dottygamekeeper, the queue at Aldeburgh chip shop is Massive, out the shop & down the road, can take 40 mins to ge to the front. Get the kids to stand in the queue while you nip next door to the White Hart & have a drink. Also if it is still open (not sure if it was just for the summer) the Pizza'a made & served in the White Hart beer garden are Lovely, all fresh produce..mmmmm!
Go down to Aldeburgh, the White Lion Hotel does lovely food, as does the Regatta & Lighthouse Restaurant (I prefer the Regatta) if you want somthing a bit cheaper there is a Prezzo, go online for your vouchers. If its warm enough in October you send the kids out in Canoes for an Hour or so on the Mere. You can also hire bikes at the golf club The Parrott & Punchbowl in Aldringham does nice pub food & is a friendly local. WHat sort of thing do your 14 yr olds like? Boys or girls?
We also live a short drive from Thorpeness and my 14 and 15 year old love canoeing or rowing on the boating lake and kite flying on the beach. Easy walk into Aldeburgh - lots of shops/cafes/delis/galleries, good ice cream shop, fresh fish sold from shacks on the beach, a cinema, good book shop, excellent fish and chips (but be prepared to queue) etc. Longer walk in the opposite direction up the coast past Sizewell Power Station to Dunwich (good pub, The Eels Foot if you cut inland half way between Sizewell and Dunwich). Further down the coast is Orford Castle which is well worth a visit and The Crown & Castle (owned by Ruth Watson) does good food (not cheap though). Also from Orford you can get a boat across to National Trust owned Orford Ness with weird pagoda structures (used for nuclear tests or something).
Oh and practically anywhere round there for a nice lunch. Think the pub is called the Dolphin? The pier at Southwold is nice to eat at, amongst other things. Snape's cafe at the Maltings is nice, the Bell at Walberswick, and the fish & chips at Aldeburgh are legendary. Seriously.
Thorpeness is lovely! We live a few miles away and we often go there for walks along the beach. The boating lake is nice. It's very pretty and rustic and a real getaway place.
Slightly further afield you've got Snape with its Maltings which is basically a music venue with shops and cafe and is utterly gorgeous. Aldeburgh and Southwold are just down the coast and are lovely old-fashioned seaside towns. There's Minsmere bird reserve, the lost city of Dunwich as well as Dunwich woods and Rendlesham woods which are protected woodlands and lovely for walking the dogs.
Just booked 3 nights s/c there, the house is big, rambling and looks lovely. Googled and it really looks interesting, good pub too! Looking to keep my 14 yr old trio happy there, they are "at that age" !! Any good recommendations for a nice lunch without breaking the bank? We are going in Oct half term. Thanks.