We had visitors for the weekend and decided to go to Satis House for lunch. Suddenly, two sisters and their husbands were invited and then we were eight, four of whom I'd never met. While I felt confident that they would produce their normal service, it was a little unnerving to introduce so many to our favourite hotel.
We had drinks in the garden under the sails and my wife exchanged memories of being bridesmaid with one of the sisters for her elder sister's wedding nearly fifty years before. This took some time and when Kevin appeared to take our orders to find that no one had looked at the menus. Cheekily, he told us that we had five and a half minutes to make our minds up and minced off. In the event, Emma Louise appeared around ten minutes later!
I always tease Kevin that I've never had a mediocre course and the lunch maintained this record. Service was quite slow, which worked well as the conversations hadn't slackened. I had local pork and their signature dish pannacotta both of which were mouth watering.
Coffee in the garden until, at four o'clock, we realised that we needed a cup of tea, which was duly brought. It was after five when I went to pay the bill and said that I guessed that they were open in the evening - they laughed and said that the first guest would arrive in less than an hour; who would work in the hotel trade.
The agreed view by the newcomers was that it was a find and they would be back.
- Also Known As:
- Satis House Hotel Saxmundham, Suffolk, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Garde II listed Georgian House sits in 3 acres of woodlands. Recently awarded a Gold award, 2 Rosettes and Best Breakfast accolade from the British tourist board and AA, Satis House offers the perfect setting for relaxing or visiting local tourist hot spots like Southwold and Aldeburgh.The Restaurant offers locally sourced Modern British cuisine and has just been voted top tree restaurant in Suffolk 2009. ... more less
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