Local twins Alex and Oliver Burnside have always lived and worked on the Suffolk Coast. Alex works as the front of house manager and Oliver as head chef in the kitchen.
Both brothers are passionate about their specific areas of expertise – Oliver loves to create tempting menus, using delicious, seasonal produce from his local suppliers and Alex enjoys providing customers with a warm welcome, excellent customer service and also knowledge of the wide range of wine, local ales and other drinks available.
At full industrial use, the Snape Maltings grew to some seven acres of buildings and was one of the largest flat floor maltings in the country. In 1965, after 120 years, the malting of barley ceased. George Gooderham bought the maltings and a new era began with the gradual conversion of the Victorian buildings. The first development was the now world-class concert hall. Over the 40 years, Snape Maltings has developed a range of offerings and revitalised the old granaries into a leading destination on the beautiful and picturesque Suffolk Heritage Coast.
We are lucky to be situated near the village of Snape, which is a 10 minute drive to Aldeburgh and Orford. We are dog friendly and are surrounded by beautiful countryside walks alongside the river, heath or woods.
We also own two other premises…
Regatta Restaurant, Aldeburgh
Situated in the heart of Aldeburgh high street, Alex and Oliver were delighted to take on Regatta Restaurant in July 2020. Specialising in primarily seafood dishes to reflect its coastal location, this bright, airy restaurant is perfect for any occasion. The brothers have a long history at Regatta – both started their careers there with Alex working for 13 years, 10 years as restaurant manager and Oliver as sous chef for seven years (Alex even met his wife there)! We feel Aldeburgh is a special place and are proud to be located on such a prominent place on its unique high street.
The Golden Key, Snape
The Golden Key is a relaxed cottage-style dining pub dating back to the 1600’s, just tucked away from the main road through the beautiful village of Snape. Alex and Oliver Burnside took over the running of The ‘Key’ in July 2017 and strive to offer their customers a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, exceptional service and traditional ‘pub’ dishes done well. We believe in celebrating local, seasonal produce and playing a central role in the local community.
The Golden Key is packed full of original character, beams, open fires and quirky details which make it a fantastic pub to visit, any time of the year. With three ensuite rooms, two situated above the premises (one of them being dog friendly) and one to the side of the building, also ensuite, we’re also the perfect place to stay that’s conveniently located to nearby Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Orford, Framlingham and Woodbridge.