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The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa

High Street, LAVENHAM, CO10 9QA

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The asymmetrical timbered white building on the main street through the medieval East Anglian village of Lavenham gives evidence of its own great age. Dating back to the 15th century, it's an endearing maze of crannies and beams within, beautifully maintained and bursting with character. There's informal dining in the Brasserie, but the main restaurant is the Gallery. Here the high vaulted ceiling and minstrels' gallery, and polished and attentive service from smartly uniformed staff add to the sense of occasion. The modernism of the cooking is productively at odds with the venerability of its surroundings, opening perhaps with truffled goats' cheese and lightly pickled beets in pea shoot salad, and progressing to cod with spiced lentils and tempura sprouting broccoli, guinea fowl breast with gingered potato rösti and cumin-spiced pumpkin purée or, for vegetarians, an open lasagne of Mediterranean veg with chargrilled halloumi and pesto. An exhaustive deconstruction of tiramisù results in vanilla pannacotta, coffee meringue, vanilla foam, hazelnut crumb and coffee jelly, and very pleasing it is too. A list of 'British' cheeses includes Ireland's Ardrahan - oops.

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Tel: 01787 247477
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern, Traditional British
Chef: Justin Kett
Number of seats: 90
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Children's portions.
No children under 5 yrs.
Parking available.


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The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, Lavenham


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From Bury St Edmunds take A134 (S) for 6m then take A1141 to Lavenham
Nearest station: Sudbury

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