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Lavenham Great House 'Restaurant with Rooms'

Market Place, LAVENHAM, CO10 9QZ

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The Georgian fa?ade masks the Great House's true antiquity: sitting in pride of place opposite the medieval market town's timber-framed Guildhall, it was actually built in the 14th and 15th centuries by a family of textile barons. In the same way that the building is rooted into Lavenham's fabric, the elegant restaurant with rooms within its venerable walls is a veteran of the local dining scene, run by chef-patron Regis Crepy since 1985. It's not all about Tudor timbers though, for the dining room has been given a calm and soothing, thoroughly modern look combining age-old dark oak floorboards and sturdy brick inglenooks with panelled walls painted in soft tones, and comfy chairs upholstered in classy sage and midnight-blue leather at white-clothed tables set with flowers and sparkling glasses. Despite the quintessentially English setting, this is an outpost of la belle France, evident in the Gallic accents of the slick, all-French front-of-house team, through to the skilled cooking, which is rooted in the great French repertoire. Creative flair suffuses the menu, starting with a pressing of white crab meat partnered with butternut squash chutney, grilled langoustine and mint and coriander vinaigrette, through to a main course starring roast saddle of lamb with a delicate pea pannacotta, pea shoot salsa, buttered Charlotte potatoes and lemongrass and oregano jus. Fish dishes, too, are characterised by vibrant flavours brought together in harmonious, multi-layered combinations, perhaps roast monkfish with red onion and walnut marmalade, Roquefort cheese cream spiced with Pyrenean espelette peppers, and glazed balls of Williams pear. To finish, a classic rum baba is filled with cr?me p?tissi?re and gets extra va-va-voom with confit pineapple and Pina Colada sorbet.

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Tel: 01787 247431
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: Jan & 2 wks summer
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Tue
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Régis Crepy
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £19.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Lavenham Great House 'Restaurant with Rooms', Lavenham


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In Market Place (turn onto Market Lane from High Street)
Nearest station: Sudbury

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