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Lavenham Great House Restaurant


Market Place, CO10 9QZ Lavenham, UK

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The Great House Hotel & Restaurant, Lavenham, Suffolk

First, you drive through the winding streets of Lavenham which boasts more than 300, mostly Tudor, listed buildings. Then, you pass streets and squares of colourful half-timbered and latticed-windowed houses, all leaning at precarious angles, before arriving at The Great House which, due to an 18th-century facelift, looks suspiciously Georgian in design.

While Lavenham may be traditional England, The Great House is traditional France; there is a no-nonsense dedication here to producing the best in both French cuisine and service without any hint of compromise. This is perhaps why the owner, Regis, has chosen not to display the many years' worth of AA two-rosette plates on the walls like so many other establishments do. Rather, he has his staff eat from them – an eminently practical reminder to keep standards high, as well as keeping the walls clear for a much more attractive collection of paintings.

Both the bar and the dining room are quite stark, without being cold, due to the abundance of wood – a polished wooden bar stands in front of glass-fronted wooden wine racks. Wooden floorboards run the length of the bar and dining room, and the white walls are criss-crossed with old wooden beams. White linen tablecloths and leather-backed chairs add a final touch of understated elegance.
By day these two rooms are light and airy, and by night low-lit and cosy, with candles on each table and on colder evenings there is a fire in the large old redbrick fireplace. The Set menus offer excellent value and the huge selection of the French cheese-board has received numerous awards.

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Restaurant details

Cost: GBP 22-42

Cuisine type

  • European cuisine
  • Creative | Gourmet/Star cuisine


  • Children friendly
  • Terrace available
  • Free WIFI


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Practical information


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Closed for holiday:

3 weeks in January and 2 weeks in the Summer.

Group, meeting & private party facilities:

Maximum people for drinks: 0
Maximum people for sit-down meals: 55
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Memberships and Awards:

  • Guide Rouge (Michelin)

Language Spoken:

  • French
  • English

Payment options:

  • Eurocard
  • Visa
  • Cash
  • Visa Electron
  • Cheque
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard


  • Public parking available

GPS Settings:

Latitude: 52.10917
Longitude: 0.7969937

How to arrive by public transportation:

Trains from and to Sudbury (Suffolk) Train Station - trains from London with changes at Marks Tey.
Chambers Bus No 753 Mondays to Saturdays - hourly


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