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The Mess

Coffee Shop, British
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Thorpeness IP16 4NW, England
7989088005
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Reservations

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best stop in Thorpness!

Excellent food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the bonus of the attached Emporium antiques centre to visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2014
David Price
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Upper Caldecote, UK
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Upper Caldecote, UK
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Excellent food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the bonus of the attached Emporium antiques centre to visit.

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Elsenham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I came in here twice as we were away on holiday in Suffolk, and I must say we were really impressed both times. The salted caramel cake was delicious, the coffee superb. We came in for lunch one day and the sandwiches- chicken and BLT on granary- a great choice of bread- were fantastic. You could really... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

And it was. The size of the cup was a bit measly for the price though. Pleasant young lady serving but hardly brimming with cheer. Scones at £2.50 each were overpriced and disappointing.

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Llandudno, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We called in for a snack in early September 2013 and like some other reviewers, felt that it took too long to get our food considering that there were only two other people in the café. we received double the coffees that we ordered as the girl had mistaken our confirmation of the coffee order as a repeat of the... More 

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woodbridge uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Hardly anybody in there but still nearly half an hour for two cups of tea and whn it arrived it was luke warm. Plenty of staff but they didn't seem to know what they were doing. Also hugely over-priced. Won't be going back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

On a rainy and windy day at the beginning of December we were looking for a good coffee and a bite to eat. We found The Mess and it did exactly what we needed, the best coffee in a long time - I had an espresso and my other half a flat white - far superior to the usual takeaway... More 

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UK
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We live locally and had previously been to the Mess and were very disappointed. The breakfast took over 30 mins to come out - and we had only ordered two pieces of toast. They had ran out of orange juice and croissants and it was only 9.30am! The service was erratic and the staff were given no guidance as to... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

My wife and I visited The Mess on Saturday 23rd November. We have a holiday home in Aldeburgh and enjoy long walks and lunches in the surrounding villages, so were looking forward to trying the new café. I'm afraid that it was a total disappointment. We ordered a Smoked Chicken sandwich and a BLT along with drinks (a beer and... More 

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Saxmundham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We visited the Mess for coffee today. We have lived in the area for almost 20 years so were very keen to see what the new place is like...... It is not finished we think? It looks very bare, flooring cracked and rough, wires sticking out of ceiling, toilets untiled, just hardwood that is waiting for something to be done,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

When staying at the in laws near thorpeness we used to always head to Aldeburgh for coffee and cakes! Not any more! The mess have been really well revived and the new cafe is simple, yet tastefully done. The food, like the decor is simple but very good and they don't burden themselves with a complicated menu. Best of all... More 

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Address: Thorpeness IP16 4NW, England
Phone Number: 7989088005
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Thorpeness
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, British

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  • Address: Thorpeness IP16 4NW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Suffolk  >  Thorpeness
  • Phone Number: 7989088005

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, British

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