We booked this for eleven to celebrate my 70th birthday in early February . The Jolly Sailor opened early for us to assemble and be ready on time. Although it was near freezing this was offset by the clear blue sky although we were still thankful that the cabin was warm and cosy especially as there was a blazing fire in the corner. By noon Jon our skipper was casting off and we were heading off towards Aldeburgh by which time Chef and owner Craig was pouring the ice cold celebratory fizz. During the trip Jon shared his encyclopedic knowledge of the area and birds with a running commentary. Despite the cold many of us spent most of the time outside with binoculars looking at the birds and sights while Jon pointed out or the many remnants of the military past of the Orford Ness. Soon we had reached Aldeburgh and time for lunch. We were amazed that we had been able to select from an a la carte menu and more impressed that Craig and his assistant David had been able to prepare it fresh from their tiny galley. We can honestly say that the meal and service was at least a match for any quality local restaurant. Meanwhile we had returned to Orford but this wasn’t the end of the trip as we then continued almost to the North Sea mouth before returning at three to disembark.
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