Vulcan Arms

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Small site, interesting place, pub very close!

Having read all the glowing reviews for this site we were disappointed with what we found. The site is compact and sloping, but some flat pitches. All basic facilities are close to hand and work ok, but the chemical toilet emptying place is smelly and not nice to use, with no place for getting rid of grey water (sign says run it off at the edge of the site, which in such a small place is not nice) and adds to the slightly grubby feeling about the site. There are no sea views, which is a shame, our pitch looked at the pub car park and bins, with the power station looming over the trees (other pitches might have had better views). The power station itself is obvious, but not intrusive, but all the cars going into and out of the power station a couple of hours at either end of the day, as well as lots of people trailing to the beach car park and back, all day and into the evening makes it constantly noisy and busy feeling. It feels like it should be quiet, but it really isn't. However, the wide open single beach is very close, and great for dog walks. Pub food is good value, fresh cooked, traditional and filling with veggie options. Its close to lots of interesting places to visit, and plenty of shops nearby in Leiston.

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A lovely site and location.

Having just returned from a 4 night stay at this site I just thought a short personal review was in order. Having never holidayed in Suffolk before the Vulcan Arms seemed a good coastal location for me, my partner and our 2 dogs. It actually turned out to be the perfect place to be - for us. The shingle beach is dog friendly all year, no roads to cross for access to the beach. The pub itself is quite cosy with a good selection of beers and lagers etc. and the landlord a very pleasant guy. The pub has a reasonable menu both at lunch and evening. Free WiFi is also available. The site is compact, slightly sloping with grass pitches. Free draining on the sandy soil and 16amp EHU's easily accessible. Some might see it as a bit basic but it has everything you actually need. The site is quite near the Sizewell Nuclear plant but that in itself causes no problem. Perhaps a little background traffic noise at times, but in reality not a problem. Sizewell, as a power station, is a huge place but strangely not as intimidating as I thought it might be. Its giant industrial buildings actually seemed quite muted by the fantastic swathe of shingle beach, rugged dunes and crashing waves. By day 3 I'd stopped noticing it at all. Sizewell is the perfect base for touring the coastal region of Suffolk. The varied scenery, villages and towns makes for pleasant touring. Aldburgh, Snape Maltings and Thorpeness are virtually on your doorstep. There's lots to do and see all around or you can just have a quiet time in a pleasant CL We will certainly be back again for another stay.
Caravanner from Northamptonshire

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Lovely little CL attached to a wonderful pub!

We spent three nights at this CL as a venue to meet up with brother and sister-in-law, and were not disappointed. The site is well laid out with easy access and mostly level pitches. Good electric hook-up. Only one water station which necessitates a very long hose for some pitches! [thankfully my brother had one!!] The location - near to Sizewell A nuclear power station [decommissioned] and Sizewell B [operational] did not spoil the break but rather enhanced it. This was the first time we had been 'up close' to such a power station. The beach is less than 100 metres from the site and provides excellent walking opportunities. There are numerous 'attractions' within easy driving. Southwold was brilliant and Mrs T's fish and chips at the harbour were the best ever tasted!!! The highlight is of course the pub! A traditional pub hosted exceptionally well by Trevor the landlord and his team. The food is very good and provides excellent value for money. We ate twice there. The Saturday carvery was outstanding and the al a carte menu offers a good choice of well prepared food. We look forward to returning.
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Brilliant place for some P&Q

This is a lovely site for some real Peace and Quiet. The beach is a matter of yards away and you can either plump for a walk towards Minsmere which tends to be quieter or towards Thorpness and further to Aldburgh. The pub is a genuine find. The beers are kept expertly and the food is good, wholesome, tasty and well priced. If you are around on Saturday go for the evening carvery or on Sunday the lunch. Both are fantastic but get a good appetite first. The landlord and landlady Trevor and Margaret will welcome you and are very good company to spend time in their pub, and it is probably the most dog friendly pub of all time. This is a pub you actually feel at home in. Music is a big feature with live music on a Friday - usually country / modern easy listening and very often with local musicians being accompanied by Trevor. If this CL is booked when you try to make a reservation try again it is well worth persevering to make a visit. Oh and don't worry about the power station - it won't bother you and it makes this CL probably one of the safest places in the country to stay. See you there.
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wonderful week end

We have just returned from a long weekend here, We had a great time the Sunday lunch in the pub is to die for, but you do need to be hungry!!!! :O well the diet starts tomorrow, had to mark it down for peace and tranquility where o where do all the cars go ??? having said that we parked long ways against the road and the noise didn"t bother us, so if you parked the other side would be quieter, as for surroundings well you can"t miss the power station but again didn"t bother us. We were surprised how busy it was (site full) . Can not understand the cafe owners not opening up untill well into March, with the amount of people going to the car park dog walking seems crazy not to open. will we return you bet we will

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Lovely Area for most thing

We been coming here for years since Trevor the landlord set up the CL site, it got every thing you want, Sea fishing/ bird watching/ wild flower/ and all the walks for your dog on beach/woods and you can walk up to the bird centre, Hide by the beach, if you go up to the white cottage the National Trust tea room a nice cook breakfast and the one on Sizewell beach is good too and you can ask the Fishman if he catch the kind of fish you like, but give him plenty of warning, Food in the pub is spot on, good home cooking and the little town mile and a half from the site for all your need, You will enjoy it
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Having read previous review(s) which mention sea view, disappointing that there isn't one. A lot of traffic noise despite road being a dead end. Very pleasant landlord- he was very helpful, came out to meet us on arrival, very chatty and informative about local area. (don't understand others comments-perhaps the problem was with them? They should meet some we've come across!). All in all a pleasant site for a short stay, if you can cope with minimum facilities-and the rabbits!

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A good start

This was our first visit to a CL as motorhomers and it could not have been easier. The access was easy and you just set yourself up - having booked in advance. The landlord is a character. Despite an initial brusqueness, he was quite chatty and helpful. The site is pretty small but convenient for the pub (obviously) and the beach. The beer is excellent and there is a good range of bar snacks. There is a lovely walk along the beach to Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. The nuclear power station is difficult to ignore but didn't bother us.

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Small but Welcoming

The field that the CL is located on is directly behind the pub but at the opposite end to the beer garden.  We found the landlord to be welcoming, the pub food plentiful and the beer well looked after. The only draw back we found is that the site pitches are too small to accommodate awnings, other than porch ones.   The beach is 50-100m away and if you are up in time, the local fishermen will show you what they have caught.   

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Great find!

If you like good pub food, excellent draught bitter, fantastic walks and the sea this is for you. Had a smashing two night stay. The cafe 1 minute walk away does a mean cooked breakfast. Will return. 
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