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The Restaurant at The Lifehouse

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Frinton Road | Thorpe le Soken, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0JD, England
+44 1255 860050
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Considering this is a spa hotel you would've thought it would be healthy eating but all that consisted of was 'Sues salad'! The service was slow, waited ages for a drink then had to request another rather than be asked by our waitress. The chocolate brownie had pieces of dried coconut in and it was awful. I sent my starter... More 

1 Thank sueolszak
Harlow, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2016

Stayed here recently and ate in the restaurant. Firstly, service was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. Secondly, the food. Well, sublime is all I can say. Every mouthful was bliss. And dessert - chocolate brownie - nothing that's Gluten free should taste that good! Can't wait to go back.

Thank Sharon B
Norwich, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

Considering that the spa is advertised as a luxury spa and hotel, I was highly disappointed with the restaurant. although I enjoyed my meal and it was really nice there was a few hiccups with our order and my partner ordered a steak medium rare and it came as a chewy over cooked piece of meat. Things were ordered and... More 

1 Thank R21LW
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

Great food and efficient friendly staff. Food of a good quality, plenty of choice and tasty. As spa was full was advised to miss busy times for breakfast which suited as and we had no problems being seated. Comprehensive wine list also went down well!

Thank Anita M
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

Wouldn't go back, not as bad as the room or spa services but still not great and many other restaurants locally much better!!!

1 Thank James N
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2015

My husband and I ate here as part of our spa deal (three course evening meal). I explained that I was gluten free and vegetarian which they assured me wasn't a problem. On reading the menu it became clear that it was a problem as I was left with the sum total of one choice! I went with that one... More 

Thank Kora6
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64 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015

The food was delicious although it was the buffet lunch included in our Spa deal do it is had to know how good value the food was. I imagine the dinner in the evening would be even better but very expensive. In the coffee shop the prices for lite bites and sandwiches were very expensive.

Thank Carolexis
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

The menu script was not readable and the menu a little basic. The service was however good . My partner sent back the soup , no taste

Thank Clive D
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2015

Poor service, we waited ages for lunch (2 hours for two courses) then starters were placed on the table as we sat down for pre-ordered dinner, no time to order drinks which we had wanted first. Drinks orders all weekend took ages, nearly half an hour to order afternoon tea, waiting at the bar. Very little choice for the vegan... More 

1 Thank Wendy B
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautifully cooked and quick to arrive. Good for couples - quiet and calm. Great range of choices and set price for three or two courses.

Thank Shiralee92

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$24 - $57
British, European, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frinton Road | Thorpe le Soken, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0JD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Thorpe le Soken
  • Phone Number: +44 1255 860050

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?