in the woods. With three circular walks, a special UFO trail and various cycle routes, you certainly won’t be short of ideas. Keep an eye out for the giant sculptures!

And don't forget that kids stay free B&B at the Brudenell when sharing a family room with two full paying adults.
30 Jan 2014

Valentine's Chocolate Heart Truffles

With Valentine's Day coming up Chef James Barber would like to show you how to make your loved one a homemade treat of chocoloate heart truffles.

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23 Jan 2014

Brudenell Wine Experience

Here at the Brudenell Hotel we are passionate about bringing good quality wines to our wine cellar for our customers to share and broaden their wine palette. Available from the 1st February 2014 our 'Wine Experience' package will enable customers to enjoy a break on the Suffolk coast as well as enjoy some of our most select wines and food.

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Our collectors wine list features a collection of quality wines from some of the best producers around the world. These wines can be found at an acheivable price and not the usual higher price you would typically find in the restaurant industry. If you are a wine buff or would love to immerse yourself in a relaxing break by the coast tasting a variety of quality wines from our collectors wine list, this is the wine package for you.

Arrive in Aldeburgh with complimentary chocolates and a bottle of wine handpicked by Garth, general manager at the Brudenell. Garth has a real passion for wine and has been involved in selecting the wines that made it onto our collecters wine list. Secondly we will provide a bottle of limited release Cloudy Bay followed by a fruit tart in our sea view lounge allowing you to relax and enjoy the ambience of our unrivalled views of the Suffolk coastline. Follow this with a glass of the delightfully sweet Muscat Beaumes de venise M.Chapoutier 2011.

Before heading to our award winning restaurant you can enjoy a wine flight which gives you the opportunity to enjoy three small tasters of wine. To accompany your meal we will help you to select a bottle of wine to match your food choices that will be available to purchase from our collectors wine list. After dinner enjoy a glass of dessert wine to accompany your dessert.

For more information visit our offers page.
22 Jan 2014

Three Romantic Things to do in Aldeburgh

With the month of love and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we thought we’d introduce three romantic things to do in our beautiful seaside town.

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Sunrise by the Shell…
There is nothing more romantic than watching the sunrise across the stunning Suffolk coastline here in Aldeburgh. Our pebbled beaches provide a haven for couples looking for a wander alongside the gentle waves of the North Sea and are right here on our doorstep at the Brudenell.

As you head a short distance north of the town centre, a unique and sleepy sculpture takes prominence. The ‘Scallop’, a giant four-metre high stainless steel scallop shell has stood tall on the Suffolk coast for just over a decade and is the perfect location to watch the sunrise with your loved one. The sculpture, by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling, is a tribute to local composer Benjamin Britten pierced with the words, "I hear those voices that will not be drowned", from his opera, Peter Grimes. It is the perfect place to be in the early morning and contemplate the mysterious power of the sea. If you're the early mornings aren't for you, fear not. Our Aldeburgh coastline is equally as beautiful as the sun goes down and with a full moon on the 15th February, there's no better place to be this Valentine's Day.

Many of our hotel guests have been blown away by the beauty of our beaches and we hope you feel the same when you come and stay with us for a short romantic break or weekend away on Suffolk’s famous ‘Sunrise Coast’.

The Scallop

Snuggle up with fish and chips…
Whilst there is an abundance of great places to eat out in Aldeburgh, sometimes there is nothing more satisfying that tucking into a Great British classic snuggled up and sat by the beach. Yes, the beautiful simplicity of fish and chips can be the perfect way to grab a quick bite to eat with your loved one on the Suffolk coast. Located a short distance from the Brudenell you will come across Aldeburgh Fish & Chips, a famous takeaway restaurant renowned for serving up the “best fish and chips in the world”. We recommend you try it out together, cuddled up and overlooking the sea. If you’re staying at the Brudenell, make sure you ask us for beach chairs and blankets to keep you warm!

Catch a movie in our historic cinema…
It may be a bit of a cliché, but catching a movie is often the perfect answer to a romantic night out. If you’ve had enough of the cold, warm your cockles and head to Aldeburgh’s beautifully quaint, historic cinema. Situated at the back of a 19th century high street store, Aldeburgh Cinema has been screening films since 1919 with many of its original features including magnificent art deco lights still in place to day. Screening a mix of indie and blockbuster movies, the cinema caters for a wide range of interests with something for everyone. You’ll do very well to find a more romantic venue to watch a movie this Valentine’s Day.
01 Jan 2014

Great turn-out for New Year's Eve Fireworks

Every year The Brudenell puts on a fireworks display for all guests & residents of Aldeburgh

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At midnight our loyal guests and residents enjoy a delightful professional fireworks disaply on the beach to see in the New Year. 2013 was no exception with a magnificent short display and several people gathering on the beach to enjoy the event. This year we helped raise money for our charity of the year EACH, with guest kindly donating a total of £191.
01 Jan 2014

The Great Brudenell Charity Balloon Race

Every year on the 25th December Brudenell Christmas residents gather on the beach outside the hotel for the annual balloon race to raise money for Charity.

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Our guests can purchase a biodegradable helium balloon for £1, which goes to the Brudenell Charity of the year EACH.

The balloons are attached with small numbered ticket and the hotel contact details; the race commences with each guest releasing their balloons.

The first balloon was found in Denmark, on Fano Beach, by the Jespersen Family. Many congratulations.
09 Dec 2013

Comedy Night Success

It’s been a laugh a minute at the first two events of a series of live Christmas Comedy Nights in association with Soho Theatre, London’s most vibrant comedy venue to stage the fun evenings.

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On Thursday 5th December Nish Kumar entertained 61 guests in the sea-view restaurant amidst the uncertain chaos of the floods that were predicted - Nish suggested to the audience they should build an arc. Nish was supported by local acts Garrie Grubb & Tom Toal. Friday 6th saw Joel Dommett on stage, one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit, alongside Hannah Dunleavy & Jessica Fostekew. 78 guests enjoyed the three course festive meal, pre-dinner drink & coffee & mince pies for £35 per person.
31 Oct 2013

Top 3 Wine Tasting Tips

As we get ready for the first of our Autumn Wine Dinners hosted by the Gouguenheim Winery I'd like to share with you a few tips on how to taste wine and share your knowledge with your friends.

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We're delighted to welcome Argentinian winery Gouguenheim to Aldeburgh for their exclusive tasting dinner on 14th November.

The focus for the evening will be to spend a relaxing evening with good company, stimulating conversation and a good glass of wine or half a dozen. We'll also be treated to an amazing 4-course wine dinner with recipes created by our very own head chef James Barber whilst we hear about the wines we are quaffing, including:

Torrontes, Bodegas Gouguenheim, Mendoza

Chardonnay, Gouguenheim, Argentina

Malbec Reserve, Bodegas Gouguenheim, Mendoza

Banyuls Flores Blend, Bodegas Gouguenheim, Mendoza

So in preparation for the evening here are my top 3 tips for tasting

1. Eye spy with my little eye

Pour the wine into a suitable wine glass (the glassware is important but we will go onto that another time). Stop to take a good look at the wine. Tilt the wine glass away from you to view the colour against a white background.

If it's a red wine, what type of red is it? Burgundy, ruby, maroon, brick?
If it's a white wine, what type of white is it? Golden, amber, light green?

Then take a look at the wine's opaqueness. Is it watery, thick and dark, transparent or opaque, dull, cloudy or clear?

An older white wine will be darker in colour and an older red have more orange hues.

2. Take a good whiff

Swirl your glass of wine for 10 seconds to get a good whiff of your wine's aroma. Next poke your nose right into the glass and inhale deeply. What do you smell? Citrus, grapefruit, oranges, berries, oak, flowers? Swirl and sniff again.

The smell of the wine will give you a good indication on the quality of the wine.

3. Take the taste test

Take a small sip and let it roll around your mouth. What's the initial taste sensation on your palette? Intense, light, soft, creamy, crisp, dry, sweet? This is called the attack.

Don't swallow, leaving the wine in your mouth we move into the evolution phase of the taste test. You are looking for the flavour profile.

In reds this might be tasting fruits such as plums or spices such as cinnamon.

In whites this might be tasting citrus fruits such as grapefruit or flavours of honey.

And drink. Once swallowed we are looking for how long the flavour and your first impression lasts - the finish.

I've actually got one more tip; have lots of fun.

Find out more about the wines on offer at the Brudenell.

We believe that good wines should be available in restaurants at reasonable prices and we hope that you find something that pleases you.
12 Jul 2013

We Have Launched Our New Website

We are pleased to have launched the brand new Brudenell hotel website and logo.

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After months of hard work from the team we were delighted to launch the new website and new logo branding over the past week. Our key aim of the new website was to make the customer journey as simple as possible while giving customers the chance to explore everything our fantastic hotel has to offer. An improved navigation menu and simple booking process allows you to make accommodation and dining reservations through the site.

A brand new what's on calendar will keep you up-to-date with what upcoming events we have at the Brudenell. This month saw the launch of our weekly BBQ that takes place on our seafront terrace every Sunday - certainly one not to be missed.

We would love to hear what you think of the new website and logo - come and let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

See you soon!