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“How do they do the quality for the money?”

Lavenham Great House Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Lavenham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $64
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Great House offers its customers an individual twist on classical French cooking in addition to traditional 'Haute cuisine'. A charming and comfortable boutique hotel as well as a restaurant, it is highly acclaimed and has won many accolades, including Best Restaurant with Rooms (The Good Hotel Guide), on of Britain's Top 100 Restaurants (The Sunday Times & Hardens Guide) and East of England Restaurant of the Year (Which? Good Food Guide). Three AA rosettes.
Loughton
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“How do they do the quality for the money?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

Four of us ate for £160 including one glass of wine and bottles of water 2 coffees and petit fours and two extra dishes.

The food was very very good and the service excellent. In fact the service made a very good meal truly memorable.
It is a fixed price menu at £33 for three courses on 23rd December 2013.
The choice is almost a la carte in terms of the number of dishes, vegetarian, fish and meat.
OK ingredients tend to the cheaper, but what do you want?
However I still managed Foie Gras Ballontine which was excellent for the money and some big lumps of roast veal with a lovely rose centre.
Free green vegs and refills! Not bad.
Excellent puddings.
Portions are British /French size, not American which at this time of year is most welcome, but unless you value size over quality you won't leave hungry.
We had a trio of Tuna, smoked, sushi and sausage as an extra for the table, as it sounded interesting. The chef is creative and inventive. "Yes OK the pork was a cheap cut, but it was delicious."
We also had one cheese serving between us.
A good and well spaced, geographically, cheese board.
Excellent deserts, including the old faithfuls and some special things. I was a bit shocked by my lemon tart, which looked nothing like I had expected, but is was very good once in the mouth.
The petit fours were a bit limited, but were given to the non coffee drinkers as well. How nice.
Similarly the extras for the Tuna and The Cheese were given to four people based on only one dish ordered.
It is like that a generous restaurant.
Wine is very well priced as well.

Must book and possibly a taxi, but well worth it.
I tend to choose restaurants by whether I like them and not on price so the price was a welcome surprise.
I should add that my son is a chef and I taught him everything he knows. So two totally critical diners were well satisfied.
I left a bigger tip than usual.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Superb meal - fifth year running - A gem of a restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

Our annual trip across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk to this fabulous restaurant was well worth it again - now our fifth pre-Christmas meal there...

Service is superbly French - discreet and efficient! Décor and atmosphere perfect...

The menu had some wonderful choices, all well priced, and with some great flavour combinations - classic French cooking with some great new takes! Portion sizes were appropriate and allowed us to dine on their 3-course festive luncheon menu.

From their current menu we certainly could recommend the delicious starters served with some great herbs, dressings and tasty breads - Tuna Rillette, Game Pate, Fois Grois, Chicken Skewers. The mains did not disappoint and the Confit of Pork; Confit of Swordfish, Creamed Salmon wrapped in Sea Bream... with dainty vegetables served to perfection.

Four delicious puddings topped this fabulous meal off - light cream & fruit crumble cup, Earl Grey crème brulee, and deliciously warm and oozing chocolate tartlets.

Over coffee and home made petit fours, we declared it to be another triumph from the Chef and team at the Lavenham Great House!

The selection of wines was excellent, and we had a superb Chablis to accompany our delicately flavoured food choices, after our aperitifs of Kia Royale...

We could not recommend this restaurant enough - and so charmingly situated on the Market Square!

  • Visited December 2013
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Sudbury
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“Fantastic as always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Dinner here to celebrate Christmas with dear friends was absolutely wonderful. I think I made the perfect choice from the menu, Fois Gras,Scottish Beef and Hollandaise and Chocolate Parfait, just amazing,though to be frank every other plate which appeared from the kitchen looked as good. The service was impeccable, the staff are charming at every level. Can't wait to go back, I love it.

  • Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Superb food at great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

Although the owners have run the Great House for nearly 30 years, the standards, service levels, attention to detail, enthusiasm and quality of the food could be those of a new start up. Given it rates 4 in the Good Food guide the quality and presentation of the food is at least equal to those restaurants receiving a rating of 6. The dinner menu offers 3 courses for £33 with a short but excellent selection, we could have been tempted by nearly all the dishes, ranging from meat to fish to vegetarian. Given it was a Tuesday evening it was really busy but never once were the all French serving team flustered, it really is service with a smile! ( and also very knowledgable)

It is also worth staying in one of the 5 rooms ( we had the Loft suite, very cosy and warm) which given their standards and extra little thoughts are good value for around £ 135. Breakfast, which is extra sets you up for the day with a good cheese board included along with an array of meats, fresh fruit and the usual cereals and cooked breakfast.

Finally Lavenham is a lovely,quaint and quintessential english town. All in all a real treat and excellent value.

  • Visited December 2013
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lacking on 5 stars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

Although still a great palce to eat, I found the place lacking the fine details that make a place worth 5 stars. Two points to highlight this: 1) While we were eating our desert, the empty glass of one of us four was taken away from the table when there was still some wine in the bottle. It was 1.45 pm and we felt we were told it was time to move on. 2) Only 3 of us had a coffee ...so only 3 "petit fours" assortments were brought up.. How mean.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Philippe T
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