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The Leaping Hare Restaurant & Country Store

Wyken Vineyards, Stanton, BURY ST EDMUNDS, IP31 2DW

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The Leaping Hare occupies a splendid 400-year-old barn, with a high beamed and raftered ceiling and polished wooden floor, on a 1,200-acre farm complete with a flock of Shetland sheep and Red Poll cattle, plus a vineyard. What the farm doesn't provide is grown or farmed locally too, often within five miles, with fish landed at Lowestoft. The kitchen follows a straightforward, uncomplicated route along classical lines, so expect starters of River Deben moules marinière, and roast pigeon breast with pancetta and artichoke and garlic purée. Accomplished main courses are distinguished by accurate timings and clearly discernible flavours, seen in a hearty dish of game and ale steamed pudding, served with mash and roasted root vegetables, and roast rack of estate lamb and confit shoulder with roast garlic jus, pommes Anna and purple-sprouting broccoli. Fish isn't entirely overlooked - there might be smoked salmon fillet with celery hearts and white beans with chorizo - and puddings end on an upbeat note with, say, ginger, passionfruit and white chocolate trifle.

Further information

Tel: 01359 250287
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 2 wks Xmas
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun-Thu

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Simon Woodrow
Number of seats: 55
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £18.95
3 Course lunch from: £21.95
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £14.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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8m NE of Bury St Edmunds, 1m off A143. Follow brown signs at Ixworth to Wyken Vineyards
Nearest station: Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds

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