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“Fresh, local produce, served with flair and plenty of flavour”
Review of British Larder Suffolk - CLOSED

British Larder Suffolk
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: In a picturesque setting on a quiet rural lane, British Larder offers traditional British cuisine with a contemporary edge, and a passion for sourcing superb produce from the Suffolk region. There is outside seating for al fresco dining. Rustic yet modern, the cosy interior at The British Larder restaurant in Suffolk features exposed brickwork, an open fire, wooden beams and an impressive bar. The seasonal British Larder menu uses locally sourced produce wherever possible, and changes on a daily basis, making best use of the fine, fresh ingredients. Sample dishes include sea bass carpaccio with coriander, lime and fennel salad, Orford-Ness lobster and Loch Duart salmon macaroni or Riverside beef with Aspall Cyder roasted shallots, Yorkshire pudding and duck fat roasted potatoes. There is a good selection of wines by the glass and an indulgent dessert menu. Near Woodbridge, The British Larder Suffolk is a fine gastro pub, open 7 days a week.
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fresh, local produce, served with flair and plenty of flavour”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

My expectations of the British Larder were high, buoyed by the previous experiences of family members. Famed for sourcing fresh, local produce, this establishment has certainly gained a good reputation. During our visit, we selected dishes from the set lunch menu. Each dish was beautifully presented and contained delicious elements. To start, duck rilette (meaty, flaky and blanketed in a layer of jelly) with whole wheat crackers (like flat, thin breadsticks, these didn't withstand the texture of the duck). The beetroot salad was a resounding success: three different types prettily presented, each sweet and vinegary, complimented by pea purée. For mains, most of our party selected the rabbit served with seasonal vegetables. They certainly enjoyed it; every scrap polished from their plates. My option of gnocchi with lobster bisque, sundried tomatoes and pan-fried salmon was good, though less sauce (very intense in flavour, slightly overpowering for my taste) and more pillowy pieces of gnocchi would have been welcome. To finish, no one could resist the brown sugar meringue and summer berry mess: a perfect balance of tart fruit compote, smooth vanilla cream and chewy meringue pieces.

Overall, this place gets top marks for food, which at its best is simple and cooked with flair and precision. Significantly pricier than standard pub fare, the British Larder is a family-friendly place ideal for a treat. The gardens provide space for al fresco dining, plus there's a play area for the children. Indoors, there's room for improvement in the service: we asked three times for table water before a jug appeared. Similarly, it was difficult to attract the attention of a waiter when we required the bill. Three different staff members served us during the course of our three hour stay. Although polite, we felt the staff lacked care in their duties; they appeared to go through the motions of service, which made the whole affair seem rather cold and indifferent. With a little more warmth, the British Larder could be among the best that Suffolk has to offer.

Visited August 2013
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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good lunch”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Went for lunch here with my family after reading various recommendations from people who had previously stayed in our holiday apartment. The food was of a good quality, but the menu was a little uninspiring. Normally I don't have much problem selecting something of the menu, but this time I was struggling a bit. Eventually I went for the salmon gnocchi with lobster bisque, which was very nice, although more than 2 small pieces of lobster would have been good. My husband had a venison burger, which again was nice but nothing exceptional. The service was good, especially the waitress who waited on our table. I got the impression that this place was more geared for "grown-up" dining i.e. not really suited for young children - although I don't think this was due to the attitude of the staff but more the atmosphere and the other clientele. Overall, it was a pleasant experience with some good food, but it's unlikely that we will be returning.

  • Visited August 2013
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Ipswich
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Consistently Outstanding”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

Been here dozens of times and in my opinion best restaurant in Suffolk, Sunday lunch is amazing. The roast beef and beef gravy are amazing. Can't recommend enough. A real gem

  • Visited August 2013
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Excellent Food Great environment Generally good service”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stopped here for lunch having seen it in the Good Food Guide and we wanted to try it while we were in the area. First appearances were great. Very good modern decor, excellent outdoor seating area, excellent seating and tables inside. We were greeted well and shown to a table immediately and given menus. There was an a la carte menu and a fixed price set menu of 2 or 3 courses. We opted for a la carte and started with just "Pump Street" bread and Olives, followed by the main courses.
The starters came almost immediately but when we had finished we didn't get our main courses until over an hour after we had sat down. We know this establishment is for "slow food" but this was an excessive wait. It might have been OK if we had ordered full starters, but with just bread and olives we were expecting faster service. But apart from this hiccup, service was friendly and excellent. All the food was really excellent, very tasty and well prepared, we could not have faulted it even if we had wanted to.
The wine list is sufficiently broad in scope and wine is sold by 50 cl, 125 cl, 175 cl, glasses, 350 cl carafes, and by the bottle. Our Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc were excellent.
Most definitely a place to revisit.

  • Visited August 2013
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Woodbridge
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“Good food but certain aspects need to improve”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Visited recently on the eve of my 50th birthday. Its near where we live, and I had heard good things from friends but was warned of the London-esque pricing.

But hey one is only 50 once.

Firstly the food quality is good, my pork belly was excellent the wife's duck breast was nice but a little bit tough-had to ask for a steak knife. The wine was also very good.

A few things let the evening down for us. Firstly the service started out okay but declined as the night went on.

You know when you get to that point when part way through you main course, your drink levels get a little low, well we ordered fresh drinks and another 3 reminders to the staff later they finally turned up, after we had finished our mains.

I was observing the bar area and it seemed somewhat chaotic with no one taking charge. It was a Friday night but it wasn't rammed so really no excuses when one is paying this type of money.

The stripped down décor is quite pleasant and much better than the old pub that was there, however the thumping noise generated on the bare floorboards by the waitress in the ballet pumps who was trudging around, was quite something, if you shut your eyes you would have thought that an illegal rave was warming up on the golf course opposite.

We ordered a cheesecake to share and asked for a bit of ice cream to go with it. When I got the bill I found we had been charged £2 extra for the ice cream which considering they are charging £7 for a desert is a bit much, especially as the ice cream was about the size of an egg.

A bit of advice to the owners.

1. if you are charging these sort of prices - Mains nudging £20 in a rural Suffolk pub - then everything needs to be spot on including the service.

2. I would advise hiring a bar manager/maître D who is on top of his game and "corrects" poor service from the waiting staff .

3. Don't charge clients for small extras like a smidgeon of ice cream when they are already paying top prices for their food.

4. Get the ballet pump waitress some trainers/quiet shoes.

I know at the moment you are busy serving the summer "London foodie crowd", but when the winter comes and they have gone back to "civilisation"(as they probably would put it) you will have to rely on local trade and you may find yourselves losing out to other local establishments where the food is equally good, less expensive and the service better.

  • Visited August 2013
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