You can’t really miss Aldeburgh Market as you stroll down the High Street.
Tables and chairs on the pavement (with rugs for chilly days) a colourful display of fresh fruit and vegetables, all covered by a distinctive, blazing red canopy. Unmissable, we believe. Step inside and the first thing to greet you is the sight of our fresh fish counter.
You’ll also get a cheery Hello from cheeky chappie Carl who’s only too keen to talk you through the day’s catch - mussels, salmon, skate, cod, haddock and a whole range of fishy specials.
Through the sliding door into our restaurant and you’ll meet a real gem - Gem Emms, manager of Aldeburgh Market. She’ll show you to your table and talk you through our daily specials board and a menu which changes regularly.
One thing that doesn’t change, though, is the quality of the food we serve - we are the only fish restaurant in the area and we know how to cook and present high-quality meals at sensible prices - and using local, seasonal produce.
We open at 8.30am and serve food until 4.30pm - though in summer we do stay open longer. Tables in the restaurant need to be booked in advance, particularly at weekends and holidays, and it’s first-come-first-served for tables outside.
But how did it all start?
We have to go back to 1995 when Sara Fox and Peter Hill opened the town’s Lighthouse restaurant. It won may awards including the Good Food Guide and a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Sara then started the Aldeburgh Cookery School with Thane Prince, an old friend and food writer for the Daily Telegraph. It became one of the top vocational schools in the country, with pupils travelling from all parts of the world.
One might assume, that would enough for most people. But not Sara!
She started the Aldeburgh Market fruit and vegetable shop with her daughter Susie in 2007 which quickly morphed into today’s cafe and shop.
Meet the team
The Boss: Sara Fox. Very hands-on proprietor. Deeply involved in the business and very keen to see satisfied customers. When she’s not in The Market, Sara is a Town Councillor and Museum Trustee. A 100mph person!
The Fish Guru: Andrew Clarke, Sara’s son. What he doesn’t know about fish isn’t worth knowing. Oversees the fish counter.
The Fish Counter Maestro: Carl Baker (Pictured). Been at The Market since it opened. Very cheerful. Father of two and runs a junior soccer team at Pakefield.
The Head Chef: Johnny Manning. Worked with Sara for years. Started off in the The Lighthouse.
The Manager: Gem Emms, married to Andrew and is, therefore, Sara’s daughter-in-law.
(They like to keep it in the family at The Market!). Buys lots of shoes, has six cats and enjoys the odd glass of vino.
Front of House: Airida Baltokaite
Front of house and shop: Megan Chatten. Just returned to work after having a baby.
Front of house and shop: Thomas Evans. Got four children and four grey hairs.
Kitchen: Daryll Cornier. New recruit to help out Johnny.
The Fixer: Ricardas Serepinas. Partner of Airida. If it’s broken, call for Ricardas. An ace.
Kitchen helper: Brian Smith
Marigold Man: Lewis Osborne. Weekend washer-upper. Learning to drive. All the Market staff will be very relieved when he’s passed his test. Good at stalling.