The Wentworth

Aldeburgh, Suffolk

When the Aldeburgh Festival launched in 1948, Michael Pritt’s family had already run The Wentworth for 28 years, and it is this continuity and timelessness of their 'very well-managed' seafront institution that so appeals to many of our readers. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

When the Aldeburgh Festival launched in 1948, Michael Pritt’s family had already run The Wentworth for 28 years, and it is this continuity and timelessness of their ‘very well-managed’ seafront institution that so appeals to many of our readers. ‘Apart from being a lovely hotel in a beautiful location,’ writes one, ‘what makes it special are the staff – welcoming, helpful, cheerful, efficient, interesting and interested.’ ‘One of the great things is the way the staff remain,’ writes another. ‘Dogs made so welcome, too.’ The look is hotel traditional, with light-wood furniture, softly patterned wallpaper, and maybe a bath with hand-held shower. ‘We had a lovely big room overlooking the sea.’ Snug inland-facing rooms are less sought after. You can take tea in one of the lounges, have a simple bar lunch, or eat more formally in the dining room, where seasonally changing menus include dishes such as chicken breast with fondant potato; sweet potato, cauliflower and chickpea curry, or salmon fillet. At breakfast there is smoked haddock or kipper, the full Suffolk. ‘Good room, good food, good staff.’ (SR, EG)

Hotel details

Address

Wentworth Road
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5BD
England

Telephone

01728 452312

Bedrooms

35. 7 in Darfield House opposite, 5 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except possibly 2 weeks in Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, private dining room, conference room, in-room TV (Freeview), 2 terrace gardens, courtyard garden, parking, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £15.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£5 per night) and public rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £200, singles from £125. Set-price dinner £25–£31 (2/3 courses). 1-night bookings refused Sat.

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Comments about The Wentworth

A very well managed hotel. Good room, good food, good staff, good sitting areas inside and out, dining room with beach view. Tried hard but couldn't find any faults except the poor hair dryer - oh, and rather a high proportion of older generation guests but that's not the Wentworth's fault and perhaps we shouldn't complain as we're old too! - Edward Gosnell - August 2019
Our annual visit to our favourite hotel. Comfortable and friendly as ever. One of the best things is the way staff remain. The food is really good. Michael Pritt is always friendly and keeps his usual high standards. - Simon Rodway - May 2019
It always delights. Many of the staff have been there for years, and greet us like friends. The food is good but not outstanding, breakfasts especially so. A lot of older people come - so what? I am old myself. It's in such a lovely area. - Simon Rodway - June 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide